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Complainant Name:
Mrs Jude Talbot

Clauses Noted: 5

Publication: The Sun


Mrs Jude Talbot complained to the Press Complaints Commission that CCTV footage of the Cumbria shootings on The Sun's website related specifically to the death of her father, Michael Pike, including audio of the shots that killed him (before subsequently being edited). She said that the newspaper had not handled the publication of the material sensitively and had intruded into her grief.


The newspaper said that it had made a deliberate editorial decision at the time of publication to exclude the audio of the shots; the CCTV footage had never contained this material, which the complainant accepted. In view of her comments, nonetheless, the newspaper made the decision to remove the CCTV footage from its website as a goodwill gesture. The complaint was resolved on this basis.

Date Published: 26/07/2010

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