The sad demise of Bruce the police dog sparked one of the biggest reactions to a story I have ever known in 22 years in newspapers.

Paul Motte-Harrison, of Shoreham, was among the hundreds of readers who wished the dog had survived but objected to our headline on day one of the story, "Police dog to be executed".

"Executed?" he says. "Blindfolded before a firing squad? Led hooded to the scaffold? Strapped to an electric chair?

Come now, please restrain your headlines. Put down or destroyed, perhaps, but not executed."

I agree it was an emotive headline and, I believe, rightly so under the circumstances but it was not wrong. Bruce was not simply being put down because he was too ill to enjoy life any more.

He was a fit and healthy dog when police decreed he should be "humanely enthanised" by lethal injection - the same way some death row prisoners are executed in the United States.

Furthermore, the Oxford Dictionary of English defines executed as simply a sentence of death being carried out.

A bouquet and two brickbats for our sports team. Firstly, an anonymous writer offers congratulations on our new look racing pages.

"Really fantastic," he or she says. "The new track facts section is excellent and for you to print the list of runners the day before they are due to run is out of this world. Please thank all the staff responsible. You must now be the best evening paper in the whole country." Wow and thank you!

However, David Bennett, from Hove, was "amazed" to see in Wednesday's paper a reference to Sir Ted Dexter, the MCC president.

David: "It was true he was known as Lord Ted in his playing days but if the facts had been checked you would have discovered it was only comparatively recently that Mr Dexter was made a CBE. He has certainly not been knighted.

"Inaccuracies such as this are surely inexcusable. Please try to do better. I look forward to reading Friday's Feedback column in the hope that some mention of this cock-up will be made."

That was it, David, and sorry, we will try harder.

The other critic is anonymous but felt conned by our poster picture of Brighton and Hove Albion players celebrating their promotion on Tuesday of last week.

He or she complains: "The Argus obviously has a different interpretation of the words 'free' and 'poster' from most other people. It wasn't a poster at all but a full page, (poor quality) photograph of the Seagulls on your usual newsprint. What a con! Seagulls supporters deserved better."

Well, anon, you were the only one to complain and otherwise we've had only compliments about our coverage of the team's success.

The club itself has sent Monday's double page poster picture to the Football League and its sponsors, Nationwide, because it was so impressed.

Finally, I have been asked to point out that our story last Friday about Jo Slasor changing her name by deed poll to that of her art tutor stated she attended City College Brighton and Hove.

In fact, she goes to the University of Brighton. Sorry to all.