Police will not lay charges against freelance cameraman Bradley Ambrose over the so-called "teapot tapes" affair, Assistant Commissioner Malcolm Burgess says.
He said police will issue Mr Ambrose with a warning after referring the matter to Crown Law.
"While police have issued a warning in this instance, we are clear that the actions of Mr Ambrose were unlawful."
He said three people worked on the investigation which has been underway since shortly before the election.
"One factor taken into account is a letter of regret from Mr Ambrose which has been sent to the Prime Minister and Mr Banks. They have both indicated acceptance of this statement."
The statement by the Police that Ambrose's actions were "unlawful" is probably of more significance that the decision over whether he ought be charged. The Police have drawn a line in the sand over what conduct is within and without the law, and Ambrose's actions have been ruled to be in the latter category.
The decision not to prosecute is understandable, but in their haste to report that Bradley Ambrose has been cleared (and we've already seen a report which says "Taepot Tapes saga dropped"), we hope that members of our fine, upstanding mainstream media do indeed read the whole statement from Supt. Malcolm Burgess.