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Complainant Name:
Mr Bob Whittome

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Epping Forest Guardian

Complaint:

Mr Bob Whittome, clerk to Epping Town Council, complained to the Press Complaints Commission that an article reporting on tributes to Ian Anderson - a ‘controversial' local figure who had recently passed away - had inaccurately referred to him as ‘a friend' of Mr Anderson. The complainant explained that he had sent an obituary notice to the press for Mr Anderson only in his professional capacity as Town Clerk. He was concerned that the article gave the erroneous impression that a close relationship existed between them.

Resolution:

The complaint was resolved when the PCC negotiated the publication of the following correction:

On February 10, the Epping Forest Guardian carried an article on page 12 headed: Tributes Pour In For Town's Campaigner, following the death of Ian Anderson, vice chairman of The Friends of Swaines Green. The story contained a statement from Bob Whittome, Clerk to Epping Town Council and described Mr Whittome as a friend of Mr Anderson. The Guardian would like to make clear that Mr Whittome issued the statement solely as part of his official role as clerk to Epping Town Council and that he knew Mr Anderson only in a professional capacity. We apologise for our error and any inconvenience caused.

Date Published: 14/04/2011



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