BBC One’s Inside Out returns with exposé on chip and pin criminal gang

Our presenters across the country are a mix of people from different backgrounds, who are unafraid to ask difficult questions of people in power and get to the heart of regional issues that affect our audiences.David Holdsworth, Controller, BBC English Regions
Date: 26.08.2014     Last updated: 27.08.2014 at 16.59
Inside Out returns to BBC One in England on Monday 1 September at 7.30pm (regional variations) with a new series of programmes featuring surprising real-life stories, local news and hard-hitting current affairs. The first episode will feature an in-depth undercover investigation into a criminal gang who use specially adapted chip and pin machines to empty the bank accounts of unsuspecting consumers.

The film will be shown in areas where some of the victims have been targeted including the West Midlands, East Midlands, South, South East, East, South West, West, London and Yorkshire.

Posing as a restaurant owner, Inside Out West Midlands reporter Jonathan Gibson went undercover to gain the gang’s trust before being supplied with two of the machines it uses to collect people’s bank card and PIN numbers. Pretending they were his customers’ cards, he used pay as you go debit cards to test the machines then watched as the gang downloaded the information to clone the cards which it emptied in the Philippines. Proof in hand, he set out on a worldwide search to track the gang down, leading him to an address in Canada and a doorstep confrontation.

In other regions the series kicks off with an investigation into sugar. Reporters, contributors and presenters take on the challenge to reduce the amount of sugar they eat, examine the health consequences of excessive sugar consumption and discover hidden sources of sugar in seemingly “healthy” food.

Inside Out South presenter Jon Cuthill examines the nation’s love affair with sugar and the effect it’s having on our health. He will be talking to experts at Reading University about how his brain reacts - not just to eating sugar, but also to the mere prospect of sweet food. Inside Out North West will be challenging BBC Radio Merseyside presenter Roger Phillips to stick to World Health Organisation guidelines on sugar intake for over a month. Roger will investigate the sugar content in processed food and the programme discovers the thoughts of the Food and Drink Federation regarding the health challenges surrounding sugar consumption. Inside Out Yorkshire & Lincolnshire Presenter Toby Foster will ask two Rotherham taxi drivers to give up sugar for two weeks and will be talking to a local obesity expert to investigate whether it makes any difference to their health.

With the Government trying to encourage cutting down on sugar, BBC Essex Presenter James Whale will try to give up sugar for four weeks, or at least keep within the Government’s guidelines for Inside Out East. BBC Newcastle’s Breakfast Show presenter Charlie Charlton will be explaining how she found going sugar free for the summer for Inside Out North East & Cumbria. Despite thinking she had a healthy diet, she will find out just how much sugar she eats, and what the effect it will have on her when she quits. Inside Out West Midlands will put a ‘sugar free’ fitness trainer back on the white stuff and monitor the effects on his body and mind. Inside Out East Midlands will put BBC Radio Derby’s Sally Pepper on a sugar free diet for a month and follow her highs and lows.

David Holdsworth, Controller, BBC English Regions said, ‘With local news and hard-hitting current affairs alongside investigations and exclusive interviews, the new series of Inside Out will feature some of the BBC’s very best original local journalism. Our presenters across the country are a mix of people from different backgrounds, who are unafraid to ask difficult questions of people in power and get to the heart of regional issues that affect our audiences.

Inside Out will run for the next nine weeks across England and has eleven variations, one for each English Region.

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Inside Out is broadcast each Monday at 7.30pm on BBC One for the next nine weeks across England and has eleven variations, one for each English Region.

The presenters for each of the 11 regions are:

Matthew Wright – London

Natalie Graham – South East

Jon Cuthill - South

Jenny Woodman – South West

David Garmston – West

Andy Akinwolere – West Midlands

Dianne Oxberry – North West

Chris Jackson – North East & Cumbria

Toby Foster – Yorkshire & Lincolnshire

Marie Ashby – East Midlands

David Whiteley – East

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