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Complainant Name:
Mr Gavin Stuart

Clauses Noted: 1, 5

Publication: The Mail on Sunday


Mr Gavin Stuart complained through Lewis Silkin solicitors that a book serialisation published in the newspaper was intrusive at a time of grief. The article was taken from a book by a man who used to scour Beachy Head trying to stop people taking their own lives. His account referred to a time in May 2007 when he tried unsuccessfully to prevent the death of the complainants wife, who was named in the article. In it, he questioned his own role in the matter. The complainant considered that the detail was sensationalised and excessive. No consent had been sought either by the author or the newspaper to name his wife and there had yet to be an Inquest.


The complaint was resolved when the newspaper removed the name of the complainants wife from the online article, sent a private letter of apology and published the following apology:

On August 3 we published an extract from a book by Keith Lane, "Life on the Edge", which contained information about the death of Sue Stuart which will need to be the subject of an inquest. We recognise that publishing such details, whilst identifying Mrs Stuart, caused distress to her husband, family and friends. We regret this and apologise to them.

Report: 77

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