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Editor’s book stirs soccer memories

Glory days: Don Hale’s book recalls Matlock Town’s FA Trophy triumph A book of nostalgia and football memorabilia concerning Matlock Town Football Club has proved a surprise best-seller for soccer enthusiast and Matlock Mercury editor Don Hale. Don, a former

My long, hard quest to free convicted murderer

Stephen Downing has spent nearly 27 years in prison for a brutal murder he claims he did not commit. Matlock Mercury editor Don Hale believes Downing is innocent of the crime and says he has now found fresh evidence to

Special investigation puts pressure on Internet giant

A four-month investigation into child porn on the Internet was today published by the Matlock Mercury. The paper – with backing from child protection charities – is now challenging firms that run “chat-room” websites to clean up their act. The

Legal hold-ups delay Hale's campaign victory

Don Hale’s campaign to get convicted murderer Stephen Downing released from prison has suffered a major setback. The Matlock Mercury editor has been told that Downing won’t be released this week as expected – and may not be home before

Hale award iminent?

Don Hale could be rewarded for his hard work on the Stephen Downing campaign with a prestigious award. The Matlock Mercury editor has been nominated for Editor/Journalist of the Year in the What the Papers Say Awards 2000. The awards

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

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

Downing decision: "any time"

The fate of a man convicted for a murder he claims he did not commit could finally be determined within the next seven days. Stephen Downing (44), from Bakewell, is expecting to hear the result of his appeal against his

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

Downing case on TV tonight

The Matlock Mercury’s long-running campaign supporting the claims of innocence for convicted murderer Stephen Downing is to be highlighted in a special feature on ITN’s Channel 4 News programme tonight (Thursday August 24). One of ITN’s top presenters and reporters

New twist in Downing case

The campaign to free convicted murderer Stephen Downing has taken another twist. The discovery of a birth certificate shows the victim, married housewife Wendy Sewell, had a secret love child by another man, according to Matlock Mercury editor Don Hale.

Times takes up local editor's campaign

Editor Don Hale has had the satisfaction of seeing one of his campaigns highlighted by The Times. Mr Hale, who edits the Matlock Mercury, has led a six-year campaign to free Stephen Downing – who he believes has spent 27

Fight for justice

Stephen Downing has spent nearly 27 years in prison for a brutal murder he claims he did not commit. Matlock Mercury editor Don Hale believes Downing is innocent of the crime.Mr Hale has campaigned to bring the case to justice

High Court result at last for campaigning journalist Hale

Stephen Downing, who spent more than 27 years in prison for a murder he always claimed he did not commit, has had his conviction quashed by the Court of Appeal. His case was heard largely as a result of campaigning