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Complainant Name:
Mr John Donovan

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Metro


Mr John Donovan complained to the Press Complaints Commission under Clause 1 (Accuracy) about a report which misleadingly stated that three quarters of male officers in the Metropolitan Police were overweight.


The complaint was resolved when the PCC negotiated the publication of the following clarification in the newspaper and on its website.

We have been asked to make clear that the figures given in our P1 story of March 16 about the Windsor Report and overweight police officers were based on a sample of 11,598 Metropolitan Police officers and staff who had volunteered to take part in a fitness programme. As such, the figures did not relate to the entire force.

Date Published: 21/05/2012

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