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Complainant Name:
Cleveland Police

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: The Mail on Sunday


Sean Price, the Chief Constable of Cleveland Police, complained to the Press Complaints Commission that an article had suggested wrongly that the police had failed to adequately investigate the death of Kyle Fisher. In fact, the Independent Police Complaints Commission had found allegations against Cleveland Police to be unsubstantiated.


The complaint was resolved when the PCC negotiated the publication of the following correction and apology, both in the print version of the newspaper and online:

Cleveland Police

On June 19, 2011, an article, ‘How "Mary Poppins" was jailed for life for a child murder she didn't commit', suggested Cleveland Police did not properly investigate the death of toddler Kyle Fisher. In fact an Independent Police Complaints Commission investigation found such allegations against the force to be unsubstantiated. We regret that we did not reflect the correct position in our story and are happy to set the record straight.

The newspaper also amended the online article and recorded the changes it had made in the following statement below the coverage:

We have amended this article to correct inaccuracies it originally contained relating to the investigation by Cleveland Police and the Independent Police Complaints Commission report into it. Cleveland Police have always maintained they investigated the death of Kyle Fisher properly and this was confirmed by the IPCC. We regret we did not reflect the correct position in our original copy and are happy to set the record straight.

Date Published: 06/10/2011

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