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Complainant Name:
Mr Orhan Bicer

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Middleton Guardian

Complaint:

Mr Orhan Bicer complained to the Press Complaints Commission about an article which was, in his view, inaccurate and misleading in breach of Clause 1 (Accuracy) of the Editors' Code of Practice.

The article reported that gates ‘blocking off a road outside Akrington Hall' had been removed ‘after council bosses designated [the road] a legal right of way'. According to the complainant, however, no gates had been removed and, in any case the council was not so empowered.

Resolution:

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

A report from a meeting of the Middleton Township Committee regarding disputed gates in Hall Road, Alkrington, incorrectly stated that the gates had been removed and that a stretch of the road had been designated a restricted by-way. In fact the gates still stand and while it is true that the council has considered making an application to define the area as such a right of way for pedestrians this must first go through a legal process before the proposed right of way becomes law, however this may be legally challenged by the landowners, occupiers or any members of the public.

Date Published: 21/02/2013



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