A legal chambers has said it is "shocked" at calls by one of its barristers for the age of consent to be lowered to 13 in a bid to end the "persecution of old men".
In an article for online publication Spiked, Barbara Hewson, a barrister at Hardwicke chambers, said crimes by disgraced broadcaster Stuart Hall - were "low-level misdemeanours"
Hall recently admitted indecently assaulting 13 girls, the youngest aged just nine.
In a statement, Hardwicke said: "We are shocked by the views expressed in Barbara Hewson's article in Spiked.
"We did not see or approve the article pre-publication and we completely dissociate ourselves from its content and any related views she may have expressed via social media or any other media outlets."
More top news
The Tunisia attack coroner has denied neglect by TUI and the hotel owners played a role in the deaths, so why are some relatives suing?
The 87-year-old, who broke the four-minute mile, has described the problem of doping in sport as a source of "extreme sadness" for him.
Survey finds many are unaware that penalties will double from tomorrow - but most don't think it will stop dangerous driving.