The Sun remains the only major media outlet to have named the schoolboy alleged to have stabbed teacher Ann Maguire in Leeds.
Despite West Yorkshire Police issuing a statement yesterday saying that his identity should not be revealed, The Sun named him in both yesterday and today’s paper.
- January 24, 2019
- October 9, 2018
- September 25, 2017
No other newspaper or major media outlet has named the boy, although a number of details which could lead to his identity have been released.
He has also been widely named on social media.
The Sun said in a statement today: "The Sun was within its legal right to name the suspect in the Leeds case and felt it was a matter of public interest. We remain committed to informing our readers of the whole story where we are free to do so."
Yesterday, West Yorkshire Police tweeted:
Re #Leeds stabbing, pls can people refrain from speculating on identity of arrested person as this may prejudice potential court proceedings
— WestYorkshire Police (@WestYorksPolice) April 29, 2014
But media law expert Cleland Thom challenged the force over its guidance.
Writing for Press Gazette, he said that the boy can be named, thanks to a legal loophole, between his arrest and the first court proceedings.
Thom wrote: “The boy only receives legal anonymity under the Children and Young Person’s Act 1933 once youth court proceedings start.
“Legally, there’s a loophole. He can be safely named up to that point.”
Meanwhile, he said, the Press Complaints Commission Code states that under-16s allegedly involved in crimes should not be named except in cases of “exceptional” public interest.
He said: “In the case of the Leeds schoolboy, I would say that there is exceptional public interest. It was a notorious crime, and raises broader issues about the safety of teachers in schools.”