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WDP faces PCC case over 'offensive' letter from reader

The Countryside Alliance has made a formal complaint to the Press Complaints Commission about a reader’s letter printed in the Western Daily Press which expressed views against hunting.

The complaint was made by the Alliance’s head of media relations Tim Bonner, who claims the letter contained “inaccurate and offensive material”.

Mr Bonner is seeking a public apology from the paper for publishing the letter and has also asked the WDP for an assurance that it will not publish such “material” again.

He also said that the WDP’s decision to print a letter against stag hunting from a reader was against the Code of Practice in light of a note from editor Terry Manners.

The note read: “The writer of ‘Hooligans on Horses’ is entitled to his opinion, the same as you.

“The Daily Press is a forum for all views: No apology is necessary or will be given.”

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