Bob Smyth

freelance journalist, Scotland

07936 451445 ----- [email protected] ------ Twitter: @Bob_Smyth -----

I was a news reporter and features writer and a sub on The Sunday Post ( for 20 years and before that a sub on the Courier ( in Dundee.
I have a particular interest in crime and policing and have contributed to the Daily Record, Sunday Mail, Scottish Mail on Sunday, Scottish Daily Mail, Metro, Scottish Sun, Scottish Daily Express, Scottish Sunday Express, Daily Star Scotland, Daily Mirror, Sunday Post, Courier, Press & Journal, Scotsman, Sunday Herald and the Herald. I have highlighted the issue of potential miscarriages of justice in the controversial cases of Luke Mitchell, Michael Ross, Caroline Igoe, Sean Toal and Lockerbie.The story list below does not include all my contributions as several were unbylined to protect sources. Some also carry staff bylines. (Sorry, not in chronological order)
CHECK OUT MY BOOK, Crimestopper (ghosted memoir of a retired detective)

Nominated - Scoop of the Year, Scottish Press Awards 2014


Michael Ross campaigners launch website
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Outcry over release of rapist with dementia just months into a five-year sentence - Sunday Post
EXCLUSIVE TIP - A DEMENTIA-suffering rapist has been freed from jail just months into a five-year sentence. Pensioner Charles Murphy was jailed in August for horrific crimes...
Great Scotia
Nova Scotia travel piece
Episode 1, The Long Shadow of the World's End, Inspecting Detectives - BBC Radio Scotland
Contributor to documentary exploring the long shadow cast by the World's End murder case in Edinburgh.
Lie detector fury: Convicted killer hits back at 'double standards' of tests
EXCLUSIVE CONVICTED killer Luke Mitchell has hit out at "double standards" over the use of lie detector tests in the justice system Mitchell, serving life for the 2003 murder of...
Ugly cigarettes could be the new weapon in bid to get smokers to quit
EXCLUSIVE Cigarettes could soon be produced in unpleasant colours, with health warnings emblazoned across the stick, under new proposals to make smoking unglamorous. Experts...
HMS Erebus: lost Franklin expedition find may have discovered tragic Scottish sailor James Reid
EXCLUSIVE TIP: Reconstruction from skull bears likeness of missing Scots sailor. A sailor who went missing during a disastrous polar expedition could be about to be identified -...
Secret plans for Outlander whisky
TV time travel hit Outlander could be going from a drama to a dram.
Mystery of missing Culloden tartan
EXCLUSIVE: One of Scotland’s most distinguished families have expressed “surprise” that police were called after a tartan plaid linked to the Battle of Culloden was apparently...
One of Britain's most high-profile women prisoners fails in bid to challenge her murder conviction
EXCLUSIVE: Justice body cites lack of new evidence in gun crime. Miscarriage of justice watchdogs have rejected a plea from Caroline Igoe to investigate claims she was wrongly...
Edinburgh Science Festival event with Professor Higgs cancelled over line-up row
An audience of 500 was due to hear the physicist speak about his career but they were emailed and phoned yesterday by festival staff, who told them the event at Edinburgh's...
Call for prisoners to be trained to take care of elderly inmates
TIP: Convicts should be trained to push wheelchairs safely to help cope with the growing number of elderly prisoners, according to new proposals. Lags should also learn how to...
British tycoon banned from his own LA shops
TIP: The tycoon behind one of Hollywood's hottest fashion brands is at the centre of a bizarre legal dispute over claims he berated staff in the shops that bear his name. Fraser...
Picture of Scottish serial killer's lips used as bizarre art
TIP: Illustrations by Scots serial killer Dennis Nilson have been used in two new artworks - including a picture of the murderer's own LIPS. Artist Paul Hartnett spent a decade...
Scot caught up in deadly tropical cyclone
TIP: A shocked Scot has spoken of her lucky escape from a deadly tropical cyclone. Dozens of people are feared dead after Cyclone Pam tore through the Vanuatu islands in the...
I've joined police 21 years after dad died on duty
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FBI expert on World's End killer
Former FBI expert Mark Farik fears World's End killer Angus Sinclair murdered more women.
Rugby star Scott Hastings' wife says depression led her to suicide bid
EXCLUSIVE TIP: Jenny Hastings has spent years struggling with devastating mental illness Attempted to kill herself by eating peanuts as she has severe nut allergy Even tried...
Edinburgh researchers study sexting among young people
Fury at fresh blunder in Thai murder probe
EXCLUSIVE TIP: Thai police investigating the brutal killings of two British holiday-makers are facing fresh criticism after crime scene photos were leaked online. The images...
Lie tests for sex offenders
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No appeal for convicted killer
EXCLUSIVE: Michael Ross told by SCCRC his conviction is not a miscarriage of justice
For hire - hacker who broke into Pentagon
EXCLUSIVE TIP: Superhacker Gary McKinnon has bounced back from his legal nightmare to set up a new IT business.
Apple of her eye
Woman grew apple tree in her living room in tribute to fiance killed in First World War
Figures reveal extent of crime at T in the Park
The 10 events held between 2004 and 2013 at Balado in Kinross-shire, which latterly attracted up to 85,000 per day, were hit by a total of more than 3600 incidents. These...
Trump Drops Mum Slur Lawsuit
Donald Trump withdraws $5 million lawsuit against comedian who claimed his Scots mother slept with an orangutan

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