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Complainant Name:
London Probation Service

Clauses Noted: 1, 2

Publication: Evening Standard


The London Probation Trust complained to the Press Complaints Commission that the newspaper has published inaccurate information in breach of Clause 1 (Accuracy) of the Editors' Code of Practice and had not published the Trust's letter responding to the article in breach of Clause 2 (Opportunity to reply) of the Code. The complainant said that the headline of the article, "My son was sent back to jail because he missed a meeting we hadn't been told about", was inaccurate. The man referred to had in fact been informed in his license conditions, which he was issued with on his release from prison, that he was required to attend a probation office the following week. The newspaper had failed to publish a letter from the Trust correcting the claim.


The newspaper had been restricted by on-going legal proceedings from publishing further coverage relating to the man's case, including the letter from the London Probation Trust. The complaint was resolved when the newspaper agreed to publish an article about the Trust's EXIT programme, which assists those who have been involved in gangs by offering opportunities to develop life skills, pursue interests that develop their personal independence and help to move them away from crime and offending.

Date Published: 27/5/2014

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