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Staff at the Weston & Somerset Mercury got a chance to rub shoulders with one of the most feared women on television, when The Apprentice runner-up Saira Khan was invited to hand out some community recognition awards on behalf of the paper.
She was invited to take part in the first Weston Super Awards, run by Archant South West.

The York Evening Press has launched a poster campaign to help trace a robber who attacked a pensioner in her own home.
An e-fit of the suspect, created by the police with the help of the elderly victim, is now being displayed in shops and businesses across York and North Yorkshire.

A £5,000 target set by the Shields Gazette to help a poorly five-year-old enjoy a fun Christmas has been smashed within a fortnight.
The money from readers will pay for a trip to DisneyLand Paris and other gifts for Ellie Luther, whose body produces the same amount of skin overnight that a healthy person would produce in a fortnight.

The Ham & High is teaming up with Capital Radio to celebrate 30 years of the charity Help a London Child.
The Ham & High, and other London papers owned by Archant, will be holding their own events to help boost the fund.

The Western Morning News is claiming its campaign to highlight what it calls the scandal of the Government’s renewable energy policy has been given weight through a powerful committee of MPs.
The paper’s reports for the past year have highlighted a “waste of public money” on issues such as subsidies to wind farm companies, and now the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee has accused the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Gordon Brown, of profiteering from high energy prices.