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Complainant Name:
Mr Simon Foster

Clauses Noted: 5

Publication: Cornish Guardian


Mr Simon Foster of Newquay complained to the Press Complaints Commission about a statement which the newspaper had appended to an article paying tribute to his father, Mr Paul Foster, who had recently passed away. The statement referred to legal proceedings which had been brought against Mr Foster, but were subsequently discontinued. The complainant was concerned that the inclusion of this information in an otherwise sympathetic piece displayed a lack of sensitivity, which had caused considerable upset to his family.


The newspaper explained that, as it had previously reported the charges against Mr Foster, it deemed it appropriate that it should clarify the status of the proceedings for readers. While it did not accept that the inclusion of this information constituted a breach of Clause 5 of the Code, the matter was resolved when the PCC negotiated the removal of the online article, as well as the publication of an obituary and the following statement:

In reference to an earlier article in the Cornish Guardian re Paul Foster, the family would like to reiterate that the case against Paul was discontinued before he passed away and that he always strenuously denied the claims.

Date Published: 28/04/2011

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