Wednesday 29 November 2023
Sunday 26 November 2023
Wednesday 22 November 2023
Monday 20 November 2023
I filmed with junior ice hockey players in Leeds who told me they welcome new rules which mean they'll have to keep wearing neck protection when they become aged 18. The new rule was introduced following the death of Nottingham Steelers player Adam Johnson whose neck was cut during a match against Sheffield Steelers. But players in the top division, the Elite League, will not be forced to wear neck guards.
Sunday 19 November 2023
I had a lot of fun filming this one! There's a new surprise musical pairing which started in Yorkshire and lets an ancient instrument reach new audiences. Heavy rock music known as Doom Metal has been played alongside a pipe organ at Huddersfield Town Hall in a gig in the Summer and it was a big hit!
Wednesday 15 November 2023
I reported from the inquest into the death of Chesterfield woman Gracie Spinks. The inquest heard that a police officer did not have "serious concerns" about a bag of weapons linked to her killer which was found six weeks before she was murdered.
Sunday 12 November 2023
Hundreds of ice hockey fans gathered for a candlelit vigil to pay tribute to Nottingham Panthers player Adam Johnson who died in a match versus the Sheffield Steelers. It was an amazing turnout in awful weather and there was a very moving atmosphere.
Wednesday 8 November 2023
Just one in twenty people living with cancer in Yorkshire has taken part in a specialised exercise programme, according to a new survey by Yorkshire Cancer Research. That's despite evidence showing that being active before, during and after treatment can help improve survival rates and reduce the risk of the cancer coming back. The charity will be funding fitness programmes in Dewsbury, Pontefract, Wakefield and Harrogate which are due to start at the end of the year. But the one in Sheffield is well underway and cancer patients are already seeing the benefits.
Sunday 5 November 2023
I went to Sheffield Crown Court to cover the trial of a man who's admitted planning to detonate a bomb at a hospital in Leeds but claims it wasn't a terrorist attack. 28-year-old Mohammed Farooq worked at St James's Hospital and was found outside with the bomb in January. His defence team told Sheffield Crown Court his actions were motivated by "anger and grievance towards his colleagues". He's admitted some charges but denies preparing acts of terrorism.
Thursday 2 November 2023
Cameraman colleague Mark Graham and I had a fab day learning about nature-friendly farming on a story with Sheffield and Rotherham Wildlife Trust. They need to raise more than a million pounds to buy farmland on the edge of Sheffield and make it haven for biodiversity. The Wildlife Trust needs to raise the money by the end of next month to secure the land at Ughill Farm. The plan is to encourage even more wildlife to make their home there and to test and learn nature-friendly farming practices.
Wednesday 25 October 2023
There's a growing problem of residents putting the wrong things in their recycling bins. In Doncaster contamination of recycling in bins has gone from 10% in 2020 to 16% now. I've been to look into the problem.
Saturday 21 October 2023
Tuesday 17 October 2023
Sunday 15 October 2023
I went back to Page Hall this week to film with school pupils, teachers, doctors and the council who are working together in a month-long effort to clean up the area. Page Hall is blighted with littering and fly-tipping. The area is one of the most deprived in Yorkshire but the community is rallying round to try to fix the problem. I filmed all of this in 45 minutes and at one point my mobile journalism kit failed me so I filmed one of the interviews (the first in my report) on my work phone.
Sunday 8 October 2023
The family of a five-year-old boy from Rotherham who died after being sent home from hospital have rejected a report which found his care was appropriate. Yusuf Mahmud Nazir died in November last year, eight days after he was seen at Rotherham General Hospital and sent home with antibiotics. A report into his care was commissioned after his family claimed he should have been admitted to hospital.
Friday 6 October 2023
I've been to interview Josh Warrington who takes on World Champion Leigh Wood in Sheffield on Saturday night knowing that the future of his career rests on whether he can win or not. The Leeds fighter lost his last bout and his world title in December last year and is desperate to win this weekend.
BBC & DAZN & Charlie Spalding Videographer Copyright
Wednesday 4 October 2023
A Sheffield Wednesday fan who used a photo of Bradley Lowery to taunt opposition supporters has admitted a public order offence. Dale Houghton was pictured laughing as he brandished the image of the six-year-old during a match against Sunderland - the team Bradley supported before he died of cancer in 2017.
Sunday 1 October 2023
I've been to Dronfield to film an update to a story I first covered in February this year. A criminal investigation has reopened after the death of a Derbyshire mum in a hit-and-run in Tenerife. Michelle Exton, from Dronfield, died when she was hit by a white van which mounted the pavement near the resort of Golf del Sur in December last year. Spanish courts have given police permission to resume their investigation after a judge had previously told officers to effectively close the case.
Tuesday 26 September 2023
Wednesday 20 September 2023
I covered the hotly disputed issue of the future of the iconic Leadmill nightclub in Sheffield. It comes after months of a bitter dispute between the man who's run the nightclub for 28 years and the company that took ownership of the building in 2017. The landlord, Electric Group, is applying for a shadow premises licence so they can run it - having served an eviction notice on the current tenant's last year.
Sunday 17 September 2023
I reported live from a new exhibition at Sheffield Cathedral about homelessness which is ironically titled 'Wish You Were Here!'. It involved an intense day of work. In the afternoon I filmed with former homeless woman Jo where she used to sleep rough, edited this into a report and then reported live from the exhibition. A full-on but fulfilling experience covering an important issue from a different angle.
Sunday 10 September 2023
Sunday 3 September 2023
Wednesday 30 August 2023
Sunday 27 August 2023
Thursday 24 August 2023
It was so inspiring to make this story about a former South Yorkshire lorry driver who's qualified as a personal trainer to help other people with life-changing injuries. This is after Craig Walton lost his leg in a horrific crash on the road. The fitness fanatic who's from Mapplewell in Barnsley, had his right lower leg removed after a car smashed head-on into his 14-tonne truck on the A19, near Doncaster.
Sunday 13 August 2023
Sunday 6 August 2023
Wednesday 2 August 2023
I really enjoyed filming with boxer Jordan Flynn-Dhanjal who is from Oxford and has moved up to Sheffield in the hope of becoming the first world champion from Sikh heritage.
Saturday 29 July 2023
Wednesday 26 July 2023
I covered the latest in the Horizon Post Office Scandal and used my mobile journalism kit to interview Harjinder Butoy, the former postmaster who was thrown in jail for a crime he did not commit. I had to work quickly to film the material I needed and then edit it in time for it to be on BBC Look North that evening.
Sunday 23 July 2023
Wednesday 19 July 2023
Sunday 16 July 2023
Wednesday 12 July 2023
Sunday 9 July 2023
I reported live on a worrying spike in shootings in South Yorkshire. The police want people to trust them with tip offs about gun crime. There’ve been what they call firearms discharges in Burngreave in Sheffield and Aston and Thrybergh in Rotherham in the space of three days.
Friday 7 July 2023
Thursday 6 July 2023
I filmed a story about there being a 10% rise in council tax arrears in Yorkshire in the last year according to figures released by the government. Failure to pay council tax can end up with bailiffs at your door and extra charges on top of the debt.
Wednesday 5 July 2023
Sunday 2 July 2023
I filmed a story about residents in the Meersbrook area of Sheffield who've been left without mail for up to two weeks. Important hospital appointments, mortgage documents and even medication is failing to arrive on the doormat on four roads in the area and it’s causing real problems. Royal Mail has apologised.
Wednesday 28 June 2023
I reported on the problems businesses in Sheffield are having with the Clean Air Zone which was introduced four months ago. Cameraman Brian and I put together this report for the main 6:30pm programme...
And we did this as live for our lunch bulletin...
Sunday 25 June 2023
Wednesday 21 June 2023
Sunday 18 June 2023
A man from North Yorkshire says its thanks to his dog that he survived after being crushed by a huge branch of a tree. Malcolm Myers was walking his Yorkshire terrier Buddy last week when a horse chestnut tree came crashing down from a garden. He says he was helped free by his elderly terrier.
This story was a tight-turnaround! I started filming in Thirsk at 1pm with my mobile journalism kit then edited the story in Leeds in time for it to be on air at 6:30pm.
Thursday 15 June 2023
Sunday 11 June 2023
Thursday 8 June 2023
I've been making a feature on the Yorkshire motorsport company that is hoping to win at Le Mans 24 hour race in France this weekend. United Autosports' headquarters is in Wakefield and we filmed the team at Leeds East Airport in Church Fenton while they were making their final tweaks for the hundredth Le Mans race.
Sunday 4 June 2023
What an incredible treat to work on the League One play-off final which couldn't have ended in a more dramatic fashion with Sheffield Wednesday beating Barnsley right at the end of extra time. Here are my reports from Hillsborough, Wembley and the promotion party in the city centre.
I covered the promotion party for the BBC News Channel...
...and for BBC Look North in what has to be my favourite live report ever! I was buzzing for hours afterwards!
Friday 2 June 2023
Wednesday 31 May 2023
Sunday 28 May 2023
Earlier this week I filmed a story at a church food and clothes bank in Doncaster that's been targeted by a thief for a seventh time. That's despite the food and clothes that've been stolen - from St John The Evangelist Church in Balby - being free to anyone who needs them. After seeing the story on Look North last week a security company in Leeds has offered its services for free to act as a deterrent.
Wednesday 24 May 2023
From where I'm based in the South of our patch, I travelled to the north of the area we cover, to Northallerton, to report on charities in Ryedale which fear they'll lose funding that was promised to them before a shake-up of local government in the county. The new North Yorkshire Council is reassessing almost 3 million pounds worth of grants awarded by the former Ryedale District Council.
Sunday 21 May 2023
A community in Leeds has rallied round to raise thousands of pounds to enable more than fifty children in their area to go on a residential school trip to Whitby. Meadowfield Primary School in Halton Moor was forced to scrap their annual 3 day trip because they simply couldn't afford it any more. But when the owner of the local corner shop found out, he stepped in to fundraise three grand.
Wednesday 17 May 2023
GCSE and A Level exams got underway in full this week for the first time in three years. Unlike last year, students have not been given advance information about the topics they're likely to be tested on. The regulator Ofqual says the disruption caused by Covid will still be taken into account in the grades that are awarded - but some students are worried that they've been unfairly affected by the virus and, more recently, strike action.
Sunday 14 May 2023
I reported live on a heated Sheffield City Council meeting this week in the aftermath of a damning report into the tree-felling programme. Fierce protests broke out in the city when thousands of trees were cut down. An independent inquiry found there'd been a failure of leadership and the authority had misled the public. The council apologised.
Wednesday 10 May 2023
I had a 3am start last Saturday to film a story with my mobile journalism kit on day trippers from Barnsley heading to London for the Coronation! After filming in the coach on the way down, I walked for miles around London following Yorkshire folk as they watched proceeding in the capital. I then edited my report at New Broadcasting House before it went on Look North that evening. It was an exhausting but fulfilling experience to make this report.
Sunday 7 May 2023
It was an absolute privilege to present my first bulletins on BBC Look North this week. I really enjoyed it and am grateful to my colleagues behind-the-scenes who helped make it a pain-free experience!
And here's the late bulletin...
Sunday 30 April 2023
Thursday 27 April 2023
I reported live at Bramall Lane ahead of their match against West Brom which they won to gain promotion to the Premier League. Here's my as live for the BBC News Channel programme Sportsday...
And this is my live on BBC Look North with the brilliant former Blades striker Carl Asaba...
Tuesday 25 April 2023
Monday 24 April 2023
It was really good fun reporting on this one...A married couple flew more than 3,000 miles together to go to the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley - only to sit at opposite ends of the stadium! Sheffield United fan Shaun Littler and his wife Caroline Oatway who is a Manchester City supporter, moved from the UK to Boston, in the USA, last year. But football comes first in their marriage!
Sunday 23 April 2023
Wednesday 19 April 2023
Sunday 2 April 2023
Sunday 26 March 2023
It's five years since I reported extensively on Sheffield boxer Scott Westgarth dying hours after winning the biggest fight of his career. Scott died from complications arising from a blood clot on the brain after brutal ten round light heavyweight bout at Doncaster Dome. With him that night was his trainer Glyn Rhodes who has spoken exclusively to BBC Look North about the terrible mental anguish Scott's death has had on him. Glyn wants to tackle the macho culture in his sport and encourage men to speak up if they're suffering.
Wednesday 22 March 2023
I've been to Bradford to report on the worrying rise in the use of the drug nitros oxide, also known as laughing gas. The authorities in West Yorkshire are worried about more young people taking the drug and then driving. It's following a number of serious crashes which are linked to laughing gas.
Sunday 19 March 2023
I headed to the lovely town of Hebden Bridge to report on Happy Valley fans turning out to see one of the hit TV show's stars back in Hebden Bridge. Rhys Connah who plays Ryan Cawood was there to officially open Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice's newest charity shop.
Sunday 12 March 2023
I reported on the worrying rise of dog attacks. It's thought this is linked to many more people getting dogs as pets during lockdown. I reported live for our lunch bulletin...
...and we recorded this for our 6:30pm programme...
Sunday 5 March 2023
A mother from Sheffield who was hit by a fascia board which fell from a school building is calling for more funding to be given to schools. Carla Ashman was waiting to pick up her two boys from Dore Primary School when it happened. She was left with cuts and grazes, a black eye and tinnitus.
Monday 27 February 2023
The family of a Derbyshire woman killed in a hit-and-run in Tenerife have begun legal action over a judge's decision to close the police investigation. Michelle Exton was on holiday in the Canary Islands when she was hit by a van on 11 December. The 50-year-old, from Dronfield, died from her injuries four days later. Lawyers at Irwin Mitchell said police launched a hunt to trace the driver but the case was closed after three weeks.
Sunday 26 February 2023
This week I was reporting on problems some businesses in West Yorkshire have faced since Bradford Clean Air Zone was introduced last September. One scaffolding company says it fears going bust and wants help to be able to buy a low emission lorry but it is not eligible for grants. Bradford Council says the Clean Air Zone is a government directive and so they do not set the rules on who gets grants and exemptions.
Sunday 12 February 2023
Hollywood owned Wrexham were in South Yorkshire this week for their FA Cup replay against Sheffield United. Deadpool actor Ryan Reynolds co-owns the Welsh club with fellow actor Rob McElhenney. For one night only I was a Hollywood spotter! Really enjoyed interviewing Carl Asaba, the former Blades striker - a thoroughly nice bloke and excellent guest.
Wednesday 8 February 2023
Thousands of teachers and other public sector workers took part in a demo in Barker’s Pool in Sheffield last week. They were on strike demanding a pay rise. The Government says an above inflation pay rise is unrealistic.
Sunday 5 February 2023
It was transfer deadline day this week and I reported from the studio on the key arrivals to our clubs in Yorkshire and the interviewed Leeds United commentator Adam Pope and Kaiser Chief Simon Rix off the back who were brilliant.
You'll notice at the start of my live report the autocue was not working - thankfully I had my script in my hand ready to refer to until it was back working! I find every time I do a live report I learn something new.
Wednesday 1 February 2023
I had a really fulfilling experience highlighting an issue I'm passionate about. I interviewed Sheffield Wednesday midfielder Will Vaulks about mental health from the home changing room at Hillsborough stadium. Will's supporting the Baton of Hope roadshow after losing both his grandads to suicide. The roadshow is being organised by former Look North presenter Mike McCarthy whose son Ross died after a ten year battle with depression. The Baton of Hope will be carried by families and friends bereaved by suicide in stages around the country. I'm passionate about opening up discussions on mental health and have written about my experience here.
Sunday 29 January 2023
70% of people who use a food bank in Sheffield say they're struggling with the cost of living - to heat their homes and feed their families. S6 Foodbank carried out the research and the findings have made them open a 'warm space' with a cafe three days a week at thier warehouse off Penistone Road in Sheffield.
Wednesday 25 January 2023
We filmed with Olympic bronze medallist Nile Wilson and his partner Olivia Smart in training for TV show 'Dancing on Ice'. The former Leeds gymnast admitted feeling sad and lost after retiring two years ago but doing the show has given Nile a renewed purpose in life.
Monday 23 January 2023
I reported live on a beleaguered block of flats in Sheffield where some residents were told to move out straight away. South Yorkshire Fire Service has imposed a prohibition notice, saying remedial work being carried out was increasing the risk to residents.
Sunday 22 January 2023
Fifteen residents in Sheffield who were flooded by a burst water main have been told they will be compensated. Water gushed into people’s homes and gardens in Southey yesterday morning after a water main burst on Moonshine Lane. Yorkshire Water is repairing the water main and has told residents who were flooded that their houses will be fixed but it's likely to take many months.
Thursday 19 January 2023
The family of a nineteen year old Yorkshire woman who's died of a rare form of bone cancer say they're determined to raise a hundred thousand pounds for charity that has supported them. Lulu Blundell from Rotherham died on New Year's Day this year of Ewing’s sarcoma. She managed to raise a staggering eighty thousand pounds for the Teenage Cancer Trust in her lifetime.
Sunday 15 January 2023
I had a lot of run reporting on an 83-year-old man from Barnsley who's become a social media sensation after posting his gym workouts online. George Sagar has had 400,000 views on one of his TikTok videos and he wants to encourage other older people to get active. It was on BBC Look North and on BBC Breakfast...
Wednesday 11 January 2023
The Football Association will speak to officials from Sheffield Wednesday and Newcastle and the police over reports of overcrowding during the FA Cup third-round tie at Hillsborough. I did a live 2 way on our Look North lunch bulletin about the story.
Sunday 8 January 2023
What a lovely place Scarborough is and what better way to mark the new year than by going for a splash in the North Sea! 150 people bravely took a dip to raise money for charity. I couldn't resist going in myself : )