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Complainant Name:
Mr & Mrs Fairbairn

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: The Border Telegraph


Mr & Mrs Robert W Fairbairn complained that the newspaper had printed inaccurate, misleading and potentially damaging information regarding Mr Fairbairn's court case.


The complaint was resolved when the newspaper published a correction and apology in the following terms:

In the July 15 edition of the Border Telegraph, we told how Mr Robert Fairbairn, 42, of Gunn Avenue, Earlston, had been fined at Selkirk Sheriff Court and placed on the sex offenders' register after admitting two counts of public indecency, while alone inside his parked car on Galashiels' Huddersfield Street, a popular student route to Borders College. Contrary to the story's headline, College Campus Creep Slapped on Sex Register, we would like to make clear that Mr Fairbairn was not on the college campus, but close to it. Furthermore, while Mr Fairbairn did conduct the acts of indecency outside, we accept that he was not "addicted to alfresco sex" as we erroneously stated. We apologise to Mr Fairbairn for these inaccuracies.

(Original item - p 1; apology - p 2)

Report: 79

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