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Complainant Name:
Cornwall County Council

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Falmouth Packet

Complaint:

Cornwall County Council’s Children’s Services Department complained that an article about a local couple’s fight to stop their grandchildren being adopted presented their account of what had taken place as fact. The council contended that the article contained inaccuracies but accepted that it was not in a position to give specific details on the case.

Resolution:

The newspaper made clear that it had given the council the opportunity to comment on the claims before publication, and its full comments were then included in the article. The newspaper agreed however to clarify the position and published the clarification below. The complaint was resolved on that basis.

'On April 18 this year, the Packet published a front page story under the heading "Child Theft!" which reported a protest by Mr Paul Garvey, of Boslowick Road, Falmouth, whose grandchildren were taken into care by Cornwall county council.

The Packet printed information supplied by Mr Garvey about his daughter’s ill-health, a claim that her children were taken away by social services "out of the blue" and a further claim that the children were "going to be put up for adoption."

The council – which declined to comment on the case at the time as it was involved in proceedings under the Children Act 1989 – has asked the Packet to make clear that the information published by the Packet represented Mr Garvey’s claims rather than established fact. The council disputes the accuracy of the information supplied by Mr Garvey but says that in the interests of the individuals involved it cannot and will not disclose further details.'

Report: 76



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