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Police chaplain backs report’s claim of ‘unacceptable’ media response to Manchester Arena attack

The National Chaplain to the Catholic Police Guild has denounced some sections of the media for their “unacceptable” behaviour in the wake of last year’s “wicked and devastating” Manchester Arena attack.

The Kerslake Report – a report by Lord Bob Kerslake, commissioned by the mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham – found that the child of one family was given condolences on the doorstep by a journalist before official notification of the death of her mother and, in another incident, a note was put in a biscuit tin and sent into a hospital ward offering £2,000 for information.

Journalists also allegedly impersonated a bereavement nurse and a police officer, to get information, it was claimed.

In response to the report, Fr Barry Lomax, National Chaplain to the Catholic Police Guild, has called for an end to such “unacceptable” and “unorthodox” practices.

“The Kerslake Review has correctly highlighted the unorthodox behaviour of some journalists involved, and that such practices are unacceptable and should be stopped,” Fr Lomax, who is also Greater Manchester Police Chaplain to Sedgley Park Police Training School & Clayton Brook Complex, told The Universe.

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Picture: An I Love Manchester sign. (NurPhoto/SIPA USA/PA).