Sadly, one of the reasons local news in print is declining is that it is obviously finding it difficult to keep pace with electronic news. The John Humphreys story is a case in point.
The Crown Prosecution Service published his conviction and sentence on 20 August, along with a statement of Police praise for the two victims.
On 24 August Ian Thomas, Chairman EDDC, published a statement expressing sympathy for the victims and announcing the calling of an Extraordinary General Meeting on 7 August to consider withdrawing from Humphreys the honour of the title Alderman.
Today, 1 September, the Exmouth Journal carries these elements of the story on page 3 under two headings:
Police praise for two victims in historic sexual abuse inquiry.
“Shocking acts of violence says” Judge Humphreys groomed and assaulted.
There was a time when this would have been front page news within days.