Christopher Jefferies, 66, said he was ‘shamelessly vilified’ by the Daily Mirror and others and had to change his appearance and live ‘a hole and corner’ existence after police arrested him on suspicion of the murder of Joanne Yeates.

The Mirror later paid him substantial libel damages along with the Sun, Sunday Mirror, Daily Record, Daily Mail, Daily Star, The Scotsman and Daily Express. He said his normal life was suspended as he moved from one safe-house to another until police stopped proceedings against him in March this year, adding: ‘The Press set about what can only be described as a witch-hunt. 

'The tabloid Press decided that I was guilty of Miss Yeates’s murder and seemed determined to persuade the public of my guilt. They embarked on a frenzied  campaign to blacken my character by publishing a series of very serious allegations about me which were completely untrue, allegations which were a mixture of smear, innuendo and complete fiction.’


Kate and Gerry McCann, parents of missing Madeleine. They spoke movingly about their reaction to a front-page Daily Mirror story about Madeleine that declared: "She's dead". It was based on an article in a Portuguese paper, which quoted a source close to the police investigation who said they didn't know if she was alive or dead. Gerry McCann said they learned about the story at 11pm when they were just about to go to bed. He added: "That was one of the most distressing headlines that was just taken from supposition. It was incredible."

Hugh Grant, actor, 21.11.11: (He had taken himself to Charing Cross Hospital and it had been reported in the Mirror):  'I fail entirely to understand how an individual's medical records being appropriated and printed for commercial profit could not come under the remit of the PCC. If that doesn't come under the remit of the PCC, what the hell is the PCC for?'