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Complainant Name:
Mrs Debbie Edwards

Clauses Noted: 5

Publication: Cornish Guardian


Mrs Debbie Edwards of Newquay complained to the Press Complaints Commission about a statement which the newspaper had appended to an article paying tribute to her brother, 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 displayed a lack of sensitivity.


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, and a private letter to the complainant, apologising for any upset caused.

Date Published: 28/04/2011

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