Yes. It was I took over as Chief Constable of South Wales Police on 1 January 2010 and on 4 January I was interviewed by Jane's Police Review, an in-house magazine. At the end of the interview I was asked if anything had changed since taking over as the Chief Constable. I said it hadn't. I was pushed on the matter, and they said surely something has changed. I mentioned that there's a Tesco store opposite our headquarters where I go shopping and it took me a little bit longer because people wanted to speak to me to congratulate me. That was completely misinterpreted and in the press appeared an article about an individual, a chief constable who wouldn't go shopping because he was too frightened to go through the aisles because of security reasons, he couldn't go shopping.
That was quickly taken up by most of the national papers, indeed international newspapers, and covered on the media and all over the Internet, and it was manifestly untrue. It was a situation when I'm trying to set the tone and the tenure of my organisation, and I'm a firm believer that you have to live and breathe the standards that you expect others to follow, and I was reading about an individual whose standards I didn't quite like.
I needed to do something about it and I had the full support of the Police Authority in following the defamation route. We had recorded the conversation, myself and there were three other people in the interview. It was a telephone conversation. We were able to go back through the notes. It took some time, though, to get the Police Review to actually agree that I didn't say what they were purporting I had said.
The pleasing thing for me was members of my own staff and people that knew me wrote into the various newspapers to say that they'd completely misrepresented Peter Vaughan and Peter Vaughan's character. Once the Police Review had conceded that they had printed an inaccuracy, apologised and made a donation to charity, we then worked our way through the other newspapers and the Internet information that was out on the web.