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Complainant Name:
Stuart Ilsley

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Medway Messenger

Complaint:

Stuart Ilsley complained to the Press Complaints Commission that the newspaper had published a one-sided, inaccurate story headlined "Pet cat survives mauling by dog". As the owner of the dog, the complainant felt it was unacceptable that the newspaper had accepted the cat owner's version of events as fact and had failed to obtain further details on the matter from his wife (who had been the only witness to the "mauling").

Resolution:

The PCC obtained an explanation from the editor who made clear why the complainant had not been approached prior to publication. The complaint was resolved following the negotiation of a private letter from the editor, addressed to the complainant and his family, that acknowledged their side of the story and apologised for the distress the coverage had caused.

Date Published: 09/03/2010



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