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Complainant Name:
Mr Mark Gamsu and Dr Susy Stirling

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Sheffield Star

Complaint:

Mr Mark Gamsu and Dr Susy Stirling of Sheffield complained the headline “Migrant crime toll rising” was misleading as the article “[gave] no evidence at all of a rise in migrant crime”. They said the piece was inflammatory and unsubstantiated.

Resolution:

The complaints were resolved when the newspaper published a prominent clarification and apology in the following terms:

Further to our article of April 16 edition ('Migrant crime toll rising'), we wish to clarify that the headline referred to the increasing cost of dealing with non-English-speaking prisoners incurred by South Yorkshire Police. We did not intend to imply that an increasing number of immigrants are guilty of offences in the county, and apologise for any confusion caused.

Report: 79



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