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Press photographer injured in football ground dugout

A press photographer got more than she bargained for when a tackle on a football pitch ended up in the dugout where she was taking pictures.
The tackle by Ipswich Town player Danny Haynes in the match against Plymouth Argyle ended in him accidentally crashing into the referee’s assistant, who in turn fell into the pit where Colchester Gazette photographer Louise Morris was taking pictures. She was treated in hospital for bruising to her head and elbow.
She said: “He ended up upside down, as if he had sat down on a chair which had no seat in it, with his legs hanging out of the pit, and I was knocked back and to the side with my legs pinned under him.”

More than 300 people have backed the Lancashire Telegraph campaign to save vital post office services, just seven days after it launched.
A total of 281 people have written in to protest against the closure of up to a quarter of east Lancashire’s post offices, and 53 have signed the online petition.

An overseas student at a north-east university got a Valentine’s Day surprise when her boyfriend asked her to marry him via an advert in The Northern Echo.
Childhood sweethearts Kathrin Heilemann and Sebastian Wedekind met at school, in Germany, but the couple have been apart since Kathrin came to the UK to finish her studies.

Former Belfast News Letter journalist Ed Smith has survived a 100ft fall down a mountain in the Andes.
Ed, (56), was on a climbing holiday when his crampon got caught during the descent, causing him to topple down the mountain. Guides walked him slowly down to camp where he was rescued by helicopter after suffering only minor injuries.

The National Union of Journalists has expressed concern over the proposed closure of Irish language newspaper Lá Nua. The NUJ said the current crisis stems partly from a withdrawal of funding by Foras na Gaeilge, the body responsible for promoting the Irish language.
Lá Nua has been running for 24 years and ten journalists are facing redundancy under the proposals.


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