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Complainant Name:
Commander Andrew Coles OBE RN

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: The Daily Telegraph


Commander Andrew Coles OBE RN complained to the Press Complaints Commission through Lewis Silkin solicitors of London that an 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:

"Sub commander accused of fisherman's death" (June 24) reported that Commander Coles, the former commander of the submarine HMS Turbulent, had been accused by a fisherman's son of the sinking of the French fishing trawler Bugaled-Breizh on January 15, 2004. We accept the Royal Navy's assurance that Commander Coles had no involvement in this accident because HMS Turbulent was not at sea on that date. We also wish to make clear that Commander Coles could not have been responsible for "bombarding Iraq with cruise missiles from HMS Turbulent during the Iraq War" as he was not in command at the relevant time. We are happy to set the record straight and apologise for any embarrassment caused.

Date Published: 08/11/2011

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