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Complainant Name:
Miss Catherine Lemon

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Western Daily Press


Miss Catherine Lemon complained to the Press Complaints Commission that the newspaper had published a number of inaccuracies in its report of the inquest into her son's accidental death. The article had incorrectly referred to her partner by her son's name and had inaccurately quoted his statement. The complainant was particularly concerned that the article implied that her son's death had resulted from a fight with his brother.


The complaint was resolved when the PCC negotiated the following apology:

On September 29 we reported the inquest into the accidental death of Alex Snook. It is important that we should make clear that the inquest did not find that his death was a result of an argument with his brother Peter over a film they were watching on television. We incorrectly referred to Alex's stepfather as Peter Pemberton - this is in fact the name of Alex's brother. We also incorrectly reported from Alex's stepfather's statement at the inquest, reporting wrongly that Peter wanted to watch the film alone, or that it had been 15 minutes between him last seeing Alex alive and discovering his body.

The story was written by a news agency organisation, and printed in good faith by the Western Daily Press that it was accurate. We acknowledge the mistakes, and how it made the article misleading. We wish to apologise to Alex's mother Catherine Lemon and her family for the distress caused by these errors.

Date Published: 20/01/2012

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