Naming suspects

The name of the man arrested in the Welsh abduction case has appeared on at least two television news outlets. The police have refused to name the man at various press conferences today. There is a reason he has not been named. In a case like this identification evidence may be important. The status of those who may be called to give that evidence makes things more difficult. It is crucial that those who may give evidence are able to do so without a risk that their evidence be affected by publicity. That these news outlets have rushed to name the person arrested is shameful. I hope they have not jeopardised the investigation and any subsequent prosecution.

PS It is worth noting that despite the television rush to name and get family information out there experienced crime journalists such as Sean O’Neill have not named the person arrested. There’s a reason for that.

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1 Response to Naming suspects

  1. Tom Symonds says:

    Hi, there is no issue in naming a suspect post arrest. It is not prejudicial unless ID is an issue, as you say, but this would be a visual issue, not something related to the name. Indeed naming and showing a picture (the police have now released one) often helps bring in extra information relating to a suspect from people who know them or who have seen them.

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