The transcripts of the official inquiry into the culture, practices and ethics of the press. More…

The non-reportable briefing was legitimate in attempting to stop some very difficult issues being aired which would not have helped the investigation, quite the reverse, would have loaded the inquiry, and I felt would have directed some attention to the family, who had already -- let us remember this -- suffered enormously, and this, I felt, would be completely unacceptable.

So what I'm saying -- I mean, this is a -- this is a particular inquiry. It is a feature of these top-end inquiries that they attract a lot of attention. There is a great deal of competition around them between media sources for lines, angles, particularly if they are not resolved rapidly, and they can become more and more exotic and more and more problematic for the investigators and the family who are caught at the centre of it.

And one has a choice, and the choice, in the end, is: does one wait and sometimes hope for the best, seeing a momentum building, or does one attempt an intervention like this? There's a risk associated with this, but I have to say I have not been let down when we had done it on that basis, and it's quite clear what we are attempting to do. It is a risk, but in the world of policing, sometimes risks have to be taken.

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