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Complainant Name:
Jonathan Landers

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Northern Echo


Jonathan Landers complained to the Press Complaints Commission that the newspaper had reported that he had fraudulently taken £12k from his mother's estate when, in fact, the offence had taken place before his mother's death and the money was promptly repaid. He considered that Clause 1 (Accuracy) of the Editors' Code of Practice had been breached.


The complaint was resolved when the newspaper published the following clarification:


On November 18 2013, The Northern Echo reported that former police sergeant Jonathan Landers, of Northallerton, had been convicted of fraudulently obtaining £12,500 from his mother's estate by forging her signature. We have been asked by Mr Landers to point out that the theft took place while his mother was still alive and that he had repaid all of the money. We are happy to set the record straight."

Date Published: 10/01/2014

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