Sussex Police has apologised for issuing an incorrect photograph of a person entirely unconnected with a drugs case.
A photograph of Mr Lamin Bojang was issued on Friday and published by the Crawley Observer in good faith on its website in a report headlined ‘Crawley couple sentenced for drug offences’.
Neither Mr Lamin Bojang nor his wife Awa had any connection whatsoever with the case, and the Crawley Observer removed the photograph on Saturday as soon as it was alerted to the error.
A spokesman for Sussex Police said: “Due to a staff error in the Sussex Police Media Relations Office, a photograph was published by the force on Friday 23 August which was not of the defendant in this case. As soon as this error was drawn to our attention on Saturday 24 August, immediate action was taken to remove the wrong photo from the force website and to arrange, with co-operation of the only two media outlets who had placed it, in good faith, on their websites, for its immediate removal from those sites too.
“The correct image of the man who was sentenced on 22 August is now on the force website. We thank the two media outlets for their co-operation and apologise for any inconvenience caused. We are also taking action to apologise to the person whose image was wrongly released, for any embarrassment and distress caused.”