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A weekly column reproduced from the Bristol Evening Post Page 2 of 2 Student life for Willie boy will be a world away from that of your average spotty 19-year-old gimp. He won’t ever experience the seemingly bottomless pot of

Slavery? Us?

A weekly column reproduced from the Bristol Evening Post Page 1 of 2 The Reverend Jesse Jackson has decided that it’s time we apologised for slavery. Yes, us, the people of Bristol. Never mind that we were late into the

How to avoid that speeding fine

A weekly column reproduced from the Bristol Evening Post Page 1 of 2 The editor of this impressive organ invites me out to lunch. Not a posh venue. A curry house in one of the murkier parts of town. Over

Ministerial appointments and the Aussie cricket team

A weekly column reproduced from the Bristol Evening Post Page 1 of 2 So, there we go. Another five years of lies, false promises and sleaze. I sometimes think that you people shouldn’t be trusted with something as important as

Reporter praised for name ban challenge

A Lancashire Evening Telegraph reporter helped persuade magistrates to reject a council attempt to ban naming a 15-year-old, described as a ‘pied piper’ for leading other youngsters into crime. Police and a housing association asked magistrates to impose an Anti

Editor in "Straw quit" call

Page 1 of 2 Matlock Mercury editor Don Hale has called for Home Secretary Jack Straw’s resignation – after what he calls further “bureaucratic bungles” that meant Stephen Downing’s continued detention in prison. Stephen (44), from Stanton View, Bakewell, has

Editor in Straw quit call

Page 2 of 2 “Stephen remains in prison and both he and his parents are most anxious for news. “He should have been considered for release on bail within days but the authorities have delayed sending the necessary paperwork to

Downing has right to appeal

Campaigning editor Don Hale is expecting the release of convicted murderer Stephen Downing within days after Downing won the right of appeal against his life sentence. He has served 27 years in prison for a 1974 murder he claims he

Derbyshire weekly poised for decision on Downing case

After more than three and a half years of deliberation, the Criminal CasesReview Commission was today finally poised to make a decision on the future ofPeak District prisoner Stephen Downing. Downing (44), jailed in September 1973 for the murder of

Jack Straw backs Leader initiatives

Home secretary Jack Straw has praised a Nelson Leader campaign to stamp out underage drinking and reduce the problem of nuisance children. On a visit to Pendle, he offered his support for Operation Flock, a police initiative set up in

Victory for Post's fightagainst council secrecy

The Nottingham Evening Post has won its second fight against secret council cabinet meetings in just two and a half months. Notts County Council has scrapped secret meetings after intense pressure from the paper. It follows a similar climbdown by

Union says editor's life has been put in danger

The National Union of Journalists has attacked the Criminal Cases Review Commission for putting a campaigning editor in danger. Don Hale, editor of the Matlock Mercury, has been investigating the case of Stephen Downing – who has been held in

Fourfold triumph in Hull

The Hull Daily Mail is celebrating its fourth campaign success in as many weeks. Two consecutive front-page splashes last week announced the latest triumphs. The Mail has won a Fair Deal for Brough, Saved Our Bobbies, given the Gift of

Humberside bobby bonanza

A battle to ‘Save Our Bobbies’ in Humberside came in for praise as the police force got a recruitment boost from the Home Office. A major recruitment drive is now under way thanks to new funding for an extra 74