This last week has seen the Free Press endure a tidal wave of criticism, much of it valid and deserved.

The Free Press has always been unique, more so now that it is the only employee-owned newspaper in the United Kingdom. There is no manual on how to run a newspaper; there is certainly no precedent for how our employee-ownership fits with the enormously challenging nature of running a newspaper. We have made mistakes and if every business and newspaper could be run with the benefit of hindsight, we’d have nothing to learn from.

We can only apologise to our readers, our community and our friends. If the result of making mistakes seriously damages all the good the Free Press does, this would be a terrible pity.

Our editor will make a further statement in this week’s print edition.

Paul Wood, Managing Director