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The Echo is offering a £1,000 reward to help bring the man who attacked a Sunderland pensioner to justice.
The 87-year-old was beaten and sexually assaulted in her own home and has been too ill to be interviewed by detectives.


A David Cassidy fan enjoyed a night to remember, thanks to the Newcastle Evening Chronicle.
The Gateshead mum had entered the newspaper’s competition to meet him 943 times – and was rewarded with a backstage rendezvous.


The North Devon Journal has pitched in with the first £100 to help buy a new uniform for the Hathersleigh town crier.
Supporters are hoping a local millennium fund will help pay some of the rest of the £1,000 needed for swanky new regalia.


Swift action was taken over a dangerous tree after it was featured in the Tamworth Herald.
Within hours of a story appearing that labelled the decaying tree “an accident waiting to happen”, council workmen promised to make it safe.


Britain’s supreme Law Lord has praised Exeter Express & Echo readers for their wholehearted support for plans to bring the city a Lord Mayor.
Lord Irvine of Lairg commented after the paper’s eight-page supplement was sent to his London office.


The former chairman of the Bolton Evening News has received an award to mark his 50 years as a Rotarian.
Marcus Tillotson has been a devoted member of Bolton Rotary Club and was recently awarded the Paul Harris Fellowship Award, the highest that Rotary can give.


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