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Complainant Name:
Mr Andrew Cocking

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Southern Daily Echo


Mr Andrew Cocking complained to the Press Complaints Commission that the newspaper had published an article about a cricket ball dispute which, in his view, contained inaccuracies and misrepresented the behaviour of his children.


The complaint was resolved when the PCC negotiated the publication of the following clarification:

Andrew Cocking: A clarification

Two articles of July 9 and July 21 in the Southern Daily Echo reported that Mrs Loretta Cole had been arrested for refusing to give back a cricket ball belonging to a neighbour's children. Mrs Cole had claimed that children regularly came into her front garden and that her car had on one occasion been damaged. We have been asked by neighbour Mr Andrew Cocking to make clear that his children never caused any damage to Mrs Cole's property. He has also said that the area in question is not an enclosed garden, but rather open land in front of Mrs Cole's home.

Date Published: 29/10/2010

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