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Complainant Name:
Nigel Brown

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: North Somerset Times


Nigel Brown complained to the Press Complaints Commission that the newspaper had published a court report which stated that he was convicted for assault but had failed to report that the conviction was later overturned, with the judge making clear in his summation that the matter should never have been brought to court in the first place. The complainant considered that the newspaper should have checked whether he had intended to appeal his conviction and took the view that without a follow-up article readers would be misled as to the outcome of his case in breach of Clause 1 (Accuracy) of the Editors' Code of Practice.


The complaint was resolved directly between the parties when the newspaper published a follow-up item in the terms below:

"In the October 17 edition of the Times, Nigel Brown, aged 53 of Leighwood Drive, Nailsea, was included in our In the Dock listing after being convicted at North Somerset Courthouse of assault by beating. The Times is happy to confirm Mr Brown has since been cleared of this charge following an appeal, which was allowed by Bristol Crown Court on November 30."

Date Published: 04/01/2013

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