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Dave Evans is celebrating 40 years with the South Wales Evening Post, where he started as a copy boy before working his way up to the post he holds now – group sports editor for South West Wales Media, the Post’s parent company.
He has worked under seven editors and seen the sports desk double its personnel from five when he began.
He paid tribute to the rest of the team, and said: “I have great staff, and their support and loyalty makes my job easier and all the more enjoyable.”

A reporter from the Derry Journal has signed a four-book deal with Irish publisher Poolbeg.
Claire Allan, (30), has been with the Journal for eight years and pens a weekly column Skirting the issue. Her first novel, Rainy Days and Tuesdays, will hit the bookshops in the autumn and she is already 40,000 words into the second one.

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph is joining forces with leading regional figures to save 240 bank jobs in the city.
Lloyds TSB has said it is closing a calls centre at Thorpe Wood but the paper is hoping the Save our City Jobs campaign may pressure the company to reconsider.

The Glasgow Evening Times has thrown its weight behind a £4m campaign to rid the city of litter louts.
The blitz on litter and anti-social behaviour includes 132 uniformed enforcement officers, fixed penalties, new bins, cleaners, mobile graffiti clean-up units, and naming and shaming of offenders – thanks to Evening Times photographers out on the streets.

A 14-year-old Derby Evening Telegraph papergirl was praised for coming to the rescue of an 80-year-old woman lying injured inside her home.
The teenager got into the house through a back door and summoned an ambulance for the pensioner, who had suffered a broken leg.