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Bristol Observer reporter Sharon Kelly has written a first-person piece for the paper, explaining her feelings since her 20-year-old brother Lee traveled to southern Iraq with 42 Commando Royal Marines.
“Every time a newsflash appears telling of soldiers killed or injured I get a knot in my stomach and I am sure this feeling is shared with everyone who has family or friends serving in Iraq,” she said.

Detectives have praised a poster campaign in Lincolnshire Echo from a year ago that aimed to jog people’s memories over missing teenager Kim Newson.
Their comments came as a murder trial saw her killer jailed for life.

Thousands of parcels packed with home comforts are being flown out to troops in the Gulf thanks to readers of the Sunderland Echo.
Echo staff made sure the provisions, donated by readers of the paper, were checked over and weighed before making the long journey.

Leicester Mercury photographer Glen Tillyard is one of several journalists who will be lecturing on an adult education course Making the Most of the Media.
The courses are aimed at small businesses and voluntary groups.

Posters have been put up around a Somerset town offering a £400 reward to catch vandals who wrecked a new playground.
The Clevedon, Nailsea, Portishead & Yatton Mercury produced the posters with help from the town council and supermarket Tesco.

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