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Complainant Name:
Mr Philip Caddick

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Chester Chronicle


Mr Philip Caddick complained to the Press Complaints Commission that the newspaper referred to sun beds as "killers" and that it incorrectly claimed a ban on sunbeds in gyms would "help save millions of lives every year".


The complaint was resolved when the PCC negotiated the publication of the following letter from the complainant:

Dear Sir,

Further to your report on 17 February ("Appeal to ban health centre ‘killers'") I would like to point out that you wrongly claimed that the North West Cancer Research campaign to ban sunbeds in Cheshire gyms would "help save millions of lives every year". Your article elsewhere stated that 2,070 people died from skin cancer in the UK each year, and there is no suggestion that sun beds are responsible for all these deaths. The implication that "millions" of people die each year from using sun beds is therefore completely inaccurate and I consider the reference to them as "killers" to be misleading.

Yours sincerely,

Phil Caddick
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Date Published: 02/05/2011

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