Police blamed for McCann and Jefferies media mistakes

Police could have reduced negative media coverage in the cases of Madeleine McCann's disappearance and Joanna Yeates's murder if they had given journalists off-the-record guidance, Daily Star crime correspondent Jerry Lawton told the Leveson Inquiry.

Lawton praised the way many UK forces share information with reporters, in particular West Yorkshire Police and Greater Manchester Police.

But he criticised Leicestershire Police, who assisted Portuguese detectives in investigating what happened to Madeleine, and Avon and Somerset Police, who led the Joanna Yeates investigation.

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