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A cartoon showing a football fan hiding from the TV licensing officials has been bought by the inspectors themselves!
The picture, by freelance cartoonist Kevin Flannery – Flan – appeared in the Burton Mail to illustrate the message surrounding England’s football World Cup qualifier against Greece: that officials would be on the lookout for fans watching without a licence.


A historic Charles Rennie Mackintosh building, which once housed the presses for the Glasgow Evening Times, is about to be transformed into the home of the company that animated the online newsreader Ananova.
The building has been empty since the Evening Times and Herald moved out in the early 1980s – the street being rather quiet since the delivery vans halted their runs.


The Evening Courier website www.halifaxtoday.co.uk is reaching new heights with page views soaring to 500,000 during January. It is the highest figure since the site was launched in April 2000.


Evening Post readers have shown their support for a campaign to tighten up on animal cruelty legislation.
Readers in Lancashire have flocked to their phones in a poll on hunting with dogs, with 73 per cent of the 353 voting to ban it and 27 per cent answering no.
Of the 227 who phoned about animal welfare laws, 98 per cent thought they were too lenient.


The News in Portsmouth has launched a recruitment drive for correspondents as part of the launch of its new community pages.
News Extra will aim to delve further into the hearts of communities in the town and is looking for local people to report and photograph the news in their area.


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