Sunday, 26 June 2022

Matt Fitzpatrick

I put together a report and did a live on Yorkshire golfer Matt Fitzpatrick winning the US Open. It was a pleasure to cover such a positive story for the city I live in and love. It wasn't my best live but good enough!


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Sunday, 19 June 2022

Pawnbrokers

I filmed a story on people in Rotherham cashing in their £150 council tax rebate cheques at pawnbrokers because they cannot afford to wait for the money. A large queue formed outside the Cash Shop in Rotherham, which deducts a £15 fee for the service.


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Sunday, 12 June 2022

Hallam Chase

I had the challenge of filming and racing at the Hallam Chase in Sheffield which is believed to be the world's oldest continuously held fell race. It's well known among runners as one of the toughest challenges out there and is truly historic, dating back to 1862. The race involves running down and then up two really steep big hills on the outskirts of the city. This has to be the hardest story I've ever filmed as I had to think about so much - gathering enough material before the start of the race including some of the interviews, running a really challenging race holding a 360 camera on a selfie stick and then filming interviews and footage of the winner collecting her medal etc after the finishing the race. The edit was also a challenge as it's very time-consuming to process the footage from the 360 camera as you have so many different angles to choose from and so much footage! It took me four hours to edit but I was pleased with the result.


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Sunday, 5 June 2022

Dialysis at Home

A woman from Doncaster who uses a dialysis machine at home to help keep her alive is calling for the NHS to cover the cost of her increasing electricity bills. Dana Holmes has chronic kidney disease and says her health has improved since using her dialysis machine at home rather than in hospital and is convinced it saves the NHS money. Dana gets £96 a year from the NHS to cover the electricity costs of using the machine but she says since energy prices have shot up, it's leaving her more than £20 a month out of pocket.


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Sunday, 29 May 2022

Knife Crime

I've been reporting extensively on knife crime in Sheffield since 2018 when eight men were stabbed to death in the city. The latest statistics show that knife crime in South Yorkshire has gone up by 4% - that's the sixth highest rate in the country according to the Office for National Statistics. I've been filming with a former gang member in Sheffield who told me that the police have to do more to tackle the problem along with the early intervention education that he's leading.


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Sunday, 22 May 2022

Walk 4 Health

I had the great pleasure of filming with Walk 4 Health, a walking group in South Yorkshire for people from minority backgrounds which is aiming to widen access to the great outdoors. Walk 4 Health was created in Sheffield in 2004 initially for black men but now welcomes people from all minorities. Every month they head out into the countryside. The 7 kilometres I walked while filming the story was so much easier with my small, mobile journalism kit (which is made up of an iPhone and a rig) rather than my old, heavy filming equipment.


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Sunday, 15 May 2022

Running & Filming Leeds Half Marathon

When I was told I was going to be reporting on Leeds Half Marathon I said to the producer Jennifer that I could run it and film it at the same time! I realised it was a bit of a mad idea but to her credit she agreed. Cameraman Dan Nelson provided me with a small 360 camera (where it films all around you) on a selfie stick and I filmed about 5 different sections of the race while I was running including an interview with Leeds Rhinos coach Jamie Jones-Buchanan who I spotted halfway through. I thoroughly enjoyed the challenge of running the race then putting this story together with Dan. An exhilarating and exhausting experience!


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Wednesday, 4 May 2022

Yorkshire at Headingley

County Cricket returned to Headingley last week for the first time since the racism scandal that rocked Yorkshire County Cricket club. They took on Kent following big changes in the personnel at the club.  All members of the coaching staff were among sixteen people to have left Yorkshire. It was after a report found former player Azeem Rafiq was a victim of "racial harassment and bullying" at the club.


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Sunday, 1 May 2022

Women's Snooker

It was Women's Day at the World Snooker Championships in Sheffield on Wednesday and a chance to showcase the talents of some of the best female players in the world, including Rebecca Kenna from Yorkshire. I interviewed Rebecca and asked her why it's such a male-dominated sport.


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Wednesday, 27 April 2022

David Oluwale plaque stolen

This week I covered a breaking story that a blue plaque honouring a Nigerian man who drowned after he was chased by police had been stolen. The memorial to David Oluwale, on Leeds Bridge, disappeared just hours after it was unveiled. I headed down to the bridge and sent this report for the Look North lunch bulletin. I also sent photos to colleagues on the BBC website and they were used in the online article.


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Sunday, 24 April 2022

Wheelchair Taxi

I was pleased to be able to report on an important, original story in Sheffield last week about a wheelchair user who says he's furious that some taxi drivers are refusing to take him on journeys. Professor Duncan Cameron says he's regularly turned away by black cab drivers even though it's against the law. He's calling on Sheffield City Council to take licences away from drivers who fail to pick up wheelchair users like him. I also took photos for the story which was featured on the BBC News website article.


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Sunday, 17 April 2022

Sheffield Snooker Pros

While almost everyone knows the World Snooker Championships take place in Sheffield what people are less aware of is the great number of professional snooker players who live in the city, year-round. Sheffield is becoming really popular with players from China and countries in South East Asia thanks in part to having the Ding Junhui Snooker Academy in the city. I was given access to film at the academy and interview some of the players which I thoroughly enjoyed. They even let me have a go!


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Wednesday, 13 April 2022

Imran Ahmad Khan Guilty

This week I reported on the Wakefield MP Imran Ahmad Khan being found guilty of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old boy.


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Wednesday, 6 April 2022

Rotherham United Wembley

I had the great pleasure of reporting on Rotherham United's EFL Trophy win at Wembley on Sunday - my first time working at the national stadium. It was a really exciting match - the Millers were seconds away from losing the final when they turned the tie. This is my first report on the final which went out on the Sunday night. I can't upload the my pkg which went out on Monday's Look North as it includes match footage which Sky Sports has the copyright of.


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Sunday, 3 April 2022

Ottis Gibson Yorkshire Cricket

I've been to do an exclusive interview with the new Head Coach of Yorkshire Cricket, Ottis Gibson. With days to go until the start of the new County Championship season, Yorkshire County Cricket Club is attempting to rebuild in the wake of the racism scandal. Gibson only joined at the start of March and has had to put-together a new coaching team after sixteen members of staff were sacked. He told me they're trying to be the team that represents Yorkshire in its entirety.


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Sunday, 27 March 2022

Knife Crime Live

I reported live from Unity Gym in Sheffield about knife crime. It's four years since 8 men were stabbed to death in the space of a year in the city. I did extensive reporting on the subject including from the Violence Reduction Unit in Glasgow on how to tackle knife crime. It was really good to revisit Unity Gym with experts Saeed and Kaltum.


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Wednesday, 16 March 2022

Stroke

More than thirty five thousand pounds has been raised to help a woman from Rotherham who nearly lost her life after suffering a severe stroke. Kate Green survived but was 'locked in' and only able to move her eyes. Amazingly, she can now move the left hand side of her body and is learning to talk again. Kate is well known in the Rotherham area as she set up the town's 5 kilometre Parkrun back in 2013.


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Sunday, 13 March 2022

Racism

I filmed with a civil servant from Sheffield who was racially abused while in his car. Adnan Hussain is urging people who suffer racism to report it to the police. He started filming lorry driver Nicholas Clayton after he shouted racist abuse at him. The video was viewed more than a million times on social media. Last month Clayton was fined for using racially abusive language. 


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Sunday, 6 March 2022

Ukraine Donations

This week I reported on the thousands of donations of clothes, food and medicines have been collected at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in Bentley in Doncaster for Ukranian refugees fleeing to Poland. They have had four lorry-loads worth of items donated. I found it a very uplifting experience to witness the generosity of people and the enthusiasm of the volunteers who were sorting through the donations.



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Wednesday, 2 March 2022

Mark Hughes

Mark Hughes was announced as the surprise new manager at Bradford City last week. I headed to Valley Parade to interview him.


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Sunday, 27 February 2022

Riddlesden Flooding Landslide

This week I reported on flooding in Yorkshire. Six houses had to be evacuated after a landslide caused by flood waters at Riddlesden in Keighley. Parts of their gardens have fallen into the River Aire. 



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Wednesday, 23 February 2022

Wakefield Masterplan Live

I reported live from Wakefield on a plan to transform the city centre over the next twenty years. As people do more and more shopping online, the proposals include demolishing old, empty shops to create more public space. There are also plans to limit traffic in the city centre, create more green areas and build more affordable homes in the centre. This sort of development is happening in towns and cities across the country as our habits change.


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Sunday, 20 February 2022

Post Office Inquiry

I watched the start of a Public Inquiry this week into one of Britain's biggest miscarriages of justice with one of its victims. Hundreds of post office workers were prosecuted for stealing money but the case relied on flawed computer evidence. Some workers were sent to prison, like Harjinder Butoy from Chesterfield who served 18 months for a crime he didn't commit. I felt privileged to watch proceedings from Harjinder's home with him and his family.


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Wednesday, 16 February 2022

Covid Restrictions Easing

I did a story reacting to the Government's plans to ease all remaining Covid restrictions a month earlier than planned, on 24th February. This includes the legal rule to self-isolate. It was a tough ask as we had nothing set up to film on the morning I did the story so it was a case of putting in lots of calls to see who was happy to be interviewed about it. We were keen to show how the change in rules would be good for some but not so for others. The story ran on BBC Look North on Thursday last week and then on BBC Breakfast on Saturday...


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Sunday, 13 February 2022

Homework Club

I've been filming at a popular homework club in one of the most deprived areas of Sheffield which is on the verge of having to close because of a lack of funding. The Broomhall homework club has helped thousands of disadvantaged primary and secondary school children make a success of school and go on to study at university. The children were genuinely excited about doing their homework with the support of volunteers and surrounded by friends. It was an inspiring story to make. You can support their fundraiser here: https://localgiving.org/appeal/homeworkclub


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Sunday, 6 February 2022

York Roman Quarter

I went to York to report on an exciting new plan to build a Roman quarter in the city. By doing the story I learnt about York's Roman heritage which I have to be honest, I knew nothing about.


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Sunday, 30 January 2022

Doncaster Stabbings

I went to Doncaster to cover the sad story of a teenager and man being stabbed to death. I reported for BBC Look North, the BBC website and BBC Radio 2's news bulletins.


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Wednesday, 26 January 2022

Loneliness

I re-visited a story I first covered more than four years ago about loneliness. Having looked into the latest data from the Office For National Statistics I wasn't surprised to learn that loneliness has got a lot worse in the pandemic with more than 7% of adults suffering with loneliness often or always. I filmed with South Yorkshire charity b:friend which is making a big difference to improve the lives of older isolated people. It matches volunteer 'befrienders' with older people living nearby who are lonely. They have more than 700 pairings and demand is higher than ever.


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Wednesday, 19 January 2022

Cycling Scared

I had a week working for our digital team and filmed and edited this story for the BBC News website, Facebook and Twitter. It's a story I feel passionate about as I am a cyclist in Sheffield and relate to what Ann is saying...


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Sunday, 16 January 2022

Cat Rescue

A cat and dog rescue centre in Yorkshire says demand for its services is higher than ever since the pandemic. Rain Rescue in Rotherham re-homes up to 400 cats a year. There's a particular problem since Covid of stray cats breeding uncontrollably on the streets then spreading feline diseases.


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Wednesday, 12 January 2022

Vaccine Appeal

I went to Stubley Medical Centre in Dronfield which has 3,000 vaccines that'll be out of date in mid-January - they need people to come forward for their boosters. They did 11,000 jabs in the space of just 10 days before Xmas but demand has dropped significantly since then. 


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Sunday, 9 January 2022

Christmas Tree Rental

I went to visit a Christmas tree rental service 'Rooted' in Todmorden which has hired out 200 trees. It was absolutely beautiful up in the Calder Valley but freezing!


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Sunday, 2 January 2022

Hospitality Grants

I've been reporting from North Yorkshire on how the hospitality sector is coping with rising cases of Covid. The government's support package was described as 'a drop in the ocean' by both interviewees.


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