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Complainant Name:
Mr A J Fenny

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: News Post Leader


Mr A J Fenny of Northumberland complained that an article which reported a dispute between him and his neighbour contained inaccuracies. Specifically, he made the following points: branches from his neighbours trees were overhanging his property; overhanging branches on three trees were cut back by a professional forester; there was no two metres of hedge; and no wall or fence was knocked down. The complainant was disappointed that he was not contacted prior to the articles publication.


The newspaper emphasised that it normally went to great lengths to ensure its stories were fair and accurate. The editor said he was pleased that the complainant had raised the matter and, further to his concerns, he had looked again at the newspapers procedures in reporting such disputes. The newspaper offered the complainant the opportunity to have a published correction or tell his side of the story. The complainant declined, seeing little point in continuing the argument. He was satisfied that the newspapers attention has been drawn to the ease with which an inaccurate story could be published if no steps were taken to verify information.

Report: 74

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