Hello Phill Hodgkinson,
A bug is created in order the problem you are reporting to be fixed in next releases.
One temporary workaround is link for comments to be removed from template:
<sf:CommentsBox ID="itemCommentsLink" runat="server" CssClass="sfnewsCommentsCount"/>
Full path to template is: Telerik.Sitefinity.Resources.Templates.Frontend.News.TitlesDatesListView.ascx.
This is a widget template that can be modified through widget template editor and you can also export it through reflector.
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