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Complainant Name:
Mr Bruce Sharman

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Evening Standard

Complaint:

Mr Bruce Sharman complained that a court report had inaccurately claimed that his son Alexander and two other individuals had been responsible for ‘up to 28 assaults’ on other teenagers in a single month. The complainant suggested that the comments of a police officer involved in the case should be sought to confirm the accurate position. The officer made clear that there was no calendar month where the complainant’s son and the other individuals could be found to be responsible for 28 assaults, although they may have been suspected in being involved with that number.

Resolution:

The complaint was resolved when the newspaper – having made clear that the information had been obtained from an agency – annotated its records with the points of the complaint and the comments of the police officer concerned.

Report: 77



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