A weekly newspaper has issued a clarification and apology after publishing a front page photo of the wrong woman in a story about a student who was seriously injured.
The Croydon Advertiser published an article in last week’s edition about a student who had been left in a coma after being struck by a tram.
It included a front page photo of a woman called Holly Judge who was said to be the injured student – but the paper has since published an online apology because it was the wrong person.
The apology said: “In our front page story today (‘Student struck by tram left in coma’) we carry a picture of Holly Judge, from Croydon.
“The Croydon Advertiser would like to point out that the victim referred to in the story is NOT the Holly Judge pictured on the front page and on this website.
“The Advertiser would like to apologise to Holly and her family for any inconvenience or distress this error has caused.”
Editor Glenn Ebrey said the paper had taken immediate action as soon as it was made aware of the error, which included sending posters to all sales outlets.
He said: “As soon as we were made aware that the photograph on our front page was incorrect we took immediate action, to make sure our readership were aware of the mistake.
“This included publishing an immediate clarification on our website and also sending posters explaining our error to sales outlets, which were put up alongside the usual newspaper bills. A full clarification and apology will also appear in this week’s paper.
“On behalf of the Advertiser, I would like to restate my apologies to Holly Judge and her family for any upset or distress our error may have caused.”