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Complainant Name:
Mr Jeremy Sharples

Clauses Noted: 1, 4

Publication: Burton Mail

Complaint:

Mr Jeremy Sharples, owner of The Park bar in Burton, complained to the Press Complaints Commission about an article which reported on a police initiative to tackle knife crime in the town centre. He was concerned that the article inaccurately claimed that his bar had been categorised by the police as ‘red plus', indicating that it posed the high level of risk to the public. However, he also expressed concerns about the manner in which he had been treated by staff when he contacted the newspaper directly about the matter, alleging that he had been intimidated.

Resolution:

The newspaper explained that it had published a clarification the following day, making clear that The Park was an ‘amber' venue. It strenuously denied that the complainant had been intimidated by its staff, however, the matter was resolved when the PCC negotiated a personal letter to the complaint and an offer to publish a follow up article on The Park.

Date Published: 19/08/2011



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