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Complainant Name:
Mr and Mrs F Paterson

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Edinburgh Evening News

Complaint:

Mr and Mrs F Paterson of West Lothian complained that an article which reported on the police crackdown on ‘boy racers’ misleadingly used his son’s fatal accident – albeit without naming him – as an example of the sort of behaviour that the crack down was intending to prevent. The complainant explained that his son – a popular 24 year old involved in the brass band community – had a full no claims discount on his insurance and drove a four door non-modified diesel car. The police investigation into the accident found that he was not driving dangerously, or inconsiderately, and it was never proved that speed was an issue.

Resolution:

The complaint was resolved when the newspaper published the following wording to the complainant’s family:

BOY RACERS

In a report of July 29/August 3 about a police crackdown on boy racers, we cited the case of a 24 year old man who was killed on the A705 in February as an example of the kind of driving they were seeking to prevent. However, we now understand that it was never proved that speed was an issue in the death and that the car was not modified. We apologise to the family of the deceased, Craig Paterson of Whitburn, for the upset the comparison with boy racers caused.

Report: 74



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