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Complainant Name:
Mr Robert Wilson

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Carmarthen Journal


Mr Robert Wilson of Carmarthen complained that the newspaper had inaccurately stated that his son, who had died on 27 December, had been riding a motorbike he had received - along with other motorbike gear - for Christmas, and that he had only recently moved up to a two-wheeler. The complainant's elder son's age had also been misstated.


The complaint was resolved when the newspaper offered to send a personal letter of apology to the complainant and to publish the following statement:

In the Carmarthen Journal, dated December 30 and on the thisissouthwales website there were a number of inaccuracies in stories covering the death of five-year-old Jake Wilson who was killed in a motorbike accident.

It was stated that Jake had the motorbike for Christmas - this was not the case. In fact, Jake had received the bike four months before Christmas.

It was also stated that Jake had recently made the step up to a two-wheeler. In fact Jake had been riding a two-wheeler for a year.

Connor Wilson, Jake's older brother was described as being nine years old. This was incorrect, Connor is actually nearly 11 years old.

We are happy to clarify that Jake did not receive any new motorbike gear for Christmas.

The Carmarthen Journal and thisissouthwales would like to apologise for the distress and upset caused to Jake's family.

Date Published: 17/02/2010

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