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Ninety-one per cent of active home buyers would consider the internet their first port of call when looking for property.
That’s according to a new study, ‘Surfing for Homes’, published today by Associated Northcliffe Digital’s leading property websites, and
They say the statistic shows how confidence in property portals has reached an all time high.

Citizen editor Ian Mean and his staff helped a Stroud woman celebrate her 100th birthday by sending a colourful bouquet of spring flowers.
She’d earlier said that her secret to having a long and happy life was fresh air, laughter… and reading The Citizen.

Women in Lincoln have the option of a water-based birth for the first time thanks to an Echo appeal.
The £10,000 raised will buy a water birthing pool and also fund pool liners for the first 650 water births at Lincoln County Hospital.

Almost £1,400 has been donated to a cash-strapped city farm by firms that advertise in the Coventry Telegraph.
Thanks to an appeal by Telegraph staff, sponsors for a number of animals have come forward.

The Lewes reporter for the Sussex Express is now Steve Holloway, who takes over from John Eccles, who retired after more than 30 years at the paper.
Steve has joined the Express from the Eastbourne Herald.

An original VE Day celebration front page from the South Wales Evening Post has been presented to the paper by an ex-pat who thought it deserved a better home than her office wall in New York.
Janice Hopkins Tanne was back in Wales to learn the Welsh language and also tok time out to visit her long-lost relatives.

Scunthorpe Telegraph editor Jane Manning is preparing for her fourth London marathon this weekend. She will be running to raise cash for the Talking Newspapers organisation, to allow the blind and partially sighted to gain access to newspapers.