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Complainant Name:
Linda Sutherland

Clauses Noted: 3

Publication: The Sentinel (Staffordshire)


Linda Sutherland complained to the Press Complaints Commission that the newspaper had named her step-mother and a number of other elderly people as victims of alleged neglect at a nursing home in breach of Clause 3 (Privacy) of the Editors' Code of Practice. She was particularly concerned as the article revealed information about the alleged victims' medical needs, which she considered private.


The newspaper explained that its coverage was based on information given in open court. The complaint was resolved when the newspaper removed the names of the victims from the online article and offered an assurance that it would not name the complainant's step-mother in future coverage of the case.

Date Published: 23/08/2012

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