People pays out

Television presenter Keith Chegwin has won damages from The People after it published a story claiming he was planning to bribe police officers.

The People’s article, on its front page on 5 January, headlined: “Cheggers In Cop Bribe Scandal”, claimed Chegwin was planning to commit criminal offences by bribing police officers to reveal confidential information about other celebrities for his new television programme Stars and their Cars.

Lawyers for The People have agreed the story was without foundation.

Chegwin said: “I have never been involved in any kind of criminal activity. To be accused of such horrendous defamatory allegations has been a real upset to my family and myself and has seriously affected my work.

“I’m not surprised they’ve agreed to make amends so quickly and to date have agreed to meet my legal costs, and print a full retraction.”

The article was written by Alexander Hitchens, when Neil Wallis was editing The People.

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