Dying teenager’s IVF baby hope

This story originated from an everyday ring-in to the district office about a charity evening for IVF research. When I asked the caller, who turned out to be Martin’s sister, why she was organising the evening she told me about her 19-year-old brother who had terminal cancer and wanted to have a baby with his fiancee after his death. I made a direct approach to Martin and he and Susan agreed to speak to me.

The Red Cap deaths in Iraq

Red cap deaths in Iraq

In June 2003, six members of the Royal Military Police – known as Red Caps – were shot by a mob while on a patrol of police stations in Majar al Kabir, southern Iraq. The killings were regarded as murder and not an act of war by the Iraqi government. Since then the families of the men […]

Coal mining comes to an end in the North East

Ellington Colliery in Northumberland, the last deep mine in the North East of England, was closed by its owners UK Coal in January 2005; bringing the proud history of coal mining in the region to a close. The decision sparked a debate as furious as any during the miners’ strike with the owners saying flooding had […]

Drugs, vice and misery

This was a backgrounder to a long-running court case I covered at the end of 2003. A serving police officer had been using the services of a violent pimp in return for access to the force’s computer. The case highlighted how the vice trade operated in a city that is not blighted by an obvious ‘red light’ district.

McDonalds and the World Cup Mascot

This story first surfaced as a ‘diary job’ for the Evening Chronicle before the 2006 World Cup that was soon picked up by national and international media organisations…