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Matlock Mercury

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Downing case to be TV film drama

A two-part fact-based film drama about the Stephen Downing case has just started pre-production to film in September for BBC One. The film explores the story surrounding the murder of Wendy Sewell in 1973 and the controversy around Stephen Downing,

News in brief has been nominated for a brace of European online journalism awards.Its coverage of the Scottish election is in the running for Best Overall Journalism Service at the NetMedia Awards – a title Holdthefrontpage won last year – and Stewart

Police criticised in new Downing case row

Former editor Don Hale and freed prisoner Stephen Downing have both rounded on the police who said that Downing is still the only suspect for the 1973 murder of Wendy Sewell. Downing served 27 years in prison, refusing to make

Campaigning journalist criticised by police

Campaigning journalist Don Hale has been criticised by Derbyshire Police in a report into the reinvestigation of the murder of Wendy Sewell. The former Matlock Mercury editor spent seven years fighting to clear the name of Stephen Downing who spent

News in brief

The Department of Journalism Studies at the University of Sheffield continues to expand with the appointment of a new staff lecturer.David Holmes joins the university from BBC Radio Sheffield, where he has worked as a reporter, producer, news editor and

Helen's blind faith

While most people may take the ability to see for granted, around 100 people start to lose their eyesight everyday. To mark Lions World Sight Day, Helen Taylor, deputy editor of the Matlock Mercury, took part in a ‘blind trial’

Mercury veteran calls it a day after 44 years

The longest serving team member of the Matlock Mercury has filed her last copy after 44 years with the newspaper. Marguerita Taylor – better known as Greta – has been a village correspondent for the Mercury since 1958. She was

Ludovic Kennedy joins Don Hale for injuctice date

Journalist Don Hale is to share the same stage as veteran human rights campaigner Ludovic Kennedy, as they discuss Don’s successful campaign to free Stephen Downing, who was jailed for murder. Former Matlock Mercury editor Don won awards and plaudits

News duo to face ghost challenge

A ghostly challenge awaits the editor and deputy editor of the Matlock Mercury this Hallowe’en… in a bid to raise cash for two of the paper’s appeals. Amanda Hatfield and Helen Taylor are planning to spend the night in a

Dramatic reading of journalist's work

Readings from a true-life crime book by journalist Don Hale will form the centrepiece to a literary event at the Wirksworth Festival. Don Hale, a former editor of the Matlock Mercury, lives in the Derbyshire town and his book Town

Barry's Baltic adventure

Matlock Mercury columnist Jon Barry wasted no time getting into the fundraising spirit as an appeal to bring in cash for a new football stand was launched. With the Mercury backing Matlock Town FC’s stand appeal, Jon contacted sports writer

News in brief

After months of campaigning by the Northern Echo for improvements to be made to crumbling road crash barriers on railway bridges, a £1.5m project on a bridge which provides a key traffic link has been announced.The Echo began the campaign

Journalist Hale threatened by pensioner's attacker

Investigative journalist Don Hale has been subjected to a threat from an attacker who targeted the mother of Stephen Downing, the man who had his conviction quashed after spending 27 years in jail for a murder he claims he did

Writer's expertise could free more prisoners

Investigative journalist Don Hale has become involved in several high-profile cases as a direct result of his success in securing Stephen Downing’s freedom from prison after he was wrongly locked up for 27 years. Don, former editor of the Matlock

Last-minute death row appeal fails

International support for a death row convict in America, including an appeal from UK journalist Don Hale, failed to persuade the authorities to overturn his sentence. Don was asked to help very late on in the proceedings but Walter Mickens

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