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Complainant Name:
April Bennett

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: West Briton


April Bennett complained to the Press Complaints Commission about an article reporting police raids on individuals owing unpaid fines. She was concerned that the piece quoted her as questioning "Is this the justice system for the middle class as well as the scum of the earth?". This was a phrase she denied using.


The newspaper was able to provide the reporter's contemporaneous notes taken at the time of the raid. However, the complainant contested their accuracy. The complaint was eventually resolved when the PCC negotiated the publication of the following statement at the end of the online article:

April Georges Bennett has asked us to point out she does not accept that she responded to her arrest in the terms reported above. Ms Bennett denies using the phrase "scum of the earth" and we are happy to make her position clear.

Date Published: 10/06/2011

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