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Weekly says sorry after splashing on rugby camp 200 miles off patch

A weekly newspaper has apologised to readers after splashing on a rugby training camp happening more than 200 miles away from its patch.

The Devon-based Midweek Herald has issued the apology after the front page of its Cranbrook edition erroneously reported professional rugby union side Harlequins would be holding the camp at Cranbrook Rugby Football Club.

However, no such club exists in the town and Harlequins were actually holding the event at Cranbrook RFC in Kent – 206 miles away.

The error appeared on the front of the Herald’s 14 August issue, and last week an apology appeared in the paper, which is based in nearby Clyst Honiton.


The correction and apology reads: “In the Cranbrook edition of the Midweek Herald, we ran a front page story under the headline ‘Harlequins to run training camp’.

“As many readers spotted, this story was published in error, as the Cranbrook the club was to visit the Cranbrook in Kent.

“We apologise for the error, which falls well below the standards we expect of ourselves. We are happy to set the record straight.”

HTFP has approached the Herald for further comment.


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  • August 29, 2019 at 10:52 am

    Archant, the company which systematically got rid of all its experienced sub-editors and production staff. You know, the sort of people who might have some local knowledge and realise that a small new town on the outskirts of Exeter would not actually have a rugby club. What Archant may also have done is to leave a very small staff with the increasing pressure of filling lots of space every week, so it’s perhaps little wonder that someone thought this ‘story’ would do.

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  • August 29, 2019 at 11:36 am

    Ouch, I’ve got sympathy though, these operations are sailing permanently close to the wind due to the extent of the cuts, it’s tragic.

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  • August 29, 2019 at 3:53 pm

    Hands up who didn’t see this type of schoolboy error happening when subs were kicked into touch,the workloads increased, and the priority became get it out quick, fill the space and move on to the next templated box to fill?

    Beyond embarrassing
    Nice one Archant

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  • August 29, 2019 at 4:40 pm

    I can’t understand how this happened. Surely the reporters or editor must know their patch?
    Do they really have that little local knowledge?
    They say: “We apologise for the error, which falls well below the standards we expect of ourselves.”
    This monumental mistake doesn’t look as though there are any standards whatsoever

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  • August 29, 2019 at 4:57 pm

    I don’t think there’s much surprise this happened at Archant, where ‘content creation’ now appears to be veering off in two completely different directions. On the one hand you’ve weeklies struggling for resources..On the other hand, The New European has the budget to commission Will Self. Resources need to be more evenly spread or some of the print titles have got a very short life expectancy.

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