Rank #1: The Dark Net & are we Supporting Elite Athletes?
Mar 29 2015
Rank #2: Stalking
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
Rank #3: Anxiety Drugs and Fundraising
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
Rank #4: Disappearing online daters
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
Rank #5: Middle Class Cannabis Farms
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 email@example.com.
Sep 25 2011
Rank #6: The Adult Children of Alcoholics
Mar 31 2019
Rank #7: Football Academies & Retail Fraud
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
Rank #8: Domestic Abuse
Nov 23 2014
Rank #9: Emergency Care Pressures
May 12 2013
Rank #10: Mental Health & Steroid Use
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
Rank #11: Prison violence and A&E waiting times
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
Rank #12: Cyber Stalking
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
Rank #13: Cosmetic Treatments & Write-Offs
May 31 2015
Rank #14: Police Strip Searches
Oct 30 2016
Rank #15: Fake Self-Employment in the Work Programme
Feb 03 2013
Rank #16: Football governance & child sexual exploitation concerns
Feb 16 2014
Rank #17: Care Homes and Timeshare
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
Rank #18: Deprivation of Liberty Orders
Apr 07 2013
Rank #19: Teachers on Social Media & Sport Supplements
Nov 25 2012
Rank #20: Online Reviews for Sale
Apr 29 2018