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Complainant Name:
Mr Ronald Baird

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Daventry Express


Mr Ronald Baird complained to the Press Complaints Commission that the newspaper had published three articles that had breached Clause 1 (Accuracy) of the Editors' Code of Practice.

The articles had reported on the arrest, conviction and sentencing of the complainant to four years imprisonment for having incited underage girls to engage in sexual activity. The complainant said that the newspaper had reported aspects of the offence in a misleading way.


The complaint was resolved when the PCC negotiated the publication of the following clarification:

On July 7, the Daventry Express carried a report on the conviction of Ronald Baird, 31, for inciting underage girls to engage in sexual activity whilst he was based in Afghanistan. While Mr Baird was convicted of nine charges of inciting three teenage girls to send him explicit pictures, we would like to make clear that no pictures or audio-visual material were sent or received.

Date Published: 30/05/2012

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