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I think it's not a secret in the Police Service that the Soham murders, Cambridgeshire police found it very difficult in the first week to deal with the huge press interest in that case. It was really the first case I covered where 24-hour news really gave a domestic high-profile crime real, real publicity. That was unprecedented. So they were deluged and I think within a week they sort of got extra help from the Metropolitan Police press officers and stuff like that, so I think they were -- as a result of not being able to field some questions, you know, they were just completely inundated, there was -- there were dangers in terms of press accuracy, I would say.

The Shipman case -- well, Manchester police is obviously a big force and I think they're able to deal very -- able to deal with that quite easily. And also it wasn't -- it didn't have the intensity -- the story didn't have the intensity that the murders of Holly and Jessica had.

Milly Dowler, as well, I think -- let me think, that was 2002, wasn't it? Surrey's a small force. I think at the start of that case, there was quite a lot of publicity in the first two or three days and it drifted off after a while, so it wasn't that intense, the coverage or the media interest in it, after a few days. So they were able to handle the sort of media interest.

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