Friday 13 December 2013, 15:55
On average, more than 30 taxi drivers a year are subjected to the most savage assaults – wounding, attempted murder and murder, according to figures gathered by 5 live Investigates.
As the Christmas party season gets underway, one MP argues that it’s time to think about the plight of taxi drivers who have to put up with abuse and assaults. He wants CCTV to be installed in all cabs to protect drivers and passengers.
5 live Investigates set out to try and quantify the level of violence faced by the men and women who operate the country’s cabs.
We asked all UK police forces to tell us how many of the most serious violent offences have been recorded against taxi drivers while they’ve been at work. The Metropolitan Police, the largest force in the country, were unable to process our request in time.
The figures that were returned to us showed there were 161 offences of wounding, attempted murder and murder, against taxi drivers over the last five years. Six taxi drivers were killed.
CCTV footage captures an assault on a taxi driver in Nottingham in 2012. A male passenger in the back seat is throttling the driver, whilst the female passenger in the front seat tries to stop him...
Monday 2 December 2013, 13:37
By Chris Brindley, Assistant Editor, Phil Williams.
From the cost of driving, to HS2, to a third runway at Heathrow, we have some big decisions to make about transport in Britain and where billions of pounds should be spent. That’s why this week, Phil Williams is taking his programme around the country to find out what we need to do to keep Britain moving and to look at some of the big decisions we face.
ComRes has carried out a poll on behalf of BBC Radio 5 live to understand people’s attitudes towards transport in the UK. It found 40% of car owners say they have cut down on driving because of the cost. Just over a third said the best way to deal with airport capacity would be expansion and most people said they are against the HS2 development.
On Monday, Phil will be at Heathrow Airport to look at the options for airport expansion. On Tuesday, he will be at Birmingham New Street Station to look at the debate around HS2. Finally, on Wednesday, he will be on the A14 where Britain’s first toll road in ten years is planned, to look at the cost of motoring.
Phil will talk to the decision makers, experts and some of the people most affected. He also wants to hear where...
Friday 29 November 2013, 15:04
By 5 live Investigates reporter Emma Forde
In many cases it’s down to dads and mums harmlessly living their dreams through their kids playing football – shouting support from the side of the pitch in the hope that one day, they might actually become the next Giggs, Gerrard or Lampard.
But what happens when that support from the touchline boils over into something far more aggressive? What happens when it crosses the line – when people get offended, or even hurt.
5 live Investigates asked the Football Association (FA) to compile figures on the number of parents and team staff behaving badly at youth games all over the country. Almost 4,000 misconduct offences have been committed by adults at youth level football between July 2012 and November 2013. The figures were collated from matches played in all 50 county associations in England involving under-18s teams during a 15 month period.
Now the FA is about to launch new ‘awareness courses’ for club officials – and in some cases spectators - who have been found guilty of a misconduct charge. Dermot Collins, the FA’s Respect Manager, says it’s a big priority.
“I know of a game last year where it was stopped for five...
Friday 22 November 2013, 12:28
Our top story this week developed from the case of Pavlo Lapshyn, the white supremacist jailed in October for the murder of an elderly Muslim man returning home from his mosque in Birmingham.
Mr Lapshyn, who arrived in the UK from the Ukraine, doesn’t seem to have been part of a wider extremist group, although he was driven by a far right ideology and a hatred of non-whites. He’s been described as a lone wolf.
Mr Lapshyn is the extreme end of the extremists. Not only did he murder someone, he had set off three bombs near mosques.
His social media pages contained a lot of racist and Neo...
Monday 18 November 2013, 10:20
5 live's James Shaw reports from across Scotland on the key issues in the referendum debate.
At the end of this month, the Scottish Government will launch its white paper on independence. It promises to be the fullest statement yet of what the SNP think independence should look like and how they plan to get there. In the week before its launch I’ll take a detailed look at some of the key policy areas likely to be covered in the white paper.
Call me a political geek if you like, I don’t mind. But I have to admit I’m really looking forward to a road trip lasting five days in which we will...
Friday 15 November 2013, 15:13
The biggest crime in the UK after the illegal drugs trade is not vehicle theft or burglary; according to a report from UK police chiefs, it is the theft of art works from museums, private galleries or historic buildings.
An illicit trade valued at an estimated £300m a year – although the true figure could be much higher because only a fraction of art thefts are ever reported.
The police warn that art is being stolen to be sold to dealers and collectors in the Far East and South East Asia where there is a big demand for artefacts made from rhino horn and other historic treasures.
Tuesday 12 November 2013, 16:11
Just in case you're one of the people who say it's not a serious enough condition for treatment to be automatically available, consider Rob, who sent this text: "I have been a covert stammerer for 30 years (I am 50 now). Despite holding down decent jobs, it has blighted my life even to the point of considering taking my own life...
Friday 8 November 2013, 15:43
"It felt like my skin was coming off…" the words of a man who had acid thrown in his face. He experienced an intense burning on his skin and thought it would leave him blinded.
But he was lucky.
Prompt medical treatment saved his sight and he’s now making a full recovery. But he still doesn’t know why he was targeted – and it’s left him feeling uneasy when he’s out on his own.
Throwing acid at someone is – thankfully – a relatively rare crime in the UK. The figures are small, but over the past seven years, the trend has been upwards.
Last year there were 97 incidents in England...
Thursday 7 November 2013, 13:43
On November 10th and 11th Victoria Derbyshire will broadcast from Rocinha, one of the largest favelas (slums) in Rio de Janeiro. It’s not far from where the England squad’s main base is due to be when they arrive for the World Cup next June. Ahead of the tournament Victoria will be finding out what supporters making the journey to South America can expect.
Brazil has a population of 196.6 million (UN 2011), in 2011 around 16 million people (8.5% of the population) were living in extreme poverty, defined as having 70 reais (£27) or less a month. The country though is one of the rising...
Friday 1 November 2013, 17:44
800,000 people are estimated to live with the condition – and the number is expected to rise to 1 million-plus over the next decade. The Prime Minister says we’ve all got to up our game to ensure dementia suffers get the help they need.
But are the hopes of the senior politicians being delivered on the ground?
Fewer than half - around 44% - of the people with dementia have received a proper diagnosis - and without a diagnosis, people often don’t get effective treatment and care. That...