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SNAKE’S ALIVE: Sonia Howick had an unexpected guest in her conservatory, reported the Portsmouth News – a five-feet long corn snake which she discovered hanging from a cupboard door. An RSPCA inspector called to the scene had to extricate the

Mercury reporter led the way

Football correspondent of the Leicester Mercury, Bill Anderson, was ahead of the national media who were today buzzing with speculation linking Martin O’Neill with the vacant manager’s job at Celtic. It was back in mid-April that Mr Anderson told his

News In Brief from around the regions

NUDE FOOTIE: Police were called to playing fields at Cheltenham at 4am after a caller reported six men playing football in the nude, the Gloucestershire Echo told its readers. There was no sign of anyone by the time officers arrived,

News In Brief – from around the regions

FULL-TIME FOR PUPILS: Lunch was being served with a football theme today for pupils in Cambridgeshire schools. Twenty four hours before Chelsea were due to face Aston Villa in the FA Cup, the youngsters were tucking into turkey footballers, mini

Website is Jennifer's baby

Jennifer Burt – as a baby! Former Leicester Mercury health correspondent Jennifer Burt is helping to bring advice and reassurance to mums across the UK – with the help of the regional press. In November last year, Jennifer left the

As you DON'T like it

Amrin Khan struggles bravely with her French accent while a trio of cast members look on smugly. Photo by Debbie Allen: Courtesy of Leicester Mercury. Leicester Mercury reporter Amrin Khan had a chance to make history when she was asked

News In Brief – from around the regions

SURF-INN THE NET: One of England’s oldest pubs – Nottingham’s famous Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem – has set up its own website. The Nottingham Evening Post reported on the ancient inn’s step into the 21st century and told how

News In Brief – from around the regions

A REAL HANDFUL: Pensioner Godfrey Hill has been called The Messiah, an alien and a freak – because he has a thumb and five fingers on each hand. The 72-year-old retired engineer has hexadactyly. The condition is said to affect

Biker chick found

Leicester Mercury editor Nick Carter has been invited to the wedding of a motorbike-mad couple – brought together by his newspaper. Roy Green met bride-to-be Donna Quartermaine after she responded to his “Biker Chick Wanted” advertisement on the Mercury’s Meeting

Mike Jeanes on regional newspaper sections

The full text of the speech delivered by Mike Jeanes, market research manager, The Newspaper Society, at the NS Newspaper Sales and Promotions Conference 2000. This session takes a fresh look at the Newspaper Society’s recent sections research, focusing on

Magazine-style sections boost Saturday sales

Saturday sections in regional daily papers are boosting sales when publishers achieve the right mix of “national quality and local content”. That is the upbeat message from the Newspaper Society’s market research manager. Mike Jeanes gave a presentation on newspaper

Sales figures show winners and losers

MORE than 50 regional daily newspapers lost sales in the second half of 1999, new figures show. But the message from the Newspaper Society was upbeat after data for 1,224 daily and weekly titles was published on the same day

Midlands awards shortlist revealed

Nominations for the awards are as follows: DAILY NEWSPAPER OF THE YEARBirmingham Evening MailNottingham Evening PostSunday Mercury WEEKLY NEWSPAPER OF THE YEAREvesham JournalHinckley TimesLoughborough Echo NEWS / CURRENT AFFAIRS PROGRAMME OF THE YEARBBC Midlands Report, Ghost TrainBBC Radio Derby Breakfast

Praise from the PM

Five regional daily newspapers have been dubbed “trailblazers” by Prime Minister Tony Blair for their work in encouraging volunteers to take part in community activities. He singled out the Plymouth Evening Herald, the Leicester Mercury, the Newcastle Journal, the Manchester

Regional titles join Mozambique appeals

As the Mozambique flood disaster continues to cause appalling suffering for up to a million people in the poverty-stricken African state, regional newspapers around the UK have been finding local angles on the crisis and publicising ways in which their

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