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Complainant Name:
Mr Steve Darlington

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Manchester Evening News

Complaint:

Mr Steve Darlington of Macclesfield complained to the Press Complaint Commission that the newspapers had published a misleading article on his brother, who had pleaded guilty to false accounting in relation to a shortfall in his sub-post office's computerised accounting system. The complainant said that the article had not sufficiently conveyed the mitigating reasons for his brother's actions, or the extent to which the Judge and other sub-postmasters shared their suspicion that the computer system had been to blame for the shortfall.

Resolution:

The complaint was resolved when the PCC negotiated the publication of a follow-up article giving the complainant's brother's account of the matter and detailing the fact that he and 60 other sub-postmasters were taking legal action against the Post Office in relation to alleged failures of the computer system.

Date Published: 23/07/2010



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