Every week, millions of people rely on their local newspapers and websites to keep them informed of what is happening in their area. When seen together, they can paint a picture of life in the UK in a way no other collection of stories can. Life is local – and this is a look at the front pages which stood out over the last seven days
With councils up and down the country setting their council tax for the forthcoming year, it’s hardly a surprise to see the results of their decisions – against a backdrop of spending cuts at the same time – making the front pages.
In South Wales this week, neighbouring (sort of ) papers had very different takes on the goings on at their councils:
The national spotlight has rarely been away from the search of Corrie McKeague, the RAF gunner who went missing last September. Last week brought news that police suspected his body was in a rubbish tip near Cambridge. It was covered by titles both close to the tip and close to Corrie’s home in Scotland:
Another big national story last week was the sale of Vauxhall – understandably also big news in Ellesmere Port:
And remember when Dale Farm was big news all over the news? It still is, in Essex at least:
Leading the news (on Sky News at least) on Saturday was the story of the drug Spice leaving homeless people behaving like walking zombies. Not really news to the people of Manchester, where the story was broken last Monday as the result of an investigation by the Manchester Evening News:
While the Daily Post in North Wales told the human side of drugs after concerns about what Wrexham bus station was being used for:
This week’s crop of stand-out headlines included:
And I thought this picture was a brilliant way to lead a front page and celebrate an annual event which has probably been on the front page a hundred times before:
Sticking with sport, it was also front page news in Oxford:
And finally, in Glasgow, the Old Firm Derby was always going to be front page news, but maybe it’s the newspaper promotion which stands out – someone in newspaper sales was clearly expecting a testy affair!