I uncovered extensive data which revealed the number of fines and written warnings issued to Cardiff homes and businesses for failing to leave their rubbish out on the correct collection days. The information, revealed through FOI requests, identified the city’s problem areas for litter.
I interviewed a Welsh activist who was jailed as a child for more than 30 years after murdering a schoolyard friend. He revealed how falling in love with his prison teacher helped him make a fresh start in life and finally gain his freedom.
My FOI request revealed the amounts that 2011’s outgoing Welsh Assembly Members (AMs) were given in resettlement grants. Following discussions with the newsdesk on the background of AMs, I constructed spreads for both the South Wales Echo and Western Mail. The exclusive story was later picked up by BBC Wales and carried on their radio current affairs programmes.
I revealed exclusively for the Wales on Sunday how a terrorist at the centre of an al-Qaeda-inspired plot to bomb the London Stock Exchange was investigated by police months before his arrest amid fears that he could target locations in Wales by posing as a taxi driver.
I reported on the story of a Cardiff man who was partially blinded after his eye was pecked out of its socket by a bird during a stroll along the beach. The shocking and gruesome tale made the front page of the Echo. It was also picked up by news organisations across the globe.
One year later, I wrote a follow-up story on the man’s hopes to have his eyesight fully restored through surgery.