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Complainant Name:
Mr Jeff Gardner

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Angling Times

Complaint:

Mr Jeff Gardner complained to the Press Complaints Commission that the newspaper had published an article reporting on his upheld compensation claim which contained inaccuracies, was misleading and did not distinguish clearly between comment, conjecture and fact.

Resolution:

The complaint was resolved when the PCC negotiated the publication of the following correction and apology in the newspaper:

"With reference to the story published in Angling Times, January 25 issue, headlined ‘Court Ruling Hits Fishery', we have been asked to make clear that the court heard the following in respect of Mr Jeff Gardner, who made the compensation claim:

    • He did not report the accident immediately because his priority was getting the injury treated.
    • He did not carry on fishing but took himself to a van where he waited until a friend could drive him home.
    • He did not fish the contest and had to take 12 weeks off work with his leg in plaster.
    • He did not leave it three weeks to decide whether the site has public liability insurance and opting to make a claim.
The court accepted that he had been injured. We are happy to make this clear and apologise to Mr Gardner for any distress caused."

Date Published: 06/07/2011



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