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Complainant Name:
Mr Paul Young

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Western Morning News

Complaint:

Mr Paul Young, Chief Fire Officer of Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service, complained that articles which sought to report a meeting of Ilfracombe Town Council – to which he had been invited to discuss proposed changes to the Service – were inaccurate and misleading on a number of points.

Resolution:

The complaint was resolved when the newspaper published the following correction and apology:

"Following a meeting in Ilfracombe on January 2 the Western Morning News reported that Devon and Somerset Chief Fire Officer Paul Young had admitted to “mistakes” in the handling of proposed downgrading of fire cover in the town. We accept Mr Young never used that word. We also said he had referred at the meeting to fire response times being increased to “at least eight minutes” when in fact he actually acknowledged that fire cutbacks would result in response times being greater than currently, but made no reference to a specific time. Finally, we reported that Mr Young, when asked if there was sufficient cover in Ilfracombe, said “No. I would rather there was more.”. We accept that Mr Young was referring to Devon as a whole and not Ilfracombe. In an article on January 4 we reported Mr Young as saying lives could be endangered as a result of fire cuts. We accept he did not say this. We wish to apologise to Mr Young for these errors".

Report: 77



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