A regional daily has apologised after illustrating a story about a violent sex offender with a picture of an innocent man.
The Oxford Mail reported on Friday that Daniel Rodriguez admitted four firearms offences following a 12-hour stand-off with police, having previously admitted three counts of rape and one of sexual assault.
However it initially illustrated the story with an image of another man of a similar name that had been wrongly supplied by Thames Valley Police.
The paper has since added the correct photograph to the story along with an apology.
It states: “Thames Valley Police supplied us with a picture today saying it was Daniel Rodriguez that was published in good faith with this story.
“In fact it was a different man called Daniel Rodriguez-Lay, 32, and we wish to state categorically the image published earlier today was not of the defendant and apologise sincerely to Mr Rodriguez-Lay. The picture attached to this story now is the correct man.”
The BBC website also carried the picture of Mr Rodriguez-Lay and has since published a correction.
Thames Valley Police has also apologised unreservedly for the error.
It said it is now reviewing its procedures in respect of the identification and distribution of offenders’ photographs.