Well, I got a reply from Metro (but not the Daily Mail). They’ve offered to print a ‘clarification’. Predictably, they’ve not gone far enough; I’ve written back with my proposed wording.
Unfortunately, I believe (at least) 4 other papers have published similarly inaccurate stories; waiting for copies before assessing any possible complaint.
Be happy, be safe (and stop buying tabloids).
Graham Coutts, 12th March 2017