May 132012

From the Mail on Sunday

Terra Firma Capital Partners

Financial Mail said companies owned by private equity firm Terra Firma Capital Partners Ltd were among those said to be delaying payment to small suppliers. In fact, The Garden Centre Group’s payment terms were introduced before its acquisition by Terra Firma this year. Terra Firma has not owned EMI since February 2011 and has not yet acquired the Four Seasons health care group. We apologise for these mistakes.

[It’s really not clear which article this correction is talking about, so I have no idea whether or not it has been corrected.]

Alan Holmes and Daniel Morgan

An article about the Brink’s-Mat robbery mentioned a policeman called Alan ‘Taffy’ Holmes who shot himself after a corruption investigation. We mistakenly published a picture of a different Alan Holmes, a civilian police employee who was murdered in an unrelated crime.

We would also like to make clear that the murdered private detective Daniel Morgan had never, in fact, been a police officer.

[The article no longer mentions Alan Holmes or contains a picture of him, but the comments contain someone pointing out their error. The article still describes Daniel Morgan twice as an ex-policemen.]

May 102012

From the Daily Mail

David Blunkett

A diary item in Tuesday’s paper said that David Blunkett was forced to resign in 2005 after failing to declare his interest in DNA Bioscience.

In fact, while he inadvertently failed to consult the Advisory Committee on Business Appointments over his appointment as a director of the firm, he had declared his shareholding and was later found to have followed correct procedure.

[This story appears to have been removed from the Mail web site]
May 102012

From the Daily Mail


Due to a production error in Dr Martin Scurr’s column in Tuesday’s paper, we incorrectly stated that the dose of amitriptyline used to treat migraine is 200mg. In fact the correct dose is 20mg; 200mg is the dose for treating depression.

[This story has been silently corrected on the Mail web site]

Prince Charles’s Staff

A comment article on May 1 said that Prince Charles’s staff are paid from ‘public funds’. We are happy to clarify that these costs are in fact
paid out of income from the Duchy of Cornwall estate.

[This story has not been corrected on the Mail web site]

May 042012

From the Daily Mail

Ivan Esack

An article in Tuesday’s paper suggested that Ivan Esack, who is suspected of killing his wife Natalie in his Ashford hair salon, also owned a local business called Elegant Nails and Beauty. In fact Mr Esack has no involvement in this business.

[This article has been silently corrected on the Mail web site]

Apr 292012

From the Mail on Sunday

Food Standards Agency

An article about edible glitter for cupcakes  last week said the Food Standards Agency’s communications director Terrence Collis had written on the Agency’s website: ‘Remember that non-toxic doesn’t mean that you can’t eat it.’ In fact he wrote: ‘Remember that non-toxic doesn’t mean you can eat it.’ We apologise for our mistake.

[This article has been silently corrected on the Mail web site]


EasyJet does not operate a route from Birmingham to Corfu  as indicated in Travel last week.

[This article has not been corrected on the Mail web site]

Sheridan Smith

An article ‘National Youth Theatre is hit by cash crisis’ pictured Sheridan Smith performing in 1997 with the National Youth Music Theatre – a different organisation to the NYT.

[This article has not been corrected on the Mail web site]



Apr 262012

From the Daily Mail

Becher’s Brook

Following a feature about the Grand National on April 16, the British Horseracing Authority has asked us to clarify that the drop on the landing side of Becher’s Brook is now no more than 5’10”, rather than 6’9” as stated, and that According To Pete was put down after breaking his shoulder rather than his neck.

[There are many stories on this subject. It’s hard to be sure which of them this correction refers to. None of them mention According to Pete breaking his neck and none of them have the incorrect height for Becher’s Brook – so I think the story has been silently corrected.]

Apr 232012

From the Daily Mail

Mark Rodgers

In common with other newspapers, we published an article in yesterday’s paper which incorrectly identified Mark Rodgers, the father of Poppy Rodgers, 16, who died in an apparent drugs-related death, as a research fellow at York University. The University has asked us to point out that their researcher of the same name has no connection to the family concerned.

[This information has been silently removed from the story on the Mail web site]

Apr 152012

From the Mail on Sunday

Stirling Moss

Last Sunday’s Live magazine said Stirling Moss’s co-driver in the 1955 Mille Miglia was Dennis Jackson. It was actually Denis Jenkinson.

[This story has not been corrected on the Mail site]


A theatre review of Gypsy on March 25 incorrectly said the musical had not been staged in Britain for nearly four decades. In fact, there was a production at the Leeds Playhouse in 1994.

[I can’t find this story on the Mail web site]

Apr 132012

From the Daily Mail


An article on February 15 suggested that 17 BBC workers had carried on in the same jobs after accepting redundancy money of £57,000 each. We are happy to clarify that, while their leaving dates were delayed, the workers did not in fact receive their pay-offs until they had left.

[This article has not been corrected on the Mail site]

Apr 062012

From the Daily Mail

Lynne Featherstone MP

An article on 10 June 2011 reported, in common with other newspapers, that Lynne Featherstone MP had accused Dr Jane Collins, chief executive of Great Ormond Street, of a cover-up by withholding information from the first serious case review into the death of Baby P.

While the hospital trust did withhold information, we are informed that it did so on legal advice due to ongoing criminal proceedings and that, once the trial was over, the information was provided.

We accept that there was no cover-up and apologise for suggesting otherwise.

[I’m not sure which article this story refers to. There’s one dated 18th June which says that Lynne Featherstone has called for Jane Collins to be sacked. But it doesn’t make any claims of a cover-up. It’s possible that this is the right story and it was updated on 18th June to remove the incorrect claims]

Fred Brookes

A sports report in yesterday’s paper said that Old Swinford Hospital School’s Fred Brookes scored the only try in the Daily Mail RBS Under 18 Cup Final. In fact it was his brother Cass.

[This story has been silently corrected on the Mail web site]