Stories from 1997:

The mysterious death of a Norfolk schoolboy

Published November 1997.

Most murders are easily solved. They are unplanned, barely concealed, frequently witnessed and often confessed. But then there are the others, the ones whose solutions are deeply buried, the real-life murder mysteries.

Child prostitutes and poverty in Britain

Published November 1997.

It is one of the lingering images of Victorian poverty: the little waif in a ragged dress standing in the lamplight in the foggy darkness of a city street waiting for the rich man in his carriage to buy her favours.

Crack cocaine and the middle-class addicts

Published November 1997.

I was sitting in a crack house not far from Kings Cross station in the middle of London. There was Vinnie the pimp, with his bare chest and his cigarette; a skinny blonde prostitute called Beverley who was so broke that she was using margerine for make-up; and Heather, a pick-pocket, who was about to go off to work in the big department stores in the West End.

Secrecy imposed on the exposure of alleged child abuse – news and feature

Published October 1997.

News story –

Denial and despair in North Wales

Published September 1997.

The Guardian September 1997 No one is listening. For years, the muffled sound of scandal has been leaking from the closed world of Britain’s children’s homes, sometimes through the trial of a care worker who has turned out to be a child rapist, sometimes in rumours about paedophile rings and cover-ups and connections in high […]

Problems of a black police officer

Published July 1997.

Police Constable Richie Clarke had always loved his work. It didn’t matter to him that he was black. In fact, he wanted to believe that it helped him – that some black people might show him a little extra trust and that some white officers would be less likely to get out of order if he was around.

Child abuse and corruption in Romania – two stories

Published June 1997.

Story One –

A blind eye to negligence

Published June 1997.

When a government abuses its power, it does so generally by using an excess of it, to suppress the truth or to crush the opposition or simply to get its own way. In the sad, strange case of the death of Robbie Powell, however, you can see quite clearly how governments are equally capable of abusing their power simply by refusing to use it.

The drug dealer and his perfect cover (news story and feature)

Published June 1997.

News story –

A Yardie walks free

Published May 1997.

A Jamaican Yardie gunman who was jailed for 14 years for his part in a spectacular armed robbery is expected to walk free from the Court of Appeal today after Scotland Yard conceded that one of their most highly prized informers had lied in evidence against him.

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