McAlpine lawyer: ITV error 'worse than BBC'

Lord McAlpine's lawyer said ITV should pay "a little bit more" compensation than the BBC over false claims linking the peer to child abuse because its infringement seemed to be "premeditated".

Andrew Reid told Channel 4 News, "They [ITV] don't quite see their transgression as being as serious as that of the BBC, whereas our advisors see it as being far worse, particularly because it looks as if it was premeditated".

Following comedian Alan Davies' apology to Lord McAlpine earlier this evening, Mr Reid said, "I'm surprised he hasn't apologised a lot earlier bearing in mind the huge amount of tweets".

Mr Reid said Twitter users with a large number of followers - such as Sally Bercow and Mr Davies - will be receiving letters before any legal action is taken.

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Met to assess McAlpine charges

The Metropolitan Police says officers will meet Lord McAlpine as part of the process of working out whether any criminal offence has been committed by Twitter users falsely linking him to child abuse allegations.