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Complainant Name:
Mr and Mrs Riley

Clauses Noted: 1, 5

Publication: Daily Mail

Complaint:
Mr and Mrs Riley of Lancashire complained that the newspaper had incorrectly claimed that their son had died due to alcohol-related reasons. An initial police inquiry along these lines was not pursued and a toxicology report confirmed that there was no alcohol in his bloodstream. They also complained that they had been inaccurately quoted as saying that their son sometimes drank alcopops.

Resolution:
The newspaper, which had obtained its information from police sources and the local newspaper, sent a personal letter of apology to the complainants and undertook, in a report of the inquest, to clarify the situation and the family’s comments further.

Report: 62



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