Bristol City council spend more than £20,000 on an attempt to get an injunction to stop press reporting, a Freedom of Information request revealed. 

This is Bristol report:

BRISTOL City Council spent more than £23,000 of taxpayers’ money on an attempt to ban the press from reporting details of a controversial fostering case.

The Post reported in January that an adoption case heard at Bristol’s Family Proceedings Court revealed how it took two weeks for social services to remove a four-year-old girl from a foster family, despite the foster father being under suspicion of possessing indecent images of children.

Without warning the media, on the final day of the case, the council went to the civil court to get an injunction banning any reporting of the case.

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