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Complainant Name:
Michael Nicholson

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: News Post Leader


Michael Nicholson, secretary of the Blyth branch of the National Market Traders' Federation, complained that the newspaper had inaccurately reported that 17 stallholders had moved from Blyth market to use free stalls at Morpeth when this was not the case.


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

In an article headlined "Market row brings fears of creating a 'ghost town'" (8 October) News Post Leader reported that 17 market traders had taken up the option to leave Blyth Market to trade on Fridays at Morpeth when this was not the case. We would like to make clear that no traders have left in this manner. We are also happy to clarify that stallholders at Morpeth will be paying normal rental rates. We apologise for the error and for the delay in correcting matters.

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