Journal apologises to local councillor

The Leominster Journal has apologised in the High Court to Herefordshire county councillor Dick Burke over accusations that he had abused his position on the council.

Burke sued after a front-page article headed “Counter Attack on Secrecy Allegation” on 3 April, 2002, published shortly after the closure of a local swimming pool. His solicitor, Adam Tudor, told Mr Justice Gray that the piece alleged Burke had improperly harassed officials and, years before, wasted millions of pounds on a sports park at the expense of a new swimming pool.

Accepting a formal apology from Shropshire Newspapers, editor Michael Robinson and journalist Judith Burkin, Tudor said: “The defendants now wholly accept and recognise that the allegations contained in the article were simply untrue.”

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