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Complainant Name:
Karen Birch

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Oldham Evening Chronicle


Karen Birch complained to the Press Complaints Commission that the newspaper had published an inquest report into the death of her son which contained a number of inaccuracies.


The complaint was resolved when the newspaper published the following correction and apology:

Chef inquest

A report of an inquest in the Oldham Evening Chronicle (November 10) headlined "Chef's final Facebook message" reported that Mr David Birch had been told he had lost his job. We accept that there was some ambiguity regarding whether this was the case, although this was stated in evidence at the inquest. We also incorrectly reported the location as being in the back garden and accept that neighbours did not help paramedics in an attempt to revive him. We apologise for any distress caused.

Date Published: 24/01/2012

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