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Complainant Name:
Mr Philip Bale

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: The Sun

Complaint:

Mr Philip Bale, founder of the Evolution Residents Association, complained to the Press Complaints Commission that an article had created a misleading and inaccurate impression of the North Peckham area of London.

Resolution:

The complaint was resolved when the newspaper published the following letter from the complainant:

Further to your article about the North Peckham Estate (March 9), you failed to mention reported crime in the area is down since 2000, so the attempt to link serious crime to Peckham is wrong and unfair to the vast majority of decent young people living here. I accept our community has issues which have not been helped by the recent decision to cancel a new tram system through North Peckham. However, anyone reading this article would be left with a view of our community that is inaccurate and damaging to the long-term interests of the majority of young people who live here.

The newspaper also added the following comment from the complainant to the online version of the article:

Phil Bale, of the Evolution Quarter Residents' Association, which covers Blakes Road, said: "Reported crime in the area is down since 2000, so the attempt to link serious crime to Peckham is wrong and unfair to the vast majority of decent young people who live in the area.

"I accept our community has issues which have not been helped by the recent decision to cancel a new tram system through North Peckham.

"However, anyone reading this article would be left with a view of our community that is both inaccurate and deeply damaging to the long term interests of the majority of young people in our area."

Date Published: 12/04/2010



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