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The Chard and Ilminster News has written to the Lord Chancellor to express its concerns over centralised justice after preliminary court hearings on a local defendant were moved to Bristol.
The paper believes justice should be done and be seen to be done, and feels that the crown court in Taunton would be ideal.

Newspaper girl Kelley Ashton has been voted the Face of Plymouth – an honour that wins her a year’s modelling contract and the chance to have a professional portfolio.
The merchandising supervisor at the Western Morning News Company, is also entered into the Miss Devon contest at the end of this month.

The Halifax Evening Courier has highlighted the dangers of children taking risks diving into canals and playing in locks around Calderdale.
Photographer Charles Round offered a series of graphic images of youngsters play in the water way that looked set to stun parents unaware of the risks that schoolchildren on holiday were taking.

The “silly season” failed to deter Martin Freeman from making the most of thin pickings on news for his weekly column in the Plymouth Evening Herald.
His topic of choice last week was… “The Silly Season” – an appeal by “a struggling journalist, desperately trying to fill space during a quiet time of year”!

An Internet poll by the Shropshire Star shows 76 per cent of those who took part are against the county’s speed cameras.
More than 450 people took part after the website posed the question: “Are speed cameras the answer?”

The Kent and Sussex Courier has joined a campaign to boost the number of sprinkler systems in people’s homes following the deaths of two brothers in a fire.
Editor Giles Broadbent said: “Anyone who reads our inquest report will be shocked at how a small drama so rapidly became a devastating tragedy because of the sheer appetite of fire.”

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