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Complainant Name:
Mr Trevor Kennett

Clauses Noted: 1, 3

Publication: Sunday Express

Complaint:

Mr Trevor Kennett, of Herne Bay, complained that an article intruded into his privacy by reporting details of a dispute between him, his former wife and the Child Support Agency. He said the article gave a hugely misleading impression of his character, suggesting that he was unfit to have worked in the government’s so-called ‘Respect Squad’. He also said the article gave a wholly inaccurate description of what his work for the Respect Task Force had involved. The complainant said he had suffered severe financial loss as a result of the damage the article had done to his professional reputation.

Resolution:

The complainant was disappointed that the Sunday Express would not offer any financial recompense. However, his complaint to the PCC was resolved when the newspaper published the following correction and apology:

On 27 April we published an article about Trevor Kennett, a member of the now defunct ‘Respect Squad’, a Home Office initiative aimed at advising local authorities on ways of combating anti-social behaviour. We have been asked to make clear that Mr Kennett did not have direct dealings with ‘troubled youngsters’ and was not appointed to give ‘moral guidance’ to young people. Moreover, we would like to apologise for revealing specific financial information that related to a dispute Mr Kennett was involved in with the Child Support Agency.

Report: 77



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