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Complainant Name:
Mrs Pat McHugh

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Swindon Advertiser

Complaint:

Mrs Pat McHugh of Wroughton complained about an article which reported the comments of the UKís most banned driver who had knocked her son off his bike when he was twelve years old.

Specifically, the complainant disputed the following of the driverís comments: that he was found not guilty; that he did not leave the scene of the accident and was just running to a phone box to call an ambulance; that he was travelling at 32mph; and that her son only suffered cuts and bruises. The complainant provided the following documents in support of her position: the charge sheet from the accident; the police report; the summary of evidence; and the medical report.

Resolution:

The newspaper accepted that in hindsight the quotations provided by the driver should have been handled more carefully and the newspaper should have sought her comments at the time of publication. The newspaper published a follow-up article in which the complainantís son was able to dispute the driverís comments. The newspaper also offered to write a private letter of apology to the complainant.

Report: 74



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