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Complainant Name:
Cheshire Constabulary

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Daily Mail

Complaint:

Mr David Murray, Press Officer for Cheshire Constabulary, complained that the newspaper inaccurately alleged that a PCSO had issued fixed penalty tickets to motorists for speeding. He had informed a reporter, in advance of publication, that this was incorrect, and that PCSOs did not have the power to issue such fines. The newspaper still published the article and did not include the comments.

Resolution:

The complaint was resolved when the newspaper, which removed the article from its website, published an apology. It explained that, due to a miscommunication, the complainant’s comments were not passed to the relevant journalist before publication. The apology read as follows:

“An agency report headlined ‘The Blunkett Bobbies manning speed traps’ (19 November 2007) claimed that a police community support officer had been manning a speed trap ‘and handing out fines’. In fact the officer was assisting the local Neighbourhood Policing Unit on an educational road safety initiative and did not exceed PCSO powers by issuing fines. We regret the error”.

Report: 77



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