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Complainant Name:
Ms Ruth Adams

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Herald Express (Torquay)


Ms Ruth Adams complained to the Press Complaints Commission about an article which was, in her view, inaccurate and misleading in breach of Clause 1 (Accuracy) of the Editors' Code of Practice.

The complainant is the owner of Smokey the cat, who is recognised by Guinness World Records as the loudest purring domestic cat. She said that, contrary to the impression given by the article, it was not the case that Smokey had lost her record to another feline.


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

Since this article was first published, the owner of Smokey has asked us to make it clear that Smokey is still officially the world's loudest purring cat. Guinness World Records stipulates that readings taken as part of a record attempt must be measured from at least one metre away.

Date Published: 08/04/2013

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