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Complainant Name:
Lesley Archer

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: The Echo (Southend)


Lesley Archer complained to the Press Complaints Commission that the newspaper had published a report that her daughter's death was due to a drugs overdose when the cause of death was not established at the time of publication. The complainant was also concerned that readers would have been misled in breach of Clause 1 (Accuracy) as the piece suggested that the death had been linked to a stabbing that occurred a week later but, in the complainant's view, the incident was unrelated.


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

Kerry Archer

AN Echo report on March 9, headlined "Man, 27, stabbed after drug death", referred to an incident in Sutton Road, Southend. The report mentioned the death of Kerry Archer, which had happened several days earlier at her flat in Sutton Road. The stabbing victim, Phillip Day, had been staying at Ms Archer's flat. However, there is no suggestion the stabbing was connected to Ms Archer's death. We are also happy to point out that the cause of Ms Archer's death has not yet been established. An inquest has yet to be held. We apologise to Ms Archer's family for any distress caused by our report.

Date Published: 18/05/2012

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