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An appeal fund for a victim of the September 11 attacks on America who grew up in Devon has raised £5,000 thanks to the generosity of Herald Express readers.
The cash raised in memory of Sarah Redheffer will go to Save the Children to help youngsters in Afghanistan.
Editor Brendan Hanrahan said: “It is extremely pleasing that our readers responded so generously.”


The Argus has teamed up with Sussex police to offer a £2,000 reward to capture the man behind a string of armed robberies in Brighton.
Detectives have linked nine robberies in the area when a raider has terrorised staff and customers at off-licenses and newsagent, threatening violence and brandishing weapons.


An alert went up when a van containing 1,500 Oxford Mails was stolen from outside a newsagents.
It was driven off while the driver made a delivery and one passer-by was so surprised by the low standard of driving that he called the Mail to complain.


Stolen nursery equipment is to be replaced at an Oxford school after the Oxford Mail stepped in to organise an appeal for cash to help.
Readers responded by pledging toys and £175 in cash after the school said it could not claim on its insurance because the excess payment was so high.


A unique chance to be involved in the Queen’s Golden Jubilee celebrations is on offer from The Sentinel, which is inviting readers to design a brooch which will be given to the Queen on behalf of North Staffordshire.


Glasgow Evening Times readers impressed author JK Rowling so much with the Maggie’s Centre Appeal that she has agreed to attend the charity’s ball in Glasgow this spring. The appeal raised £500,000 in ten months for the cancer care cause.


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