Yellow Advertiser wins Campaign of the Year at Regional Press Awards for Shoebury child sex ring investigation

The Yellow Advertiser has received another prestigious award for its investigation into the cover up of the activities of a child sex ring in Shoebury during the 1980s.

At the Regional Press Awards, announced today, the YA was named joint winner of the Campaign of the Year award.

The judges said it was…: “A powerful campaign which has required hours of investigative journalism. A wonderful example of tireless determination for greater transparency and justice for abuse victims.

Diligent and persistent work has unearthed yet more historical failings from the police and local authorities. This ongoing investigation, including taking legal action, is even more remarkable given the limited resources available.

First class and determined reporting was needed to delve into this campaign which questioned the authorities and those who had been involved in the most sensitive and appalling crimes.

The Yellow Advertiser is to be congratulated for sticking with their story and winning recognition for what they believed was a public wrong.”

It’s the latest in a series of accolades the paper has received over the past six years since launching the investigation.

Reporter Charles Thomson was declared a Local Hero at the British Journalism Awards, named by the Society of Editors as the UK’s best weekly newspaper journalist last year, and handed ITV and Channel 4’s Ray Fitzwalter Award for Investigative Journalism.

Charles was also highly commended in the Weekly Journalist of the Year category today.

YA owner Mick Ferris, said: “It’s particularly pleasing to be recognised again for an investigation I feel has still not reached its conclusion.

“The onus is very much on Essex Police to act and give some resolution to the victims, many of whom had their lives completely ruined, but they have consistently refused to.”

Finalists had to forego the usual London awards ceremony due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The YA’s investigation into the Shoebury child sex ring is now being turned into a podcast documentary series.

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