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I think that's a very good point because there's different kinds of publications. Now I live in Edinburgh. I have heard the Chief Constable say that we've got to be very careful about creating a fear of crime where, as far as we're concerned, you people live in a very safe environment, and by and large Edinburgh is a very safe environment. So the police policy is not to give us information about minor crime, and so the pages of the Evening News are not filled with bicycle thieves and sheds being broken into. That's a policy of the police.

Go to another publication, the local Neighbourhood Watch newsletter, you will see stuff there from the beat cop who is telling people, "Be careful because there's been a number of break-ins in this street and we're investigating". So the police are controlling what goes in some media, but then the beat cop is quite happy and able to talk to his local Neighbourhood Watch who then publish a newsletter that goes out to all the houses in that neighbourhood.

So therefore you have two very different perceptions of what's going on in communities and two very different publications, but in terms of the Inquiry, those are still publications. The Neighbourhood Watch newsletter is a publication as much as our newspapers are, and the police have a different viewpoint to what goes in one and the other.

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