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Sky News said viewers watching in real-time 'would not have noticed'

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Sky News has issued an apology to a victim of rape after her name was "very briefly revealed" by the broadcaster last night, during its coverage of the reported naming of the victim on Twitter.

The Telegraph reported earlier today that Sky News had "used an image of the social networking site Twitter, which revealed the name the victim" within a report on the jailing of footballer Ched Evans, who was convicted of the rape.

In a statement Sky News confirmed that last night's coverage did briefly contain the victim's name but that "if watching in real-time viewers would not have noticed".

The broadcaster added that it would "like to apologise to the victim and her family for any distress caused".

On Monday North Wales Police issued a statement to say officers are "aware of reports of comments on social media sites and are collating all relevant information which is currently being reviewed".

"As and when criminal offences are identified on such websites they will be dealt with robustly and arrest made if appropriate and the offenders will be brought to justice. We find this to be profoundly disturbing and are determined to seek out those responsible."

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