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Complainant Name:
Mr Liam Fairlie

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: North Devon Journal


Mr Liam Fairlie complained to the Press Complaints Commission on behalf of Mrs Jennifer Colenso that a report of her conviction on theft and fraud charges had inaccurately suggested that she had bought a Porsche and a catamaran with the proceeds of her criminal behaviour. The complaint was made out under Clause 1 (Accuracy) of the Editors' Code.


The matter was resolved when the PCC negotiated the publication of the following correction:

In our article of 8 March, which reported that former treasurer of the North Devon Animal Ambulance, Jennifer Colenso, had pleaded guilty to charges of fraud and theft, we stated that Mrs Colenso ‘drove a Porsche and owned a catamaran'. We have been asked to make clear that neither of these vehicles were paid for with money obtained by fraud, and that the catamaran, in fact, belongs to Mrs Colenso's husband.

Date Published: 17/05/2012

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