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Complainant Name:
Alan Scott

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: The Mail on Sunday


Alan Scott complained to the Press Complaints Commission that the newspaper had inaccurately named an individual who had admitted charges of fraud, which was likely to mislead readers into believing that he (the complainant) had been the defendant in the case.


The complaint was resolved when the PCC negotiated the publication of the following correction and apology in the newspaper and online:

Mr Alan Scott

On December 27, 2009, we reported that a Mr Alan Scott, an electrical engineer from North Shields and former chief executive of a company called Alternative Diesel Investments, had admitted charges of fraud at Ipswich Crown Court.

We have been asked to point out that this person's correct full name is Robert Allan Scott, from Newmarket, Suffolk, and is entirely different and unrelated to Alan Scott, managing director of the Sunderland-based Renewable Fuels and Plastics Ltd.

We apologise for any difficulties this may have caused for Mr Alan Scott and his company.

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