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Complainant Name:
Mr Richard Paul

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Yorkshire Evening Post


Mr Richard Paul of York complained that an article reporting on a road rage incident had contained inaccuracies. The article had contended that the complainant had repeatedly punched Sean Kirby in the face and chest and that as a result Mr Kirby had required hospital treatment. This was not the case. Moreover, the article had inaccurately set out that the complainant had been convicted of assault by beating, when in fact it had been common assault.


The complaint was resolved when the newspaper published the following clarification: In a recent article, we referred to a road rage attack by Richard Paul on Mr Sean Kirby. We have since discovered that although Richard Paul was convicted of common assault and criminal damage, Mr Kirby was not beaten repeatedly nor did he require hospital treatment as wrongly stated in our story. We regret any embarrassment this may have caused. The Editor also sent a personal letter to the complainant.

Report: 73

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