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Complainant Name:
A woman

Clauses Noted: 1, 3

Publication: Northumberland Gazette

Complaint:

A woman complained that an article had inaccurately set out that her son had been taken to Alnwick police station and searched for drugs. In fact, the police van had not made it to the station due to an accident, and the complainant’s son had been told to leave. The complainant was also concerned that the photograph of her son did not adequately conceal his identity.

Resolution:

The newspaper explained that it had received the information for the article from the police, and that it had attempted to conceal the boy’s identity by pixellating his face and using a black and white photograph. It offered to publish a further story explaining the real version of events. However, the complaint was resolved when the complainant spoke privately to the editor. She accepted that the newspaper had acted in good faith, but did not want anything further to appear in the press.

Report: 72



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