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Complainant Name:
Steve and Angie Collins

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Hertfordshire Mercury


The complainants, Steve and Angie Collins, had complained to the Press Complaints Commission that an article which reported on a series of armed robberies had inaccurately portrayed the link between a criminal gang and their gym. The complainants were concerned that the article had misleadingly created the impression that the gang had trained for their crimes in the complainants' gym, 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 and apology:

In our article, "Bodybuilders on trial over series of armed raids" (Mercury, Sept 20), we reported that the defendants had trained at Cheshunt's Monster Gym. We are more than happy to clarify that they were not training for raids at the gym and that the gym is not complicit in any of these attacks. We apologise if that was the impression created.

Date Published: 08/11/2012

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