11th April 2017

During the making of the BBC1 series ‘Britain on the Fiddle’ the production team working with Police and investigators filmed two raids on the home of a person who had allegedly committed multiple serious fraud offences totalling at least £40,000.  Local Council investigators alleged the fraudster was making claims from over thirty Councils with over payments being calculated as being at least £40,000.

An internal BBC investigation found the filming raised “significant legal and editorial concerns”.  The alleged fraudster’s defence team applied to have the criminal proceedings thrown out because of the conduct of the investigators, Police and the BBC.  The Judge in the case ruled in favour of the defence and was “highly critical” of the way the search was conducted.

Further details can be found here.