Rebekah Brooks ‘did not predict’ Paulsgrove riots

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REBEKAH Brooks said she had not predicted the Paulsgrove riots which followed the News of the World’s naming of sex offenders.

Giving evidence at the Leveson enquiry the former News International chief executive, inset, said she does have regrets about the paper’s campaign to identify paedophiles when she was its editor in 2000.

She said: ‘I did not predict there was going to be a riot in Paulsgrove or that a member of the public would mistake a paedophile for a paediatrician.’

‘I do have some regrets about the campaign,’ she added. ‘Particularly the list of convicted paedophiles that we put into the paper.

‘I felt we made some mistakes by just going on an appearance in the Sex Offenders Act, which wasn’t necessarily the right criteria.’