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Complainant Name:
Mr John Bysouth

Clauses Noted: 1, 5

Publication: Daily Mail


Mr John Bysouth, the grandfather of Niamh Lafferty, complained to the Press Complaints Commission that coverage of her death in the newspapers contained inaccuracies and intruded into his family's grief.


The complaint was resolved when the PCC negotiated the publication of the following clarification and apology in the Mail on Sunday:

Regarding our report of October 18, 2009, "Bridge suicide girl 'may have been dragged to her death by her friend'", we have been asked by the family of Niamh Lafferty to make clear the police told them there was no evidence to suggest she had been canvassing for girls to go with her or that she dragged her friend over the Erskine Bridge - and certainly no suggestion of murder.

We apologise to Miss Lafferty's family for any misinterpretation that may have been placed upon comments made by a relative of the second girl, Georgia Rowe, and for any distress caused.

Date Published: 24/04/2010

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