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Deputy editor Szecowka leaves the Bristol Evening Post

The Bristol Evening Post’s deputy editor Stan Szecowka has followed editor Mike Lowe out of the door after almost five years in the post.

Stan left the company yesterday morning, minutes after turning up for work and taking the morning news conference.

Mike Lowe left last month, after nine years in the editor’s chair at Bristol, to make way for new editor-in-chief Mike Norton, who began work at the title yesterday.

Mike Norton said last night: “Stan Szecowka left our employment earlier today.

“I would like to thank Stan for the work he has carried out since joining us from the Hull Daily Mail in 2000.

“In my absence, managing editor Rob Stokes will assume responsibility for the editorial department.”

Stan, (46), has worked for a number of regional newspapers.

He moved to work alongside Mike Lowe in August 2000, moving from the Hull Daily Mail, where he was community and campaigns editor.

He began his career as a trainee with the Oxford Journal Group, before progressing, via the Milton Keynes Mirror, to the Lincolnshire Echo.

Following a brief stint at the Northants Evening Telegraph he became news editor at the Derby Evening Telegraph.

After that he joined Evening Post editor Mike Lowe as his assistant editor at the Citizen in Gloucester.

Stan then moved to Hull where he was deputy editor and acting editor before his later roles there.