Justice Secretary stirs up the issue over anonymity for suspected sexual offenders

The recent conviction of Carl Beech has reignited the debate over whether those accused of sexual offences should be named before they are charged.

The Justice Secretary, Robert Buckland QC last week added to the debate by suggesting that the anonymity of suspected sex offenders should be respected until they are charged – where the individual has a reputation to protect. He also suggested that this principle be extended to all serious crimes.

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