A Sutton family has demanded an apology from the Mirror newspaper after a disabled former miner from Sutton was ridiculed in an online video.
The video of 81 year old Terry Oliver as he stooped on the street was posted on the Mirror online website over the weekend, with the headline:
“Family get Halloween fright as they spot ‘headless’ man walking down street.”
The light hearted piece went on to describe how Ginette Lees, 39, and her family had been ‘stunned’ by the sight.
The video has since been taken down.
Terry’s son Steven , 50 said: “We are disgusted with what should be respected tabloid having a story like that whatever the angle.
My dad was injured when he was buried in a roof fall when he worked underground. He suffers from back and neck problems and early onset Alzheimers.
“This is just bullying. The paper should apologise and so should the woman who put the video up.
The family is being supported by Huthwaite councillor Lee Anderson who has written to
Coun Anderson said: “This article pokes fun at his disability and makes light of the fact that his posture affects his appearance from behind.
“I am sure this could be considered a hate crime and therefore I have reported this article to Nottinghamshire Police.
Coun Anderson added: “The Daily Mirror is a newspaper that claims the moral high ground on equality yet is happy to publish an article that clearly ridicules a disabled man due to his disability. The residents of Ashfield who have seen your article online are quite frankly disgusted.”
Teh councillor is demanding an immediate withdrawal of the article; a full apology to the family, an apology published in the newspaper and online.
Coun Anderson also suggests the editor and reporter should attend equality training and make a donation to a charity of the family’s choice.
More when we have it.