A police chief has welcomed Lord Justice Leveson's proposed clampdown on officers whistleblowing to the media, saying such leaks are usually gossip or intended to settle scores.

In last week's report, Leveson said calling a confidential hotline should be the preferred option of police officers trying to expose wrongdoing in the ranks.

Andy Trotter, who leads on media policy for the Association of Chief Police Officers, told the Guardian he backed the proposal and others recommendations of the inquiry.