Hawick company director fails to respond over ‘lies’ claim

A local company boss has gone to ground after accusing the Hawick News of lying to readers, writes Jason Marshall.

Derek H. Campbell, a director with R.M. Autoclaves, which has a workshop in Mansfield Gardens, made the accusation on Facebook at the weekend, but has since failed to respond to repeated requests to answer our questions relating to his post.

Commenting on a statement on Facebook by Chief Inspector Andy McLean – in which the top cop sought to reassure Teries of the force’s commitment to tackling crime in Hawick, and which was posted as a direct result of last week’s front-page story which revealed that police are no longer willing to divulge crime solvency figures at public meetings – Mr Campbell said: “Hawick News trying to score political points . . . Bad journalism, not checking facts . . . They [the police] could do without lies from the press.”

We put it to Mr Campbell that our story was 100 per cent accurate, and also sought clarity over the so-called “bad journalism” in our piece and requested he specify the “facts” we failed to check and asked him to point out the “lies” we published.

We gave Mr Campbell a final chance to respond yesterday (Thursday) at 5pm, but he failed to do so.