The Magistrate's Blog (2005-2012)

This blog has migrated to www.magistratesblog.blogspot.co.uk This blog is anonymous, and Bystander's views are his and his alone. Where his views differ from the letter of the law, he will enforce the letter of the law because that is what he has sworn to do. If you think that you can identify a particular case from one of the posts you are wrong. Enough facts are changed to preserve the truth of the tale but to disguise its exact source.

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The blog is written by a retired JP, with over 30 years' experience on the Bench.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Bungs and The Bill

A Parliamentary Committee has deplored the common police practice of tipping off the press about anyone famous who comes under investigation, which is why we so often see police raids shadowed by camera crews. I seem to recall that the Editor of The Sun admitted to MPs a while ago that her paper pays police officers for information.
It's corruption, pure and simple. A tip-off is worth a 'drink', a major scoop is worth a 'bloody good drink'. Will anyone do anything to stop it? What do you think?