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Disappearing landlord means a change of standfirst

Burton Mail features editor Bill Pritchard spent a long week hoping that a pub landlord didn’t turn up. He told HoldTheFrontPage: “Features writer Genevra Jones interviewed a local landlord who had been a rugger player and yachtsman. Now as Burton

Ian's wake-up is a breakdown

It’s an occupational hazard for journalists and photographers – thatinsistent ringing of the telephone at unearthly hours of the night summoningyou to the back of beyond all in the line of duty. So when Ian Hodgkinson, the newest photographer at

Putting on Pajamas

Elaine Pritchard, of HoldTheFrontPage, is spending this week in her pajamas. But much as she loves a lie-in, this isn’t an act of laziness. It’s the lure of the theatre, dahh-ling! Elaine is in the cast of the 1950s comedy

News In Brief from around the regions

SNAKE’S ALIVE: Sonia Howick had an unexpected guest in her conservatory, reported the Portsmouth News – a five-feet long corn snake which she discovered hanging from a cupboard door. An RSPCA inspector called to the scene had to extricate the

Scarborough's loss was Burton's gain

The phone call came through to the Burton Mail newsdesk on Tuesday afternoon. Would the paper let a crew from Channel 4’s Big Breakfast film at the newspaper the next morning to mark Local Newspaper Week? Editor Brian Vertigen didn’t

Big Breakfast for Mail staff

Channel 4’s Big Breakfast marked Local Newspaper Week with a visit to the offices of the Burton Mail. Viewers saw presenter Richard Bacon meeting news editor Andy Parker and deputy news editor Julie Crouch in the newsroom soon after 7.30am

"Suicide" verdict on reporter

A Burton Mail reporter who died when he was hit by a train at Clay Mills, near Burton-on-Trent, committed suicide while the balance of his mind was disturbed, an inquest jury has decided. Richard Wood, who was the Mail’s longest-serving

Sad farewell to a colleague

Journalists from all over the Midlands were among some 200 mourners at the funeral of reporter Richard Wood yesterday. Richard, 49, who was known as “Dickie” to his many friends and colleagues, died when he was struck by a train

A tribute to "Dickie" Wood

Richard once wrote in the Burton Mail of how he had left school on a Friday and started work at the Mail on the following Monday. From that Monday on, the Burton Daily Mail Ltd was the biggest part of

Funeral details announced for tragic rail death reporter

Funeral details have been announced following the death of Richard Wood of the Burton Mail who was struck by a train on the Derby to Birmingham railway line. The funeral will take place on Monday, February 21, at 3.45pm at

Papers win right to name teenage brothers

The Derby Evening Telegraph and the Burton Mail have won the right to name two teenage brothers who subjected neighbours to two years of abuse. The brothers, aged 14 and 15, were placed under anti-social behaviour orders after police were

Latest resolved complaints dealt with by the PCC

The majority of complaints made to the Press Complaints Commission, which raise a possible breach of the Code of Practice, are resolved directly between the Commission’s staff, editors and complainants. These are either settled to the express satisfaction of the

Mail comes under fire over complaint delay

The Burton Mail has been criticised by the Press Complaints Commission for failing to respond to a complaint quickly enough. The press watchdog said it was “unacceptable” for editors to delay their responses after the paper took six weeks to