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Complainant Name:
Orthan Bicer

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Middleton Guardian


Orhan Bicer complained to the Press Complaints Commission that the newspaper had published inaccurate and misleading information in two articles about a dispute over public access to a local lane that is on private property.


The complaint was resolved when the PCC negotiated the publication of the following clarification setting out the complainant's position:

Alkrington Hall Road gate: a clarification

A front-page article on 2 September (‘Lock Out') said that residents have been unable to access their homes on Alkrington Hall Road North after Orhan Bicer erected and padlocked an access gate to the lane. Mr Bicer advises that the decision to install the gates was made by the Alkrington Hall Residents' Association; he has never locked the gate pictured with the article; there are alternative routes to the homes on the lane; and the gates were installed to prevent anti-social behaviour, not to stop public use of the lane. He notes that no public right of way exists over the land, which is in private ownership. We are happy to make his position clear.

Date Published: 09/11/2010

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