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Drugs deaths splash voted best front page of 2019

A hard-hitting front page highlighting a city’s spate of drugs death has been voted the best of 2019 by HoldtheFrontPage readers.

Our annual poll to find the best front page of the year was won by the Dundee Evening Telegraph with its coverage of a report into drugs fatalities in the city.

Headlined ‘One a week,’ the splash featured an image of a skull made up of hundreds of tablets.

It won 41pc of the votes in our poll, which closed this morning.

The evening Telegraph has run an ongoing campaign highlighting alcohol and drug abuse

The evening Telegraph has run an ongoing campaign highlighting alcohol and drug abuse

In second place was the Liverpool Echo with its shocking story about a six-stone man, who later died, being ruled fit to work by heartless benefits chiefs.

And third place went to the Herald on Sunday for its Trainspotting-themed front page ‘Choose Something’ urging MPs to come to a decision about Brexit.

The Evening Telegraph becomes the second Scottish title to win the prize following the Fife Free Press’s winning 2016 front page on multiple High Street store closures on its patch.

Other previous winners have included the Blackpool Gazette (2018), Warrington Guardian (2017), Bournemouth Echo (2015) and North West Evening Mail (2013.)

The full list of voting can be seen here.

What was the best regional newspaper front page of 2019?

  • One a Week - Dundee Evening Telegraph (41%, 234 Votes)
  • Six stone - and ruled fit for work - LIverpool Echo (30%, 169 Votes)
  • Choose Something - The Herald on Sunday (10%, 56 Votes)
  • Freddie Starr Did Not Eat My Hamster - Leicester Mercury (8%, 48 Votes)
  • Rafa Gone - The Chronicle (7%, 39 Votes)
  • It's time to celebrate our brilliant women of Sheffield - The Star (4%, 22 Votes)
  • Red and Buried - Manchester Evening News (4%, 20 Votes)
  • The courage of D-Day spans the years - The News, Portsmouth (3%, 19 Votes)
  • Goin' Oyston - The Gazette, Blackpool (2%, 9 Votes)
  • We've Gone Potty - Edinburgh Evening News (1%, 8 Votes)

Total Voters: 568

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