Police are investigating an advert placed in a regional daily which calls for jury members in a murder case to come forward.
The Lancashire Evening Post published an advert on 30 April which asked for jurors who were on the trial of Ian Workman to give their views on new evidence for a “documentary”.
Workman was convicted in 2011 of murdering his estranged wife Sue and jailed for at least 17-and-a-half years.
The advert, which was published in the title for two days before being withdrawn at the request of police, offered £1,000 for jury members who come forward.
It claims to be from a company called Regie Productions, but was actually placed by Workman’s family in a bid to clear his name.
It is understood that the LEP took legal advice before publishing the advert but police raised concerns with the title after its publication, asking for it to be withdrawn.
The Bolton News reports that Lancashire Constabulary is now looking into the advert to see if any offence has been committed because it is illegal to disclose or seek information about a jury’s deliberations.
Workman’s son Grant told the News that the plan was to create a film of the jurors discussing fresh evidence about the case, before publishing it on YouTube, and said legal advice had been taken by the family before placing the advert.
He said: “We have had quite a few people contact us but have not set up an interview yet.
“We are not approaching jurors, we are inviting them to talk to us. We have checked and checked the law and we are not breaking any laws.
“We have put the advert out as we want to know whether the new evidence would have affected the outcome.”
The jury in Workman’s trial agreed with prosecutors that he killed his wife, stabbing her while she was typing up an account of their rows.
He then stabbed himself in the stomach in a bid to disguise the crime and told police that his ex-wife had attacked him.
Millionaire car dealer Workman, who has always maintained his innocence, attempted to overturn his conviction in the Court of Appeal last year but his bid failed.
The Criminal Justice and Courts Act 2015 inserted into the Juries Act 1974 a new provision making it an offence to disclose information about a jury’s deliberations or to solicit or obtain such information.
LEP editor Gillian Parkinson told HTFP she could not comment because there was an ongoing police investigation.