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Complainant Name:
Ms Susan Barker

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Thurrock Gazette

Complaint:

Ms Susan Baker of Grays complained that an article had contained inaccurate information about her court case. Specifically, the complainant contended that the coverage had incorrectly claimed that while claiming benefit she had been living at home with her father and adjudicating on fraud matters as a magistrate.

Resolution:

The complaint was resolved when the newspaper published the following clarification:

We have been asked to clarify some details of a court report supplied by a news agency which appeared in the Thurrock Gazette on 13 October 2006. The report stated that Susan Baker, of Parsonage Road, Grays, admitted charges of furnishing false information to claim 15,000 of housing benefit. It also stated that she was living with her family at the time of the offences and was a magistrate dealing with similar cases of fraud.

Susan Baker informs us that she was not living with any members of her family and that, during the relevant periods, she did not preside over any fraud cases. We are happy to accept that and make the situation clear.

Report: 74



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