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Social media reporter for the Daily Mirror. Former Coventry Telegraph journalist. Midlands Media Awards 2013 Scoop of the Year winner. Spotted something newsworthy? Tweet me @MartinBagot


Midlands Media Awards

2013 - Scoop of the Year
This story stemmed from a Facebook comment I came across one evening while off on annual leave, about a group of friends being turned away from a Coventry bar. The friends were due to be pall bearers at the funeral of Corporal Michael Thacker at Coventry Cathedral later that day - the 416th member of the British armed forces to be killed in Afghanistan. The grieving squaddies were turned away for teas and coffee because they were in uniform. Just 48 hours later our online story had gone viral with more than 100,000 people demanding a boycott, protests and police calling for calm. Ed Miliband even commented on the story which was picked up by all the national media including The Sun, Mirror, Metro, Daily Telegraph, i Newspaper, Daily Express, Daily Mail, BBC, ITV and Sky. The judges said: "Martin Bagot delivered a good old fashioned scoop which prompted national indignation. He followed a lead and through relentless journalistic endeavour delivered a great scoop for his paper."