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Complainant Name:
Commander Andrew Coles OBE RN

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Daily Mail


Commander Andrew Coles OBE RN complained to the Press Complaints Commission through Lewis Silkin solicitors of London that an online article which referred to him contained inaccuracies.


The complaint was resolved when the PCC negotiated the removal of the online article, and the publication of the following clarification and apology online:

An article on 24 June reported that Andy Coles, the former commander of submarine HMS Turbulent, had been accused by a fisherman's son of the sinking of the French trawler Bugaled-Breizh in 2004. We accept the Royal Navy's assurance that Commander Coles had no involvement in this accident and apologise if a contrary impression was given. We also wish to make clear that Commander Coles was not responsible for launching cruise missiles against Iraq in 2003 as he was not in command at that time.

Date Published: 29/09/2011

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