Police to keep secret tipsters

By JOHN HENZELL – The Press | Thursday, 23 August 2007

The police have won a crucial legal battle to keep informants’ names secret after telling a High Court judge they have no faith in the ability of the court system to maintain the anonymity of regular tipsters.

Justice John Hansen overturned a ruling that the police would have to name a long-time informer, said to have provided tip-offs that led to a series of successful prosecutions over 15 years, before relying on their latest tip-off to obtain a search warrant.

He said he was concerned that despite a duty on the courts to ensure anonymity, the police did not believe the identity would remain secret.

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