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Complainant Name:
Mr and Mrs Riley

Clauses Noted: 1, 5

Publication: Lancashire Telegraph

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.

The newspaper, which had based its information on a police source and statement, published a clarifying article, sent a personal letter of apology to the complainants and undertook, in a report of the inquest, to clarify the situation and the familys comments further.

Report: 62

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