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Wright says sorry to murder family

Television presenter Matthew Wright has written a letter of apology to the parents of a murdered teenager for comments he made about the death on his show.

During a newspaper review segment on The Wright Stuff programme on Tuesday, a panel discussed the death of 16-year-old Liam Aitchison in Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis, the first murder in the area for 43 years.

The presenter put on a Scottish accent and said "there's been another murder", copying a well-known phrase from TV detective show Taggart.

Panel member Charlie Baker described the investigation as "the longest-ever episode of Taggart".

A statement issued on behalf of Liam's family on Wednesday said the comments on the Channel 5 morning show were "insulting" to the entire community.

The statement read: "We are very disappointed at the insensitive and offensive nature of the comments made on the Channel 5 programme The Wright Stuff. This is very upsetting and insulting for not just the family, but for the whole community of the Western Isles."

Mr Wright apologised on-air during Wednesday's programme and has now written to Liam's family. Channel 5 said the details of the letter will be kept private but said it contained an apology from Mr Wright.

Earlier this week Angus MacNeil, SNP MP for the Western Isles, said he had raised a complaint with watchdog Ofcom, as did many of his constituents.

He said: "This is a very sad time for the family of Liam Aitchison, and his murder has stunned the local community. To see Matthew Wright making jokes about the tragedy and behaving as he did is beyond belief, and has disgusted everyone who has seen the programme."

Ofcom said complaints were made about the edition of the show and it was checking them against the Broadcasting Code before deciding on any investigation.

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