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Journalist is jailed for indecent assault

A journalist has been jailed for three years for carrying out a string of indecent assaults against a five-year-old girl. Former Shields Gazette chief sub-editor David Blakelock gained the trust of the girl’s mother and then abused her daughter while

Long hours payment to north-east journalists

A one-off cash payment has been made to Johnston Press journalists in the north-east to make up for “exceptionally” long hours being worked while changes are made at their newspapers. The problem was brought to the attention of management at

News in brief

Complaints made by parents about ‘selfish’ people parking in parent and child parking spaces at local shops, prompted the Aberdeen Evening Express to visit Safeway’s King Street store to see for themselves the problem which is causing such outcry.In just

News in brief

Former foreign secretary Lord Hurd will be a guest speaker at the Bristol Evening Post’s eighth Literary Lunch in October.The former Conservative cabinet minister’s memoirs are due to be published days before the event and he will be joined there

Retirement for John – who broke into journalism at 48

Sports editor John Cornforth is retiring after 16 years with the Shields Gazette – and proving it’s never too late to change horses in mid-life. John, a grandfather of six, has reached the ripe old age of 65 and will

Press picture leads to three-year terms for young robbers

Two brothers who robbed a shop assistant have been put behind bars thanks to the Shields Gazette. The paper printed closed circuit television pictures taken during the raid, and their publication led to the brothers’ arrest and subsequent court appearance.

Regional newspapers' war correspondents prepare to fly

Nine editorial staff from the regional press will travel to the Gulf with the Ministry of Defence in the event of war breaking out with Iraq. The seven reporters and two photographers would travel as war correspondents and have been

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The Evening Express in Aberdeen has launched a major campaign to protect Stonehaven’s historic harbour.Scottish Water plans to build a sewage plant at the heart of the tourist hot spot, but the paper feels this would be a violation of

Heroic Huw is a life-saver

A North East journalist is to receive a top life-saver award for rescuing a teenager from the Tyne. Huw Lewis, (31), has been awarded a Royal Humane Society testimonial after he waded into the river to save 19-year-old Spencer Bailey

Media manager on the move

Victoria Coulson, Media Centre manager at the Middlebrough Evening Gazette, is leaving to take up a wider role within Trinity Mirror. Victoria, (36), has been involved in developing links between schools and the newspaper during the past nine years. And

Echo and Gazette to get new editors

The Sunderland Echo is to get a new editor as Andrew Smith steps aside to concentrate on a new role within the company. He will become full-time editorial director of Northeast Press Ltd, and will be succeeded by Rob Lawson,

Former newsman dies aged 99

A former managing director of the North of England Newspaper Company has died aged 99. Shannan Stevenson became managing director of the former publishing company, whose portfolio included the Northern Echo, in 1950 and steered it through the print strike

Johnston plans to buy RIM in £560m deal

Johnston Press is planning to buy Regional Independent Media for £560m. Johnston, the UK’s fourth-largest regional newspaper group, is launching a £220m rights issue of shares in connection with the deal. The deal is agreed and has already been approved

Gazette searches for model readers

The Shields Gazette is giving its readers the chance to win a modelling contract. Wannabe models will have the chance to strut their stuff on the catwalk at a fashion show organised by the paper – and two of them

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A loan company that was exposed by the Manchester Evening News – for targeting the poor and then keeping them hanging on £1-a-minute premium phone calls – has been fined £1,000 by phone watchdogs.More than 45 people complained to the

Gazette offers reward

The Shields Gazette has put up a £1,500 reward to catch the killer of a homeless man who died on South Shields seafront. Ex-soldier Richard Jones, (47), was battered to death a week ago. Police say there has been a