Statement following judgement in the Sir Cliff Richard case against the BBC
Chief Constable Gareth Morgan, the national policing lead for media relations, said:
“Today’s judgement in the Sir Cliff Richard case against the BBC is an important ruling which could have significant implications for police and the media.
“The College of Policing, as the professional body for the police, has issued clear media relations guidance for forces in England and Wales which says that police will not name those arrested, or suspected of a crime, save in exceptional circumstances where there is a legitimate policing purpose to do so.
“In light of this judgement, the National Police Chiefs’ Council and the College of Policing will carefully consider the implications this may have.”
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Notes to editors
- The Media Relations Authorised Professional Practice (APP) can be found here: