Social Isolation

February 24, 2014

A package I researched and filmed about a project called Social Mirror which aims to tackle loneliness and isolation. It is run by the Knowle West Media Centre in South Bristol.


Holmwood House

January 21, 2014

This is the broadcast result of an investigation I carried out into a Bristol care home, Holmwood House. In all, I was working on this for over two months. It was broadcast on BBC Points West on 15th Jan 2014

I also wrote an article for the BBC News web site on the same story.


Tobacco Pension Investment

June 14, 2013

This is probably the most complex story I’ve been involved with at Points West so far. I discovered that all of the local authorities in the West have money invested in tobacco stocks via their pension funds. That’s even though they took responsibility for public health campaigns – including stopping smoking services – in April 2013. I wanted to ask whether this created a conflict of interest. There is more information about this on public health specialist Stewart Brock’s web site.


Christmas Care

December 8, 2012

I went to Swindon to film this story for Points West at Christmas 2012. The charity had been going for ages and said they saw many more people than were officially registered as homeless in Swindon. On reflection, I think the story would have been more powerful if we had also spoken to people who were on the streets to see if they thought the same. This was the first piece I filmed entirely myself. My piece begins at 1’58″ into the bulletin.


University of Local Knowledge

November 29, 2012

A belated blog post, but this was the first report I did for Points West, in November 2012. I looked at a project run by Knowle West Media Centre called the University of Local Knowledge. The idea was to get people from south Bristol to make short films about their lives and experiences, and to make those available on the web. I had no idea how popular keeping horses was in the middle of inner-city Bristol until I met the people who did it!


Keeping in contact while in prison

April 30, 2012

I spoke to a man from Frome who had served three months in jail for a public order offence. I was interested in how he kept in contact with his family while he was inside. Partly, this was inspired by the TV show Prisoners Wives.

Here is the report I produced:

Here is a longer version of the interview with his wife:

And the Howard League for Penal Reform:


IMPACT reoffending scheme

January 3, 2012

IMPACT Minister InterviewAvon and Somerset Police is the first in the country to use a method of dealing with prolific acquisitive criminals known as IMPACT. I describe it as being a carrot and stick approach. The stick is that the offenders are regularly drug tested and kept under much closer supervision by the police and probation service. The carrot is that they are given whatever help and advice they need to turn their lives around, whether that is rehab, housing advice, job help, psychiatry or whatever. It’s also been seen as controversial because of the sympathetic relationship that seems to develop between the police/probation officers and the offenders. Advocates say that is irrelevant because it works, and reduces crime. I set out to find the truth behind the scheme.

Here is a link to the BBC news story I wrote.

Here is my radio report:

Here is an interview with one of the offenders on the scheme:

The scheme is jointly managed by the probation service and the police. Here is a probation officer’s take on it.

We also asked a government minister what he thought of the scheme.

Channel 4′s Dispatches Programme has also covered this. Here’s a link to their film.


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