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Journalist lands exclusive with swingers while investigating ‘dogging hotspot’

A journalist has urged young reporters to “get out of the office” after landing an exclusive interview with two swingers at a “dogging hotspot”.

Andrew Robinson interviewed the two men who were meeting for anonymous sexual encounters after investigating the site, a wooded area near Brighouse, for Yorkshire Live.

Andrew’s investigation was sparked after the Reach plc-owned site ran a story on the owners of the nearby Big Baps cafe, who have complained about the frequent sight of naked men and used condoms near their business.

He subsequently set out to explore the area for himself and revealed what he found in a feature for Yorkshire Live, as well as an accompanying video.

Andrew begins his investigation outside Big Baps cafe

Andrew begins his investigation outside Big Baps cafe

Speaking to HTFP, Andrew said: “I felt a bit awkward wandering down behind the amusingly named cafe because I really didn’t know what I would see. I was surprised to see a riverside beauty spot.

“Then a fisherman told me where to go if I wanted to see the place where the sex meets ups took place. It wasn’t a pleasant location but I pushed on and set the video rolling.

“I had a brief chat with a fully clothed man who scarpered when I told him who I was.

“Then I met so very pleasant and matter of fact men who defended their use of the lay by – which is contentious – and their enjoyment of meeting men for anonymous sexual encounters.

One of the men Andrew interview dismissed the idea that the area was for “dogging” – the practice of watching or engaging in exhibitionist sexual activity in a public place – but admitted men did meet there for “totally anonymous sex” from as far afield as Leeds and Manchester.

The other described the activity as “fun”.

Andrew, who worked for the Yorkshire Post before moving to the Reach title, added: “It was a bit of a strange experience to venture into the woods in such an assignment. But I hope the quotes I obtained did shine some light into this often hidden world.

“My advice to young reporters is ‘get out of the office, don’t be afraid of talking to people – even swingers waiting in woods.'”