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Undercover operation leadsto vice fine

A woman who was setting up massage parlours in the Telford area has been sentenced by magistrates following an undercover investigation by the Shropshire Star. Magistrates were told she was caught in “sexual activity” with a client at her latest

Star websites are sought

Webmasters in the Shropshire and mid-Wales region are being asked to enter their Internet sites into a competition run by the Shropshire Star. The contest is hoping to find the best websites being built in the area and give them

Minister praises Star

Government minister Elliot Morley has praised the Shropshire Star for the professional way in which it covered the recent floods. Mr Morley also gave the newspaper credit for leading the public debate in the search for a solution. The flood

Floods crisis could be solved by readers

A massive public consultation has been launched by the Shropshire Star to find a solution to the region’s flooding problem. More than 30,000 homes in the Shrewsbury area are to get a survey form to give their views. The idea

Photographer Richard's moment of glory on US TV

When Shropshire Star photographer Richard Brock was asked to travel with reporter Lucy Hynes to New York to cover the Catherine Zeta Jones wedding, he didn’t have to think twice. But when he found himself featuring on the biggest showbiz

You can leave your hat on

Star-struck Lucy Hynes has jetted out to New York to cover the celebrity wedding of the year – between Catherine Zeta Jones and Michael Douglas. Though the Shropshire Star might not have a direct claim on the girl from the

Sunday Mercury to be "lighter and brighter"

A major re-launch of the Birmingham-based Sunday Mercury this weekend aims to make it “lighter and brighter”. The radical redesign, including a host of new features, comes just 10 weeks after editor David Brookes and deputy editor Paul Cole took

News In Brief from around the regions

Regional press news – this story updated 10.6.2000 News In Brief from around the regions by HoldTheFrontPage staff CROWNING GLORY: A quiet Bolton street has been unmasked as the most famous neighbourhood in the country. The row of terraced houses

Star celebrates as club survives

Shrewsbury Town’s escape from the jaws of non-league football placed a feather in the cap of its local paper. The Shropshire Star ran a vigorous campaign to get readers behind the Division 3 club – and spurred the players on

Here come the M.E.N. in blue….

Two regional newspapers pulled out all the stops to celebrate success at opposite ends of the Football League spectrum. For the Manchester Evening News, it was glory in double measure as Manchester City joined champions United in the Premiership with

News In Brief – from around the regions

PIKACHU FRENZY: Is there a regional newspaper in the land that hasn’t found an angle on the Pokemon card craze? “Schools bans card craze” has become commonplace. This week, the Hull Daily Mail revealed that two youngsters were threatened with

Paper offers £500 a goal to struggling football club

The Shropshire Star is £1,500 out of pocket after Shrewsbury Town’s latest two football matches. The Star hit on a novel way to boost players’ morale as the Shrews struggle desperately for Football League survival. It pledged £500 to the

Star boosts work on archives

The Shropshire Star has been presented with a framed selection of writing down the ages in honour of its role in preserving public records. The presentation was to managing director Keith Parker by George Raxster, of Shropshire Heritage Trust, at

Star finds a home for rescued pony

Kind-hearted Shropshire Star readers stepped forward to find a new home for Shetland pony Burlington Bertie. For the past three years, since he was rescued by an animal sanctuary, Bertie has lived with Beverley Whalley. But she contacted the Star

News In Brief – from around the regions

A REAL HANDFUL: Pensioner Godfrey Hill has been called The Messiah, an alien and a freak – because he has a thumb and five fingers on each hand. The 72-year-old retired engineer has hexadactyly. The condition is said to affect

Thirty something challenge gets results

Journalists Deanna Delamotta and Sarah Hayward are getting results with their Big Thirty Something Challenge. HoldTheFrontPage reported how the pair threw down the gauntlet to readers of the Shropshire Star and asked them for help in compiling the best venues