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Complainant Name:
A man

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Edinburgh Evening News

Complaint:

A man complained to the Press Complaints Commission that an article reporting that a gay couple had been subjected to homophobic abuse from a hostile neighbour was inaccurate and misleading.

Resolution:

The complaint was resolved when the online article was removed from the newspaper's website and the following clarification published:

An article of 27 February reported that a gay couple had been forced out of their home by homophobic abuse from a "neighbour from hell", who had been arrested and charged for a number of hate crimes over the past two years. Following our report, the outstanding charges against the neighbour in question were not pursued by the Prosecution. Furthermore, whilst the information in the article had been verified by police, prosecution and council officials prior to publication, we have subsequently been informed that there is also a non-harassment order against one of the couple, Mr Robert Wicksted, in relation to the events involving the neighbour. We are happy to clarify the situation.

Date Published: 19/10/2010



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