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Complainant Name:
Mr Ian Cooper

Clauses Noted: 1, 3, 5, 6

Publication: The Times


Mr Ian Cooper of Cambridgeshire complained about the newspaper’s coverage of his daughter’s fall from a hotel balcony and of his wife’s subsequent death. He was particularly concerned that the newspaper had reported his daughter as having ‘severe head injuries’, which was not the case, and had used a picture of his daughter to illustrate its coverage.


The newspaper expressed great sympathy for the complainant’s situation and apologised for any inaccuracy relating to its description of his daughter’s injuries. The information had been published in good faith and had originated from the Press Association. The newspaper also agreed not to re-use the picture of the complainant’s daughter or to take new pictures of any of his children. In addition, it agreed not to name his other children in any future reports or to approach them. It said it would not approach the complainant either. Overall, it would bear in mind the complainant’s concerns in any future reporting.

Report: 77

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