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14:56 UK time, Tuesday, 4 September 2012

A service highlighting the riches of the daily press.

They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

And the papers have a long history of flattery.

Paper Monitor was idly perusing a copy of the London Evening Standard yesterday and a story caught the eye.

The youth who mugged BBC Home Affairs correspondent Tom Symonds has been given four years in young offenders institution.

Symonds's run-in with the mugger and the police who helped find both his iPhone and the culprit made for a powerful story on pages not far from these.

The use of a tracking app was key.

The Standard's article quotes Symonds talking about his experience, designated by the word "said".

Symonds, who was working on a BBC Ten O'Clock News report on police pay and conditions, said: "After 19 years of crime-free living in London, I was the victim of a mugging. I did the right thing and handed over my iPhone and wallet, trying not to raise the temperature of the encounter."
So that's "said", not "wrote".

Compare that with a similar passage in the original feature:

"After 19 years of crime-free living in London, I was finally the victim of a mugging. In my own neighbourhood. Breathlessly, I did the right thing and handed over my iPhone and wallet, desperately trying not to raise the temperature of the encounter."

There's probably nothing amiss. It's probably just a coincidence.

#occamsrazor


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