Charlotte Cross

Journalist

Location icon United Kingdom

On-screen journalist for ITV News.
You may also remember me from previous roles as online journalist;
freelancer for the Daily Telegraph, BBC News Online and the Sunday Mirror;
and chief reporter for the Express & Star.

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News (TV)

ITV News Central
10/04/2016
WASPI women march on Conservatives in Birmingham

Did you hear a commotion in Birmingham today? That might have been the women from WASPI - Women Against State Pension Inequality Campaign - who protested outside the Conservative Party Conference. They say they got a nasty shock when they reached 60 and found out they couldn't claim their pension as expected, as the government didn't tell them they were raising the age of retirement.

ITV News
12/19/2016
Paralympic champion left in the lurch as taxis refuse to take guide dog

A Paralympic gold medallist is calling for action after being repeatedly turned away by taxi firms who won't take her guide dog. Libby Clegg says despite it being illegal, she has been left stranded by Loughborough taxi companies seven times in two years - and even more often by cabbies in London.

ITV News
01/11/2017
Dinosaurs, Ancient Egypt and Outer Space: Virtual reality school trips launched at primary school

Children at one Midlands school have been given the chance to explore outer space, Ancient Egypt and even the time of the dinosaurs - thanks to virtual reality. Bengeworth C of E Academy in Evesham has been chosen by Google to take part in a trial of its futuristic Google Expeditions programme - taking pupils to far-flung parts of the universe, and even back through time.

ITV News
01/03/2017
Businesses 'losing thousands' as roadworks overrun by an entire year

Furious business owners say they're losing tens of thousands of pounds in earnings thanks to roadworks which have overrun by a whole year. A £1.2 million project by Severn Trent to replace sewer pipes in the Staffordshire street started in November 2015 and were due to last just four months - but are still not finished.

ITV News
09/07/2016
Fears for the future as children's services leave Redditch's Alexandra Hospital

A mother has told of her fears for her young son as inpatient paediatric services at the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch shut down due to critical staffing shortages. As of tonight, all children who need to be admitted will go to the Worcestershire Royal Hospital - and all ambulances carrying children will be diverted there too.

ITV News
06/24/2016
Midlands plays pivotal role in 'Brexit' vote

The Midlands played a key role in pushing the UK towards a surprise 'leave' vote in yesterday's referendum on membership of the European Union. In the West Midlands, 59.3 per cent of voters chose to go, along with 58.3 per cent in the East Midlands - the two biggest 'leave' results in the entire country.

ITV News
10/18/2016
Father and son jailed for running £7.7m brothel in Birmingham city centre

A father and son who ran a brothel in Birmingham, raking in almost £7.7 million in five years, have been jailed. Cyrprus-born Achilleos Neophytou, aged 66, and his son Stefanos, 25, ran the Libra Club in the Jewellery Quarter where around 200 men a night would queue to see a prostitute.

ITV News
09/20/2016
Boy, 12, died after dangerous online choke challenge

A 12-year-old boy choked to death while apparently trying a dangerous online challenge involving strangulation, a coroner has ruled. Coroner Emma Brown has now called for more awareness about the deadly risks of the craze. Video report by Charlotte Cross: Birmingham schoolboy Karnel Haughton was found dead at the bottom of his family home in Viscount Close, Castle Vale, by his mother on June 1.

ITV News
07/18/2016
Support service faces the axe amid £70k funding crisis

Hundreds of families in Redditch are set to lose what they say is a vital support service - with council funding axed, and lottery money expected to dry up within weeks, leaving a £70,000 shortfall. Home Start supports families struggling with deprivation, mental health issues and domestic abuse - and referrals are rising.

ITV News
05/10/2016
Services struggle to cope as domestic violence hits five-year high

A domestic violence charity in Staffordshire has revealed it is having to turn victims away from refuges, as reports of abuse in the county have hit a five-year high. A new joint taskforce between Stoke City Council and Staffordshire County Council has now been approved to try to tackle the growing problem.

ITV News
07/02/2016
'We stand together': Hundreds rally against hate crimes

Hundreds of people joined rallies across the East Midlands today in a show of unity against hate crime. It comes after a surge in the number of reports of racial abuse and attacks nationwide following the EU referendum - with the National Police Chiefs Council saying it had seen a 57 per cent rise in the days following the vote.

ITV News
05/16/2016
Mother-of-two faces battle to raise £150k in just three months for life-saving surgery

A mother-of-two with an aggressive degenerative disease is campaigning to raise £150,000 she needs for critical surgery only available in the United States - and has just three months to do it. Jessica Kill, aged 38, from Sutton Coldfield, has been told by neurologists that after that, the damage to her spine and brain will be beyond repair.

ITV News
05/04/2016
Woman sentenced to life for 'evil' murder of toddler

A woman who brutally beat a toddler to death in a "barbaric, inhuman and evil" campaign of abuse has been sentenced to life in prison for murder. Birmingham mother-of-four Kandyce Narielle Downer, aged 34, was granted legal guardianship of 18-month-old Keegan Downer in January last year.

ITV News
04/19/2016
First official 'Breastfeeding Friendly' café opens in Nottinghamshire

A new café designed to offer support and a welcoming atmosphere for young families has opened in Nottinghamshire, as part of a scheme to make the area 'breastfeeding friendly'. The Milk Lounge has become the first business to sign up to Gedling Borough Council's scheme, offering feeding and mental health advice from professionals, as well as tea, coffee and cakes.

ITV News Central
10/22/2014
New app to allow 999 callers to live stream from the scene of emergencies

Pioneering new technology to help emergency services across the UK improve the way they react to major incidents is being developed by firefighters in the West Midlands. The web-based app, dubbed 999Eye, will help give fire crews, police, paramedics and mountain rescue teams access to what is being posted on social media during an emergency.

ITV News Central
07/23/2014
Cannabis: A viable medicine?

Cannabis: A viable medicine? A multiple sclerosis patient has hit out at a "postcode lottery" in treatments for the condition as she battles to get funding for the UK's first licensed cannabis-based medication.

ITV News Central
09/16/2014
Calls for medicinal cannabis to be legalised to help people now turning to the streets for their...

He's been threatened, his home has been attacked, and he lives in fear of going to jail for possession of cannabis. But he says he has no choice. He suffers from ME, or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and he spoke exclusively with ITV News Central to describe how being denied legal cannabis-based medication has meant he is forced to turn to the streets for his pain relief.

News (print)

Daily Telegraph
NHS hospital to give private patients alcohol

The trust's chief operating officer, Donna Green, said that patients at the unit, at Basingstoke Hospital, would only be served alcohol if it was medically appropriate, and added that regular reviews of the policy would be carried out.

Daily Telegraph
05/13/2013
Lord Northampton fights council over £2m Egyptian statue

The Museums Association recently found a gift of deed document that appears to support the Lord's case, because it prohibits the sale of any part of the collection of Egyptian pieces. The convener of the association's ethics committee, Nicholas Merriman, said the council should seek legal advice in light of this new evidence.

Telegraph
05/23/2013
You herd it right, that's £10,000 for a sheepdog - Telegraph

"He was very obedient and always good with the sheep," the trainer said. "He had a lovely character and a good temperament, he was calm but intelligent and always responded to the commands. The standard of work he was capable of doing was excellent, he got the hang of it very quickly.

Daily Telegraph
05/13/2013
Chefs clash over the virtues of the '5:2' diet

"It will reduce my bad cholesterol, protect me against cancer and even sharpen my mind. It pretty much promises that I will live longer, and healthier." He is not alone, other disciples of the 5:2 diet include actor Benedict Cumerbatch and Phillip Schofield. But Raymond Blanc, the doyen of chefs, said "It's ridiculous."

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