Photographer gets a smashing 'scoop'
Friday 28 August 1992
His quarry was James Gilbey, a member of the gin dynasty, who is said to be the man on the intimate taped telephone conversation which has captured the attention of much of the world's press.
The woman on the tape is alleged to be the Princess of Wales and yesterday morning the Sun wanted to speak to Mr Gilbey, 36, about this so urgently that it offered a pounds 100 reward for a sighting.
The offer was aimed primarily at the paper's readers, but in the end it was Mr Styczynski, 31, who works regularly for the Sun, who earned the money in a most spectacular way. He had been watching the headquarters of the Lotus motor racing team, for whom Mr Gilbey works, at Ketteringham Hall, Norfolk, since Monday, when he spotted him driving along a nearby lane.
The photographer did a rapid U-turn and gave chase but lost Mr Gilbey. Suspecting that he might have gone to the Lotus offices he returned to Ketteringham and was immediately proved right.
His red Volkswagen Golf GTi collided head-on with Mr Gilbey's white Austin Montego, badly damaging both cars. Mr Styczynski was taken to hospital with whiplash injuries but later discharged. Mr Gilbey later went to the casualty department at the Norfolk and Norwich hospital where he was treated for bruising.
The Sun said: 'After detailed investigation and an interview with Mr Styczynski we are satisfied that he was going about his job in a conscientious and responsible manner. Mr Styczynski later claimed the Sun's pounds 100 reward for his scoop of tracking down Mr Gilbey, after this morning's paper carried a mock-up 'wanted' poster of him. The Sun is happy to pay him the money.'
Norfolk Police said the accident had occurred on a private road and so a prosecution was unlikely. Mr Gilbey could not be contacted for comment last night. He has gone to ground and the hunt for him has started all over again.
- 1 The truth about 'girl things': Three cheers for Heather Watson's honesty
- 2 Man who held up 'hire me' sign at Waterloo station returns a year later with 'I'm hiring' sign
- 4 Tennis fan suing Australian Open organisers for 'failing to shade spectators' during Murray match
- 5 Men behaving badly: Urinating while standing, 'manspreading' and the gendering of selfishness
Man who held up 'hire me' sign at Waterloo station returns a year later with 'I'm hiring' sign
Saudi preacher who 'raped and tortured' his five -year-old daughter to death is released after paying 'blood money'
Rob Lowe hits out at White House decision not to meet Israeli leader
Iraq invasion 2003: The bloody warnings six wise men gave to Tony Blair as he prepared to launch poorly planned campaign
Winston Churchill: From accusations of anti-Semitism to the blunt refusal that led to the deaths of millions
British Muslim leaders outraged after Eric Pickles says followers of Islam should 'prove their identity'
UK terror fears: My jihadist son returned from Syria mentally scarred – now he is being ignored
Nigel Farage: NHS might have to be replaced by private health insurance
Billy Crystal: 'Stop shoving gay sex scenes in my face'
'We would evict Queen from Buckingham Palace and allocate her council house,' say Greens
French court convicts three over homophobic tweets, in case hailed as a 'significant victory' by LGBT rights campaigners
Excellent Salary : Austen Lloyd: OXFORD - REGIONAL FIRM - An excellent opportu...
Super Package: Austen Lloyd: BRISTOL - SENIOR CLINICAL NEGLIGENCE - An outstan...
£15000 - £50000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Fantastic opportunities are ava...
Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: A Compute Engineer is required to join a globa...