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Adrian Goldberg presents cutting edge investigative journalism, as well as taking on listeners' campaigns and consumer issues

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Adrian Goldberg presents cutting edge investigative journalism, as well as taking on listeners' campaigns and consumer issues

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By Jack_McCoy - Mar 30 2019
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This isn’t the BBC’s best investigative radio show, that would probably be File on 4. But this is still worth listening to, with plenty of good interviews and interesting, relevant subject matter.

True or False???

By thejesuscat - Jun 05 2018
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I have listened to this show for a few years. Sadly, every Brit I speak to has NEVER heard of this show. Therefore, I question the authenticity of this show as I did years ago. I often pondered if this show equates the old Murdoch standard of truth. I do all the more now as my British friends draw a blank when I tell them of this great British investigative news program. They look at me, skeptically, as if my non-English knowledge of news hinges on lunacy. Thanks Adrian! Anyway, it does serve as interesting dialogue to enjoy when time must be passed to avoid absolute boredom. :-)!!!

iTunes Ratings

7 Ratings
Average Ratings
3
1
1
1
1

Interesting

By Jack_McCoy - Mar 30 2019
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This isn’t the BBC’s best investigative radio show, that would probably be File on 4. But this is still worth listening to, with plenty of good interviews and interesting, relevant subject matter.

True or False???

By thejesuscat - Jun 05 2018
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I have listened to this show for a few years. Sadly, every Brit I speak to has NEVER heard of this show. Therefore, I question the authenticity of this show as I did years ago. I often pondered if this show equates the old Murdoch standard of truth. I do all the more now as my British friends draw a blank when I tell them of this great British investigative news program. They look at me, skeptically, as if my non-English knowledge of news hinges on lunacy. Thanks Adrian! Anyway, it does serve as interesting dialogue to enjoy when time must be passed to avoid absolute boredom. :-)!!!

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5 Live Investigates

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Adrian Goldberg presents cutting edge investigative journalism, as well as taking on listeners' campaigns and consumer issues

Stalking

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Stalking is a devastating crime suffered by more than a million people a year. New figures obtained by 5Live Investigates reveal that men are the hidden victims. Are the police letting them down?
The latest figures estimate that nearly half a million men have been stalked but only a tiny fraction of those incidents were recorded by the police. A Freedom of Information request by 5Live Investigates reveals that just 1800 crimes of stalking in which the victims were men were recorded over the last four years, since the obligation came in for police to log it as a crime. The Suzy Lamplugh Trust has described the figure as likely to be "a drip in the ocean".
Very often victims don't report the offence when it happens to them. But even when they do, men who spoke to the programme said the authorities don't take them seriously.
Their concerns are echoed by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary which said in a report last year that victims were left at risk by poorly run investigations and that stalking often went unrecorded.
The Home Office said those suffering stalking should be supported regardless of gender and that the new civil stalking protection orders due to be introduced would protect them at an early stage.

If you are affected by these issues you can find details of organisations providing help and support here: bbc.co.uk/actionline.

Jan 07 2018

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Anxiety Drugs and Fundraising

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The programme investigates deaths linked to benzodiazepines, addictive drugs used to treat stress and anxiety. While they are available via prescription, they should only be given for short periods of time, but patients who have been on them for years claim its difficult to get off them and there's little NHS support.

There is growing concern about their availability online, one family tells how their son tragically died after ordering pills on the internet.

And, the professional fundraisers who claim to be raising money for charity but keep the majority of the proceeds themselves. How can you tell where your money is really going?

Dec 20 2015

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Disappearing online daters

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Customers of online dating sites owned by Cupid plc voice their suspicions about the flirty daters who mysteriously disappeared once they paid their subscriptions.
Presenter Adrian Goldberg talks to men who received flirty messages from attractive daters claiming to live near them after signing up for free membership of online dating sites owned by Cupid plc. But when the men took out subscriptions in order to reply to the messages, the women, who once appeared so keen to meet, mysteriously lost interest. Some customers suspect that the website itself was behind the messages. Cupid plc owns over 30 different dating websites including cupid.com, benaughty.com, flirt.com, cheekylovers.com and maturedatinguk. It recently bought Uniform Dating and the right to operate Friends Reunited Dating.
Plus, dog meat in Spanish dog food: the latest discovery in the contaminated meat story.

Feb 24 2013

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Football Academies & Retail Fraud

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5 Live Investigates finds out what clubs in Leagues one and two really think of reforms to the football academy system. As two clubs close their academies, could the new system be hurting lower teams at the expense of growing Premiership talent?
Plus as fraud costs the UK economy an estimated £73 billion a year, small businesses complain that police are failing to investigate the crime.

Apr 28 2013

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Vegan Food

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There are now more than half a million vegans in Britain – with more than a quarter of a million people trying out a vegan diet last month – double the number of people who signed up for ‘veganuary’ in 2018. There’s no doubt that veganism is a more humane and potentially more sustainable alternative to a traditional diet containing meat, fish, eggs and dairy products. But could going vegan actually be bad for your health? 5 Live Investigates hears concerns that for some, it could have serious health consequences. Rebecca Hills, 20, tells the programme she used a vegan diet to conceal her eating disorder. But for Rebecca Hills, 20, going vegan wasn’t about 'ethics' and 'healthy eating', like she told people. It was to cover up her eating disorder. “In the back of my mind I was thinking that veganism would be a really good way to lose weight,” she said. The charity Beat Eating Disorders believes Rebecca may not be alone: “Some people may use veganism or vegetarianism to conceal their eating disorder, as it becomes socially acceptable to follow a restrictive diet.”
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Feb 10 2019

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Emergency Care Pressures

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Thousands of hours of emergency ambulance time each week is lost because crews have to queue to offload patients at A+E. It means they can't respond to new 999 calls. Also, the companies that have had their corporate identity stolen by fraudsters. And... the cancer patients being forced to pay for part of their treatment.

May 12 2013

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Prison violence and A&E waiting times

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5 live Investigates takes a look behind bars via a series of leaked prison incident reports from a five day period in January this year. With over a hundred incidents, prison officers and staff question whether safety can be assured. And the number of central call outs to control instability; so called 'Gold Command Incidents' have also been steadily rising over the last 3 years. Ex prisoners and their families say levels of violence are unprecedented.
The programme also reveals, for the first time, the full extent of long waits in accident and emergency departments in England. New figures obtained from the Health and Social Care Information Centre, reveal how many patients spent more than 12 hours in casualty in the last three years. The devolved nations of the UK already regularly publish this information, but the NHS in England does not. What do the figures show about the state of our emergency departments?

Feb 07 2016

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Fake Self-Employment in the Work Programme

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Why would welfare to work advisers tell the long-term unemployed to become self-employed? Adrian Goldberg hears from a range of jobless people who've been told to turn their hobbies into businesses and top-up their incomes with Working Tax Credit - even when they'll not earn a living. But, while Work Programme providers hit their targets, and the unemployment figures fall, is the taxpayer simply being ripped off?

Feb 03 2013

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Police Strip Searches

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5 live Investigates reveals startling new figures on the number of strip searches carried out by police. The Metropolitan Police alone carried out more than 76 thousand strip searches in the last three years - that's one every 20 minutes. Among them were 4,000 children.The programme has uncovered cases across England and Wales where searches appear unjustified, rules for children haven't been followed and even apparently racially motivated searches. The Home Office is now looking at whether extra safeguards are needed because it says many police forces don't have sufficient records to show if they're being carried out fairly or adequately supervised. Yvette Cooper MP, chair of the Home Affairs Select Committee, says the figures are worrying and police need to demonstrate whether so many searches are justified. Only 13 of the 45 forces in the UK we contacted could tell us how many strip searches they'd carried out.

Oct 30 2016

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Restraint of Special Needs Children

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5 Live Investigates has seen new evidence that hundreds of vulnerable children with Special Educational Needs are being injured whilst being restrained by teachers and classroom assistants. Physical and mechanical restraint techniques can be used against children as young as four without schools having to report it to anyone - even parents. But after 5 Live Investigates reported on this in 2017, the Government promised to introduce strict new guidelines detailing how restraint techniques should be used safely. Two years on and nothing has happened. Today the Children's Commissioners of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have asked the United Nations to investigate the use of restraint.

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Apr 07 2019

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Mental Health & Steroid Use

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Mental health services need to get the same investment, planning and attention that is given to physical health says NHS England. The admission comes after a 5live investigation reveals thousands of mental health beds have been lost and psychiatrists have not been paid for carrying out assessments.
Young men are increasingly using dangerous steroids to help them get the 'ripped' look. A 5live investigation reveals thousands are injecting steroids - and putting their health at risk. Some are as young as 15. Steroids can affect the heart, liver, kidneys, and lead to prostate cancer.

Mar 02 2014

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Care Homes and Timeshare

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As care home owners are squeezed by falling fees, rising wages and tougher regulations some are deciding to call it a day. What will that mean for families seeking to find a place for their elderly relative.

And - we examine the increase in the number of fraudulent companies cold-calling timeshare owners. Are people who are keen to find a way out of their long-term timeshare agreements becoming more vulnerable to scammers?

Mar 13 2016

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Teachers on Social Media & Sport Supplements

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Social Media being used by some teachers to form improper relationships with pupils. Also, the call for tougher regulation of body building supplements. Some supplements have been linked to health scares. There is not requirement for them to vetted by the authorities unless the manufacturer declares that they contain medicinal compounds or novel foodstuffs.

Nov 25 2012

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Cage fighting, Military rents

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The cage fighters jeopardising their health by rapidly losing weight in the run up to a fight. They risk kidney damage - and an increased chance of brain injury. Also - the military families paying more for living in married quarters at a time when repairs and maintenance are not being carried out properly.

May 08 2016

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Deprivation of Liberty Orders

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Care and health workers are failing to follow proper procedure before curtailing the freedoms of patients suffering from brain injuries or dementia. Also - the training company accused of cashing in on the rush to update IT skills.

Apr 07 2013

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Post Brexit Hate Crime

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Critics have attacked the Government's hate crime action plan following Brexit. Former Director of Public Prosecutions Keir Starmer says it isn't fit for purpose. Meanhwhile 5 live Investigates reveals the wave of racially and religiously motivated attacks have returned to more 'predictable' levels for the first time since the Brexit vote. True Vision, the joint police and Home Office hate-crime reporting portal, recorded levels of hate crime over the past three weeks similar to the figures seen at the end of last summer. However, concerns still remain that prosecutions of hate crime are failing to keep pace with steep rises in reports of hate crime over the past two years. And three Asian women from three cities in England and Wales reveal what it's like to live in post Brexit Britain.

Sep 04 2016

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Football governance & child sexual exploitation concerns

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Fans need a greater voice in football club boardrooms. MPs are calling for a change in the law to make it easier for supporters to buy a stake in their club. Also, the police in Greater Manchester are investigating concerns that young girls are being groomed for sexual exploitation in private clubs and shisha bars.

Feb 16 2014

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Online Reviews for Sale

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Whether you're buying a house or a hairdryer, the chances are you'll have looked at an online review site to work out what you're likely to get for your money. The government's Competition and Markets Authority estimates that every year £23 billion of UK consumer spending is influenced by online reviews. But can they all be trusted? 5 live Investigates reveals how easy it is to buy fake five star reviews on one of the world's biggest online platforms and how people are still being paid to leave fake reviews for products sold on Amazon - despite a crackdown by the company more than a year ago.

Apr 29 2018

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GcMaf - is it safe? And the latest on Diesel Emissions

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A medicine made from human blood, which claims to treat cancer and autism, is still being sold despite warnings from the health regulator.
The product GcMAF manufactured by Guernsey based Immuno Biotech Ltd, could pose “a significant risk” to health, The Medicine and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) says.
However, 5 live investigates found that Immuno Biotech Ltd, trading as First Immune, was willing to sell GcMAF to an undercover reporter posing as a parent of a child with autism.
The company says their product is safe.
But why is it still on sale?

Oct 01 2015

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Obesity Fire Rescue Costs

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Fire and Rescue services in the UK are called out to assist severely obese people more than ten times a week. Each incident can cost up to several thousand pounds. Adrian Goldberg hears the stories behind the rescues and the calls by fire officers for special training and equipment to deal with the problem.

Nov 11 2012

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Tower Block Fire Risks

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Fire safety experts have told 5 Live Investigates that many of the 1,700 buildings in England are 'likely to fail' a new round of tests into cladding and building materials.
Hospitals, schools, nursing homes and tower blocks are among buildings which could be "at risk", BBC 5 Live Investigates has learned. The government said it will monitor the test results this summer to decide if any immediate action needs to be taken. Two years after the Grenfell Tower fire, 5 Live Investigates has also learned that some people living in flats which were declared safe in the aftermath of the tragedy, have now discovered the buildings they live in DO pose a fire risk. The fire at Grenfell spread over the building in a matter of minutes; largely because of the combustible cladding the tower block was covered with. This type of cladding has now been banned. Government fire safety tests on other types of cladding have just started.

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May 26 2019

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Revenge Porn

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Four years after the introduction of new laws to target revenge porn offenders, 5 Live Investigates can reveal how cases are on the rise but the number of prosecutions is falling. The revelations come as a charity set up to help victims called the Revenge Porn Helpline reports a 150 per cent increase in the number of calls to its service Photo credit: Antonio Guillem\Getty

May 19 2019

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Democratic Football Lads Alliance

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The Democratic Football Lads Alliance describes itself as an anti-extremist group of football supporters with a commitment to raising funds for the homeless and social justice campaigns. But critics say it’s a far right organisation which has an anti-Islamist agenda. Its marches and demonstrations have attracted rival groups of anti-fascists and have resulted in skirmishes. The Premier League says it has raised its concerns with the UK Football Policing Unit and the Home Office. There are also worries that closed DFLA Facebook groups are being used as a platform to promote anti-Muslim hatred and anti-migrant rhetoric and violence.

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May 12 2019

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Parents Accused of Exaggerating Illness in Children

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Calls for a cross party inquiry into claims that a growing number of families are being accused of inventing or causing their children’s illness. It’s called Fabricated or Induced Illness (FII) and used to be known as Munchausen’s Syndrome By Proxy. It’s a rare form of abuse where parents exaggerate their child’s medical condition – or even cause it. Campaigners and charities say many families have been wrongly accused and want the inquiry to look at what they describe as a “wave of false allegations” and the current guidelines around FII. 5 Live Investigates first looked at this in March when we spoke to mums and dads threatened with having their children taken off them after being accused of FII. Following the programme, we have been contacted by other families who say this has happened to them. We’ve also been told about many other cases. One involves a mother accused of poisoning her two year old daughter and ordered to live apart from her for almost a year until the case was dismissed.

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May 05 2019

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Limited Psychological Help for People with Skin Conditions

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Abbie Bull is 22 and has had serious acne for three years. It got so bad she felt unable to leave the house for fear of being stared at. She developed depression and anxiety but when she went to her doctor for help, she didn’t get it. 5 Live Investigates has learned that thousands who suffer from serious skin conditions like acne, eczema and psoriasis, can’t access the psychological support they need because it either doesn’t exist where they live or they have to join long waiting lists. The programme surveyed 180 members of the British Association of Dermatologists dermatologists and asked them whether they had access to a dedicated psychodermatology service within the region they work. Three quarters of them said they didn't. NHS England say health authorities need to take into account the psychological needs of all patients. The Welsh Government say they expect health boards to put in place services tailored to the individual needs of patients and the Health and Social Care Board for Northern Ireland says it has just commissioned a psychodermatology service which will be available to all trusts in the country.

Apr 28 2019

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The Dangers of Online Dating

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5 Live Investigates has seen figures which show a big rise in the number of rapes, sexual assaults and stalking cases involving victims who were targeted on online dating platforms and mobile apps. The programme has received figures from more than half of the police forces in England and Wales which show the number of crimes has more than doubled between 2015 and 2018.

The programme hears from the mother of a woman who was murdered after meeting a man on a website called Plenty of Fish and a man who had his drinks spiked by a convicted sex offender he met on an app called Grindr. Forensic psychologist Dr Ruth Tully works with offenders who have targeted people via dating apps. She tells 5 Live Investigates the platforms provide ‘opportunity’ and if they didn’t exist, the crimes would never have happened.

The Online Dating Association which represents some online dating sites and mobile apps says its members do all they can to protect people from harm.

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Apr 14 2019

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Restraint of Special Needs Children

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5 Live Investigates has seen new evidence that hundreds of vulnerable children with Special Educational Needs are being injured whilst being restrained by teachers and classroom assistants. Physical and mechanical restraint techniques can be used against children as young as four without schools having to report it to anyone - even parents. But after 5 Live Investigates reported on this in 2017, the Government promised to introduce strict new guidelines detailing how restraint techniques should be used safely. Two years on and nothing has happened. Today the Children's Commissioners of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have asked the United Nations to investigate the use of restraint.

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Apr 07 2019

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The Adult Children of Alcoholics

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‘I try not to call him. I’ll wait for him to call because he tends not to call me when he’s drunk. He drinks most of the time - a bottle of vodka a day.’ Maria is 25, the daughter of an alcoholic and one of a growing number of young adults who has a parent who’s a problem drinker. The National Association for the Children of Alcoholics has told 5 Live Investigates that the number of grown-up children contacting them for help about a parent’s excessive drinking now makes up 80 per cent of their work - compared to half that five years ago. The charity says more and more parents are becoming problem drinkers in later life. But Liam Byrne MP, chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Children of Alcoholics, tells the programme that alcohol and drug treatment services have been cut all over the country.

Mar 31 2019

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Organ Transplants

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The organ transplant service is at ‘breaking point’ according to one of the UK’s top consultant transplant surgeons. Professor Nizam Mamode who is president of the Chapter of Surgeons at the British Transplantation Society, has told 5 Live Investigates that overworked staff, a shortage of operating theatres and difficulties in recruiting are problems that need to be urgently addressed. His warning follows the announcement earlier this month that opt-out organ donation will become law from 2020. ‘Max and Keira’s Law’ – named after the donated heart of Keira Bell, nine, saved the life of Max Johnson, 10, in 2017 – will mean all adults’ organs can be taken after they die unless they specifically tell the NHS otherwise. The government says it could save as many as 700 lives a year

Mar 24 2019

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Police Response Times

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The victims of the most serious crimes who are having to wait longer than ever for the police to turn up. Figures obtained by 5 Live Investigates reveal some of the biggest police forces in the UK are taking almost twice as long to respond to so called ‘grade one’ emergencies as they were five years ago. The programme hears from the parents of a schizophrenic who made an emergency call to the police saying they feared for his girlfriend’s safety because he was attacking her. When police arrived three hours later Suzanne Brown was found dead from multiple stab wounds. 5 Live’s findings follow a spate of fatal knife attacks this year which have prompted Britain’s most senior police officer Cressida Dick to warn cuts in police numbers are contributing to a rise in violent crime. The Home Office says it ensures police have the resources they need to carry out their vital work.

Mar 17 2019

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Parents accused of inventing children's illnesses

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The mums and dads threatened with having their disabled sons and daughters taken into care – accused of inventing or exaggerating their child’s illness. These are parents of children with conditions which are sometimes difficult to diagnose - such as autism spectrum disorder or rare inherited conditions. Some parents claim their council has used child protection concerns to delay paying for expensive care. They’ve been accused of a rare form of child abuse known as Fabricating or Induced Illness (FII) also known as Munchausen’s Syndrome by proxy where a parent or carer exaggerates or deliberately causes symptoms of illness in the child.

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Mar 10 2019

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The Men Who Go Missing

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Teenager Thomas Jones went missing on a night out with friends during his first week at university in Worcester. His body was recovered from the River Severn more than a week later. 5 Live Investigates has been told that Thomas's death and dozens more like it could have been prevented - if only certain safety measures were put in place. 150 young men have died after going missing on a night out over the last nine years. 5 Live Investigates has seen new research which reveals between 10 and 20 men die every year after going missing in towns and cities across the UK – the majority of them under the age of 35. Practical safety measures like late night transport to get people home, improved lighting and barriers between footpaths and waterways could all help prevent similar tragedies in the future, according to campaigners and charities.

Mar 03 2019

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Supermarkets Misleading Shoppers

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5 Live Investigates has discovered three of the UK’s leading supermarkets are misleading customers by selling food which is high in salt or fat in the healthier choices sections of their stores. The British Dietetic Association says the supermarkets are being ‘unhelpful’ and the practise is ‘confusing’ for customers.

Researchers visited the top five supermarkets in the UK and found Sainsbury’s, Morrisons and Tesco were all selling products high in salt and saturated fat in areas marked as containing healthy or healthier choices food. The Royal Society for Public Health says the findings raise the possibility of the introduction of a supermarket regulator.

Tesco has told 5 Live it’s sorry some of its products were mistakenly included under a ‘Healthy and Diet Meals’ sign. Morrisons says their 'Healthier Choices' section gives customers the option to buy an item that is healthier than a product that meets a similar need – even though it might still carry a red traffic light label. And Sainsbury’s say it’s going to update its signage to reflect that vegetarian and plant based meals are now stocked alongside their range of healthier meals.

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Feb 24 2019

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Parents of poorly babies demand extra leave

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Around 60,000 babies are born prematurely in the UK every year. Many can spend weeks or even months in hospital fighting for their lives. But limited maternity and paternity rights mean many parents are having to return to work much sooner than they would like. The charity Bliss which supports families of premature and sick infants has surveyed more than 700 parents and shared its data with 5 Live Investigates. It reveals two thirds of fathers had to return to work whilst their baby was on a neonatal unit and more than a quarter of them had to choose between taking time off when their baby was is in neonatal or when their child went home. The programme hears from parents like Gemma and Andy Reid who were forced to make some tough decisions when their baby Gabriel was born a year ago.

Feb 17 2019

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Vegan Food

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There are now more than half a million vegans in Britain – with more than a quarter of a million people trying out a vegan diet last month – double the number of people who signed up for ‘veganuary’ in 2018. There’s no doubt that veganism is a more humane and potentially more sustainable alternative to a traditional diet containing meat, fish, eggs and dairy products. But could going vegan actually be bad for your health? 5 Live Investigates hears concerns that for some, it could have serious health consequences. Rebecca Hills, 20, tells the programme she used a vegan diet to conceal her eating disorder. But for Rebecca Hills, 20, going vegan wasn’t about 'ethics' and 'healthy eating', like she told people. It was to cover up her eating disorder. “In the back of my mind I was thinking that veganism would be a really good way to lose weight,” she said. The charity Beat Eating Disorders believes Rebecca may not be alone: “Some people may use veganism or vegetarianism to conceal their eating disorder, as it becomes socially acceptable to follow a restrictive diet.”
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Feb 10 2019

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6,000 police not properly vetted

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Thousands of police officers and civilian staff haven't been vetted since the introduction of strict guidelines in 2006. 36 of the 43 police forces in England and Wales responded to a Freedom of Information request from 5 Live Investigates. But 16 of the forces that provided information said they hadn't performed retrospective background checks on a total of 5,966 police officers and staff since the policy was introduced. The programme has also discovered that the number of police officers investigated for abusing their 'power for sexual gains' has more than doubled over a 4 year period - from 84 in 2014/15 to 170 in 2017/18. The revelations follow the conviction in December 2018 of Cheshire PC Ian Naude who was sentenced to 25 years for raping a 13-year-old girl who he groomed after attending an incident at her home. PC Naude passed Cheshire Police's vetting process despite allegations of sex offences being investigated by two neighbouring forces prior to joining the force.

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Feb 03 2019

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People with Tourette's struggling to get help

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Alice Franklin is one of 300,000 people in the UK with Tourette’s Syndrome. For 25-year-old Alice, the condition manifests itself in uncontrollable body movements or ‘tics’ – jerking, twitching, punching walls and windows and involuntarily collapsing to the floor. The physical side of the condition is the hardest to deal with and exhausting she says. But she also swears and hurls impromptu insults at individuals she’s just met – including her new boss and customers in a bar where she worked. It’s a life-changing condition Alice has lived with for more than three years – but for her and thousands like her, therapy isn’t readily available. In fact, a survey shared exclusively with 5 Live Investigates by the charity Tourette’s Action shows even when a diagnosis has eventually been made, most aren’t given medication or directed to any form of behavioural therapy. And even when they are, it can take years to access. There are no NICE guidelines relating to the condition and Tourette’s Action says the condition is widely misunderstood by the medical profession. More than 460 people responded to the charity's survey and 79 per cent of respondents said their mental health had been affected by the condition. More than a third said they’d considered suicide of engaged in self-harming behaviour.

Jan 20 2019

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Gambling Self-Exclusion Schemes

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An investigation by BBC Radio 5 Live Investigates reveals problem gamblers are able to continue betting online even when they sign up to a national self-exclusion scheme. More than 50,000 people have signed up to the GamStop scheme which allows addicts to ban themselves from online betting platforms. But 5 Live Investigates recruits the son of a problem gambler to sign up to the scheme to test if it works. After banning himself, Adam Bradford, whose dad David lost more than £100,00 by gambling online, is able to sign up to a new gambling website by changing just a few small personal details. GamStop say they're 'deeply concerned' by the findings.
The programme also returns to Grimsby where a year ago a producer self-excluded from all the high street bookies in the town. But he was able to place bets on high stakes fixed odds betting terminals (FOBT's) in all but two of the betting shops he was banned from. A year on, the programme returns to Grimsby to find out if anything has changed.

Jan 13 2019

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Kids in Care Placed in B&Bs.

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There has been a big increase in the number of vulnerable children being housed alone without live in support. In some cases youngsters have been placed in bed and breakfast accommodation, bedsits and even caravans by the local authorities that are meant to be looking after them. Figures obtained by 5 Live Investigates show the number of young people aged 16 and 17 and placed in what’s called ‘independent living accommodation’ has gone up by 28 per cent in England since 2010. Young care leavers tell the programme they’ve been placed in dwellings over-run by drug users, alcoholics and abusers. The Children’s Commissioner says she is now launching an investigation into the crisis. The Government says the law is clear and that local authorities must provide accommodation that meets children’s needs and that includes appropriate supervision whilst in that accommodation.

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Jan 06 2019

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Safety Concerns over Smart Motorways

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MP’s have told 5 live Investigates they want the roll-out of ‘all-lane running’ smart motorways to be suspended amid concerns over the safety of stranded motorists and the recovery workers who go to rescue them. All-lane running – or ALR – motorways are stretches of carriageway where the hard shoulder has been removed and converted into a running lane. That lane is only closed to traffic in the event of an incident. Highways England says ALR motorways are as safe as traditional motorways and they improve traffic flow. But there are many people who disagree. Ellie Montgomery and her family became stranded on a traditional motorway which didn’t have a hard shoulder because of road works. Their vehicle was hit by an HGV on the M6 in Cheshire and the family narrowly escaped serious injury. She sets out her concerns about taking away hard shoulders.

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Dec 16 2018

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