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A 101-year-old navy hero has won a battle to have his toenails cut free on the NHS – thanks to the York Evening Press.
Because of the paper’s battle, Raymond Perrett, the last surviving crew member of HMS Victory, has also leapt to the top of a waiting list, despite being told he’d have to wait a year to get the nails cut by health service podiatrists.

Staff at the Essex Chronicle are moving into temporary accommodation while the newspaper’s Chelmsford headquarters are modernised.
This marks the end of phase one of a £3.2m investment which will provide modern purpose-built accommodation for the weekly newspapers in Essex, with the overall project scheduled for completion in June 2006.

The Birmingham Evening Mail is backing a police search to track down a youth involved in a bus stop assault in which the victim later died.
Posters detailing the incident have been printed by the Mail, and put up around the city centre.

Members of a range of trade unions joined National Union of Journalists protesters at the Liverpool Post & Echo offices to draw attention to parent company Trinity Mirror’s decision to close the final salary pension scheme.

An advertising executive who worked for Aberdeen Journals has been killed in a road accident.
Lorraine Smith, (34), had worked for the company since she was 17, initially at the Aberdeen head office and then at Elgin.