By Mail on Sunday
Published: 23:58 GMT, 1 February 2020 | Updated: 23:58 GMT, 1 February 2020
The Mail on Sunday has apologised to a council worker who it wrongly accused of acting as a ‘fixer’ for cab drivers in Rochdale who were committing crimes against young girls.
An article on May 14, 2017, published in this newspaper and on the MailOnline website, headlined ‘Scandal of the mini-cab predators’, caused ‘huge and continuing distress’ to Wajed Iqbal, a council licensing officer.
At the High Court in London, William Bennett QC, representing Mr Iqbal in his libel action against The Mail on Sunday, last week read out a statement agreed with lawyers for the newspaper’s publishers, Associated Newspapers Limited, as part of a settlement.
Mr Bennett QC said: ‘The article made a grave allegation that the claimant was a “fixer” for cab drivers in