how about a spot of BBC ignorance, of the ‘why are we forced to pay for this tosh?‘ variety?
In Genette police file for charges our sharp-minded, ever astute BBC journos report:
Prosecutors are to consider whether to charge a man with the abduction and murder of a Devon schoolgirl in 1978.
Genette Tate, 13, vanished while cycling on her newspaper round in Aylesbeare, where she lived.
Devon and Cornwall Police, who have reinvestigated the case, will send a file to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) early next year.
It will ask the CPS to consider whether charges can be brought against Robert Black, 57, for the murder of Genette.
Britain’s longest missing person inquiry began in August 1978 when Genette’s bicycle and papers were discovered lying in Within Lane at Aylesbeare.
No trace of Genette has ever been found, but detectives discovered that Mr Black was in the area at the time she went missing.
All well and good, and then they conclude with:
Police have held three lengthy interviews with Mr Black in Yorkshire where he lives.
It’s certainly true to say that Robert Black lives in Yorkshire, but stopping the story there make one wonder if having an interest in current affairs, reading newspapers and even just watching the news is still required for BBC journalists and sub-editors these days, for you see, with a little more effort, as little even as typing “Robert Black” into Google and clicking ‘I’m Feeling Lucky!’, even the most otherwise ignorant of BBC journalists should have been able to track down Black’s current address (and hence the rest of the story):
5 Love Lane
…to be precise, where he has been resident, courtesy of Her Majesty, since his conviction in 1994 for the murders of three other young girls, Susan Maxwell, 11, Sarah Harper, 10 and Caroline Hogg, 5.
Next they’ll be trying to tell us that Gibraltar is an island!
N.B.: The BBC’s story is timestamped 18:04BST yesterday, and was featured on the front page of News Online until 02:05BST this morning, before being relegated to the West/South West corner of the England page, whilst drivel like Women ‘can’t cook to save their lives’, says celebrity chef, which has been front page ‘news’ since 10.35BST yesterday, remains.
Update: Just in case anyone thinks that publishing the above address is encouraging mob-rule, please do click on the Her Majesty link before complaining! Black is in more danger from his nearest and dearest, with whom he lives, than he is from anyone else. Nor is the matter sub-judice. Even if it were, it is inconceivable that Black’s existing record would go unmentioned in court if there is a trial. His 1994 murder trial depended on the admission of his 1990 abduction conviction as ‘similar fact evidence’.
Update 2 (3pm): The Beeboids have now sneaked back while no one was looking and stealth edited the final paragraph to read:
Police have held three lengthy interviews in Yorkshire with Mr Black.
Nice to know you’re out there paying attention, but would it have been too much to do the decent thing and mention the murder of the young girls for whom Black is currently incarcerated, as you’ve done before?