The Guardian, April 5 1997
with Melanie McFadeyan and Eamon O'Connor
It is an ordinary flat. The camera pans around the room catching sight of a bookshelf full of paperbacks, a desk which is untidy with letters and files, a couple of paintings on the wall, a chair or two, and then the doorway, the blank open doorway, and, as the camera waits, a man suddenly appears there. The only sound is the quiet crackle of the video tape.
Previously unpublished, October 1 1998
Researched on commission from the New Yorker.
It is easy to miss the truth. For example, you could stand in the middle of the Bahnhof Am Zoo in the centre of Berlin and imagine
The Guardian, November 25 2000
A little way south of the centre of Bristol, there is a neat and peaceful patch of suburbia called Brislington. In amongst its red-brick rows of Victorian terraced homes, there is a street called Churchill Road - just an ordinary collection of two-storey houses with patches of grass out back and a couple of For Sale signs in the front. The door to number 49 is painted cream.
The Guardian, November 27 2000
A year after Bristol police finally started to unravel the ring of paedophiles who had been abusing children in the city for up to twenty years, they came across an informant who opened up a new and alarming line of inquiry.