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A gang of youths descended on the offices of the Gloucester Citizen – angry over a story that had appeared in the paper.
Up to 50 youngsters demanded a meeting with reporters, upset they had been cast in the stereotypical roles of troublemakers in the town. Their spontaneous visit resulted in a front page splash to answer fears of wary locals and reassure shoppers they only gathered in shopping malls to meet their friends.


The Press Complaints Commission has issued new guidance covering judiciary and harassment, reminding the press that there are no circumstances in which judges can speak to them about any case over which they are presiding, or have presided, or discuss any decision they have made, or any sentence they have imposed.
They are also prohibited from commenting on or discussing the decisions of other judges and any breach by newspaper staff might lead to a breach of Clause 4 (Harassment) of the Code.


The Huddersfield Examiner has snapped up football legend Frank Worthington to pen a new column.
To Be Frank kicked off last week and ran alongside a two-part interview with the former Huddersfield Town hero and a look back at his eventful life.


A kitchen conman exposed by the Manchester Evening News stepped out of prison to a ‘welcoming committee’ from the paper.
The man, who left customers high and dry with kitchens that fell apart, was presented with his very own kitchen sink – also useless – by a reporter.


A pair receptionists at Archant Somerset have revealed how they helped a young soldier through a difficult time in Iraq.
The duo have been sending Matt Vaughan copies of his local paper, the Weston & Somerset Mercury, together with cards and small gifts as he helps to rebuild the country after the war.


Winners of the York Evening Press Eat Local competition received a Supreme Champion trophy at the Great Yorkshire Show.
Margaret and Geoff Sykes, who run a farm shop near York, were presented with their award by Liz Page, publisher of York & County Press.


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