An “unreserved” apology has been issued by a regional daily after it mistook a man for a convicted sex offender.
The Hull Daily Mail had published a photograph of John Ainsworth alongside an article in Tuesday’s edition about taxi driver David Ainsworth, who was jailed for six months for sexually assaulting two female passengers.
A copy of the apology appeared on the Local World-owned title’s website on Wednesday..
Editor Neil Hodgkinson described the inaccuracy as “a very serious error”.
The apology reads: “Mr John Ainsworth has not been convicted of any such offence.
“We have also been asked to point out that he and his brother Mr David Ainsworth are not related to the David Ainsworth who appeared in court and do not know him.
“We apologise unconditionally for the embarrassment this mistake has caused to Mr John Ainsworth and his family.”