Justice secretary floats idea of not naming some people accused of serious crimes

The new justice secretary has suggested that the anonymity of suspected sex offenders and others accused of serious crimes should be respected until they are charged if they have a reputation to protect.

Robert Buckland QC was asked if he supported a campaign to ban the naming of those arrested on suspicion of rape and other sexual offences, which has been led by Sir Cliff Richard and radio presenter Paul Gambaccini – both falsely accused of historical sex offences.

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