Johnston Press indicated today that is standing by its reporter Sally Murrer – who was charged yesterday with aiding and abetting misconduct in a public office.
Milton Keynes Citizen reporter Murrer has been charged in connection with receiving stories and tip-offs from police officers.
The regional press giant said today in a statement: “Yesterday’s announcement comes as a surprise to those who know and have worked with Sally Murrer in her many years with Johnston Press and who have experienced her dedication and professionalism.
“We have no doubt that Sally will wish to clear her name of this damaging accusation and to that end Johnston Press will continue to support her both morally and in terms of financial assistance to pay for legal advice and representation.
“In view of the fact that proceedings are now active, it is unlikely that we shall make any further comment, at least for the time being.”
Murrer has been told bosses that she will not be suspended pending the outcome of the trial – as had been expected, instead she is to carry on working as normal.