Websites risk court action after ‘Baby P’ vigilantes post calls for vengeance

Antony Savvas

The identity of the mother of "Baby P" and the identity of her boyfriend have been exposed on the internet as part of vigilante calls for vengeance for the baby's death.

The exposure demonstrates the courts' lack of power in enforcing bans on the identities of defendants in sensitive cases.

The identities of the pair have been posted on various websites, including Facebook and Bebo. The mother is said to have had an account with Bebo.

The sites have now taken down threatening calls for action against the pair, but thousands of people have already viewed them.

The identity of the lodger who lived with them, who was also involved with the baby's death, was allowed to be reported.

Technically, any website under the jurisdiction of UK law risks being taken to court for any court order breach over the exposure of identities that are supposed to remain anonymous in a case.

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