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Every day regional newspapers up and down the land go into battle on behalf of their readers. On this page you will find an archive of the hundreds of stories which HoldtheFrontPage has carried about newspapers fighting for their communities.

Downing hearing delay

Lawyers for the Crown Prosecution Service have been granted an extra week to decide if they will oppose bail for Derbyshire prisoner Stephen Downing. Downing, jailed 27 years ago for a murder he says he did not commit, has been

Fundraising flurry for bus boost

Just three months after launching its minibus campaign, the Leicester Mercury has raised the target amount. The paper’s appeal aimed to raise £40,000 for Rainbows Childrens Hospice to buy a new mini-bus with double the wheelchair space of the existing

Echo joins parking row

Angry traders in Bournemouth have received the backing of the local press in their battle against increases in parking charges. Shop-owners are joining forces with the Daily Echo to fight council plans to increase the price of parking above the

Crimes cut in police link-up

Fewer homes in Stoke-on-Trent have been broken into thanks to a crime-fighting partnership. Police in the city linked up with The Sentinel for a two-pronged campaign aimed at helping to prevent homes being ransacked while their owners were on holiday.

Police hail Caught on Camera campaign

Police are hailing a Caught on Camera campaign a great success. The scheme is being run by the Hull Daily Mail in conjunction with the police, who say 11 crimes have been solved after photos were published in the paper.

100 Appeal from Guardian

The Cornish Guardian has launched a Centenary Appeal to help sick children. The newspaper celebrated its 100th birthday with news that it would raise cash to help youngsters with sleeping disorders. The local hospital’s existing monitoring equipment is out-of-date and

£1m appeal launched in Liverpool

The local media has joined forces in Liverpool to launch a massive £1m appeal for the Samaritans. The cash would secure the future of the cash-strapped group, which needs £40,000 a year in running costs and could be forced to

Nerves of steel in fight against closure

Welsh First Minister Rhodri Morgan is backing the Western Mail’s efforts to save the steel industry in Wales. The paper launched its campaign after steel giant Corus announced plans to close the Llanwern steel finishing plant with the loss of

Time running out in cash plea

The Blackpool Gazette’s chosen charity could be in for a major cash boost – but only if readers raise a set amount by February. Design company ITM Communications has pledged to donate £333,000 to the MacMillan Windmill Appeal if the

Good news – and bad – for hospital bid

A newspaper’s campaign to secure a badly-needed new hospital received mixed news during a ministerial visit. Health Secretary Alan Milburn was impressed with the work carried out by the Sentinel in its bid to secure the facilities for Staffordshire. But

Protest attracts 3,000

More than 3,000 people have contacted the Aberdeen Evening Express to back its protest at traffic chaos caused by the closure of a major city bridge. The paper’s Cut the Jams campaign was launched after Grandholm Bridge was closed by

On the learning curve in Hull

The Hull Daily Mail is to re-launch its successful Moving On Up campaign in a bid to improve the region’s GCSE results. It has linked up with radio station Viking FM and the local education authority to help parents and

New tots' ward thanks to press appeal

Banbury is getting a new children’s ward – thanks to generous readers of a local paper. A year ago, the Banbury Guardian urged local people to give everything they could spare to the paper’s Tot-Up campaign for a new £1m

Top legion award for the Mercury

A campaign to remember the fallen of two world wars has been recognised by the Royal British Legion, which has presented its highest honour to the Leicester Mercury. The paper has received the first friend of the Royal British Legion

Building bridges in Aberdeen

More than 2,000 Aberdeen Evening Express readers have called the paper to support its campaign to reopen Grandholm Bridge and beat the city’s gridlock. The Evening Express is calling for the temporary re-opening of the bridge – an important through-route

Survey leads to cards blitz

Shops, doctors’ surgeries, libraries and other public places are being urged by the Basildon Evening Echo to stock organ donor cards. A survey has found that the majority of public places in South Essex no longer stock the cards, and