Former Blue Peter presenter Diane-Louise Jordan’s ‘hell’ is over after woman who claimed she was harassed by the star is convicted of lying
SONGS of Praise presenter Diane-Louise Jordan has spoken of her relief after a woman who claimed she was harassed by the star was convicted of lying.
The BBC host was handed a Police Information Notice in 2014 after her ex son-in-law’s lover Kayla Thomas complained to cops.
But Thomas, 23, got an 18-month suspended jail term at Cambridge crown court after she admitted perverting the course of justice.
Diane-Louise, 56, said: “There’s a sense of relief that I have been completely exonerated.
“I knew I was innocent, but it’s good a court of law has realised that that’s the case.
“I’m hoping now as the family is concerned there is a line drawn under it.
“Hopefully at some point there will be reconciliation.
“This is not like our family to have something like that.”
PINs usually last for around a year, but cops issuing the notices have no obligation to ensure the allegations made are true.
They do not go on a person’s criminal record, but do flag up on CRB checks.
The presenter added: “Because I work with children’s charities it was always having an effect on me.
“If someone takes a dislike to you, they can make an allegation and you can be slapped with one of these notices.
“It is very hard living with a lie.”
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In 2014, around 900 PINs were issued in Greater Manchester, 1,500 in Sussex, and 2,900 in Thames Valley.
However a report in 2011 commissioned by then Home Secretary Theresa May said: “We recognise that there are concerns around the process by which these notices are issued.
“Some argue that those issued with a Police Information Notice are not given a fair hearing.”
In 2015 the Home Affairs Select Committee called for those issued with a PIN to have a right to appeal – which isn’t possible at the moment.
Then chair of the Committee Keith Vaz said at the time: “Tens of thousands of PINs are issued by the police every year.
“The lack of any procedure for appealing against a PIN can feel very unfair to recipients.”
Ms Jordan, from Peterborough, Cambs, was the first black presenter of Blue Peter and was involved in the programme from 1990 to 1996.
Ms Thomas, from Cambridge, was given an 18-month prison sentence suspended for two years and was also handed a three-month curfew and ordered to pay £1,000 costs and £100 victim surcharge.