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Complainant Name:
Ms Lindsey Hall

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: The Press (York)

Complaint:

Ms Lindsey Hall complained on behalf of North Yorkshire Police that an article was inaccurate in stating that 28,400 had been spent on the construction of a shower room at the police HQ. In fact, the cost had been 23,379. The complainant also objected to a number of offensive comments about the force's Chief Constable that had appeared on a message board on the newspaper's website.

Resolution:

The matter was resolved to the complainant's satisfaction when the newspaper confirmed that internal records had been tagged so that journalists returning to the story would know the correct costing information. References to the 28,400 figure were also removed from the newspaper's website. In relation to the message board comments, the newspaper group's head of legal apologised sincerely to the Chief Constable for any embarrassment and distress.


Notwithstanding the above, the newspaper maintained that there had been no material inaccuracy in the article and that there had been no breach of the Code of Practice in this case. Because the complaint was resolved the Commission did not make a formal judgment on the matter or, conclude, therefore that there had been a breach of the Code.

Report: 75



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