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Complainant Name:
Mr Adrian Strong

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Western Gazette


Mr Adrian Strong of Starlight Childcare complained that an article about a failed application to change the use of a dilapidated building at Piddlehinton Enterprise Park to allow the creation of a daycare centre contained the inaccurate claim that his company Starlight Childcare operated a nursery. In fact, the business operated a childminding service. The complainant also indicated that the article had misleadingly referred to the care that was currently on offer: the childminding service in Piddlehinton did cater for children under the age of 2, but did not have any spaces available.


The complaint was resolved when the newspaper published a clarification in the following terms:

Further to our recent article (Nursery rejection ‘will hit families’, 2 October), The Western Gazette would like to make clear that Starlight Childcare currently operate a childminding service and not a nursery. Adrian Strong has also asked us to clarify that – contrary to our article – the current childminding service in Piddlehinton does cater for children under the age of 2. However, there are currently no spaces available.

Report: 78

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