This heavily pregnant mum, Grace Smith from Manningtree, was saved from deportation as a direct result of our story.
My first interview with the couple had a huge response and was picked up by various nationals. Our second video interview was shared more than 200 times in a hyperlocal Facebook group, prompting a petition and public meeting. The digital coverage attracted around 12,000 views – far more than usual for an Essex story. Home Office decision makers read our articles and saw our video of Grace, according to the couple, and gave her a visa under instruction of the home secretary. If it hadn’t been for this story, they said their family would have been torn apart.
> East Anglian Daily Times
Published: September 2018 onwards