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  • An elderly war veteran, whose electric wheelchair was wrecked by vandals, has been overwhelmed by the generosity of readers of the Croydon Guardian.
    The newspaper told how the incident had left Fred Taylor a prisoner in his own home, prompting dozens of readers to call in offering to help – including the director of a local company who has offered to fix the scooter for free.
    Fred said: “I’m so touched. It’s wonderful to think that so many people care enough to want to help me. I am indebted to the Guardian.”

  • The Aberdeen Evening ExpressSmash The Vandals Campaign is already seeing results, just a week after it was launched.
    The campaign aims to rid the city of vandalism and graffiti.
    And the council has now swung into action, cleaning up graffiti and repairing broken windows shortly after incidents are reported.

  • The South Wales Evening Post is also getting results with its Get It Sorted campaign.Following the paper’s high profile campaign, a street, which has been laden with potholes for over three years, has been completely resurfaced.Resident Terry Murphy said: “I’ve no doubt the paper’s articles have got things moving. The Post is a local paper fighting for local issues and I think its great.”

  • An old people’s day centre that was threatened with closure due to lack of funds has been saved – with help from the Worksop Guardian.
    Coverage in the paper has been given credit for helping to save the centre as Nottingham County Council put extra funding in place.
    Pensioners who use the centre were delighted.
    Winnie Beadle, who originally contacted the paper, said: “They all said it was thanks to me for creating a fuss, but all I did was go to the Worksop Guardian and its article saved us!”

  • A couple who found love through the pages of the York Evening Press are to marry next month.
    Jan Townsend, (60), and Eric Green, (68), are both widowed and had resigned themselves to spending the rest of their lives alone until they decided to look at the paper’s Two’s Company introduction column.
    Eric replied to an advert placed by Jan, and after hitting it off they will now marry at York Register Office on September 1.

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