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Complainant Name:
PC Samantha Sheppard

Clauses Noted: 4

Publication: Daily Mail


PC Samantha Sheppard complained on behalf a victim of sexual assault and grievous bodily harm that journalists had attempted to speak to her and her daughter and son-in-law despite officers informing the newspaper that she was suffering from ill health, and was distressed by the contact.


The newspaper argued that the victim had spoken voluntarily to one journalist, and that her son-in-law had spoken willingly to another. A message left on one journalists mobile phone that the victim should not be contacted had not been received until after the conviction, as the journalist had been abroad, by which time it was too late for him to pass the message to his colleagues. The complaint was resolved when the Managing Editor wrote letters to the victim and her daughter and son-in-law, expressing regret for any alarm that had been caused.

Report: 78

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