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Complainant Name:
Mr David Gibbons

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Cornish Times

Complaint:

Mr David Gibbons of the Tamar Valley Donkey Park and Sanctuary complained that an article reporting the court case of a man accused of sexually touching young girls had inaccurately referred to the donkey sanctuary as ‘his’. In fact, the charged individual had sold the sanctuary in 1999. The complainant was concerned that the coverage would be damaging to the business.

Resolution:

The complaint was resolved by the publication – prior to the involvement of the PCC – of a clarification in the following terms, above a follow up article on the court case:

‘We have been asked to clarify that this court case involves a former owner of the Tamar Valley Donkey Sanctuary and is no way connected with the present owners who have been there since 1999.’

Report: 77



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