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Complainant Name:
Jenny George

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Croydon Advertiser


Jenny George of Croydon a member of the Addiscombe, Woodside and Shirley Leisure Gardens complained about an article which reported on the retrial of a former member of the allotment who was originally found guilty of false accounting.

The complainant said that the retrial was ordered because of a procedural error, rather than a flaw in the evidence. She said that the article did not make clear that it was only after the accused paid the money back that no further evidence was offered against him.


The newspaper published a follow-up article allowing the complainant to respond and to make clear that the money had been repaid. That article is reproduced below:

KEEN-GARDENERS are snapping up allotments at the Addiscombe, Woodside and Shirley Leisure Gardens which now has a waiting list for the first time in its history.

The popular 29-acre site, off Glenthorne Avenue, has 30 people waiting on its books for a plot, it has been revealed.

It is a new chapter in the site's history after being involved in a two-year court case.

It's former ground steward Bill Evans, 74, of Howard Road, South Norwood, was accused of conning members out of nearly £3,000.

He insists he was asked to buy 500 pyracantha plants for the allotment and then netted a profit of £2,916.

But Jenny George, of Addiscombe, Woodside and Shirley Leisure Gardens, said: "We didn't ask him to get them, he got them off his own back."

Mr Evans was charged with false accounting - which he denied - but the case was thrown out against him on October 12 last year after he paid back £2,916 and no evidence was offered against him.

He has been suspended from the Gardens since September 2006.

Ms George added: "The atmosphere of the site has improved greatly. People work together in working parties around the shared areas of the site.

"Land neglected and left to return to shrub land has been reclaimed and returned to plots."

The newspaper also published a follow-up correction to make the precise position clear on one point:

Further to the article Allotment grows a waiting list of 30 gardeners eager for a plot we would like to make clear that Bill Evans has been dismissed, rather than suspended, from the Addiscombe, Woodside and ShirleyLeisure Gardens.

Report: 77

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