Sunday, 20 May 2018

The Sanctuary

I've been to the opening of a new centre called The Sanctuary in Sheffield which helps support refugees and asylum seekers. Sheffield became the first place in the UK to be given the status of 'City of Sanctuary' for refugees. That was more than ten years ago - and there are currently around eight hundred people seeking asylum in the city.

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Sunday, 13 May 2018

Holdsworth Pro Racing

My cameraman colleague Gareth and I have been out filming with the first professional cycling team from Yorkshire. Rotherham-based Holdsworth Pro Racing were invited to take part in the Tour de Yorkshire and I went to see their recce of one of the four stages.

It's a real challenge to film as you keep having to overtake the riders to get more shots - and I needed a lot of material as I wanted to use music to illustrate the story, not just my words.

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Monday, 7 May 2018

Tour de Yorkshire

Yorkshire is set to host another world class bike race, following the success of the Tour de France Grand Depart four years ago and the Tour de Yorkshire. The news of the Vuelta a Espana comes a day after the end of the Tour de Yorkshire where an estimated 2.6 million people lined the route. Meanwhile cycling team Astana says they are "deeply sorry" after their team car almost hit a volunteer during the race.

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Wednesday, 2 May 2018

Women's Cycling

In the build up to the Tour de Yorkshire I've been out reporting on the growing number of women cycling. The number riding at the Bradford club Queensbury Queens has more than doubled in the last year. I really enjoyed meeting the women from the club and putting this piece together.

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Sunday, 29 April 2018

Chesterfield FC

I've been in Chesterfield this week doing a story on the relegation of their football team out of the football league. A very sad time for Spireites fans.

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Sunday, 22 April 2018


I've been filming at village church in rural South Yorkshire which has been transformed for a production of West End smash hit musical Evita. There's a  cast of more than thirty five people and a full orchestra at St Saviour's Church in Thurlstone. It took me hours to film and included shooting Don't Cry For Me Argentina twice from different angles to allow me to edit between the shots.

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Saturday, 14 April 2018

National Orchestra For All

I've been to see the National Orchestra for All rehearse for a performance in Sheffield. All the children in the orchestra are from disadvantaged backgrounds and otherwise wouldn't get the chance to make music.

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Friday, 6 April 2018

Fraer Morrow Weightlifter

The Commonwealth Games at the Gold Coast in Australia started this week. I've been to Loughborough to film with Doncaster's Fraer Morrow prepared for the Games. She's only 19, and under five foot - but is already a British weighlifting record holder.

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Tuesday, 3 April 2018

Nick Matthew

I've been to film Sheffield's Nick Matthew in one of his final training sessions before competing at the Commonwealth Games. He's had a remarkable career and is hoping to end it on a high at the Gold Coast.

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Sunday, 1 April 2018

Swimming Pool

After years of campaigning, residents in a West Yorkshire town finally have a new swimming pool. The leisure centre closed in South Elmsall in 2013 after the pool fell into a terrible state. It's now been rebuilt and reopened by a local Olympic swimmer, Max Litchfield. We made good use of the GoPro camera in the water to help tell the story.

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Sunday, 11 March 2018

Prostate Cancer

This week I've been in Barnsley and Sheffield to film a story about prostate cancer. The University of Sheffield is at the forefront of attempts to reduce the number of deaths from the disease. I filmed and edited this on the same day so had to work quickly to get it done in time for the programme. When time is limited like this, having a plan of how you might tell the story before you set off to film is crucial.

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Wednesday, 7 March 2018

Bradly Sinden

I've been in Doncaster to film a story about two taekwondo stars from the town. Teenager Bradly Sinden won bronze at the World Championships in South Korea last year. I arranged for him to meet up with Beijing Olympics bronze medallist Sarah Stevenson at their former training base of Doncaster Dome. I got them both to watch Bradly's bronze winning performance as a way of telling the story.

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Sunday, 4 March 2018

Scott Westgarth

This week I covered the disturbing story of the death of boxer Scott Westgarth. He died after winning a light-heavyweight fight in Doncaster on Saturday. My story was on BBC Look North and on the Sportsday programme on the BBC News Channel...

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Sunday, 25 February 2018

Paternoster Lift

I had a very enjoyable day back at my old university in Sheffield having a go on the paternoster lift! It's a lift which has no door and moves continually without stopping at floor levels. Sheffield is one of only two places in the country which has a paternoster - that's after Leicester University closed theirs.

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Sunday, 18 February 2018

Car crashes into school

I've been covering a disturbing story in Sheffield this week where a car was driven into the front of a school. Thankfully no one was injured at Fir Vale School. We heard about the incident at about 10am and headed to the school and edited this story in time for our lunch bulletin at 1:30pm.

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Sunday, 11 February 2018

Footballers Road Safety

I got exclusive access to film with young Sheffield United footballers who're being educated about the dangers of speeding or being drunk or distracted behind the wheel. The stats show that young drivers are much more likely to be involved in car crashes than older drivers.  And - with the possibility of huge earnings if they turn pro, and the chance to buy powerful sports cars - the academy players are particularly at risk.

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Sunday, 4 February 2018

Firefighter Footballer

I've been filming with a footballer from Sheffield who's put plans of retirement on hold to ply her trade nearly two hundred miles down south, in London. The challenge is that Nicola Hobbs also has a full-time job in Yorkshire for the fire service. We teamed up with colleagues at BBC London who filmed the London Bees training session in the capital. We then shared the material we filmed and both did stories on Nicola.

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Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Birds of Prey

I've been filming in the Peak District where National Park bosses have admitted that an scheme designed to boost the number of birds of prey is failing. Peregrines - for example - have failed to breed successfully in the Dark Peak area for the first time in more than thirty years. It's led the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds to pull out of the Peak District Bird of Prey Initiative.

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Sunday, 28 January 2018

Women's Rugby

I had a great night filming one of the friendliest sports team I've ever worked with, Rotherham Ladies Rugby Club. Numbers of girls and women playing rugby union is on the rise in Yorkshire. Obviously, I had to have a go at kicking for the posts!

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Sunday, 21 January 2018

Bikes Vandalised

Perhaps it was inevitable that I'd be doing a follow-up story on Sheffield's hire bikes being treated badly. Police have said they will refuse to collect any more of the city's new shared Ofo bikes which have been dumped and vandalised. Manor and Arbourthorne Neighbourhood Police Team said on Facebook: "Bike shepherding isn't in our job description." Here's my live and report on Look North.

And this is my report for our lunch bulletin.

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Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Bike Sharing

I've been reporting on the new bike share scheme in Sheffield. Despite being one of the most hilly cities in the country a thousand bikes are being parked around the city for people to hire via their smartphones. I had to have a go at riding one of them up one of the steepest hills in the city!

I tweeted my attempt to cycle up the ridiculously steep Jenkin Road and it went viral!

And here's my as live for our lunch bulletin where I tried to ask challenging questions while at the same time having some fun with the story.

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Sunday, 14 January 2018

Hathersage Lido

I've been to Hathersage open air swimming pool to film a story on the fact that it's opening all year round for the first time in its 82 year history. I really enjoyed filming this, meeting the swimmers who were very enthusiastic about cold water swimming. I also found looking through photos of the lido from the 1930s particularly enjoyable and decided to start my report with them. The staff their helped too - particularly with filming my piece to camera. I used a second camera - a GoPro - to film this shot from a different angle and I think it really adds to the piece. Obviously I had to have a swim in the pool, despite it being zero degrees outside!

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Wednesday, 10 January 2018


I've been to film a story on a pay as you feel café that's been set up in Sheffield with the aim of tackling hunger, food waste and social isolation. Unsold food that local supermarkets no longer want is passed on to the team at Foodhall where volunteers prepare lunch and people dine communally.

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Sunday, 7 January 2018

Crystal Bar Stabbings

I've been reporting at a bar in Sheffield city centre which has been temporarily closed by the police this week after five men suffered stab wounds following an altercation in the early hours of New Year's Day.

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Monday, 1 January 2018


I've been to the only state school in Sheffield that offers the study of Latin where they've started a crowdfunding campaign to save the subject. Spending cuts and changes to the national curriculum mean that Classical Civilisation and Latin are under threat at High Storrs School. They need to raise a hundred thousand pounds to be able to keep teaching the subjects.

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