News Day Story Scenario

Police arrest two men after kidnapping a man and holding a family hostage in an attempt to steal £500,000 worth of diamonds.

Two men kidnapped jewellery store owner Peter Brandt, 55, from his home and held his family hostage in a senseless attack in West Hull at 8pm on Sunday night. “It was just a regular Sunday night at home, it was our family night,” says Peter Brandt of that night

“My family was taken to the back of the house by one of the men, and I was restrained by the two others,” says Mr. Brandt. He was taken to an abandoned farmhouse in the East Riding of Yorkshire, handcuffed to a chair and left overnight. “I was blindfolded in my home and shoved into the back of a car, I was terrified.”

The rest of his family, his wife Melissa Brandt, 54, and their two children, Stephen, 16 and Sonja, 14, were held in their home by a third captor. “It was so terrifying I didn’t even think about trying to escape, I just went along with it.

“I didn’t hear either of them talking, and I couldn’t sleep because I was so worried about Melissa and the kids,” Mr. Brandt reveals. “The next morning I agreed to take them to the jewellery shop because I was expecting an important delivery, we were on the way there when the police surrounded the car.”

One of the men arrested on Orchard Street accidentally shot himself in the buttocks after police surrounded the car; he is now being treated at Hull Royal Infirmary, is in a stable condition and has a police guard. “I heard a gun shot and I was dragged out into the street,” Mr. Brandt recalls.

After the arrests the family was taken to Hull Royal Infirmary to get checked over but no injuries were suffered.  Mr. Brandt emotionally adds, “The important thing is we’re all safe now.”

Jeweller Mr. Brandt is well known in Kingston upon Hull for his shop ‘Shiny Things’ down Spring Bank, which he set up almost 30 years ago. He and his wife Melissa are also well known on East Yorkshire’s charity circuit for their fundraising efforts.

Detective Inspector David Smith said, “Police officers detained two men on suspicion of conspiracy to rob and possession of fire arms after a tip off from the police in Amsterdam.”

It is thought that Mr. Brandt was the robbers target because of his diamond business, and that his diamonds being delivered from Holland on Monday morning being the reason for his capture

The press office reported that there had never been any evidence of any prior attacks on Mr. Brandt, his family, or his jewellery shop. A police press officer was unable to disclose if any of the captors had any previous convictions.

The three men are to appear in court together once the third captor is discharged from Hull Royal Infirmary hospital.

Journalism Day

At the Hull Truck Theatre HSAD put on a journalism day featuring speakers from different areas of the profession. The speakers ranged from Jamie Macaskill, from the Hull Daily Mail, who also kicked things off, to Martin Bell OBE, former journalist for the BBC and war reporter.

Introductions by James Hoggarth, BBC Humberside reporter.

Lawyer Alastair Brett, court reporter Sian Harrison, Eddie Coates-Madden from the Hull City Council, political journalist David Torrance, web editor Paul Johnson, and David Betts from BskyB also spoke.

Martin Bell quoted his grandmother: “Journalists are a shady lot and seldom the sons of gentlemen.”

Then went on to say: “Journalism has the responsibility to be truthful,” following the comments about the censorship of war reporting.

“If you’re in it for the money you’ve chosen the wrong career.”

“You cannot be a good journalist if you live in a moral vacuum.”

Alastair Brett mentioned the Leveson Inquiry and the laws of journalism, called it, “complete bollocks.”

Paul Johnson talked about Internet trolls, and how journalists need to be the leaders of online journalism, including social media.

David Betts asked the audience whether they would pay a police officer for an exclusive story if they were given the opportunity, said if yes you would be sent to prison for 10 years for bribery. Talked about his most embarrassing moments in reporting, included reporting on 9/11 and Princess Diana’s visit to Hull.

Searching for News Stories

As a little task we were asked to find three news stories from different mediums that would make a BBC Look North news story.

My first story was something I read on the Humberside Police website about a house robbery in the area of Cottingham, East Yorkshire. The story was that two people had been arrested in connection to a burglary of car keys, and the stealing of a car.

Emma Massey, Video Journalist at Look North, gave feedback on this story find, saying that it would be likely this story would make a byline in the local paper, but not on Look North. The story would only make television news if there had been a series of similar burglaries in the area; that is when it really becomes a story.

Emma then went on to explain a story that would have made headline news, like the story about barns being set on fire, and how because many incidents had occurred in a small area in a small space of time, it would make the news.

Photography Ideas

I have already photographed Alexandra, a local jewellery maker, in her store and she is one of the three people featuring in my photography assignment.

The ideas for the other two professions would be a housewife and a office worker. I feel like a housewife as a subject could be quite controversial and add a depth and meaning to the photography portraits. An office worker is my final subject because it is a very common job. I feel the three “jobs” I have chosen cover many aspects of one’s understanding of a job, with a business owner, a housewife, and office worker being very different in contrast with each other.

Edit: After thinking and developing my ideas for subjects in more depth I came up with a theme of photographing people in different art professions. This made me think about people that I knew of who I could take pictures of. Having already photographed some shots of Alexandra, I then had to choose two other people: the first was Marjorie, a water colour painter. I took the photographs of Alexandra  with my Nikon DSLR on the automatic setting. The shutter speed was not that fast as her jewellery shot was well lit and had natural light.