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Complainant Name:
Lindsay Wheatcroft

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Daily Mail


Lindsay Wheatcroft was one of eight individuals who contacted the Press Complaints Commission to complain that the newspaper had published a misleading headline in breach of Clause 1 (Accuracy) of the Editors' Code of Practice. The headline reported that there were 4,000 foreign murderers and rapists in the UK who cannot be deported. The complainant said this was a direct contradiction to the figures given in the article which showed that of those criminal acts there were, in fact, only three cases of murder and 14 sexual offences.


The complaint was resolved when the newspaper published clarifications in print and online. The following wording appeared in the newspaper:

"The headline of an article on 3 January suggested that there are 4,000 foreign murderers and rapists in the UK who cannot be deported. We are happy to clarify that, as the article stated, the figure in fact refers to 3,980 foreign criminals, including murderers and rapists, who are currently the subject of deportation orders."

The headline of the item on its website was amended appropriately and the following footnote appended:

"An earlier version of this report of Government figures carried the headline ‘4,000 foreign murderers and rapists we can't throw out ... and yes, you can blame human rights again'. We appreciate that unless the headline was read together with the first paragraph of the article, the impression may have been given that all those people were murderers and rapists. We are happy to clarify that the ‘4,000' refers to the 3,980 foreign criminals currently subject to deportation orders, a total which includes murderers and rapists, some of whom committed offences while on immigration bail."

Date Published: 05/02/2013

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