Police release Gosling on bail

Broadcaster Ray Gosling, who confessed in a television programme to the mercy killing of a lover, was released on police bail today.

Gosling, 70, left Oxclose Lane police station in Nottingham via a back entrance after being questioned on suspicion of murder for a day-and-a-half.

His lawyer Digby Johnson said: “He has been released on police bail. There are further inquiries to be carried out by the police. He provided the police with a lot of information and they have now got to sift through that.”

Bail had been provided for a couple of months, he added.

Earlier today, detectives were given a further 12 hours to question Gosling. He was arrested yesterday after he told BBC East Midlands’ Inside Out programme that he smothered a male lover who was suffering from Aids.

During the programme aired on Monday, Gosling said he smothered his partner because he was “in terrible, terrible pain”.

Since then, he has refused to name the man involved but has insisted his decision to speak out publicly was right.

The BBC said earlier that it broadcast Gosling’s revelation for “reasons of journalistic integrity”.

A spokesman said: “We believe we have handled the report sensitively and appropriately.

“We kept him fully informed about our representation of his story in the report and he understood that a revelation of this nature could have a number of consequences.

“The BBC is under no legal obligation to refer the matter to the police in these circumstances and since transmission we have been approached by the police and are co-operating fully.”

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