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Complainant Name:
Mr Joseph Giles

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: The Independent


Mr Joseph Giles complained to the Press Complaints Commission, under Clause 1 (Accuracy) of the Editors' Code of Practice, that an article inaccurately reported that Aesculapian snakes are capable of crushing small children. 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 newspaper re-wrote the article so that it focused on the London Invasive Species Initiative's call for a cull of the animals, while conservationists argue that they should be protected.

Date Published: 18/07/2014

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