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Complainant Name:
Mr Elliot Morley

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Yorkshire Post


Mr Elliot Morley complained to the Press Complaints Commission that an article which reported that he had been attacked in jail - and had had a £3,000 Rolex stolen - was inaccurate and misleading. In fact, he had been the victim of a minor theft when his ID card and room key were snatched (following, he said, rumours that the ID card was of value) by a fellow prisoner who was subsequently identified and admonished. The complainant had never owned a Rolex.


The complaint was resolved when the PCC negotiated the publication of the following correction, in the newspaper and online, in addition to the removal of the original article from the newspaper's website:

An article of 8 August reported that former MP Elliot Morley, who was jailed in May, had been assaulted in Ford Prison, marched to his cell and forced to hand over a £3,000 Rolex watch. In fact, Mr Morley has never owned a Rolex watch and suffered only a minor theft when his room key and ID card were snatched from his lanyard. He did not lose a watch or any other valuable.

Date Published: 08/12/2011

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