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Only one in three Daily Post readers backed the outspoken North Wales Chief Constable Richard Brunstrom in a phone poll organised by the paper.
He has been under attack recently after ordering a crackdown on speeding motorists, his stance on drugs and his policing methods.


Vale of Glamorgan Council has strengthened its communications team with a new member of staff.
Anna Humphries, (23), previously a reporter with Cardiff-based press agency the Wales News Service has joined as communications co-ordinator.


Fiery football manager Neil Warnock has been signed up himself – by the Western Morning News as a football columnist.
The former Plymouth Argyle manager, now in charge at Sheffield United, is an admirer of Westcountry football and has outspoken views.


The Eastern Daily Press website is attracting record traffic.
In July, 61,000 people visited the site, with page impressions reaching almost a million.


Electricity supply firm Powergen has promised an investigation into the case of an elderly widow who collapsed with a heart attack after receiving an incorrect bill for £2,400.
The move was prompted by coverage in the Uttoxeter Post and Times.


An anonymous donation of £10,000 following a feature in the Derby Evening Telegraph has secured the future of a children’s seaside holiday home.
The Derbyshire Children’s Holiday Centre in Skegness has been providing free week-long holidays for needy children since 1891.


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