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Benedict Cumberbatch is ok: the Telegraph’s tawdry reporting on the death of Archie Lloyd in a holiday fight

by | 23rd, August 2015

Archie Lloyd

Archie Lloyd

Archie Lloyd, 18, was punched in Malia Crete, where he had been holidaying. His head hit the ground. Having refused help, he managed to get up and take a taxi to his hotel. He died in his hotel room. Archie Lloyd went to sleep and never woke up.

It is horrible story of young life ripped apart in moment of brutal stupidity.

But in the hands of the Press it becomes a story of money and privilege. This is how the Telegraph begins its report:

An 18-year-old Harrow-educated schoolboy has died….

Adding:

He was on holiday in Malia, an infamous party town on the Greek island of Crete, to celebrate leaving the school, where fees are £36,000.

The paper website breaks the report with these links to ‘related’ stories:

• Benedict Cumberbatch’s Harrow education? It’s a hindrance not a help, says his drama teacher
• Top 10: summer holiday islands in Europe

The story illustrates the banlity of casual violence. The Telegraph’s report is simply banal and crass.

PS: Sebastian Trabucatti, 22, from East Grinstead, West Sussex, has been charged with ‘gross negligence leading to manslaughter’. He denies any wrongdoing.

PPS: The death of Archie Lloyd also appears in the Telegraph’s announcements:

Archie James Edgar on Thursday 6th August 2015, tragically whilst travelling with his friends aged just 18. He was a wonderful and much loved son of James and Claire and adored brother of Hector, Hugo, Kitty and Flora. He will be missed terribly by all his family and friends. A Service of Thanksgiving for his too short but amazing life will be held in Winchester Cathedral on Thursday 27th August at 5 p.m. No flowers please but donations, if desired, to www.archie.lloyd.muchloved.com Further details of how Archie’s legacy will help others will be announced in due course…

That’s dignified. Your heart goes out to his loved ones.



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