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Complainant Name:
Mr Alistair Wylie

Clauses Noted: 1, 3

Publication: Paisley Daily Express

Complaint:

Mr Alistair Wylie, Chair of the Friarshall Gate Residents’ Association, complained that an article was inaccurate when it reported as fact that “reckless vandals” had set fire to a car in the complex. The complainant said that the police were still investigating the incident and it had not yet been determined whether this was an act of vandalism or a simple electrical fire. The complainant was also concerned that the article had referred to the estate as Friars Gate, rather than Friarshall Gate. Finally, the complainant was unhappy that the newspaper had taken a photograph of the car inside the development, which was clearly marked as private property, without prior permission.

Resolution:

The newspaper stood by the accuracy of its article and stated that the information in relation to the alleged vandalism originated from a reliable source. It had also been given a statement from the police which claimed that they were treating the incident as “wilful fire raising”. It would not apologise for the publication of the photograph which, it said, was taken on property which was accessible to the public.

The complainant was unhappy with the newspaper’s attitude but did not wish for the complaint to proceed to the Commission for a formal decision under the Code. Rather, he requested a summary of the case to be published on the Commission’s website.

Report: 75



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