Reporter Frankie Taggart successfully challenged magistrates after they banned publication of the identity of a girl whose mother had run riot at her school. Frankie, of the Bucks Free Press, was covering a sentencing hearing before Amersham Magistrates for the
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A bid to impose a series of reporting restrictions at an industrial tribunal has been successfully blocked by The Northern Echo. Editor Peter Barron said they would have been “draconian restrictions” which would have made the reporting of the case
The Shields Gazette has persuaded a court to allow a 16-year-old troublemaker to be publicly identified. The paper is heralding the result as “a major victory in the fight to name persistent young criminals” preying on the people of South
A court order challenged by the Ipswich Evening Star has allowed identification of a teenager who punched a middle-aged man in the street. The court victory for the Star is one of a series around the country – but persuading
The Daventry Express’s Amy Olive got a double result when she persuaded Northampton youth court to name a persistent anti-social behaviour order offender. Amy is a first year trainee at the weekly and succeeded in allowing publication of the identity
Two newspapers teamed up to overturn a bid to keep a defendant’s address secret under the Human Rights Act. The address of a man accused of two rapes was allowed to be published after an appeal by the Lynn News,
The editor of the Grimsby Telegraph has countered claims his paper was wrong to publish the name and address of a suspected paedophile who was subsequently murdered. The pensioner, who was cleared of paedophile offences, was murdered after the details
The Ipswich Evening Star has named and shamed a teenage hooligan on its front-page, after he carried out a reign of terror against shop staff and customers. The 14-year-old boy, who appeared before a youth court – which automatically bans
A row over identifying a sex case defendant that has dragged on since September has been resolved in an Appeal Court hearing. The Scunthorpe Evening Telegraph wanted to name a former care home boss accused of a string of sex
Journalists are being urged to lobby their MPs to bring an end to uncertainty for Manchester Evening News reporter Steve Panter. He faces prison for refusing to reveal his sources when called as a witness to a crown court case.
A district judge has backed an evening newspaper’s bid to name a 16-year-old with 96 convictions. The youngster was in court for committing offences while under an anti-social behaviour order. When he was served with the order in December 1999,
The Manchester Evening News has been found guilty of contempt of court after writing about the killers of Jamie Bulger. Click here to read the full story. But was what was published likely to lead people to identify where the
The Manchester Evening News has been found guilty of contempt of court after writing about the killers of Jamie Bulger. Click here to read the full story. But what went wrong on the day of publication? According to the evidence
A Lancashire Evening Telegraph reporter helped persuade magistrates to reject a council attempt to ban naming a 15-year-old, described as a ‘pied piper’ for leading other youngsters into crime. Police and a housing association asked magistrates to impose an Anti
The Grimsby Telegraph is ready to put new heart into its community after receiving almost £300,000 to spearhead a ground-breaking initiative. The paper is to link up with local communities to produce quarterly newsletters. The initiative – believed to be
A newspaper is being sued for publishing articles based on the findings of a council report. The Abuse in Early Years report, which centred on two nursery workers, was followed up by The Evening Chronicle in Newcastle in 1998. In