UPDATE On The “Cannabis Odour Is Carcinogenic” Story
I am still in correspondence with the Northamptonshire Police about the statement they released to the press as explained in Corby Police Claim Cannabis Odour Is Carcinogenic.
As a result of negotiations, the police corporate communications department issued an apology and a correction which has now been published in the Harborough Mail and the Northamptonshire Evening Telegraph.
I have therefore advised the Press Complaints Commission that I consider the complaints against the two newspapers are resolved.
I believe the police need to do more though. The fact that this appalling misinformation was issued and that there are police officers who clearly believed it is very worrying. I am therefore escalating the complaint to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.