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Complainant Name:
Katie Butcher

Clauses Noted: 3, 5

Publication: Crawley News


Katie Butcher complained about an article that reported on a car accident in which her brother had been killed. She was distressed to read that the article contained quotations from the tributes that had been left at the scene of the accident by family members.

The complainant also raised concerns about the approach made by the newspapers reporter, the manner of which she considered persistent.


The newspaper emphasised that the tributes were in a public place and were therefore in the public domain. The editor also defended the actions of its reporter making clear that he had asked her to telephone the family to give them a final chance to make a tribute.

That said, the editor of the newspaper assured the complainant that the inquest report would not be treated in any way differently for her having made a complaint through the PCC. The complainant agreed to resolve her complaint on that basis and through the publication of a summary of it on the PCC website.

Report: 76

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