Birmingham Mail reporters hit the streets at 6am on Wednesday morning as news broke of eight arrests being made after police apparently foiled an alleged terrorist plot.
Birminghammail.net produced the first pictures and written news reports and the paper’s 9.45am first edition dedicated the first three pages to the unfolding events. Later editions were updated to include more details, with the last one printed at 1.30pm.
Editor Steve Dyson said: ‘The Birmingham Mail is known as the primary news source in this city, and today this was displayed in detail on our breaking news website, in live editions of the newspaper and on Sky News [which used the Birmingham Mail front page in its reports].
‘This was a pleasing acknowledgement from one of the world’s best live news TV stations that we were the first organisation to come to in Birmingham for a detailed picture of what was going on. We gave our readers full updates on the web and in the paper all day long.’The paper made continuous updates online and in late editions throughout the day as reports came in of a possible kidnap and eight arrests being made.
An extra 6,000 copies were printed to cater for an expected 10 per cent sales lift.