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Paul Clarke Update

17 November 2009

1:26 PM

17 November 2009

1:26 PM

Remember the outcry after the discovery that Paul Clarke could face five years in prison for the "crime" of finding a sawn-off shotgun in his garden and handing it in to his local police station? No, me neither. Well, blog-land has not been happy about this but, as a reader points out, our friends at newspapers and the BBC have completely ignored it:

This story is getting zero coverage. I’ve seen more coverage from American websites than I have from UK sources. I’ve done a search at the Times, the Guardian and the BBC News website and – unless I’m doing something very wrong – none of them seem to be touching it. It doesn’t even feature on the BBC website’s local coverage for Surrey. It seems to me that this is a story in and of itself, no? I mean this is a pretty fundamental legal issue, I’d have thought, and if it isn’t clarified (or changed) then it’s only a matter of time before some other poor sod is going to be staring down the wrong end of a five-year minimum prison sentence for trying to do his civic duty. What, the Beeb can find bandwidth for "Two kite surfers jump over pier", "Cat tied to washing post put down" and "Schoolgirls hurt in tractor crash", but they can’t find space for this?

Quite. Indeed, you can add the Telegraph to the list of newspapers ignoring this story. Perhaps there are good reasons for not covering the matter but if there are or if there’s more to the case than initially seems to be the case it would be no bad thing if some enterprising newspaper editor asked his reporters to find out. Of course, the papers could be waiting for Mr Clarke to be sentenced next month, but…

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