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Complainant Name:
Mr Matthew Brealey

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: The Mail on Sunday


Mr Matthew Brealey complained to the Press Complaints Commission that the newspaper had published a comment piece on cyclists' behaviour which misleadingly implied that the columnist's mother had been the victim of three cycling-related incidents in 2012, in breach of Clause 1 (Accuracy) of the Editors' Code of Practice.


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

An article on September 9 said the writer Petronella Wyatt's mother had accidents with cyclists twice in a month and Miss Wyatt had her handbag snatched by a gang on bicycles in 2012. In fact there was an editing mistake, and the snatch actually occurred in 2008. Miss Wyatt had previously mentioned it in a similar article in 2010 about her mother being struck by a cyclist at that time.

Date Published: 26/10/2012

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