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Complainant Name:
Emma Davidson

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: MK News

Complaint:

Emma Davidson of Northants complained that an inquest report into her father’s death contained inaccuracies. She made the following points: that it was not confirmed that her father had spent twelve hours drinking at the railway club where he spent the day preceding his death; that the coroner did not describe her father as an “alcoholic”; that her father was retired rather than unemployed; and that her mother was misquoted in the article.

Resolution:

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

Patrick Davidson

In our edition of May 28 we ran a story on the opening of an inquest into the death of Patrick Davidson.

Within that article we stated that Mr Davidson was an alcoholic. We would like to point out that at no point did the inquest mention that he was an alcoholic only that he liked a drink and drank regularly.

There was also no evidence to suggest he had been drinking for 12 hours only that he had been in the Railway Club from 11.30am to 11.30pm.

A full inquest into his death will take place in September. We would like to apologise for any distress caused by this article.

Report: 77



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