Reporter in hospital after interview


Bedfordshire on Sunday reporter Oliver Adam was treated in hospital after an incident which happened while he was attempting to interview and take a picture of a local council solicitor.

The solicitor, Andy Darkoh, who works for Bedford Borough Council, Adam and BoS photographer Mike Jones, who later arrived at the scene, were all arrested after the incident in a Bedford car park last Friday.

Adam, who needed five stitches to a head wound, was released without charge. Darkoh and Jones have been released on police bail until 30 July.

Bedfordshire Police confirmed that two people had been bailed following a public disturbance.

A story about Darkoh was the splash in Bedfordshire on Sunday at the weekend.

Meanwhile, in the High Court on Tuesday, Local Sunday Newspapers, publisher of Bedfordshire on Sunday, agreed to pay damages and has apologised to two councillors over an article claiming that advertising was being taken away from the paper to "punish" it for telling the truth about the council.

The libel action was brought by Shan Hunt, leader of the Labour Party group on Bedford Council and former leader of the council, and Graham Bates, leader of the Conservative group on the council.

lLocal Sunday Newspapers launched the free Buckinghamshire on Sunday into East Bucks last Sunday with a distribution of around 25,000.

By Jon Slattery

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