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Complainant Name:
Wendy Irvine

Clauses Noted: 1, 5

Publication: Yorkshire Post


Wendy Irvine complained to the Press Complaints Commission that the newspaper had published a misleading report about the inquest into the death of her daughter, Camilla Irvine, in breach of Clause 1 (Accuracy) and Clause 5 (Intrusion into grief and shock) of the Editors' Code of Practice.


The complaint was resolved when the PCC negotiated the publication of the following letter from the complainant and her husband, setting out their concerns about the coverage:

Report of our daughter's death was misleading

We wish to speak out about your article of March 29, 2011, a report into the inquest into the death of our daughter Camilla Irvine.

The headline represented our daughter as some kind of "cannabis junkie" whose death may have been in some way linked to cannabis.

Our daughter was a happy, normal, intelligent 16-year-old girl. Milla's inquest was told that she may have shared some cannabis at a party shortly before her death, but there were absolutely no traces of alcohol or drugs found in any post mortem tests.

You neglected to mention that the unknown compound that the forensic pathologist referred to in court could have occurred naturally in the body, or have developed in the samples taken at the time of her death.

It was concluded that Milla had most probably died peacefully in her sleep, from the condition described as sudden adult death syndrome.

We would have expected better of the Yorkshire Post, which is why we complained to the Press Complaints Commission.

We, in Camilla's family and all her friends will remember her as a beautiful, talented young girl, and would like those that did not have the pleasure of knowing her to remember her in the same way.

David and Wendy Irvine

Date Published: 11/08/2011

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