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Newspaper photo mix-up victim seeks to clear his name

A young dad-to-be has vowed to clear his name after a newspaper’s photo mix-up saw him wrongly branded a paedophile.

A reported on HTFP last month, hundreds of copies of the Dumbarton and Vale of Leven Reporter had to be recalled after it printed a picture of the wrong man alongside a story about a convicted sex offender.

The newspaper apologised to the man in question, 22-year-old supermarket worker Jim MacLean, and reprinted that week’s entire edition.

Now Mr MacLean has given an interview to the Lennox Herald, which also circulates in Dumbartonshire, vowing to clear his name.

He said: “There is nothing more offensive than this, it’s the most heinous crime of all.

“I have never been arrested in my life, never been in trouble with the police and I’ve never even had a parking ticket and now I’ve been linked with something like this.

“My girlfriend and I are about to become parents, my mum works in a primary school and my dad’s a police officer. It couldn’t be any worse.

“I want as many people as possible to know about this. I need to clear my name.”

The reprinted edition of the Reporter carried a front page apology which read: “Earlier editions of the Dumbarton & Vale of Leven Reporter carried a picture of a man on pages one and four we claimed was convicted sex offender David Logan, 24.

“This was not the case.

“The picture was of supermarket worker James MacLean, 22, who has no connection to the story.

“We are happy to set the record straight and would like to apologise to Mr MacLean and his family for any distress our article has caused.”