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MEMBER WINS APOLOGY FOR 'DISTRESSING' ARTICLE

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Herefordshire councillor Dick Burke has accepted an apology from a local newspaper that accused him of abusing his ...
Herefordshire councillor Dick Burke has accepted an apology from a local newspaper that accused him of abusing his council position and diverting money from local developments.

Mr Burke [Con] took legal action against the Leominster Journal after a front-page article published in April last year alleged the councillor had wasted millions of pounds of public money on a Bridge Street sports park at the expense of a new swimming pool for the area.

The article accused Mr Burke of improperly harassing officials and insinuated that Mr Burke deserted fellow trustees after Bridge Street sports park ran into financial troubles.

Accepting the apology from the newspaper and its publisher at the High Court in London, legal representatives for Mr Burke said it was 'wholly incorrect' that he abandoned trustees, and that he had resigned because of concerns over the future management of the facility.

'The allegations attracted wide publicity. Their publication was a devastating blow,' the representative said.

The Leominster Journal's legal representative told the court the newspaper was offering a complete apology 'for the damage inflicted on [Mr Burke's] reputation and for the distress the publication of this untruthful article has caused him.'

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