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Top stories in this issue (1516):

NORTHUMBERLAND
The county insists some of its senior staff were in the pocket of developers angling for a major planning permission – but it’s refusing to name names.

GLOUCESTERSHIRE
A former fire and rescue service chief will appear in court next month charged with fraud over the alleged sale (to himself) of a work Land Rover.

ISLE OF WIGHT
More on the pantomime of the island’s £480m-plus, 25-year road maintenance PFI saga which seems set to run and run.

WARWICK
The council is hoping the public will vote to back a plan to increase council tax to help fight climate change. Yeah, good luck with that!

ABERDEEN
A Tory councillor found guilty of sexual assault quits his party but doesn’t see why he should stand down from the council.

NORFOLK
Powers-that-be close ranks in the case of Child M, allegedly assaulted by a foster carer at a place, time and date that the attack could not have happened.


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