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The Halifax Evening Courier’s Save It campaign has been handed a major boost with a £300,000 grant from the New Opportunities Fund.
The paper’s initiative helped fund a start-up doorstep recycling service which will now collect from 25,000 homes following the lottery award.


The Liverpool Echo has been praised for its Stop the Rot campaign in a report by English Heritage on the state of the nation’s decaying landmarks.
The body published its annual Buildings at Risk register which showed that 11 north west properties had been taken off the register and of the six additions, there was none on Merseyside.


A row of vandalised and structurally unsafe garages has been demolished after the Portsmouth News highlighted the danger posed to children living on a nearby housing estate.
It was part of the paper’s Stop The Grot campaign which aims to rid local communities of filth and has helped clean up dozens of trouble spots.


An appeal in the Southern Daily Echo has led to two armed robbers being jailed for a total of ten years.
Readers came forward with information after the paper printed CCTV images of the robbery on a video store.


Former North Wales Chronicle editor Ceidiog Hughes has started his own public relations company, Ceidiog Communication, in Denbigh.
Ceidiog also worked as a junior reporter on the Denbighshire Free Press and on the newsdesk of the Evening Leader in Mold before moving into television.


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