Machine guns trained on disabled people - not reported by the BBC?

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Dear British Broadcasting Corporation,

Earlier this month (the 11th, I think), Iain Duncan Smith appeared before the Parliamentary Work And Pensions Committee.

Representatives of several disability organisations attended the House Of Commons on that day, and it has been widely claimed that armed police guarding Mr Smith actually pointed machine guns straight at these people, most of whom were disabled and one or two of whom were even in wheelchairs.

If this actually happened, then it is something that is unprecedented in a civilised country like ours, and a matter that should rank very highly is all news media. The claim that machine guns were pointed at disabled people by British police is, if true, something that should dwarf news stories such as 'Plebgate' into insignificance.

And yet while 'Plebgate' has been headlined numerous times by the BBC, I have not heard this particular incident mentioned once, either on the BBC's television news, or Radio 4's Today, or PM, or any other Radio 4 news programmes.

I am writing to ask, therefore, if there is any written record of editorial discussions which led to the decision not to investigate this worrying claim, or even to mention it I would also like to see any documents that may have been sent to the BBC from any government department about this matter.

Yours faithfully,

Pamela Twigge

FOI Enquiries, Y Gorfforaeth Ddarlledu Brydeinig

Dear Ms Twigge,

Thank you for your request for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, as detailed in your email below. Your request was received on 30th December 2013. We will deal with your request as promptly as possible, and at the latest within 20 working days. If you have any queries about your request, please contact us at the address below.

The reference number for your request is RFI20131959.

Kind regards

The Information Policy & Compliance Team

BBC Freedom of Information
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Email: [BBC request email]

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Dear Ms Twigge,


Please find attached the response to your request for information,
reference RFI20131959.


Yours sincerely,


The Information Policy and Compliance Team


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