Comic Carr in clear over court photo

POPULAR comic Jimmy Carr was cleared off any wrongdoing last night over a photograph taken inside a Suffolk court building which was posted onto the internet under his name.

POPULAR comic Jimmy Carr was cleared off any wrongdoing last night over a photograph taken inside a Suffolk court building which was posted onto the internet under his name.

The picture of a sign informing people it was illegal to take any photograph inside a court, whether on a camera or mobile phone, was posted onto the comedian's official Twitter page shortly after his appearance at Sudbury Magistrates' Court.

It prompted a number of messages from fans warning the poster of repercussions but it has now emerged the wording of the sign was misleading and will be changed in light of the incident.

Both Suffolk police and Her Majesty's (HM) Court Services agreed no criminal offence had occurred because the photo did not feature anybody involved in court proceedings, which would have been dealt with by arrest.

The information sign in the witness suite on the first floor of Sudbury Magistrates' Court will now be removed and the wording altered.

A spokesperson for HM Court Services said: “The sign was not as clear as it could have been. You cannot take photos in the court or the precincts of the court if you have parties to cases in the pictures.

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“It means if you take pictures of the judges or witnesses etc - that would be against the law.”

He added: “That poster will be replaced by one that is clearer.”

A spokesperson for Suffolk police said: “Officers have viewed the image and have concluded that no offence has been committed. There will be no police action taken.”