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Complainant Name:
Thames Valley Probation Area

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: The Mail on Sunday

Complaint:

Mr Gerry Marshall, Chief Officer of Thames Valley Probation Area, complained that an interview with an individual who claimed to have carried out unpaid community work with the Lord Chief Justice, along with two others, was misleading and inaccurate as they were not present on the day in question.

Resolution:

The complaint was resolved when the newspaper published the following correction and apology:

‘On October 15 we published an interview with Shane Campbell who said he, along with a Martin Cartwright and a Thomas Taylor, had carried out unpaid community work in Milton Keynes alongside the Lord Chief Justice, Lord Phillips, who was on an incognito visit. We now accept that none of the three men actually took part in the session or have ever been supervised by Thames Valley Probation Area. We also accept that Lord Phillips did not receive preferential treatment and any criticism of him or the Probation Area was unfounded. We apologise for our mistake’.

Report: 74



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