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Complainant Name:
Mr and Dr Sismey-Durrant

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Bedfordshire on Sunday

Complaint:

Mr and Dr Sismey-Durrant complained, through Lewis Silkin solicitors, that the newspaper inaccurately suggested that they had received “death threats”, due to Mr Sismey-Durrant’s role as managing director of failed bank Icesave. The newspaper quoted Dr Sismey-Durrant as referring to having received “death threats”; she made clear that, when she spoke to the reporter, she had only referred to “threats”. It was true that their home was under police watch due to the existence of a threat, but there had been no death threats.

Resolution:

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

On October 12 Bedfordshire on Sunday wrongly reported that death threats had been received by Mark Sismey-Durrant following the demise of Icesave of which he was managing director. It is true that a threat had been received and that it was reported to the police. It is also true that there was a police watch put on the house as a result. However we now accept that there had not been any death threats. We apologise to the family for any embarrassment caused.

Report: 78



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