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FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART: Cheeky baby Cameron Morton has a perfect heart-shaped red birthmark on his bottom – which shows no sign of fading. The Grimsby Telegraph could not resist showing the world a picture of one-year-old Cameron,

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PULL THE UDDER ONE: Dairy farmers are turning to aromatherapy in a bid to cure mastitis in their cows, reports The Telegraph & Argus, Bradford. A former farmer from Skipton has created a blend of lavender, eucalyptus, geranium and damask

Sub-editor wanted: must have a sense of pun

You’ve seen our selection of headlines you’re glad you didn’t write, but there are two sides to every story, of course, and today we introduce some of the better examples of the headline-writer’s craft. Let us know if you see

Trainee overturns naming ban on first court visit

A trainee reporter covering court for the first time successfully challenged a court order to overturn an identification ban on a teenager. The Northern Echo’s Deborah Johnson put her law training to good use in her first week at the

Press can name over-18s in youth courts, says High Court

Northeast Press has won a landmark ruling to name teenage offenders who appear before youth courts after they have reached the age of 18. The High Court said the test case of teenager David Lee Todd, who was named by

Paper clears up legal muddle on 'adult' in youth court

The South Shields Gazette has set a legal precedent in its fight to identify a young defendant. Because the defendant was 17 at the time of his offence, he was dealt with by South Tyneside Youth Court – but he

Bench takes 20 minutes to agree with the Gazette

The Shields Gazette has persuaded a court to allow a 16-year-old troublemaker to be publicly identified. The paper is heralding the result as “a major victory in the fight to name persistent young criminals” preying on the people of South

Bench takes 20 minutes to agree with the Gazette

The Shields Gazette has persuaded a court to allow a 16-year-old troublemaker to be publicly identified. The paper is heralding the result as “a major victory in the fight to name persistent young criminals” preying on the people of South

'Vision on' in push to collect specs

More than 2,000 pairs of glasses have been collected for charity by readers of the Shields Gazette. The paper ran a campaign in conjunction with Vision Express to collect the second-hand specs for people who can’t afford to buy their

Shields Gazette is a key force in the drugs war

Drugs Tsar Keith Hellawell has praised the Shields Gazettefor its efforts to fight the menace of drugs. The man in charge of the Government drive to tackle drug-related problems said the paper was a key force in defending SouthTyneside from

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Generous readers of The Shields Gazette have raised £9,000 in less than a month for a little girl who needs £15,000 for surgery on a facial deformity. Editor Rob Lawson said: “I’m delighted with how the appeal has gone so

Appeal joy for Katie

It was a race against time, but The Shields Gazette and its generous readers have raised £15,000 in just six weeks to help a four-year-old girl have urgent facial surgery. Editor Rob Lawson says “Cash For Katie” has been one

Echo calls on readers to help get a Statue for Stokoe

The Sunderland Echo and sister paper The Shields Gazette are calling on readers to help raise £73,000 to build a statue in honour of former Sunderland AFC manager and FA Cup hero Bob Stokoe. The North East newspapers have joined

'Fastest' appeal brings £10,000 in two weeks

A Shields Gazette campaign to raise £5,000 for a two-year-old girl battling a brain tumour has broken its appeal records. The newspaper asked its readers to donate £5,000 to send Elena Kidd and her family to Disneyland, Paris. Within just

Guns amnesty gets results

More than 40 dangerous air weapons have been taken off the streets of South Tyneside in an operation prompted by the Shields Gazette’s Hand Them In campaign. Police are so pleased with the success of the guns amnesty that it