I moved to London from the Midlands in 2006 and landed a job as a staff photographer, covering local events and news stories. After 3 years there I’d learnt a lot on the job and moved on to something more challenging. I worked night and day, taking any extra work I could find, and bought my own equipment before taking a job with National News and Pictures in Central London. Many photographers have passed through National on their way up and it was known as a place where you’d earn your stripes on Fleet Street. After 6 months of pounding the streets of London with my cameras I’d built up a decent portfolio of publications and took the decision to leave National. I did the rounds talking to picture editors from national newspapers. I remember speaking to the assignments editor at The Times: he asked me to cover a job for The Times that evening and I had to ask him if I could pop back in a few minutes as I had an appointment at The Sun, which happened to be in the same building. I’d had a picture printed in The Sun that day of a female police officer who was caught up in the student riots at Millbank Tower, the headquarters of the Conservative Party. She was staggering out of the building with a blood-stained cotton pad Gaffer taped to her head, her police hat perched on top. I was offered a week’s trial at The Sun then hopped on a train for the Times to do a feature on the coast somewhere. I finished up my trial at The Sun and quit my regular shifts at National to go freelance, spending the next three months doing features for The Sun before moving over to The Times on a regular basis. Since going freelance in 2010 I’ve also worked regularly for The Daily Telegraph, The Independent, Metro and the Evening Standard covering politics, live news, features and portraits. My personal highlights include covering the revolution in Libya in 2011 and travelling to rural Kenya to photograph projects with Islamic Relief.
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Apollo Theatre collapse
Casualties are loaded into ambulances after seventy-six people were injured, seven seriously, after part of a ceiling in London's Apollo Theatre collapsed during a show.