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Complainant Name:
Mr Simon Purcell

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: The Sun


Mr Simon Purcell of Sussex complained that an article had inaccurately suggested that he had an inappropriate Facebook profile while still a serving police community support officer. He made clear that the profile had been set up after he had left his job, and the inappropriate content had been added, without his consent, by friends playing a joke on him.


The complaint was resolved when the newspaper published the following apology:

Simon Purcell, who resigned as a Police Community Support Officer from the Sussex Force has asked us to point out he left that role before his Facebook site was altered and not afterwards as our report of September 21 suggested. Also, the gun he was pictured holding was not a deactivated M16 as we reported but a replica model. We apologise to Mr Purcell for the wrong impression our article gave.

Report: 76

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