A longtime Teddington resident has released a book "Reflections of a Mirror Man" which recounts the 'fun side' of life as a journalist on Fleet Street.

John Jackson, 86, was a news reporter at the Daily Mirror, who pioneered the news side of sport to take sports stories from the traditional back page to the front of newspapers.

He gained the nickname 'Chief Rotter' for his stories from a record 22 Olympic Games (12 summer, 10 winter), 10 football World Cups, 55 Wimbledon championships, England cricket tours of West Indies and South Africa.

Along with many news stories - ranging from Nelson Mandela's release from prison to the death of his publisher Robert Maxwell - Mr Jackson said the book offers "tales galore from the Street of Shame during an era now gone."

Reflections of a Mirror Man is available only on Amazon (£9.99 paperback, £5.99 kindle).