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Stuart Arnold: Reporter's profile
Stuart Arnold began his career in newspapers in 1997. He had previously been sports editor of his university student newspaper in London.
After completing his training in Sheffield, a two and-a-half year spell at the Scarborough Evening News followed, before a move to The Northern Echo in 2000. Joining as a Darlington reporter, he was eventually promoted to the role of regional reporter with a region-wide remit for news.
In 2001 he broke the 'Children For Sale' story - about children being offered for sale over the internet - which was followed up by news outlets worldwide.
Stuart also led the Echo's award-winning Justice For The Miners campaign, which successfully speeded up compensation payments to ill and dying miners and also carried out a major investigation in 2003 into the problem of drugs in the region's jails.
In 2008 he was the first journalist to reveal that the former French naval carrier the Clemenceau would be scrapped in the UK, at Hartlepool.
He has extensive experience of reporting business issues and has also covered many high profile trials and court cases at Teesside Crown Court.