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Maddy Andrews: Journalist

Well as my followers know I am reporting on a major police operation in the middle of Shelton, Stoke-on-Trent. This is where I live for most of the year and it’s where I go to university.

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One of the vans on the street today

To be in the middle of such a huge thing, with roads closed and the place crawling with police is quite exciting! The media have been everywhere today as well, spoken to reporters from the Sentinel, ITV Central and BBC Stoke. Everyone wants to know what’s going on, but no one really knows anything.

We’re at a slight advantage as we have a good view from the house that we’re at, can see right into the alley where some of the police are standing guard outside. Last night we could hear the negotiator shouting for the man to let him know he was okay.

All the press (along with everyone else) know is that the police were called to Guildford street in Shelton yesterday after reports of a man in distress. They have been there for well over 24 hours now, and everyone is asking the same question. ‘why has this man not been brought out of his home?’ (especially as the reports have said it’s an isolated incident)

I know a few people who cannot get back into their homes, or cannot leave their homes, and they’re all saying the same thing: it’s ridiculous!

An image from last night (photo LJS Hardy)

I hope that the outcome of this is okay, and the man doesn’t come to any harm. But the police are preparing for this siege to go on for several days.

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Maddy Andrews: Photojournalist.

I’m not a huge fan of my photojournalism module at uni, and I make no efforts to hide it really.

To me, it’s stalker training, a lesson in how to become a member of a paparazzi. And we have been shown an awful lot of pap videos and photos. It’s weird. I mean, it’s not like I don’t enjoy taking photos, and I know I need to know how to take photos to be a successful journalist or whatever. But I still hate it.

I mean, surely almost anyone who can afford a decent enough camera can take a photo like this.

everyone loves fireworks.

I mean, I know not everyone can, but it’s not exactly hard really. I don’t think.

But when my photos from the Hanley Christmas Lights switch on got published in the Sentinel I was so happy.

I still don’t know how much I enjoy the subject but it’s growing on me, I like that I’ve learnt more about photography. At the same time though I’m looking forward to it being over – but that might have something to do with the fact that I’m so stressed at the mo.

Watch this space.