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Can I move now to paragraph 42 of your witness statement, which is dealing with ethical issues. You confirm that you never paid police officers for stories, but you go further than that and say that you seek to avoid putting the police in a position where they feel that they should provide information to you in exchange for anything that they consider that they are getting from you.

Isn't the difficulty with that that where, as you've described, you're sometimes giving hospitality to senior police officers, that hospitality might give rise to an expectation that they will then co-operate with you without hesitation?

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