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The Evening Gazette is urging Teessiders to keep opportunist Christmas burglars at bay – by simply locking up their doors at home.
The Gazette’s Beat the Burglar initiative, was launched after it was found that 370 out of 1,000 burglaries could have been prevented by people ensuring their homes were secure.

Millionaire businessman and Huddersfield Daily Examiner columnist Terry George is about to get married – to his boyfriend Michael Rothwell.
The pair are set to become the country’s first gay couple to have a civil marriage ceremony.

Chris Wickham, from the Richmond and Twickenham Times, had a tough assignment recently – to go and review the Twickenham Beer festival.
Apart from the 72 barrelled beers, there were dozens of extras including ciders, perrys and bottled brews, Chris and his drinking companion sampled nine beers apiece, but baulked at the ultimate test, choosing to miss out on the nine per cent ABV Herculean Stout.

A dramatic drop in the number of offences involving bogus callers preying on the elderly has been recorded in the wake of the Safe in Your Home campaign from the East Anglian Daily Times.
In September 26 houses were hit with more than £27,000 stolen but October saw just three offences with culprits escaping with cash on just one occasion.

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