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HOT OVERALLS WRECK TAKEAWAY: A blaze which wrecked a Chinese takeaway had an unsual cause, the Wolverhampton Express and Star reported. Fire officers told the paper it was caused by spontaneous combustion in a pair of grease-stained overalls. The overalls

New political role for Swansea journalist

Former South Wales Evening Post industrial correspondent David Williams has been appointed as BBC Wales’s new political editor. Mr Williams, (49), is currently the presenter, producer and director of HTV Wales’s current affairs and factual programmes department. A former editor

Boules bust-up

Staff at the South Wales Evening Post have been having some fun in the run-up to a weekend charity boules tournament. Sixteen teams – including one from the newspaper – will take part in the French sport on Sunday (April

MBE for retired journalist

Former South Wales Evening Post journalist Michael Boon received his MBE from the Prince of Wales at Buckingham Palace. Mr Boon, who recently retired as specialist writer and Westgate columnnist with the Western Mail, was honoured for services to journalism

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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

Dylan festival honour for Post

The South Wales Evening Post is in the running for an award thanks to its backing for Swansea’s annual Dylan Thomas Festival. The paper has been shortlisted for a prize in the annual Arts & Business Cymru Awards, which celebrate

Winners applauded

Regional newspapers were honoured for sales increases at the Newspaper Society’s Newspaper Sales and Promotions Conference and Exhibition. The Peterborough Evening Telegraph won the Bristol Evening Post & Press Award for Best Evening Newspaper, and the Johnston Press Award for

Competition for young journalists

The South Wales Evening Post has launched a quest to find its Young Reporter and Young Photographer of the Year 2000. The competition is open to two age groups – primary school pupils 11 and under and senior school pupils


UNITED ON BABY’S NAME: A West Midlands husband who wanted to name his son after the entire Manchester United team has been persuaded by his wife to settle instead for a simple Ryan Matthews – in honour of United’s Ryan

News NIBs from around the regions

POSTMAN’S NIGHTMARE: A Rottweiler chased unlucky postman Paul Elliott into a telephone kiosk after stealing a full mail bag out of his hand. The Shields Gazette reported that Paul rang the assistant manager at the South Shields sorting office who

Celebrations over Swansea cancer campaign

Swansea is to get the first teenage cancer centre in Wales – thanks largely to a South Wales Evening Post campaign. Readers’ response to the Post’s appeal for cash to build a cancer care centre at Singleton Hospital was so

All The World Loves A Lover

Village correspondents are a vital part of the newsgathering operation for many local newspapers. In Swansea, one of their number has been making the news herself. Julie Todd, who is a “Grapevine” correspondent for the South Wales Evening Post, and

Readers strike it lucky with reporter's wife

The wife of a Brighton Evening Argus reporter has been helping readers to win prizes galore thanks to one of the most unusual syndicated features around. Ruth Galloway writes a column for the Saturday leisure supplement containing tips on winning

The sincerest form of flattery?

Healthy rivalry in South Wales has seen two competing papers getting very close to the same story. Readers of the Neath Guardian and the Swansea-based South Wales Evening Post may have noticed two versions of a tragic story describing tributes

Named and shamed after Post's intervention

A teenage thug has been unmasked in the South Wales Evening Post after the paper persuaded a judge to remove reporting restrictions. Recorder Keith Thomas agreed that people had the right to know the identity of the 17-year-old, despite her

Evening Post names teenage drug dealer

The South Wales Evening Post has named a teenage drug dealer after it made a successful request to identify him. The 17-year-old was sentenced at Swansea Crown Court, but could not be named in press reports of the case after