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Complainant Name:
Mr Arthur De Val

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Mid-Devon Advertiser


Mr Arthur De Val of Newton Abbot complained that an article about his fight to develop properties had inaccurately claimed that police had offered to maintain a presence during any future council meetings if he was present.


The complaint was resolved when the newspaper published the following letter from the complainant:

I welcome and thank you as our responsible local newspaper for this opportunity to set the record straight, with regard to a previous article, where it was alleged that if I attended planning meetings there would be a Police presence requested.

I will now set out the truth of the matter. After the allegation made against me by Councillor Corney Walker in the Council Chamber, the police who have confirmed that no offence was committed advised me to attend the next planning meeting, and have the matter resolved at the reading of the minutes, but I was denied my democratic right to do that.

The other mix up in respect of the Police was that, at the end of two separate planning meetings, I was jostled on the stairs leaving the council chamber by a group of objectors. My wife and I were confronted, on both occasions, by a group waiting outside the council reception to jeer and heckle. I asked one of the receptionists to request that the police attend on my behalf, as anyone is entitled to do. We are law abiding citizens, and use the planning process.

I continue to demand the resignation of Councillor Corney Walker, and that he have no input into any business I have with our councils.

I hope lessons are learned from this whole issue.

Report: 76

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