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Complainant Name:
Senga Townsley

Clauses Noted: 1, 12

Publication: Sunday Mercury


Senga Townsley complained to the Press Complaints Commission that the newspaper had published an opinion piece which contained comments which, in her view, misrepresented members of the Travelling community and used offensive, derogatory language to describe Travellers who had settled near Solihull.


The newspaper did not accept that there had been a breach of the Code as no individuals had been discriminated against. However, the complaint was resolved amicably when the newspaper offered to publish a follow-up article based on interviews with two prominent members of the Meriden community with the aim of setting out the residents' side of the story.

Date Published: 21/01/2011

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