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Complainant Name:
Mr Martin Shuttleworth

Clauses Noted: 1, 5

Publication: Burton Mail

Complaint:

Mr Martin Shuttleworth of Drakelow complained that an article reporting on the inquest into the death of his son Ryan in a road accident contained inaccuracies and intruded into the family’s grief.

Resolution:

The complaint was resolved by the publication of the following statement:

Our article of 25 September 2008 reported on the inquest into the death of Ryan Shuttleworth in a road accident, but failed to refer to evidence given by PC David Harris that one of the rear tyres of the car Ryan was driving had been deflated by a nail prior to the accident. In fact, the Coroner concluded that the presence of the nail (which caused the partial deflation in the rear tyre) was a significant factor in the cause of the accident. Further, while one witness – whose statement was read at the inquest – did suggest that the car may have been travelling at up to 80mph, the police position was that there was insufficient evidence for its exact speed, although it was travelling at over 30mph. It was also stated at the inquest that toxicology reports showed that Ryan had not been drinking or taking drugs. Ryan’s father Martin Shuttleworth has asked us to point out that he was regularly a passenger while his son drove, and always found him to be a safe driver. We are happy to make these clarifications, and apologise for any distress caused to Ryan’s family, girlfriend and friends. The Police stated at the Inquest that since the tragic accident, the local Council have erected a Warning Sign in “Woodhouse Street”, advising motorists of the slippery road conditions.

Report: 78



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