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The Birmingham Post has launched a campaign to block a legal loophole that does not require coach passengers to wear seatbelts.
The decision to launch the campaign has come shortly after the 20th anniversary of mandatory seatbelt wearing for front seat passengers and drivers in Britain.

Shropshire Star editor Sarah-Jane Smith has joined the board of directors of Shropshire newspapers.
She joined the group as a trainee reporter in 1979, and was the first woman to edit a title for one of the Midland News Association’s evening newspapers.

Aberdeen Evening Express photographer, Gordon Lennox, has been helping Primary 5 pupils at Gilcomstoun School with their photography projects.
The youngsters, who Gordon taught to work a digital camera, download photos and send them back to a newspaper office, were impressed when the photographer told them he has taken pictures of Queen, Status Quo, the stars of Baywatch and the Dons.

Former Hawick News reporter, Sheila Brown, has died.
The avid reporter, who had worked for the News for many years as well, as its rival the Hawick Express, and was a regular contributor to national daily papers, had been ill and passed away on the morning of her husband’s funeral.

The Torquay Chamber of Trade Media Ball has given the Herald Express Heart Appeal campaign a £1,000 boost.
The paper has so far raised £57,161 of its £500,000 target for the Torbay Hospital to put towards a £1.5m chest pain unit.

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