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Misuse of private information claim brought against the BBC

28 January 2010

A misuse of private information case was pursued by Slater and Gordon Lawyers after our client was filmed by the BBC as he walked towards Wolverhampton Crown Court where he was the Bailiff. The film clip was then used in two Midlands Today News broadcasts to illustrate a report about the trial of a surgeon accused of indecently assaulting 5 boys. Our client’s face was obscured but the clear impression was given that he was one of the victims of the assault and that he was a witness giving evidence in court that day. Our client was identifiable because his wife was filmed walking alongside him with her face clearly visible. The impression given to the audience was in fact misleading, as our client had nothing to do with the surgeon's case. A claim for misuse of private information (albeit false information) was brought against the BBC. The case was settled and our client received £3,500 damages and a letter of apology.