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Complainant Name:
Mrs Helen Hailstones

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Daily Mail


Mrs Helen Hailstones complained to the Press Complaints Commission about an on-line article reporting that Coronation Street actor, Bill Tarney, was continuing to smoke cigarettes despite being due to undergo heart surgery. The complainant was concerned that the newspaper had included a photograph of her posing for a picture with Mr Tarney after she and her husband had met him on holiday in Tenerife. However, the newspaper had incorrectly referred to her in the caption below as Mr Tarney's wife, Alma.


The matter was resolved when the PCC negotiated the removal of the photograph and a private letter to the complaint, expressing regret for any embarrassment or distress caused.

Date Published: 05/09/2011

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