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CPS advises Ray Gosling be prosecuted for wasting police time


The Special Crime Division of the Crown Prosecution Service has advised Nottinghamshire Police that television presenter Ray Gosling should be prosecuted for wasting police time. Mr Gosling was served with a summons for that offence today.

Helen Allen, senior lawyer in the Special Crime Division, said: "Mr Gosling was arrested by Nottinghamshire Police on suspicion of murder following his appearance in a television programme in which he confessed to killing a former lover who was dying of AIDS.

"He was interviewed several times by the police and detectives conducted an extensive investigation into the allegation.  The police were in contact with the CPS during the investigation and a file was passed to the Special Crime Division on 28 July 2010.

"The police established that there was sufficient evidence to provide a realistic prospect of proving that Mr Gosling's confession was false and asked the CPS to consider whether he should be prosecuted for wasting police time, given the amount of work they had to carry out to establish what had happened.

"After careful consideration of all the evidence I decided that Mr Gosling should be prosecuted for wasting police time and advised the police to obtain a summons to that effect. The summons for him to appear before Nottingham magistrates on 14 September 2010 was served on Mr Gosling when he answered his police bail today."


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  2. The television programme during which Mr Gosling made his remarks was a documentary for the BBC's Inside Out series broadcast on 15 February 2010. He repeated his remarks during interviews the next day, including on BBC television's Breakfast programme in an interview with Bill Turnbull.
  3. Details of the offence as summonsed: On 16/02/2010 at London caused wasteful employment of the police by knowingly making to Bill Turnbull a false report tending to show that an offence had been committed. Contrary to sec 5 (2) of the Criminal Law Act 1967. The offence may only be heard at the magistrates' court and carries a maximum sentence of six months' imprisonment.
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