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Complainant Name:
Councillor Mary Clark

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Surrey Comet

Complaint:

Councillor Mary Clark complained to the Press Complaints Commission that the newspaper had inaccurately reported details of a court case she had found herself involved in following an allegation of misconduct by a resident of Kingston, Surrey.

Resolution:

The complaint was resolved when the PCC negotiated the publication of the following correction and apology in both the Surrey Comet and the Kingston Guardian:

In an article headlined "Councillor told she must face misconduct charges" (26 March 2010) we reported that Suntharalingham Thayaparan has complained about local councillor Mary Clark to Kingston Council's Standards Committee who decided that the case required investigation by the Standards Board for England. We have been asked to make clear that the matter was actually referred to the Monitoring Officer at Kingston Council, not SfE. The article also stated that during a hearing at Kingston County Court the court saw footage of Cllr Clark knocking on Mr Thayaparan's front door. This was incorrect. The CCTV footage showed Cllr Clark in the garden of the property, not at the door. The court heard audio footage containing a recording of banging sounds. We are happy to clarify these points and apologise to Cllr Clark for the error.

The original articles appeared on pages 7 and 23 of the two newspapers. The correction appeared on page 7 in line with the terms of Clause 1 (ii)

Date Published: 11/05/2010



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