Agency breaks Shipman exclusives

By Jon Slattery

Cavendish Press news agency has scored three major exclusives in a row on Harold Shipman.

The Manchester agency broke the story that the Shipman Inquiry was
probing 137 deaths of patients while Shipman was a junior doctor at
Pontefract General Infirmary.

Cavendish followed up with an
exclusive double-page spread in the Sunday Mirror of 23 January with a
picture showing a young, clean-shaven Shipman on a holiday beach.

Cavendish
editor BrianWhittle had a page one exclusive and four-page spread in
the Sunday Express last Sunday with the story of how Shipman mocked his
victims and his colleagues in previously unpublished prison letters.

“Shipman
remains a major story of our times,” said Whittle. “There are more
revelations to come with the inquest in April and the prison
ombudsman’s report after that. The story is far from over.”

ITV is scheduled to show its major documentary on the story, called Shipman , on 1 March.

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