BBC News, 22 June 2020

Summary of complaint


We received complaints from people who felt it was inappropriate for reports to refer to the sexuality of the Reading park attack victims.


Our response


The three victims were all friends and part of Reading’s LGBT community and it was in this context that the reference to their sexuality was made.

They were regular attendees at Reading’s best-known gay bar ‘The Blagrave Arms’. Some of their friends, along with some of the regulars, had gathered at the bar on the 22 June, and there were tributes made there that evening which we covered in our piece.

The clip we used in our report included a specific reference to Reading’s LGBT community. The Chief Executive of Reading Pride also paid tribute and spoke about the positive role all the men made to local life.

Our coverage was not discriminatory but reflected the lives of the victims and the tributes paid to them after this terrible attack.