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Secrecy lifted over man denied custody of autistic son

Media successfully challenge secrecy rules.

The full story of a man denied access to his autistic is to be made public for the first time after a media challenge to secrecy rules at the Court of Protection.

Mr Justice Peter Jackson also agreed to a media application to be allowed to identify the parties in the case - autistic Steven Neary, 20, and his 51-year-old father Mark, his main carer, of Uxbridge, west London, and the local authority, the London Borough of Hillingdon.

The application for journalists to attend the Court of Protection hearings in the case of Leary versus Hillingdon Council was made by The Independent, Guardian News and Media, the BBC, Press Association and Times Newspapers.

It is thought to be the first time that a judge in the Court of Protection has agreed at the start of a media application relating to reporting a case that all the parties could be identified.

Mark Neary has been involved with a battle with Hillingdon Council since December 2009, when 20-year-old Steven went into a "positive behaviour unit" for respite care because his father was ill.

Full story at Press Gazette

Dominic Ponsford is editor of Press Gazette