P&J Editor Criticises Top English Policeman

The editor of the Press and Journal, Derek Tucker, has hit out a top English policeman who has been embroiled in a war of words with a North-east England freelance newsman.

The deputy chief constable of Northumbria Police, DCN Warcup, has rebutted criticism of his force’s media relations strategy, from a Nigel Green.

The row evolved after Green criticised the force in the media trade weekly news magazine, Press Gazette – complaining that in a two-week period over the festive season, the force dealt with 17,261 incidents of which details of only 27 were released to the media, some a long time after they happened.

Green, who has specialised in crime during his 23-year career, has also campaigned since the late 1990s for the Northumbria force to staff its press office at weekends. Operating as Nigel
Green Media, he has worked, in the past, for the Sheffield Star, the Sunderland Echo and Tyne Tees TV.

And his campaign on the staffing issue appears to have paid off, as the force now plans to open its press office at weekends. Northumbria Police spends nearly