Nick Chester

Stuff

I Went to an Islamic Exorcism in the Back of a Glaswegian Nail Salon

Turns out it's as good a place as any to cleanse your soul of evil spirits.
Nick Chester, Photos: Andrew Perry
1.15.19
News

How Will British Murderer Rurik Jutting Be Treated in His Hong Kong Jail?

Last week, the former banker was found guilty of torturing and murdering two Indonesian sex workers and sentenced to life in prison. We spoke to experts and prisoners about what the rest of his life is likely to be like.
Nick Chester
11.14.16
Stuff

I Hung Out with the Neo-Nazis Who Hoped to Set Up an Aryan Homeland in Essex

We caught up with Nick Ryan, a journalist who embedded with Combat 18 in the 90s and went on a magical mystery tour of fascism.
Nick Chester
11.5.16
Stuff

How an Essex New Town Became a Media Focus for Suspected Hate Crimes

When recent news spread of two separate attacks in Harlow – one fatal – the town found itself at the centre of a media circus framed around race and deprivation.
Nick Chester; Photos: Sam Tahmassebi
10.2.16
Stuff

We Went to a Service at the UK's First and Only 'Chav Church'

Darren Edwards is a former car thief and drug dealer who preaches to his congregation in a tracksuit and Adidas sliders.
Nick Chester; Photos: Sam Tahmassebi
9.16.16
Stuff

We Spoke to the Man Who Really Wants a Separate Country for Gay People

Meet Viktor Zimmermann, the director of the Gay Homeland Foundation and a man with a vehement plan to establish a gay-led country.
Nick Chester
9.10.16
Stuff

Former Inmates Tell Us About the Weirdest Things They Saw in Prison

"A pillowcase full of severed pigeon heads had been discovered in the inmate's cell."
Nick Chester
7.23.16
Stuff

Former Sex Workers Tell Us How and Why They Left Sex Work Behind

"The first step towards leaving that world was writing a book about it and putting my face on the cover."
Nick Chester
7.18.16
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Is the UK Actually a Desirable Place for Foreign Criminals to Commit Crime?

We asked a few to find out if there's any truth in the EU Referendum Leave camp's claims.
Nick Chester
6.21.16
Stuff

I Spent a Quiet Afternoon Watching Ex-Cons Get Hypnotised

I went into the past-life regression session a sceptic – after watching an ex-con come out with tears in his eyes, I didn't know what to think.
Nick Chester, Photos: Chris Bethell
6.18.16
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British Ex-Criminals Who Hid Out in Europe Told Us What They Think of the EU Referendum

We asked former crims why they chose the locations they chose as bases for committing crime, and if they were motivated by any of the factors the anti-EU brigade say will result in Britain being swamped with ne'er-do-wells.
Nick Chester
6.6.16
Stuff

How I Went from a Plymouth Estate to Kenyan Prison in Five Years

A holiday ended up changing the course of this guy's life for good – which he had plenty of time to reflect on in prison.
Nick Chester
6.4.16
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