Tributes have been paid to a former crime reporter who spent nearly 40 years at a regional daily, after he died at the age of 67.
David Bruce, left, worked at the Yorkshire Evening Post for most of his career, working on some of the region’s biggest crime stories, including the Yorkshire Ripper murders, the M62 terrorist bombing in 1974 and the Michael Sams kidnapping case.
His career began in the mid-1960s when he became a copy boy for the paper, moving to train as a journalist at the Morley Observer before returning to the YEP in 1970, where he remained until his retirement in 2008.
David died on Monday surrounded by his family after a battle with cancer.
He became a crime reporter in 1973, succeeding noted journalist Frank Laws, and became known for his extensive network of contacts and ability to spot a story.
Bruce Smith, another former YEP crime reporter who worked with David for more than 30 years, said: “Dave was the reporter admired by many reporters, relied upon by news editors and trusted by readers.
“He was always a joker and always up for a laugh – but he could also always see a story where others could not.”
Detective Chief Superintendent Andy Brennan, head of West Yorkshire Police’s Homicide and Major Enquiry Team, said: “Throughout the majority of my, and many of my colleagues across the force’s careers, Dave Bruce was the words of media in West Yorkshire.
“He was an incredibly persistent and dogged investigative reporter who also had an innate sensitivity that put people at ease in what were often extremely difficult circumstances. Dave also had a great sense of humour and was a very funny and genuine man.
“He will be sadly missed but not forgotten.”
David is survived by his wife Diane, daughters Deborah and Amanda and his grandchildren.