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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

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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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6 Ratings
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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. :-)!!!

iTunes Ratings

6 Ratings
Average Ratings
2
1
1
1
1

Interesting

By Jack_McCoy - Mar 30 2019
Read more
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
Read more
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

Rank #1: The Dark Net & are we Supporting Elite Athletes?

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Tough encryption software used on mobile phones and in apps is creating no-go areas for the police and intelligence agencies trying to monitor terrorist traffic on the web. Europe's top cop says it is one of the biggest challenges facing law enforcement bodies investigating terror plots. He says the drive by the tech companies to use stronger encryption has accelerated since IT contractor Edward Snowden revealed that the intelligence agencies in the US and UK were 'bulk monitoring' the emails of innocent people. Also, is enough being done to help elite athletes make the transition from the international spotlight to ordinary life when their careers end?

Mar 29 2015

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Rank #2: 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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Rank #3: 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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Rank #4: 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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Rank #5: Middle Class Cannabis Farms

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Adrian Goldberg finds that cannabis farming is increasingly a suburban phenomenon.
He interviews a professional woman from a leafy village in the North West of England who is growing cannabis in her spare room, and a drug dealer from the West Midlands who has a number of middle-class professionals letting their spare room to him for a share of his cannabis-farming profits.
They tell him that cannabis growers now prefer to rent rooms from willing landlords - rather than take over whole houses - because it is easier to avoid police detection.
Adrian also speaks to DCI Martin Hurcomb from West Midlands Police about the changing nature of cannabis farming and what the authorities are doing about it.
Plus, we reveal the high-street shop that's been selling customers a camcorder they didn't want. It says the camera was a better model than the one advertised, but was it really?
And we hear the inside story of BBC Newsnight's investigation into international boxing.
If you have a story for the 5 live Investigates team, email goldberg@bbc.co.uk.

Sep 25 2011

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Rank #6: 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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Rank #7: 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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Rank #8: Domestic Abuse

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More than half of all domestic abuse cases investigated by the police result in no action being taken against the offender according to figures obtained by 5 live Investigates. Thirty-three of the forty-three police forces in England and Wales responded to a Freedom of Information request which reveal that 118,000 of the 223,000 domestic abuse cases investigated by those forces went 'undetected.' The programme also has an exclusive report from a pilot scheme in Hampshire where abusers undergo rehabilitation.

Nov 23 2014

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Rank #9: 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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Rank #10: 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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Rank #11: 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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Rank #12: Cyber Stalking

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Who's watching you online? Cyber stalkers are using increasingly sophisticated means to target their victims. In some cases, they are deploying spyware to get remote access to their quarry's computer - to access files and personal information. They might even be able to turn on the webcam to secretly film their victim.
5 live Investigates talks to senior police officers who say they need tougher powers to be able to investigate cyber stalking more effectively.
The programme hears from the victims of online stalking who've endured years of harassment and hate.
To contact the programme, tweet @5LInvestigates.

May 02 2011

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Rank #13: Cosmetic Treatments & Write-Offs

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Cosmetic therapist Marie McGinty claims to be a registered nurse with additional training to prescribe drugs. But there's no record of her on the nurses' register. One of her clients says she suffered unsightly blemishes after she had dermal filler injected into her face. Also, are the insurance industry and DVLA doing enough to prevent cars that have been written off after a crash being returned to the road? These include cars that have experienced severe damage.

May 31 2015

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Rank #14: 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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Rank #15: 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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Rank #16: 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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Rank #17: 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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Rank #18: 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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Rank #19: 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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Rank #20: 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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