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Complainant Name:
Ms Tina Olsen

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: News Shopper Bexley and North Kent

Complaint:

Ms Tina Olson complained to the Press Complaints Commission, on behalf of her father Anthony Olson, about an article which she considered to have been inaccurate and misleading in breach of Clause 1 (Accuracy) of the Editors' Code of Practice.

The article reported that Mr Olson had been ‘caught behind the wheel 90 minutes into a drink-drive ban' although the complainant said it was not the case that he had been ‘picking up fares in his black cab'.

Resolution:

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

News Shopper

KENT police have apologised to a taxi driver who was jailed after he was caught driving just hours after being banned for 30-months. Cabbie Anthony Olson was jailed for 90 days after he was caught driving in Crayford on the same day he had already been banned. But red-faced police have had to apologise to the ex-cabbie, who was four times the legal limit when first stopped, after they falsely accused him of picking up fares while drunk. Chief inspector Martin Wilson told Mr Olsen's daughter Tina: "I can see no evidence your father was picking up fares and I will speak to Inspector Platt and Sally Collins to remind them to double check press releases for accuracy. "Please accept my apologies for this inaccuracy".

Date Published: 03/10/2013



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