30 October 2014

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New look Star celebrates sales boost

The Ipswich Evening Star is sporting a new look amid a bagful of successful campaigns and increased sales figures.

The Star has scooped 15 industry accolades in the last four years and recently picked up an award for its part in catching Ipswich double rapist Kevin Chambers.

New sales figures (0.34% up on the same period last year) made the Star one of just a handful of UK daily newspapers to record increased sales in the first half of 2000.

The new-look paper includes more news stories, new columns, a new Tuesday supplement, extra pages and a new and colourful features service

Editor Nigel Pickover said the latest sales news was the icing on the cake.

“But we don’t rest on our laurels and have a big job to do in the first years of the 21st century. What we won’t change is our pledge to fight for our readers every step of the way and we want to do even more.

“The Evening Star has been a thriving local newspaper for 115 years and it’s more punchy and determined now than at any time in its long and industrious life.”

The newspaper raised more than £130,000 this year to enable a children’s hospice to open in Ipswich and another £50,000 for the baby victim of a tragic fire. The Star has also kept up pressure on the East Anglian Ambulance Trust to improve its emergency response times and battled with campaigners to keep open Felixstowe’s Bartlet Hospital.

Now it’s begun a new Police Watch campaign to secure improvements in the service offered by Suffolk Constabulary. For more on Police Watch click here

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