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Complainant Name:
South Lanarkshire Council

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Lanark Gazette

Complaint:

South Lanarkshire Council complained to the Press Complaints Commission under Clause 1 (Accuracy) in relation to an article which discussed an ‘anonymous whistleblower's' concerns about the safety and education of pupils at Lanark Primary Nursery at a time when - owing to the development of the primary school campus - they would be based in a Portacabin on an unspecified site in Lanark. The complainant was particularly concerned about the article's headline ‘Dunblane danger for local kids?' which it considered to be unnecessarily alarmist.

Resolution:

The matter was resolved when the newspaper published the council's response to the article, as well as the following PCC-negotiated apology:

Further to our article of 2 February (‘Dunblane danger for local kids?') and the subsequent readers' letters (9 February edition), we would like to apologise to readers for any alarm or distress caused by the headline. Although alluding to comments made in the story, we appreciate that it may not have been appropriate.

Date Published: 20/03/2012



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