Hello, yes. I am a press. Reporter of court, crime, dark history and #Taunton for @somerset__live. Gamer, metalhead, cat enthusiast, nerd.

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Somerset born and bred, I started out my life on newspapers as a cub reporter on the Central Somerset Gazette with no qualifications and trained and progressed my way up to chief reporter on the Midsomerset Series of Newspapers.

I'm currently employed as the Court, Crime and Special Investigatio...

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Evening. I'd very much like for everyone to appreciate this adorably cute but worried purse I bought today. https://t.co/bg6ruZYpo2
RT @Poynter: #ICYMI: One of the funniest explanations of a Twitterstorm that we've ever read. It's laugh-out-loud dead-on.  http://poy.nu/2ERjMGY 
@ianbates74 @Somerset__Live Yeah, I've spotted some bad blood between various groups, and they've had some bad press recently, too. I'm sure this case won't help with that :-/
@ianbates74 @Somerset__Live Certainly the first I've come across since I started court reporting. I'm certainly interested to see what people make of it all.
Really unusual case this one - Bridgwater woman who let paedophile hunter use her photo spared jail after blackmail plot #courtnews #somerset #Bridgwater  http://www.somersetlive.co.uk/news/local-news/bridgwater-woman-who-paedophile-hunter-1082893 
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What was your first job as a journalist?

I started off freelancing for my local paper, the Central Somerset Gazette.

Have you ever used a typewriter?

Of course. Old school.

How is social media changing news?

Commentators with an axe to grind, mostly. More people sharing and reacting to things they haven't actually read. Makes me very sad.