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Complainant Name:
West London Mental Health Trust

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: The Guardian


Mr Matt Barnfield, Communications Manager for the West London Mental Health NHS Trust, complained to the Press Complaints Commission that the headline to an article reporting Peter Sutcliffe's appeal against a "whole life minimum term" had set out that he "must die in prison", while the opening paragraph stated that he would spend the rest of his life "behind bars". The complainant was concerned that these references could mislead readers into the false impression that Broadmoor Hospital was a prison.


The newspaper removed the reference to the prison in the headline, making clear instead that the appeal court had ruled that Peter Sutcliffe "must never be freed". It also added to the text of the article - which had referred to Broadmoor Hospital - to make clear that this was where he was being held. A footnote was added to the article to make clear that changes had been made.

Date Published: 03/03/2011

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