Elusive Daily Mail editor Paul Dacre apparently beats a retreat rather than face C4's Alex Thomson

Daily Mail editor Paul Dacre would rather apparently spend a night away from his London town house than risk running into Channel 4 News reporter Alex Thomson.

Thomson was outside Dacre's west London bolthole (his main residence is in East Sussex) at around 11pm when a chauffeur-driven car approached. Seeing the film crew it promptly backed out and an acolyte was despatched to collect items apparently for an overnight bag.

To my knowledge the only interview Dacre has given in recent years (outside the Leveson Inquiry) was to Leeds Student (the paper he once edited) in 2006.

Perhaps Dacre was concerned Channel 4's Thomson would repeat the tactics he depoyed in a rather physical encounter with former Sun editor Kelvin MacKenzie last year.

Press Gazette has made numerous requests to interview Dacre over the years.

Like many other national newspaper editors, Dacre prefers to let his newspaper do the talking shuns the limelight himself.

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