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The price of press hysteria

Issue No. 1781

THE RESULT of the hysteria whipped up around paedophiles by papers like the News of the World was shown just before Christmas. George Crawford was due to appear in court in January.

He always protested his innocence and was expected to plead not guilty to indecency charges. Crawford was 64 and had such bad eyesight he relied on a guide dog. He was brutally beaten to death in his own home near Rochdale.

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Sat 5 Jan 2002, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1781
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