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Complainant Name:
Mrs Margaret Connor

Clauses Noted: 1, 5

Publication: Sunday Mercury


Mrs Margaret Connor complained to the Press Complaints Commission that the newspaper had published an article reporting on the death of Mr Francis Haydock which was insensitive in breach of Clause 5 (Intrusion into grief or shock) and misleading in breach of Clause 1 (Accuracy) of the Editors' Code.


While the newspaper did not accept that there had been a breach of the Code, the complaint was resolved when the PCC negotiated the removal of the online article and the publication of the following clarification:

Mr Francis Haydock

In an article of December 4, 2011 reporting on the death of Mr Francis Haydock the Sunday Mercury described Mr Haydock as a "computer addict" and "computer game obsessive", who suffered a fit that could have been caused by flashing lights from a computer game. We have been asked to make clear that Mr Haydock was neither described as an "obsessive" nor an "addict" at the inquest. We regret any upset caused to Mr Haydock's family. We have also been asked to state that the Coroner did not come to a definitive conclusion that his fit was caused by the game.

Date Published: 20/02/2012

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