He said he intended to change the law so that television, radio and newspapers could help police recapture juveniles by publicising details, including photographs. The announcement in a parlamentary written answer came after several newspapers this week published the name of a 16-year-old murder suspect sought by police after absconding from a hostel.
Mr Howard said: 'We must make sure that the law does not impede the police when they are trying to bring people to justice - irrespective of their age. I do not believe that the current legislation gives as much help to the police as it should.'
The youth, accused of the shotgun killing of Amaranath Bandaratilleke at a newsagent's shop in Hammersmith, west London, on 22 February, escaped from a social services hostel last week.Reuse content