A caller to a Five Live phone-in show discussing the Jon Venables story shocked listeners yesterday when he admitted ‘it’s a very complex case and I don’t feel qualified to comment.’
The show’s host listened in stunned silence, as the caller, identifying himself only as Pete from Penge, explained ‘I’m not really sure I should phone in and offer an instant judgment. I don’t know the facts, I’ve never dealt with any children, let alone difficult ones, and I don’t feel comfortable playing god’. Pete was abruptly cut off shortly afterwards.
The station later issued an apology for the incident, saying ‘this kind of opinion is of course not welcome on any of our phone-ins, and we will do our utmost to ensure that this sort of thing never happens again. In fact he should be strung up – it’s the only language these people understand.’