Symeon Brown , Reporter

  • 19 Jul 2018

    French prosecutors are investigating one of President Macron’s leading officials, who attacked May Day protesters in Paris wearing a police helmet. Alexandre Benella was caught on video dragging a woman down the street, and hitting and stamping on a young man. He was suspended for two weeks following the incident. But opposition MPs are now demanding…

  • 8 Jul 2018

    Celebrating the 50th anniversary of Trojan records – the label which brought reggae and ska to the mainstream, along with artists like Bob Marley and Desmond Dekker. We look at the huge influence they’ve had over British music and culture.

  • 15 Jun 2018

    Two teenagers have been jailed for more than 20 years each after stabbing a charity worker to death during a violent robbery spree in west London. Nathan Gilmaney, now 19, and Troy Thomas, 18, injured four others as they rode around on a moped, stuffing their pockets with valuables. The judge described CCTV footage of…

  • 13 Jun 2018

    It’s a case that touches at the heart of workers’ rights in the UK. Today the Supreme Court ruled that plumber Gary Smith was wrongly classed as self-employed by his bosses and should receive holiday pay. But is this a landmark decision with implications for workers in other types of jobs in the ‘gig economy’,…

  • 10 Jun 2018

    Last night police opened the 74th murder investigation in London this year. It’s a horribly familiar story – a man in his thirties who died after he was stabbed outside a tube station in North London. Just down the road a few months ago Kobi Nelson was also stabbed and died. Symeon Brown has been…

  • 5 Jun 2018

    The refurbishment of Grenfell Tower, overseen by the local council, turned it into a “death trap”, lawyers for the survivors have claimed. They also criticised the companies who carried out the work for failing, so far, to fully assist the inquiry. In other evidence, the London Fire Brigade described the terrible dilemmas which crews faced…

  • 4 Jun 2018

    An 18-year-old woman has been found guilty of plotting a terror attack as part of Britain’s only all-female terror cell. Safaa Boular, from Vauxhall in London, was found guilty of the preparation of terrorist acts. Her sister Rizlaine and their mother Mina Dich have already pleaded guilty to other terror-related offences. The court heard they…

  • 20 May 2018

    Two German footballers – both of Turkish heritage – have met Germany’s president to “clear up the misunderstandings” – after a row over photographs showing them with Turkey’s President Erdogan. The players, who both play for UK teams, denied accusations that they were effectively endorsing Erdogan in his country’s elections.

  • 16 May 2018

    You might have noticed that two people will be getting married this Saturday. But the question today is not whether Meghan Markle will take Prince Harry to be her wedded husband, but whether her father will be accompanying her down the aisle. Thomas Markle, 73, has been at the centre of a media storm after…

  • 12 May 2018

    How do you grieve when you have lost a child to violence and you are confronted with seemingly endless coverage of other young lives being taken? London’s current wave of violence has taken a life on average every other day so far this year. Symeon Brown has been to south east London to speak to…

  • 7 May 2018

    Hip hop star, protest singer, film director and actor. Ben Drew, also known as Plan B, has been railing against social injustice and political corruption for over a decade. After taking time off when he became a father, he’s now in the middle of a come back, not only performing but also passing on his…

  • 6 May 2018

    As lead singer of the multi-million selling band Scissor Sisters, Jake Shears found fame – along with critical success – performing a heady mix of glam-rock and queer transgression. But in his new autobiography ‘Boys Keep Swinging’, the focus is on the more challenging parts of his life: his difficult childhood in suburban Seattle, coming…

  • 3 May 2018

    Hundreds of Jamaicans were among those to arrive on the Empire Windrush 70 years ago. But while the political controversy over the Windrush generation has raged, the Caribbean island is at the heart of another storm about the way cultural exports are treated by Britain and the rest of the world. From music to food,…

  • 26 Apr 2018

    Many of the first post war migrants to arrive in Britain were ex serviceman who fought in the Second World War. But as the Windrush scandal upsets one generation born under British rule – it may be encouraging apathy amongst their grand children.

  • 24 Apr 2018

    At the same time as the Windrush generation’s disenfranchisement, Britain is undertaking a nursing recruitment drive in the Caribbean to help alleviate the one in 10 nurses who left the NHS in England and Wales – but at what cost?