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Complainant Name:
Mr William Duncan

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: The Northern Scot

Complaint:

Mr William Duncan of Elgin complained that an article reporting that he had been found guilty of driving with excess alcohol had inaccurately claimed that he had been ‘caught by officers in Edgar Road’, and that he was soon leaving Scotland to live in Tenerife. A subsequent clarification had made clear that he had said that he was leaving the country (but had not specified Tenerife), but had failed to address the question of where he was caught.

Resolution:

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


‘Two recent articles (‘Driver banned’, 16 February and ‘Error in court report’, 2 March) reported that William Duncan had appeared in court for sentencing, having been found guilty of driving with more than twice the legal limit of alcohol. The first article claimed that Mr Duncan had been ‘caught by officers in Edgar Road’. In fact, Mr Duncan has asked us to make clear that – although he was reported for driving on Edgar Road – he was ‘caught’ by officers at home in bed.’

Report: 75



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