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Complainant Name:
Andrew Spink

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Wakefield Guardian

Complaint:

Andrew Spink complained that an article which reported on an accident in which his brother had died contained inaccuracies which had caused his family a great deal of distress.

Resolution:

The complaint was resolved when the newspaper published the following apology to the complainants family:

In the July 19 issue of the Wakefield Guardian we included a story on the front page titled Mystery of Body Find describing an incident in which a Wakefield cyclist was killed on July 18, 2007.

Firstly, we accept the story was deeply disturbing and distressing to the family of the victim. It also did not fully respect the dignity of the man who died. We acknowledge the pain and distress this caused the victims family and friends and deeply regret it.

We learned later our story was inaccurate and accept that its placement on the front page created a sensationalised story that added to the familys distress. We also accept that the victims friends, and our readers in general, were misled into believing the victim died under completely different circumstances.

We would like to extend our apologies to the victims family and friends and to all those who may have been affected by the story and would like to make assurances to the family, and our readers, that such a situation could not arise again.

Report: 76



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