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Weekly newspaper’s former offices hit by flooding

A former weekly newspaper office which was closed last month under the ongoing Johnston Press restructure in Yorkshire has been hit by flooding.

The Todmorden News was one of three weekly newspaper offices shut last month, with staff transfering to work at the Halifax Courier’s base.

After flooding hit the area at the weekend, staff went to check on the Fielden Square offices and found the carpet coated in a foul-smelling slime, while there was also water damage to fixtures and fittings.

Courier editor Tim Robinson, who also leads the Todmorden News, said staff had moved out of the offices at the end of May.

He said: “They went in to see what damage had been done. There’s a layer of mud. It doesn’t affect us because we moved out in May so nobody is working there. It hasn’t affected our operation.

“We have a lease on it so we are in the process of getting rid of the lease.”

It was revealed in April that the offices of the Todmorden News would be closed along with those of the Hebden Bridge Times and the Brighouse Echo, with the editor of the latter, Stephen Firth, being made redundant.

The move came after it was announced the Halifax Courier would convert to being a weekly publication.


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  • June 27, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    Yes Northerner, it’s the level of news interest many papers have fallen to these days. This was a long empty building affected by mud and slime. Sounds like a page lead for some papers, at least.

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