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Child’s name removed from website after complaint

A mother who complained that a weekly newspaper’s online court report named her 14-year-old son after he gave evidence at a murder trial has had her case resolved.

The woman contacted the Press Complaints Commission after the report in the Sutton Guardian about the murder case, which detailed evidence from her son.

She said the article had named her son and included information that intruded into his time at school, in breach of Clauses 6 and 9 of the Editors’ Code of Practice.

In response, the newspaper said it was entitled to publish information taken from the court case, in which there were no reporting restrictions.

But following negotiation with the PCC, the title decided to remove the online article in question and to only make brief, anonymous reference to the child’s testimony in the paper edition.