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Complainant Name:
Andrew Green

Clauses Noted: 1, 3, 5

Publication: The Sun


Andrew Green complained to the Press Complaints Commission on behalf of Sarah Warren that the newspaper's coverage of a car rally held in honour of Ms Warren's young son, Connor, contained an inaccuracy in breach of Clause 1 (Accuracy) of the Editors' Code of Practice. Concern was also raised about the newspaper's failure to obtain express consent from Ms Warren to publish the story about her son's welfare, including photographs of the child.


The complaint was resolved when the PCC negotiated the removal of the online article, a private letter of apology, a donation towards the child's headstone and the publication of the following clarification and apology (accompanied by a photograph of Ms Warren and her son) in print and online:

The Sun unreservedly apologises to Ms Sarah Warren for the distress caused by publication of an article headlined "4,000 petrolheads rally round for dying Connor" (31 December, 2012) in which Mr Scott Harrison was described as Connor's father. We would like to clarify that Mr Harrison is not Connor's biological father and we did not get permission from Connor's mother, Sarah Warren, to publish the story.

Date Published: 11/06/2013

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