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Complainant Name:
Mr Ben Wood

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Bristol Evening Post


Mr Ben Wood complained to the Press Complaints Commission about an article which he considered to have been inaccurate and misleading in breach of Clause 1 (Accuracy) of the Editors' Code of Practice. A caption below a photograph in the report stated that the complainant had been ‘restrain[ed]' by police at a demonstration, something which the complainant did not accept was correct.


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

In a caption accompanying this photograph about protests between the English Defence League and Anti-Fascist Campaigners on College Green in January we stated that Ben Wood (pictured here), was restrained by police. Avon and Somerset Police have since explained that Mr Wood inadvertently walked into the opposing English Defence League demonstration and did not attempt to cross the line of police officers which separated the two groups. We are happy to clarify the situation.

Date Published: 25/04/2014

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