Andy Davies is a Home Affairs Correspondent for Channel 4 News covering Wales & the West of England.
Operating out of our Cardiff bureau, he has covered a wide range of stories from the steel crisis in Port Talbot to pioneering reform programmes (#dadsinprison) in Britain’s largest prison HMP Parc. He has reported on some of the most high profile criminal cases in recent years (April Jones; Ian Watkins; Jo Yeates; Becky Watts) and previously broke several exclusives on the phone hacking scandal. He is the only journalist to have interviewed ex-police officer Bob Lambert about his hugely controversial double life in which he fathered a child while working undercover. He also exposed the extent to which some UK police forces were using ‘emergency response belts’ around detainees’ heads in custody.
Previously Andy reported for BBC Panorama where he won a Royal Television Society award for an investigation into corruption in horseracing. Before that he was a reporter for BBC Northern Ireland’s investigative strand Spotlight.
From the rawness of today’s violence to the scar tissue of yesterday’s. The IRA gunman turned statesman Martin McGuiness was laid to rest this afternoon.
He was a passionate republican who worked tirelessly for peace, said Gerry Adams. Others have been less than positive and unforgiving of his violent past. Everyone has an opinion about Martin McGuinness. That he was, and will remain, a pivotal and divisive figure in Northern Irish politics is not in doubt.
A custody sergeant and two detention officers have been acquitted of gross negligence manslaughter over the death of a man who’d been restrained in police custody. Thomas Orchard suffered a cardiac arrest and died a week later in hospital.
What about the other side of the debate? Not so much Britain in Europe, but Europeans in Britain. Some no longer feel welcome. Others feel insecure, uncertain whether there will still be a place for them after Brexit. Worried that everything they’ve already invested here could suddenly be at risk.
The Brexit secretary David Davis has promised that Britain won’t suddenly shut the door on EU workers, but hundreds of thousands of European citizens here are increasingly worried about their future. Andy Davies has been speaking to one couple about how it feels to live with such uncertainty.
Net migration has dropped below three hundred thousand for the first time in two years. The new total of 273,000 is a fall of 49,000 from the previous year and a jump in the number of eastern Europeans leaving the country is partly responsible.
The impact of American immigration policy is being felt on this side of the pond too. A Welsh Muslim school teacher said today he was made to feel like a criminal after being taken off a New York-bound flight and refused permission to travel.
Workers at Tata Steel have agreed a deal which means their pensions benefits will be slashed in order to save thousands of jobs.
He fought in Iraq and Afghanistan – but Richard Cottrell can’t escape the trauma of war. Neither can his wife – who lives with a daily reminder of his post traumatic stress disorder – and has spoken out powerfully about life under the shadow of PTSD.
A survey for Channel 4 has found that only 4 per cent of respondents, shown three true and three fake headlines, could accurately differentiate them all.
South Wales Police have joined the Samaritans to pilot an awareness-raising scheme to help reduce levels of self-harm.
The Labour MP, and one-time leadership challenger, Owen Smith, will be voting against the bill triggering Article 50. And he’s made clear his opposition to the Trump travel ban. But what do the people in his Pontypridd constituency think?
Four years after Leveson, there is bitter division over plans to make it easier for individuals to sue newspapers.
Ministers say it is a serious attempt to help get first-time buyers on to the housing ladder: 2017 will see the launch of new plans to create thousands of discounted starter homes across England.
Vets trained in other EU states make up a significant proportion of the those working in the UK, especially in roles related to public health. But the British Veterinary Association has warned that the uncertainty about what will happen to immigration rules after Britain leaves the EU is already affecting recruitment.