Martin Brunt

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Crime Correspondent Martin Brunt covers crime stories worldwide and has broken exclusive news stories through his extensive network of contacts. He has been with Sky News since the beginning in 1989.

Martin’s contacts have led to Sky News being first to report that the July 7 events in London were the work of terrorists and allowed Sky News to break the news of the death of the Queen Mother.

Martin was first to report the arrest of Amy Winehouse and the resignation of Sir Ian Blair. He covered both the First Gulf War and the Balkan War.

During the Ipswich murders, a Suffolk Police Press Officer remarked to another journalist, as reported in the Times: ‘Call Martin Brunt. He knows everything before we do.’

Martin has traveled to the Philippines to investigate those trading in dog flesh, to South Africa to investigate the murder enquiry that began after a boy’s torso was found in the River Thames in 2001 and to Cambodia on the hunt for British paedophiles.

2010 saw Martin invited to Brazil where he was the first journalist to address Interpol’s annual fugitives’ conference and in 2011, from Lithuania, Martin covered the trial of Michael Campbell, a member of the Real IRA who was jailed for 12 years after buying weapons and explosives.

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Articles by Martin Brunt

  1. Explicit IS Exhibition Branded 'Grotesque'

    Posted by - Martin Brunt, Crime Correspondent. The display includes many before and after images of the beheading of hostages in Syria and Iraq. A senior MP condemned the exhibition and said it would cause anguish to victims' families. The exhibition ...

  2. Revealed: Britain's 10 Most Wanted Fugitives

    Posted by - Martin Brunt, Crime Correspondent. Police are appealing to thousands of expats and holidaymakers to help track them down and get them extradited to the UK. The list includes several drug traffickers who are thought to be carrying on ...

  3. £70m Cocaine Smuggling Plot Suspect Hunted

    Posted by - Martin Brunt, Crime Correspondent. Detectives believe David McDermott fled the UK after the discovery of the drugs hidden in a consignment of frozen Argentinian beef at Tilbury docks. Before he left, undercover police filmed him and others allegedly ...

  4. Pete Doherty Crucifixion Sculpture Auctioned

    Posted by - Martin Brunt, Crime Correspondent. The life-size artwork was created to reflect what the artists considered to be Doherty's "crucifixion by the media". It is part of an exhibition in St Marylebone Parish church in London and will ...

  5. Police Forces Lose Track Of 396 Sex Offenders

    Posted by - Martin Brunt, Crime Correspondent. Others have been off the police radar for much longer, one for 14 years. Claude Knights, of the child protection charity Kidscape, said: "The horrifying prospect is that these offenders will have rebuilt their ...

  6. Appeal To Find 'Dangerous' Foreign Suspects

    Posted by - Martin Brunt, Crime Correspondent. One is wanted for battering a man to death with a baseball bat for arguing with his girlfriend. Another is suspected of the human trafficking of teenage girls, a third man is a convicted ...

  7. Music Teacher Jailed for Sex Attacks On Girls

    Posted by - Martin Brunt, Crime Correspondent. Philip Pickett used soundproofed music practice rooms to rape and indecently assault pupils who idolised him. When one victim's parents complained to the prestigious Guildhall School of Music and Drama, its principal took ...

  8. Convicted Killer In Last-Ditch DNA Appeal

    Posted by - Martin Brunt, Crime Correspondent. Kevin Nunn says new techniques could be used on scientific evidence that was inconclusive or too small to be tested for DNA when he was arrested 10 years ago. The evidence includes a tiny ...

  9. Police Officers Abusing Their Power - Report

    Posted by - Martin Brunt, Crime Correspondent. The abuse of power was first highlighted two years ago, but is happening just as much now, according to Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary. Mike Cunningham said: "It remains a concern today and ...

  10. Mass DNA Tests In Hunt For Artist's Killer

    Posted by - Martin Brunt, Crime Correspondent. Dozens of men turned up to give DNA swabs and be photographed on the first day of a month-long operation. Police are baffled by the murder of grandmother Valerie Graves, 55, who was found ...

  11. Mass DNA Tests In Hunt For Gran's Killer

    Posted by - Martin Brunt, Crime Correspondent. Dozens of men turned up to give DNA swabs and be photographed on the first day of a month-long operation. Police are baffled by the murder of Valerie Graves, 55, who was found bludgeoned ...

  12. Police Criticised Over Shoplifting Response

    Posted by - Martin Brunt, Crime Correspondent. A survey shows a 36% rise in the money lost in shop thefts, the highest figure for a decade. But most shoplifting goes unreported because shopkeepers do not believe the police will respond, according ...

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