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Ex-police sergeant faces jail after selling info to The Sun

A former police sergeant is facing jail after admitting selling information to The Sun newspaper.

James Bowes, 30, from Steyning, West Sussex, pleaded guilty at the Old Bailey today to misconduct in a public office in 2010.

Former police sergeant James Bowes pictured outside Westminster Magistrates court in March. Credit: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire

He was remanded on unconditional bail to be sentenced on 9th May.

Mr Justice Fulford warned him that the fact he had been given bail was "no indication of disposal".

No details of the case were given during the short hearing.

Bowes is said to have passed on information of investigations to the tabloid between 9th April and 20th July 2010 while working for Sussex Police.

Royal Charter was 'bodged together while PM slept'

The managing editor of The Sun, Richard Caseby, has launched a stinging attack on the government-sponsored Royal Charter, accusing it of being "draconian" and "bodged together".

An earlier deal for state regulation was bodged together by politicians and the pressure group Hacked Off at a secret late night meeting. The Prime Minister was asleep in his bed at the time.

This was not the independent, self regulation recommended by the Leveson Inquiry. It was rushed; it was draconian; it was it was a mess; and it is being condemned by commentators the world over.

It meant that the state would ultimately have the final say in what newspapers write, and it went further.

It basically blackmailed publishers into joining up because it threatened them with punitive damaged which could easily put them out of business.

– Richard caseby, managing editor of the sun


Girlguiding calls for an end to Page 3 Girls

Editor of the Sun Dominic Mohan has been lobbied over Page 3. Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The Girlguiding movement, which counts over half a million members, have signed a petition calling on The Sun newspaper to stop the use of page 3 topless models.

In a poll of its members, who are aged 16 to 25, 88% called on Sun editor Dominic Mohan "to finally take bare boobs out of The Sun".

Julie Bentley, chief executive of Girlguiding, said: “We are very proud that young women in Guiding are choosing to speak out and play a part in building the society they want to live in.”

Prison officer jailed for selling information to The Sun

Former prison officer Richard Trunkfield has been sentenced to 16 months in prison for selling information about James Bulger's killer Jon Venables to The Sun newspaper, it can now be reported.

Trunkfield, 31, from Moulton, Northamptonshire, admitted leaking information while working at high security Woodhill Prison near Milton Keynes. It could not initially be reported that the prisoner involved was Venables because of legal restrictions on reporting his whereabouts.

But the court heard today that Venables is no longer at Woodhill. Trunkfield pleaded guilty to misconduct in a public office between March 2 and April 30, 2010.

Judge: Tierney profited 'out of misery'

It is wholly against the public interest for those who hold public office cynically to profit out of the misery or unfortunate circumstances of those for whom they are responsible.

The most serious aspect of the two offences is that, in relation to count two, the defendant provided the name and, most significantly, the address of the witness.

The fact that the individual coincidentally tried to sell the story to another newspaper is neither here nor there in terms of what this defendant had in mind.

Put bluntly, it could easily have led to that witness withdrawing all co-operation as regards being a witness.

– Judge Justice Fulford


The Sun ‘to start charging for online content’

The Sun looks set to follow in the footsteps of The Times. Credit: David Jones/PA Wire

The Sun could be set to follow the lead of other UK newspapers in charging readers to view online content.

The Telegraph revealed today it would be charging readers for online access and, according to the Guardian, The Sun is set to follow suit.

Fellow News International publications The Times and Sunday Times introduced a paywall in July 2010.

Labour MP felt 'very uneasy' after Sun phone hacking

Labour MP Siobhain McDonagh has given her reaction to accepting "very substantial" damages and a public apology from The Sun after her stolen mobile phone was accessed by the newspaper.

I'm in public life and I don't have a hang-up about my own privacy, but my family and constituents who had contacted me and given personal views were subjected to people seeing it. That made me feel very uneasy.

As an MP, people tell me all sorts of things, people give their personal information and they believe that you will do the right thing with it. That wasn't for anyone's eyes.

I was a government whip, I had lots of phone numbers and had then exposed all those people to having their privacy invaded, and that troubled me.

– Siobhain McDonagh
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