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. Pistorius Trial Exposed Legal System

    Posted by - Martin Brunt, Crime Correspondent, in Pretoria. It has allowed the two principal lawyers to showboat and frighten witnesses into choosing not to be seen on camera. And it was unable to stop grim images of the victim's ...

  2. Pistorius Trial Exposed South African Legal System

    Posted by - Martin Brunt, Crime Correspondent, in Pretoria. It has allowed the two principal lawyers to showboat and frighten witnesses into choosing not to be seen on camera. And it was unable to stop grim images of the victim's ...

  3. Pistorius Judge To Rule On Homicide Verdict

    Posted by - Martin Brunt, Crime Correspondent. Judge Thokozile Masipa yesterday cleared the double-amputee of two murder charges because, she said, he did not intend to kill anyone and could not have seen that the intruder he thought was hiding in ...

  4. Twitter To Let Users Buy Goods Using Tweets

    Posted by - Martin Brunt. A small percentage of US users will be given the option to buy goods using just a few taps. At first, only a small number of Twitter's test partners will be able to feature the ...

  5. Madeleine: Book Sheds Light On Mystery Predator

    Posted by - Martin Brunt, Crime Correspondent. The intruder fled when he was caught in a villa close to the apartment from where three-year-old Madeleine disappeared in Praia da Luz, Portugal in 2007. Author Anthony Summers told Sky News that a ...

  6. Police Chief Warns Cuts Will Raise Terror Risk

    Posted by - Martin Brunt, Crime Correspondent. Chief Superintendent Irene Curtis said the relationship between beat bobbies and their communities was often key to detecting terrorism plots, but such contact was being reduced by Government spending cutbacks. "One of the things ...

  7. Madeleine McCann Secret Home Office Report

    Posted by - Martin Brunt, Crime Correspondent. The unpublished report - commissioned by former Home Secretary Alan Johnson in 2009 - concluded that so many UK agencies got involved it damaged relations with Portuguese police, Sky News has learnt. Jim Gamble, the former ...

  8. Cliff Richard Pulls Out Of Portugal Ceremony

    Posted by - Martin Brunt, Crime Correspondent In Portugal. The millionaire pop star, who is facing an historical sex assault allegation, was to receive the region's top civic honour on Wednesday. A dozen others were given medals of merit during ...

  9. Sir Cliff Richard Hires High-Profile Lawyer

    Posted by - Martin Brunt, Crime Correspondent, Portugal. London solicitor Ian Burton flew into Portugal with a colleague and spent five hours in a meeting at the pop star's wine estate overlooking the Algarve coast. Sir Cliff, 73, was spotted ...

  10. England Fans Could Face Euro 2004 Riot Charge

    Posted by - Martin Brunt, Crime Correspondent. The three are named in court papers revealed to Sky News ahead of a hearing in the resort of Albufeira on Tuesday. The prosecution case involves an accusation that fans attacked police and one ...

  11. Madeleine McCann: Site Was Identified In 2007

    Posted by - Martin Brunt, Crime Correspondent. :: Click for the latest on this story as police search a third site But at the time his report was dismissed by a UK police adviser as "likely to be of low value" and ...

  12. Police And CPS 'Hid Extent Of Royal Hacking'

    Posted by - Martin Brunt, Crime Correspondent. The News Of The World allegedly hacked the phones of Kate Middleton and Princes William and Harry 200 times nearly a decade ago, but the evidence emerged only this week. The paper's former ...

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