Jury should decide TV star Noel Clarke’s guilt – Yorkshire Post Letters

From: Paul Morley, Ribblesdale Estate, Long Preston, Skipton.

Actor Noel Clarke.

UNTIL all this alleged behaviour by Noel Clarke hit the headlines, I had never heard of the actor. So as I’m looking at this with no prejudices or pre-conceived ideas, something bothers me greatly.

The man has effectively been sacked from his employment, ostracised by so-called friends and acquaintances, and already been ‘tried and found guilty’.

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Yet, so far, he appears not to have been tried by a court of law or even put before a custody sergeant in a police station and charged with any offences.

Do TV soaps like Coronation Street set a good example to younger people?

Whether he is innocent or guilty is not a matter for me, his employers or his peers, but for a judge and jury after the due process of law has been followed.

From: Barry Foster, High Stakesby, Whitby.

MANY years ago I sat on a Crime Panel in a local town concerned about the rise in crime. The panel consisted of a judge, police inspector, local minister and myself as a teacher.

I was asked “Did I think there was anything that contributed to crime?” My reply was television.

I have not changed my views. We are overrun with series and plays all relating to crime and soaps are awash with it.

From: J A King, Thurgoland, Sheffield.

I NEARLY choked on my toast and marmalade when I read BBC director-general Tim Davie complain about a growing assault on the truth (The Yorkshire Post, May 3).

I think the BBC needs to do a great deal of self-analysis before he pontificates about reporters in the rest of the world.

I totally agree with him that what we need is factual, unbiased, truthful reporting. When is the BBC going to start?

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