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Complainant Name:
A woman

Clauses Noted: 1, 3

Publication: Milton Keynes Citizen

Complaint:

A woman complained to the Press Complaints Commission that an article - reporting a series of burglaries in the Milton Keynes area - had named her as a witness to one of the incidents, when she had made clear to the newspaper that she did not wish for her name to be included. She also maintained that she had not said a number of the quotes attributed to her.

Resolution:

The newspaper said that it was not aware of the complainant's wish for her name to be omitted from the online article, and that its reporter's notes corroborated the majority of the quotes attributed to her. However, it accepted that the location of the incident discussed by the complainant was inaccurately reported and offered to publish a clarification on this point only. The online version of the article was also removed. The complainant did not wish for anything further on the matter to be published. The complaint was fully resolved when the PCC helped to negotiate an assurance that the complainant's name would not appear again in the newspaper, or on any associated website, in connection with the incidents of burglary reported.

Date Published: 02/08/2010



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