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More than 1,000 readers have now signed up to the Sutton Guardian’s petition against “unfair” bus lane fines on their patch.
The newspaper has been highlighting what it sees as the injustice of motorists penalised for encroaching into a bus lane when making a safe left turn in Chalk Pit Way.

Kentish Times reporter Emma Durdle joined hundreds of cyclists for a charity bike ride across the North and South Downs.
Emma, who covers the Dartford patch for the Archant London title, got on her bike on Monday May 22 for the Anthony Nolan Trust Downslide Bike Ride.

The chance to become a Cornish Guardian reporter for the day was on offer as a lot in an auction of promises in aid of Newquay Junior School.
Other prizes included the chance to read the weather on local radio station Pirate FM, teachers offering to mow lawns and homework help for the kids.

The Evening Mail in Birmingham has joined the fight to stop bullying in schools after the deaths of two pupils.
The campaign will tell bullies about the damage they cause, let victims know where they can get help, and encourage dialogue on the issues through its pages.

Runners from The Comet put on a brave effort in the Hertfordshire title’s own fun run.
The Comet-sponsored Fun Run saw Hannah Gray, Heidi McNeill, Darren Isted, Sarah Tregoning and Angela Morrison help raise more than £1,000 for the paper’s £100,000 hospice appeal.

The first annual Archant London Food and Drink Awards will take place on Monday June 27.
The event gives readers the chance to vote for their favourite restaurant, chef, take-away and other categories, and also gives them the chance to win a cash prize too.