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Complainant Name:
Mrs Caroline Haynes

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Worcester News

Complaint:

Mrs Caroline Haynes of Worcester complained that an article which reported the sentencing of her neighbour, after he was found guilty of assault by beating, was inaccurate when it stated that officers were questioning the man about the complainant’s “drunk and disorderly behaviour”. This claim had been made in mitigation but, in fact, the charge against the complainant had been dismissed before trial and this had been mentioned a number of times during court proceedings, which the newspaper had not reported.

Resolution:

The complaint was resolved when the newspaper – which confirmed that it had only attended the sentencing – wrote a private letter to the complainant acknowledging her position and apologising for the upset the report had caused. It also amended its internal records accordingly.

Report: 76



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