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Complainant Name:
Mr Joseph Giles

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Daily Mirror


Mr Joseph Giles complained to the Press Complaints Commission, under Clause 1 (Accuracy) of the Editors' Code of Practice, that an article headlined ‘Colony of killer snakes ‘capable of crushing small children to death' on the loose in London' inaccurately reported the danger posed by the snakes. The complainant said that Aesculapian snakes are harmless to humans and have lived in London for a number of years without injuring a human.


The complaint was resolved when the PCC negotiated amendments to the online article. The headline was revised so that it read "Colony of 6ft snakes on loose in London". The newspaper offered to append a footnote to make clear that the article had been amended.

Date Published: 18/07/2014

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