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I see. You asked me earlier about what was the benefit, if you like. One of the benefits of my relationship, without question, with senior police officers is that if I rang -- and it would almost always be via Dick Fedorcio, but if I rang one of them and said, "We have this situation that we think the Met ought to get involved with", then they would take that seriously, because they know that I'm a guy who is not going to mess them about. You know, when you were referring earlier to specific stories, that wasn't my job. I was the deputy editor. We have a crime reporter. We have a news editor. We have other people whose job it was to go and make specific stories. That wasn't my job.

So, you know, it would work out pretty much as suited them, really.

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