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Complainant Name:
A woman

Clauses Noted: 1, 5, 6

Publication: Kent & Sussex Courier


A woman, mother of a child who had been injured by a car, complained to the Press Complaints Commission that the newspaper had breached Clauses 1 (Accuracy), 5 (Intrusion into grief or shock) and 6 (Children) of the Editors' Code of Practice with its coverage of the incident. She said the article under complaint was incorrect in its assertion that her daughter was pushed into the road.


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

On January 20 we published a report about a girl who had been injured after being hit by a car. Our report suggested she had been the victim of a prank when she was shoved before falling off the kerb into the path of the car. We have been asked to make clear that the teenager was not shoved. We are happy to do so and apologise to the family for any distress our report may have caused.

The newspaper also wrote privately to the complainant's daughter.

Date Published: 31/05/2012

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