A dignified silence

On the face of it, this sounds like a very strange bit of logic. The story that’s right at the top of the national news agenda is taking place on your front doorstep, so you banish it from your front page.

Yet don’t write off the team behind the Soham and Newmarket Standard as crazy. They’ve decided, after the first two weeks of the Huntley trial, that the residents – their readers – are uncomfortable with seeing the town’s worst moments being splashed across their front page along with everybody else’s.

Those readers, who can read the coverage inside if they choose, will still be there long after the trial closes.

Sometimes, the journalistic news instinct just has to take a back seat.

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