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Complainant Name:
Mrs J Charles

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Sunday Mirror

Complaint:
Mrs J Charles of Powys complained about an article which reported on the inquest into the death of her neighbour, Kathleen O’Shea. The complainant disputed the contents of Mrs O’Shea’s suicide note which suggested that she had taken her own life to be free of her neighbours’ torment. The complainant said that every incident and accusation made against her family over the years had been fully investigated by the police. Following the inquest and a further investigation into the police’s handling of the previous accusations, the CPS advised that no action was to be taken against the complainant or her family.

Resolution:
The newspaper defended its position by pointing out that the article was an accurate court report of the coroner’s remarks at the inquest into Mrs O’Shea’s death. However, the complaint was resolved when the newspaper agreed to place a legal warning on the article so that journalists researching the story would be aware of the police statement which confirmed that the CPS had advised that no further action should be taken against the complainant and her family and that the police enquiry was closed. The newspaper also published a clarification to this effect.

Report: 72



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