Frequently Asked Questions


How can I register?Desktop Site- Register by clicking on the SIGN IN button found under the search bar at the top of the page.

Mobile Site- Register by going to the 'SIGN IN' link at the bottom of every page.

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On the registration page you will need to fill in your personal details and enter a valid email address. The system will send an welcome email to that email address.

Alternatively, you can sign in using your existing account with Facebook, Twitter, Google +, Windows Live, Yahoo, Linkedin and Amazon.

Once signed in you can use all features of both the website and the mobile site.


How do I comment? Before you are able to comment on either the website or the mobile site you must first register by following the steps outlined in the registration section. Once your registration has been activated you will be able to add comments to any article with comments allowed.

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Our commenting functionality includes the ability to rate posts and respond in-line, ensuring conversations are kept together.

How do I report comments unsuitable? Once logged in, you will see that each comment has a link marked 'Report' which allows you to report a comment as unsuitable.

Navigation & Search

How do I navigate around the website / mobile site?

As well as clicking on articles and links in the website / mobile site, you can use the tiered navigation at the top of every page.

A search field is located at the top right of the website / mobile site. This will search through all the content available on the website / mobile site. Search results can be filtered on date and section if necessary.


What is the Cookie information bar?

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The Cookie information bar is displayed to ensure our visitors are aware of the cookies that are used on our sites and provide information on how to opt out of receiving them.

By clicking “Allow Cookies” you are confirming you understand our site is using cookies and they will be stored on your device.

What is a cookie?

Cookies are small data files which are sent to your browser (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome etc) from a website you visit. They are stored on your electronic device.

What is a Flash cookie?

This is a type of cookie which is collected by Adobe Flash media player (it is also called a Local Shared Object) - a piece of software you may already have on your electronic device to help you watch online videos and listen to podcasts.

Can I opt out of receiving Cookies?

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Yes there are a number of options available, you can set your browser either to reject all cookies, to allow only "trusted" sites to set them, or to only accept them from the site you are currently on.

However, please note - if you block/delete all cookies, some features of our websites, such as remembering your login details, or the site branding for your local newspaper may not function as a result.


We have tried to make this website as accessible as possible and easy to use for everyone, regardless of circumstance or ability.

All our page templates comply with the WCAG minimum requirements and we make every effort to ensure that all the content on our site meets this standard.

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We are making every effort to ensure that we don't exclude any users. For example:

We try to use clear and simple language

We use alternative text for all our images

We have designed the site to provide optimum display in all popular browsers

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