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Complainant Name:
Mrs Julie Clark

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Wigan Evening Post


Mrs Julie Clark complained that a headline to an article had reported inaccurately that her son Carl Bostock had admitted being drunk when his car collided with a pedestrian, who later died, when in fact he had no alcohol in his system at all.


The complaint was resolved when the newspaper published the following clarification as part of its coverage of Mr Bostock's sentencing:

The headline on a previous article regarding Carl Bostock incorrectly read, ‘Drunk driver admits killing a loving granddad.' We have been asked to point out that he was under the influence of drugs and not drink. He was initially charged with causing death by careless driving while under the influence of drink or drugs.

The newspaper also wrote to the complainant's son, acknowledging the inaccurate headline.

Date Published: 80

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