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A former Wakefield journalist has been tested for the nuclear poison that killed ex-Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko.
Former Ossett School pupil Graham Brough, (46), trained at the Express’s sister paper the Hemsworth and South Elmsall Express in the mid-1980s and now works for the Mirror Group after spells at Today and The Sunday Times.
The Wakefield Express has carried an exclusive interview, after it was revealed that he had spent three hours in the company of Professor Mario Scaramella, the man who shared the Russian’s infamous meal in a London Sushi bar.

Plymouth Herald editor-in-chief Alan Qualtrough has appeared on television to speak out against plans to streamline the city’s Devonport Naval base.
He is backing city MPs, councillors and business and development leaders have launched the case for Devonport document to secure the dockyard’s future.

The Press at York is staging a service of carols and lessons for staff and readers, to raise money for its Guardian Angels Appeal, which aims to raise £300,000 for a new high dependency unit at York Hospital children’s ward.
The paper has teamed up with St Deny’s Church near the press office to hold the service on December 11.
Lessons will be read by staff, including editor Kevin Booth, and staff from York Hospital.

Isle of Man Newspapers is running a scheme aimed at secondary school pupils to encourage literacy through a journalism contest.
Senior Journalist of the Year last year attracted more than 250 entries and is open to five secondary schools this time around.

The Hull Daily Mail is joining forces with the NHS stop smoking support service in Hull to launch a Commit to Quit campaign.
It is hoping to boost the region’s health by getting people to stop smoking after figures revealed more than 50 per cent of people in some areas of Hull smoke.