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The Haverhill Weekly News has been cleared of wrongly dismissing two receptionists.
An employment tribunal threw out claims of constructive unfair dismissal against the pair, who were part-time workers, and said that the company had the right to allocate specific days of work for them.

An inquest has been told the death of former Wandsworth Borough News journalist Ted Rhodes was “tantamount to murder” if the injuries he suffered in a roadside attack hours earlier caused him to die.
Detective Inspector Damian Allain voiced his opinion as the coroner heard how the 69-year-old writer was hit in the jaw in a road rage attack by an irate cyclist who had been cycling the wrong way down a one way street in December.

Former Newport Advertiser photographer Dan Arden is recovering at home after suffering a heart attack after attending a Buckingham Palace garden party.
Dan, who is in his 80s, was treated in hospital in London after suffering chest pains.

The Banbury Guardian delivered a 35,000-signature petition to 10 Downing Street demanding that the Government protects the Horton Hospital’s children’s services.
Editor Bridget Dakin joined protestors in London to voice the paper’s Hands Off Our Horton campaign to prime minister Tony Blair.

An appeal to raise £25,000 for a helipad that could help save lives at the West Suffolk Hospital has been launched by the East Anglian Daily Times.
Pilots with the East Anglian Air Ambulance service currently have to land on football fields which can result in a bumpy transfer for patients as trolleys are wheeled across the grass to the hospital’s A&E department.

The Journal has once again teamed up with the Dectomax Kelso Ram Sales to give readers around the North-East a chance to win £1,000 to spend on a ram (or rams) at the Kelso Ram Sales in September.
This year, two runners up will each receive £500, which they can spend on a ram of their choice.

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