Agency Reporter Cleared of Impersonation Charge

A Scottish press agency reporter has been cleared of impersonating a court official to secure an interview with an assault victim.

Lauren Crooks was last year charged by Lothian and Borders Police – despite handing over a business card during the interview which clearly stated her name and position with Deadline Press & Picture Agency.

On Friday, the 25 year-old was finally cleared at Edinburgh Sheriff Court, following a year of legal wrangling and uncertainty, involving eight separate court appearances.

Said Crooks, who was a court reporter with the agency at the time and is now its news editor: “I am delighted I have finally been cleared. But it’s not just a personal victory – this is an important ruling for the media as a whole. Had I been convicted