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Under-the-counter copies of the Peterborough Evening Telegraph were the only ones available at a city supermarket after it took exception to an article it published explaining how the shop has stopped collecting donations for troops in Iraq.
Store management at Sainsbury’s banned it from the shelves, but a reporter managed to buy one surreptitiously before the shop released a statement to say: “Sales were as normal.”


David Hoath, the marketing director of The Newspaper Society, is to take up a new post at Newsquest later this year.
He has been appointed group advertising sales director in the latest move of his career, which has seen him work in magazines, newspapers, radio and back to the print media, before taking up his current post with the Newspaper Society.


Neville Keithley has been appointed regional director of Archant Central Scotland after being in the role on an acting basis for the past seven months.
He takes over from Jim Hendry, who has retired on health grounds.


A journalist is calling for the return of a magistrates’ court to Knutsford, Cheshire, so that local magistrates deal with local defendants.
Joan Williams, who works for a local news agency, made her stand after the Government stepped in to save the area’s crown court.


Eastern Daily Press reporter Stephen Pullinger was overtaken in a sprint finish of the London marathon by a woman in a Pooh bear costume.
East Anglian Daily Times reporter Richard Smith and Ilford Recorder reporter Andrew Golder were two more Archant runners who completed the 26-plus miles.


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