|Suspects can now be named by police |
before being charged says Court of Appeal
This has to be a 'gamechanger' in the reporting of crime. The Court of Appeal has ruled that suspects arrested by the police should be publicised even before they are charged.
Lawyers argued that the public did not understand the concept that suspects are 'innocent until proven guilty’ and to name them breached their privacy.
They claimed that a man arrested over child sex allegations should never have been identified and there was no public interest in knowing his name. He was never charged with any crime but continues to seek to protect his identity, due to 'the serious risk of being stigmatised as a suspected paedophile'.
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