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Complainant Name:
Steven Coxhead, Head of Media Services for Wiltshire Police

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Daily Mirror

Complaint:

Steven Coxhead, Head of Media Services for Wiltshire Police, complained to the Press Complaints Commission that the newspaper had published an article relating to a police officer who was sacked following the assault of a prisoner beneath an entirely incorrect headline about an officer who was arrested on suspicion of perverting the course of justice. However, no record of the original error could be found.

Resolution:

After some investigation by the newspaper, it emerged that the complainant had copied it into his original email of complaint to the PCC. A member of staff at the newspaper, on seeing the concerns raised by the complainant, recognised that an error had occurred and acted promptly to amend the headline that same day. The complaint was resolved on the basis of the explanation provided by the newspaper and the removal of the online article.

Date Published: 11/03/2011



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