The Letters Page where seagulls dare

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I think I might be developing a bit of an obsession for the letters pages of local newspapers.

Or maybe I was just surprised to see a letter in the Tindle-owned Cornish Times this week which had been written so as to apparently be from a seagull.

Like dog poo and bin collections, the problems caused by seagulls are popular fodder for letters pages (which in turn serve as a timely reminder of what really matters to readers).

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When press coverage of court becomes part of the punishment itself

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Every now and again, I read an article from which I conclude that the journalist writing it will never get repeat such sentences in copy again.

This week, Lincolnshire Live, the website of Trinity Mirror’s titles in Lincolnshire, carried perhaps the most remarkable court case I’ve read. Ever.

Warning: It’s not for the squeamish:

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Life is local: It’s all about the election, stupid

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Election day is one of the few days in the year when some regional newspapers can get back on to the presses for an on-day edition. But what about the day after the morning after the night before?

Election Saturday’s front pages work on many levels for the regional press. Time has been had to take stock about what’s going on and where, and what it means locally. Front pages also have a unique value online – they can grab the attention and remind people that professional journalism lies behind the links our brands share.

So where to start yesterday? How about York, where the Press led with the question many are still asking:

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Manchester: The spread which shows how a nation cares

The Manchester Evening News carried a supplement on Saturday, reflecting on the week’s events which shook the nation, but made a city stronger.

The front page of that supplement has been widely shared online:

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Inside the supplement is a spread of front pages from around the UK this week, anchored by the MEN’s fronts this week which have both set the tone and reflected the mood in the city over the past seven days:

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Manchester: A minute’s pause captured across the country

Friday’s regional newspapers continued to be dominated by events in Manchester, with an increasing focus on the impact the actions of terrorists were having in their areas.

More than 50 newspapers led with stories related to Monday’s terror attack, with victims being named, armed police on the street – and tens of thousands of people taking part in a minute’s silence on Thursday morning captured in many papers too.

For the Manchester Evening News, it was time to reflect a different mood emerging in the city – that of the debt of gratitude so many feel towards the emergency services:

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Manchester: The front pages which show the nationwide impact terror attack has had

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Thursday’s front pages of the regional press showed the number of communities the horror at the Manchester Arena had impacted across the country.

The Manchester Arena is arguably the biggest indoor music venue in the North, and as such people travel a long way to see stars there. On Monday, there were 21,000 people there. They had travelled from far and wide.

Their stories were told across the country:

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Life is local: An investigation to make you stop in your tracks

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If you read just one story from the regional press this weekend, please consider this one from the Islington Gazette. It’s a truly remarkable story, with an intro to make you stop in your tracks:

An ex-mayor of Islington and top councillor at the time when children were being raped in kids’ homes has sensationally admitted her links to a pro-paedophile group that supported child sex in early 1980.

Not surprisingly, it was front page news for the paper this week – and stood out at the news stand I visited at Euston Station on Thursday night too.

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