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A firm which sent unsolicited text messages saying mobile telephone owners had won a £1,000 prize has been halted in its tracks – thanks to the Sunday Mercury.
Telephone watchdog ICSTIS invoked “emergency procedures” to stop the firm sending any more texts until it had conducted an investigation.


Wolverhampton wanderers football club defender Lee Naylor has helped kick off a new Express & Star venture to reward its hard-working newspaper boys and girls.
The Streetwise club is part if an initiative to make them feel as much a part of a team in the breaking news process as the reporters, printers and newsagents.


The East Anglian Daily Times’ CLIC into Action appeal has raised £18,000 to fund a play specialist post at the regional cancer centre at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge.
Carol Garner, who currently holds the post, said it was “wonderful news” that CLIC into Action had secured her post for the coming year.


The Surrey Advertiser is backing an appeal to raise £150,000 for disabled children.
The Upstairs Appeal-run by the Cherry Trees Charity-aims to give parents of special needs children assistance with looking after their children.


Hundreds of children have said a heart-felt “thank you” to Hull Daily Mail readers who have danced and run their way to a £100,000 target for the East Yorkshire KIDS family support charity.
Charity concerts, flag-selling, marathon running and other events have helped boost the total.


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