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Complainant Name:
Jean-Pierre Bestel

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Gravesend Reporter


Jean-Pierre Bestel complained to the Press Complaints Commission that the newspaper had published a court report regarding his conviction for mortgage fraud which contained errors in breach of Clause 1 (Accuracy) of the Editors' Code of Practice. He argued that the newspaper has misreported his pleas and certain details of particular offences committed.


The newspaper explained that the information had been supplied by Kent Police media services. It accepted that, contrary to the information in the police press release, the complainant entered a ‘not guilty' plea with regard to an allegation that he sent forged documents to and from his brokers and banks in 2008 and those particular charges were not progressed in court. The newspaper removed the online article and the complaint was resolved on that basis.

Date Published: 04/05/2012

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