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Journal wins bridge battle

The North Devon Journal has won the battle to get changes made to roads in Barnstaple. This week, the Government has announced that £30m will be spent on a new by-pass and bridge over the River Taw. The scheme is

Taw bridge chance from BOB campaign

A new bridge over the River Taw could be built after pressure from a North Devon Journal campaign. More than 600 readers responded to a call to Build our Bridge. The newspaper has been campaigning for a new bridge and

Journal joins fight against crime

The North Devon Journal has launched a hard-hitting campaign to reduce crime figures in the area. The Don’t Bother campaign sends out a stark message to opportunist thieves whose crimes are being made easier by motorists leaving valuable goods on

Journal urges councillors to stop and think

A Devon newspaper has launched a “stop and think” plea to planners as they prepare to decide on a crazy golf scheme for an area subject to flooding. The North Devon Journal has stepped in and told planning committee members

Trainee leads pony appeal to success

An animal charity is more than £8,000 better off thanks to the fund-raising efforts of a weekly newspaper. The North Devon Journal set itself a target of £7,500 in eight weeks for an animal treatment centre – and smashed the

Journal says no to sex shop plan

Plans to open a sex shop in Barnstaple are being opposed by the town’s weekly newspaper, the North Devon Journal. The newspaper has launched the BRASS – Barnstaple Rejects A Sex Shop – campaign in response to proposals by Kent

'Pure willpower' the secret of reporter's quit success

The stresses and strains of being a reporter have not interfered with one journalist’s battle to stop smoking. The North Devon Journal has revealed how reporter Emma Pearcy finished smoking six months ago – thanks to pure willpower – and

Bumper to bumper with the Journal

A four-week investigation is being launched by the North Devon Journal to get to the root of traffic problems in its circulation area. Traffic On Trial will take a detailed look at the traffic problems facing the local community. Symptoms

First week of Journal campaign Coin's It in

A campaign by the North Devon Journal to raise money for a local hospice has raised more than £1,200 in its first week. The paper’s Coin It campaign, run in conjunction with North Devon District Council, asked readers to donate

Journal speaks out over bridge inquiry

The North Devon Journal has spoken out as a public inquiry into the building of Western Bypass and Downstream Bridge gets under way. The newspaper has been campaigning for the new bridge and bypass to ease traffic problems in the

'No reply' leads to campaign

Busy Tony Blair has yet to reply to an open letter from the North Devon Journal pleading for more help in the region to cope with the foot and mouth crisis. The letter from the newspaper was written on behalf

Homes for horses

Two horses have been rehomed after the North Devon Journal teamed up with a charity to appeal to the public for help. The Society for the Protection and Rehoming of Animals found itself inundated with calls after the story of

Readers speak out over building plans

Readers of the North Devon Journal have made their feelings clear about the future of a town centre building. More than 500 readers have signed a petition calling for the Ilfracombe Town Council’s former office building to be stripped of

Future of the past is assured

Future generations will be able to enjoy an important piece of Barnstaple’s history thanks to a local antiques dealer. Helen Chugg, of Selected Antiques, has a bundle of 1879 newspapers that relate topical events of the time, and she has

Weekly newspapers line up for annual industry awards

Journalists from weekly newspapers around the country are to gather in Warwickshire for the Weekly Newspaper Awards. The Forest of Arden Marriott hotel will host the Newspaper Society event on Thursday. The judges will reward both advertising and editorial successes

South West Media Awards winners announced

The 2005 winners of the EDF Energy South West Media Awards are: Newspaper Photographer of the Year: Gareth Williams, Express & Echo. “These were impressive pictures of real people in real situations, demonstrating style and technical competence. Gareth’s enthusiasm shines