The renowned investigative journalist recently secured a notable victory for press freedom after the police agreed to revoke a harrassment order issued against him for doorstepping a convicted fraudster.
Father-of-one Gareth, above, announced his decision to move on in a series of Tweets last night, saying he would now be spending some time with his young son before deciding what to do next.
He said: “Sad to say that I’ll be leaving @CroydonAd next Friday (June 24). It’s been eight years and I’ve pretty much loved every minute.
“Well-known new company is making changes and I’ve decided it’s the right time for me to move on. So I’m going to spend some time with junior reporter and work out what to do next.
“It’s been an absolute privilege to work at the Advertiser, alongside some brilliant people in a town I’ve come to call home.”
Gareth originally received the anti-harassment warning from the Metropolitan Police in 2014 after approaching serial conwoman Neelam Desai for a comment on a story.
Police rejected his appeal against the warning, and the Independent Police Complaints Commission initially upheld that decision, but with the support of LW and then Trinity Mirror, Gareth took the issue to the High Court.
After a judge granted permission for a judicial review, the Met then agreed to revoke the warning and to pay most of the legal costs of the proceedings.
As reported yesterday, the College of Policing is now reviewing its guidance on the issuing of harrassment notices to journalists.