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Complainant Name:
Mr Tim Matthews

Clauses Noted: 1, 12

Publication: Evening Echo (Basildon)

Complaint:

Mr Tim Matthews on behalf of Mr Paul Lawton, Mrs Evey Upton and Mr David Cooper complained to the Press Complaints Commission that the newspaper had published an article which was unfair, inaccurate and misleading. In particular, the complainant was concerned that the article reported as fact that Mr Lawton had been paid "thousands of pounds" of housing benefits, and had referred to Mr Lawton as a "dosser".

Resolution:

The complaint was resolved when the PCC negotiated the amendment of the online version of the article and a private letter of apology from the newspaper to the complainant.

Date Published: 05/05/2011



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