Outside Edge: News Junkie - Between the lines in last week's media

The Times took up the cudgels for mental health charity Sane in its battle with the Department of Health. Sane's helpline could close after the DoH delayed a £1m grant for 11 months (Third Sector, 23 March).

"Common sense has been overtaken by bureaucracy and petty jealousy," it thundered in its leader column. "Ministers have much to learn from the episode about the reality of official attitudes to voluntary sector contracts."

A new £40m quango responsible for conserving the landscape and wildlife and promoting recreation will be called Natural England, The Daily Telegraph revealed. The successor to English Nature, parts of the Countryside Agency and most of the Rural Development Service, was previously known, less glamorously, as the "integrated agency".

Scotland's faith in charity has been restored after recent fundraising scandals, said Scottish charity regulator Jane Ryder in The Scotsman.

Ryder said the public response to the Asian tsunami and Comic Relief showed that Scots trusted charities again following the case of children's charity Moonbeams, which was wound up in 2003 after only £70,000 of £3m raised was spent on the cause.

In the Daily Mail, Danny Bamping of the Big Cats Society estimated that there are 50-100 big cats roaming free in Britain. He was commenting after a former solider was pinned to the ground in his back garden in Syndenham, south London by a "ferocious black panther".

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