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Complainant Name:
Mr Kevin Dodson

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: News Shopper (Orpington)

Complaint:

Mr Kevin Dodson of Orpington complained that an article written after his brother-in-law’s parents – Mr and Mrs Groves – had been found dead in their home misleadingly suggested that Mr Groves had killed his wife, and then taken an overdose after he had been unable to cope with his wife suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. The inquest into their deaths established that Mrs Groves had died of ‘natural causes’ and that Mr Groves had died from alcohol poisoning.

Resolution:

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

Mr and Mrs James Groves

As previously reported in News Shopper, an inquest at Croydon found Mr and Mrs Groves died on the same day, she from natural causes and he from alcoholic poisoning. This was contrary to our story of May 17 based on information from a senior source suggesting Mr Groves may have taken his wife’s life and then committed suicide. We apologise to the family for any distress this article caused.

Report: 74



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