An experienced journalist, Chris said the experience was an 'eye-opener'.
He says that while the nationals were 'lazy' and just relied on churnalism, most of the local media was 'good'. However, there was one exception:
After getting my statement issued though the police and having seen rival papers out-scoop and take a more news-focused attitude...the News in Portsmouth sent a reporter to doorstep my sister. He was met with a torrent of abuse...
This was on Sunday. I tried to contact the News, with no luck. I called the police media officer, who called the crime reporter, who said it was unlikely to have been the News behaving like that. Later that night I did get confirmation from the News that it was them – and an apology.
Chris also highlights the vultures offering the family cash for 'their story':
Someone claiming to be from Love It magazine had phoned to offer cash...
Agency SWNS also called my sister yesterday offering money for the story – there is just no way they would accept money and you have to admit it is sick of the agency to even offer.
My sister is not me. She is an inherently private person, as is her husband. They have never courted publicity. They have never sought to be in the press. They are not celebrities. I ask the press of consider that and leave them alone.