Bath weekly puts out free edition on M5 murder discovery - Press Gazette

Bath weekly puts out free edition on M5 murder discovery

The Bath Chronicle put out a special four-page free edition of the paper as it emerged the body of a local woman who had been missing for 13 years had been discovered.

News of the discovery came on Wednesday afternoon, just hours too late to be included in the normal edition of the weekly title.

Yesterday the paper decided to print a four-page, 5,000-run special edition that will be given away free with the paper from today.

Staff at the paper heard on Wednesday, from well-placed sources, that a post-mortem examination was likely to conclude that bones found next to the M5 were the remains of 25-year-old Melanie Hall who had been missing since 1996.

The paper’s deadline past without any official confirmation and the paper was forced to carry a holding story about the post-mortem and splash on a less dramatic piece about traffic congestion.

When the story broke hours later, the paper turned to the web to update its story as it sought to find a printing slot for the extra page it needed to produce.

Sam Holliday, Chronicle editor, said: “The discovery of Melanie’s body is a major development in a story which has cast a cloud over our city.

“We were gutted that events conspired against us for our main edition but delighted that we’ve now been able to do justice to the breakthrough that we hope for the family’s sake that this is.”

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