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Last Updated:  Monday, 31 March, 2003, 20:50 GMT 21:50 UK
Man fights to clear his name
David Gazley
David Gazley is looking at legal action against the Sun
A Norfolk man says he wants to clear his name after a national newspaper wrongly labelled him a paedophile.

An article in The Sun newspaper on Saturday named a man as a convicted paedophile, but showed a photograph of another man, David Gazley, whose solicitor says he is completely innocent.

The Sun printed an apology on Monday to the 40-year-old from Great Yarmouth, but he says he is "afraid to go out in public".

Mr Gazley has moved out of his home because he is worried about attacks from vigilantes.

I don't think I have a future here anymore
David Gazley
"I no longer have a job. I no longer have a home. I don't know how many people have read the Sun," he said.

"I am afraid to be out in public.

"At the moment I am staying with a friend. If I did not have this friend, I would be homeless.

"I don't think I have a future here anymore. I don't feel I can work in this town."

Mr Gazley has consulted his solicitor about claiming damages from the newspaper.

His solicitor, Fiona Harper, said: "Mr Gazley is innocent of this. He has now been tarred with the brush of a paedophile.

"He wants to clear his name. I will do everything I can to do that and hopefully obtain him some form of compensation."

The Sun newspaper told BBC Look East it did not want to comment further, but in a statement it pointed out that the picture was supplied by a photo agency.




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