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Complainant Name:
Mr Iain McElhone

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Durham Times


Mr Iain McElhone of County Durham complained to the Press Complaints Commission that the newspaper had failed to report his acquittal on racial harassment charges, having previously reported that the charges had been brought against him. He also said that the original article about his being charged was inaccurate on certain points.


The matter was resolved when the PCC negotiated publication of the following statement, under the heading ‘Not guilty':

The Durham Times omitted to report the outcome of a court case involving Iain McElhone of Ashfield, Shotley Bridge. As reported on June 6, 2009, Mr McElhone, a former Derwentside district Councillor, denied making a racist gesture on November 7, 2008, near a shop in Briardale, Delves Lane, near Consett (not ‘in' a shop as previously reported). He was subsequently found not guilty by a jury on October 22, 2009, and said afterwards that the case against him was ‘cobblers all the way through'. We apologise to Mr McElhone for not carrying the verdict that cleared him.

Date Published: 26/08/2010

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