The week in local news: Fracking, elections and the two sides of rugby
Our new series looking back on the week’s news through the lens of local newspaper front pages…
Sunday, October 28th: Here comes the election!
A striking front page from Scotland on Sunday, complete with Larry the cat and an expression he probably shares with ‘Brenda from Bristol’ … there’s an election looming!
Monday, October 29th: Rugby uncoded
For the Western Mail on Monday, it was all about a stiff upper lip after semi-final defeat to South Africa in the Rugby World Cup, missing out on the chance to play hot favourites England (that turned out well) in the final:
Meanwhile, in Bradford, it was the other code of rugby which made the front page, with the launch of a campaign to keep League side Bradford Bulls in the city. The famous side is due to spend next season playing in Dewsbury due to off-field wrangles:
Tuesday, October 30th: Remembering our heroes
Over the next week or so, there’s unlikely to be a single newspaper which doesn’t provide extensive coverage of Remembrance Sunday events. In Ipswich, the Star has gone beyond this annual date, raising the profile of a local woman’s campaign to ensure her late husband’s name is added to a national memorial for those who served in the Armed Forces.
He took his own life after leaving the army, suffering from PTSD. His career spanned tours of Afghanistan, Iraq and Bosnia.
Wednesday, October 31st: Trick or treat?
The Bucks Herald reminded us all that while a general election might be close, every vote is also a local vote. John Bercow has been a controversial figure as speaker of the House of Commons of late, but he’s been a local MP for the Bucks Herald for far longer. He’s stepping down from being speaker, and also local MP. That means for the first time in almost a decade, there will be a full general election candidate slate in Buckingham.
Elsewhere, there was a memorable front page from the Western Morning News
Meanwhile, the National in Scotland, the pro-independence title based in Glasgow, couldn’t make clearer its view on what the General Election means.
Thursday, November 1: Trumped up
Local faces sell papers, right? To that end, this front page is probably a little different — but what a powerful story. While the National media flits in and out of the Harry Dunn story, the Banbury Guardian is reporting every twist and turn.
Northamptonshire police have submitted a file to the Crown Prosecution Service on the death of 19-year-old Harry Dunn in a crash in August following an interview with Anne Sacoolas, the American suspect in the case.
Sacoolas fled the UK soon after the accident claiming diplomatic immunity on the basis that her husband worked as an intelligence officer based at RAF Croughton in Northamptonshire.
The file was submitted to the CPS after she was interviewed by the police in the US.
This week, the Guardian (the Banbury one) reported that the family were now planning to sue the Trump administration.
Friday, November 1: An alternative view
When you think of Durham, the tourist board probably hopes you think of the riverside, or the Cathedral, or the cobbled streets — not the drunks who are ‘killing the city.’ That’s why local news matters.
Saturday, November 2: Fracked off
A big day for the people of Lancashire — fracking is over. It would appear several mini earthquakes moved the government to action, with the drilling for shale gas scrapped.
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