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Darlington and Stockton Times photographer Nigel Winfield escaped the Boscastle floods as the waters rose around his car.
Nigel was on holiday with his family in Cornwall and visited the harbour town on a day trip when they were caught up in the devastation.


Filipinos have reacted angrily to an article in the Western Daily Press which they say brands them as “dog-eaters”.
But WDP editor Terry Manners said the article drew attention to the torturing of dogs in captivity that goes on in the Philippines – and the issue of whether some people there ate them too was not the major concern of the readers, who had responded to the item with a bumper postbag.


Refunds to patients who have wrongly paid for holiday jabs from their doctors are being paid out thanks to work by the Newcastle Chronicle.
The paper discovered that patients were entitled to receive the jabs for free, and that doctors had been in error to charge them.


A Lincolnshire Echo investigation has found children being sold knives at a car boot sale, just weeks after a teenager was jailed for the murder of a schoolboy.
Lincolnshire police has promised to investigate the allegations raised by the Echo.


Community magazine the Wirral Champion could soon be ordered to stop publication at its current premises after the local council decided editor John Birtwistle’s home was not suitable for business use.
Officers say he does not have the correct planning permission and the business use is detrimental to the character of the area.


Plymouth people are being asked to send in their questions for the Evening Herald to put to Home Secretary David Blunkett.
He and his entire team of ministers are set to mix with the public at a city centre venue before embarking on a Question Time-style session.


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