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Complainant Name:
Mr Simon Goodale

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Kent News

Complaint:

Mr Simon Goodale of Suffolk complained to the Press Complaints Commission about several articles reporting on the auction of a signed Dambusters book, originally belonging to his father, Flying Officer Brian Goodale. In particular, the complainant objected to a claim that the seller, Mrs Farnham, had obtained the book after his father had left it at her father's hotel, along with his belongings and an unpaid bill.

Resolution:

The newspaper did not accept that the article was in breach of the Editors' Code. However, the matter was resolved when, as a gesture of goodwill, and in addition to the removal of the online articles from its website, the newspaper published the following statement:

In our article ‘Dambuster's book to sell for a bomb' (12 September 2010) we reported that a book about the raid, originally owned by Flying Officer Brian Goodale, was to be sold at auction. Our story reported that the seller, Mrs Farnham, had obtained the book after Mr Goodale had left it at her father's hotel in Northern Ireland, along with his belongings and an unpaid bill. We have been contacted by Mr Goodale's son, Simon, who would like to make clear that Mrs Farnham's account is disputed. He says that his father did pay his bill and that the book was loaned to Mrs Farnham's father after he expressed an interest in it. Simon Goodale claims that despite returning to the hotel on a number of occasions to retrieve the book, his father was informed that it had been lost.

Date Published: 05/07/2011



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