Heather Nicholls

NCTJ trained Journalist at News Associates 

Bath Spa University Criminology Graduate 

Host of 'Coffee Chats Podcast'

I have written for LBC, the four Londoner websites and The Everyday Magazine



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'It's not okay to play out sexual fetish': MP calls for age limit on family event hosted by trans artist with 'nappy fetish'

'It's not okay to play out sexual fetish': MP calls for age limit on family event hosted by trans artist with 'nappy fetish' MP Miriam Cates has critcised Sheffield City Council for planning to host family friendly event hosted by trans artist with 'diaper fetish'. The event is due to take place on the 27th of February at Sheffield Central Library and is listed for "teens, adults and families." Following concern from members of the public, Miriam Cates, Conservative MP for Penistone and Stock

James O'Brien brands Boris Johnson 'a bare faced liar' after NI protocol remarks

James O'Brien says this is "the most compelling evidence" that Boris Johnson is a "bare-faced liar". His comments follow issues surrounding the Northern Ireland (NI) Protocol, which was introduced after the UK left the EU. The NI Protocol was part of the Brexit deal negotiated by former-Prime Minister Boris Johnson in 2019. James O'Brien said: "He lies about anything, he jeopardises the actual peace process in order to massage his own ego or secure some form of short-term political gratificati

Caller tells Shelagh Fogarty he wants Russia to win the war

Caller tells Shelagh Fogarty he wants Russia to win the war This caller told Shelagh Fogarty that he wants Russia to win the war because he believes "if they win the war, all of this will come to an end". This follows Putin's annual speech and Biden's address in Poland to mark one year since the start of the Ukraine war, this week. The caller said: "I'm in support of Russia, to be honest, I want them to win the war, I think if they win the war all of this will come to an end, I don't think Ru

'This is a rules based society': Caller slams 'entitled parent' who asked passenger to swap seats with her kid

'This is a rules based society': Caller slams 'entitled parent' who asked passenger to swap seats with her kid This caller said a woman was 'right' to make a child move seats on a plane. In a debate with Nick Ferrari at Breakfast on LBC about whether a 22-year-old solo traveler was right to ask a child to move from the window seat she had booked on a plane, Richard in Wilmslow said that the woman was "absolutely right." The child's Father suggested that the woman should sit in the aisle seat

Citizens Advice boss says 'something needs to change' in private rental sector

Citizens Advice boss says 'something needs to change' in private rental sector Nick Ferrari spoke to Citizens Advice boss after it has been found that 1.6 million children live in mouldy and damp homes. This discussion comes following a survey done by Citizens Advice that found more than half of private renters in England, including 1.6 million children, are living in excessively cold, damp or mouldy homes. The head of policy at Citizens Advice, Morgan Wild, told Nick Ferrari at Breakfast on

James O'Brien slams Tory MPs for 'compromising' Northern Ireland's prospects with Protocol Bill

James O'Brien calls out Boris Johnson, Jacob Rees Mogg, and Bernard Jenkin for backing the Northern Ireland Protocol Bill. James O'Brien hit out at Tory MPs following suggestions that a new Brexit deal relating to Northern Ireland could be announced as early as next week. Former PM Boris Johnson, who negotiated the current deal, has put pressure on Rishi Sunak warning that it would be a "great mistake" to drop the Northern Ireland Protocol Bill in favour of a new Brexit deal. James said: "I'm

Caller slams police for giving 'more fuel to the fire' in Nicola Bulley case

Caller slams police for giving 'more fuel to the fire' in Nicola Bulley case This caller believes that by responding to internet trolls or 'armchair detectives' Lancashire Police have "given more fuel to the fire". This comes after Lancashire Police vowed to clamp down on 'armchair detectives' who have taken it upon themselves to intervene in the investigation of Nicola Bulley's disappearance. The caller said: "I'm not going to trash the police investigation because I don't know how it's goin

'Its beyond parody': James O'Brien responds to Liz Truss' 4000 word essay

'Its beyond parody': James O'Brien responds to Liz Truss' 4000 word essay James O'Brien has responded to Liz Truss' 4000 words of "turgid self-justification and delusion" on her time as PM. James O'Brien has labelled Liz Truss' 4,000 word essay in yesterday's Sunday Telegraph "a fair summation of who she blames for the fact that the budget she introduced bought Britain to it's knees". James added: "That's not an opinion, that's count her and Kwasi Kwartang bought Britain to it's knees." He t

Ex-nurse insists NHS should never have the right to strike

Ex-nurse insists NHS should never have the right to strike Shelagh Fogarty spoke to an ex-nurse who disagrees with the ongoing nursing strikes. The caller said: "I do not agree we should strike ever, we are a caregiving service and we should have never had the right to strike." Jane, from Stockport, said she had been a nurse for her whole career and left the job 10 years ago. This call comes during the first day of nursing and ambulance strikes this February. Further strikes are scheduled fo

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The Facebook groups tackling London's loneliness

Londoners are more likely than other people in the UK to be affected by severe forms of loneliness, but there are Facebook groups trying to tackle that. Findings of The Reconceptualising Loneliness in London Report found that 700,000 people in the capital feel lonely most or all of the time. The report also found that whilst overall 8% of Londoners experienced severe loneliness, this percentage rises to 12% for young Londoners, 18% for low-income Londoners, and 15% for LGBTQ+ Londoners. Howev

Holocaust Memorial Day 2023: events across South East London

Events are to be held across south east London on Friday 27 January to mark Holocaust Memorial Day 2023. This year, the theme of the day is ordinary people, recognising how ordinary people were involved in all aspects of the Holocaust and to encourage us to think about how ordinary people can play a big part in challenging prejudice today. On the 27 January, the Mayor of Lewisham, Damien Egan will light a candle in the council chamber to mark the day. Residents are welcome to light a candle a

Greggs to open in Gatwick Airport

Gatwick Airport is set to welcome London’s first Greggs airport store this summer. The store will be situated in South Terminal arrivals and will provide passengers with all of Greggs’ famous pastries, breakfast items, sandwiches and coffee. Pam McCarthy, Director of Retail at Gatwick Airport said: “Greggs will be a fantastic addition to the South Terminal at Gatwick, providing arriving passengers with a great taste of Britain, or a warm ‘welcome home’.” “Situated immediately opposite the arr

Wimbledon Magistrates Court lists 462 cases in one day

More than 450 cases were listed to be heard today at Wimbledon Magistrates Court, a figure much higher than is normally seen. A total of 462 cases were listed to be heard in Court 6 at Wimbledon Magistrates Court on the day, with allegations dating as far back as 1994, according to Evening Standard reporter Tristan Kirk. The cases listed include a huge variety of crimes, including the case of a man who was accused of stealing a £14 drill bit and a “drive off” from a petrol station in Neasden,

Richmond Council opens warm youth warm spaces

Warm spaces are to be provided to young people across the borough of Richmond this winter. Richmond Youth Service will provide warm spaces where young people will be able to do their homework and take part in activities in safe and warm areas. The activities include things such as sports sessions, street dance, art, cooking and gaming. They will also be provided with free nutritious cooked meals. Since the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, the organisation has been delivering food parcels and cookin

Gatwick Airport warns residents to be responsible with drones

Gatwick Airport has issued advice to nearby residents who may receive drones as a gift this Christmas. The airport have urged people to ‘drone responsibly’ and have urged people to check the rules and restrictions for where they can fly their drones after GQ Magazine featured drones as one of the 61 top technology gadgets for Christmas. Graham Alder, the Head of Aerodrome at Gatwick Airport said: “Drones are great fun and can be fantastic bits of kit for a whole range of activities, and we wan

Feltham residents fury over council development plans

Feltham residents are fighting to save green belt land from a council’s warehouse development plans. Hounslow Council’s Local Plan proposes the development of an airport business park on 100 hundred football fields worth of green belt land in Bedfont Village, Feltham. The plans seek to develop an airport business park because of the need for additional industrial floorspace near Heathrow airport. Insurance worker Clare Obeng, 48, who has been a resident of Bedfont for 17 years, started the Fr

Calls for improved CCTV on London's public transport to keep women safe

Campaigners are calling for CCTV systems on London’s public transport to be improved to help keep women safe on public transport. Zan Moon, women’s rights campaigner and founder of ‘Screengrabthem’, a movement which tackles rape culture within schools has criticised the way that Transport for London has dealt with sexual harassment on its transport, labelling TfL ‘the ultimate hotbed of harassment’. A major issue that Moon highlighted is that there is no CCTV system in place on the Central Lin

Taylor Swift 'Midnights' Review

The album features 13 tracks, mainly co-written with Jack Antonoff, who has worked with Swift several times before, but in a ‘chaotic’ 3 am surprise, the popstar released an expanded version titled Midnights (3 am Edition). The 3 am edition features seven new tracks, described as the other songs that were written on the journey to find the magical 13 that feature on the original album. The album has a mature synthy pop sound, reminiscent of 1989, Reputation and Lover but with a hint of the sto

'A government in waiting': south east London MPs react to Liz Truss' resignation

MPs across south east London have shown a mixture of reactions to Liz Truss’ resignation yesterday. Truss announced her resignation only 45 days into her premiership, crowning her the shortest-serving prime minister in British history. A leadership contest will take place within a week, with a new leader to be announced by next Friday. Rishi Sunak, Boris Johnson and Penny Mordaunt are the predicted front runners. Labour are overwhelmingly calling for a general election whilst Conservative MP

Hackney Council Launch venue accreditation scheme

Hackney Council has launched a new venue accreditation scheme to help tackle issues such as hate crime, pickpocketing, and women and girls’ safety. The venue accreditation scheme will offer licensed venues throughout Hackney free safety training and guidance, with the hope that this will provide staff with knowledge and skills that can create safer venues. The scheme is part of a wider council strategy to promote safety on nights out called ‘Hackney Nights’. Hackney councillor Susan Fajana-Th

Richmond Council hosts events for national Clean and Green Week

Richmond Council hosted a number of events to support a national Clean and Green Week to tackle climate change. Habitats and Heritage worked with Richmond Council to create a weeks worth of events from 24 September to 2 October. The South West London charity aims to show the community how protecting the environment can be fun and convenient through activities. Chief executive of Habitats and Heritage Colin Cooper said: “It is important to clean up litter, especially close to rivers where it c

Strawberry Hill House Hosts Sustainable Flower Festival

Strawberry Hill House is hosting its fourth annual flower festival this weekend, promoting floristry sustainability. Taking place from today until Sunday, the festival is set within Twickenham’s gothic Strawberry Hill House and showcases the best of British-grown flowers, foam-free sustainable floristry and the design creativity of the UK’s leading floral designers. Sponsored by Savills Teddington, the flower festival will be produced for the first time in association with Flowers from the Far

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The Rise of the Content Creator - I Miss The Innocent Days of Zoella —

My teenage years are bookmarked by Youtube. I would spend hours after school everyday watching ‘What’s in my Handbag’ and the most random challenge videos. I remember defending Zoella to everyone I met. It felt like a constant battle where I was belittled for liking the videos that brought so much positivity to my teenage years. I liked it because it felt off-the-cuff; natural and innocent. It was people having fun, sharing their lives and talking about the things they were passionate about. You

A Love Letter to Reading

Has your relationship with reading fluctuated over time? Mine, too. If I think back throughout my life, throughout my childhood, my teenage years, and now my university years, one thing has always been constant. The beige pages of a book have always been there, sometimes as a world to escape to, sometimes as something I miss, and sometimes as something that felt a million miles away nevertheless, though there was always a story ready for me to escape into. As a child, my local library was where

Ingrained: Why Are We Trained to Feel Fear Walking Home? —

I originally wrote this on the 14th of March 2021. It was a stream of thoughts that I wanted to write down after *that week*. I spent *that week* refreshing my journalism Twitter feed, just hoping that maybe the next refresh would reward me with good news and the headline everyone wanted to see. It never came though. Collectively we grieved, for Sarah and all the others. For our sisters, our mothers, our neighbours, our teachers. It's important we carry on this conversation and not let it fizzle

Losing Friends Along the Way —

The first thing that sprung to my mind whilst brainstorming for this piece was Ed Sheeran’s song ‘Castle on a Hill’. One of the verses fits perfectly with my experiences with friendships as I have grown up: One works down by the coast One had two kids, but lives alone One's already on his second wife One's just barely getting by, but And I can't wait to go home’ I’m lucky enough to have maintained long and strong friendships, still being friends with four amazing girls that I went to prima

The Effect of Lockdown on the Elderly —

Imagine an elderly couple. They’ve been married sixty-odd years, they live in a bungalow, where they've lived forever. Their day consists of reading the paper, putting the rubbish out, taking their medicine and waiting to hear their loved ones pull into the driveway. But suddenly on the 16th of March, one of those things slipped away. They realise they won’t be able to see their loved ones anymore. Now, their days will just consist of reading the paper, putting the rubbish out and taking their