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PCC: Guardian's Duggan headline was misleading

The headline about the event that helped trigger the 2011 London riots was also inaccurate, the PCC

  • IPCC and Met claimed headline was 'substantially misleading'
  • Readers' editor acknowledged 'serious failings'
  • Guardian says error was not the result of neglect or bad faith

A story in the Guardian about the shooting of Mark Duggan - an event that helped trigger last year's riots in London - was misleading and innacurate, the PCC has concluded.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) and the Metropolitan Police Service complained to the PCC that a 19 November article - headlined "Revealed: man whose shooting triggered riots was not armed; Mark Duggan investigation finds he was not carrying gun when killed in Tottenham" - breached of Clause 1 (accuracy) of the Editors' Code of Practice.

The PCC agreed but also found the paper had taken sufficient remedial action over the complaint.

Read more at Press Gazette