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Pest at The SMH exaggerates serial pest’s death

It’s hard to believe that serial pest Peter Hore is dead. All the more difficult because he’s not. But that’s just what The SMH website was reporting around 3pm yesterday. While the article in question has now been deleted, the title of its URL – http://www.smh.com.au/news/national/serial-pest-death-prompts-security-probe/2006/12/13/1165685739672.html – says it all.  The piece (republished by a blogger – in the online world you can run from history but you can’t hide) reported that Hore had died at Brisbane’s Suncorp stadium during Robbie Williams’ Wednesday night concert. It read:

Hore reportedly scaled a roof beam while evading security and fell 25m, hitting the edge of the stage. He died en route to hospital… Suncorp Stadium officials released a statement this morning saying security staff noticed Hore, dressed in a pink bridal gown, attempting to enter the stage area. They reportedly persued [sic] him when he began to climb a roof beam.

Shocked concert-goers say Hore appeared to become tangled in a section of the roof beam before falling onto the stage. 

Interesting spelling wasn’t the only fabrication and the story was quickly pulled – though the pink wedding dress part does have a certain ring of truth. 

Alive and well: Serial pest Peter Hore after being released by police in Brisbane last month. (Picture: AAP Image)

At 6.16 pm an apology to readers was posted, hinting at a work experience prank: 

An error led to the publication for a brief period today of a fictitious story. The story, published during a training exercise, has been removed. The individual involved has been reprimanded. The website will rectify its editorial procedures as needed.

Says a Crikey source: “Rectify indeed. Staff working exclusively on the dead tree edition could be heard guffawing throughout the building. At least one Fairfax title a couple of hours north of Sydney was preparing its front page to carry the story when the whole thing came crashing down.” It takes work to earn the title of “serial pest”, but Hore has put in the hard yards. His very own Wikipedia entry documents his antics pretty comprehensively, from the crashing of Michael Hutchence’s funeral to the Cole Inquiry.  Somewhat less famously, he also turned up to a panel I was on this year at the This is Not Art Festival in Newcastle, black kitten on a leash draped over his shoulders. Now that’s something you couldn’t make up.

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