Adrian Goldberg presents an entertaining mix of dirt-digging, debunking, and intriguing interviews revealing unreported issues. Investigative news report from Adrian Goldberg’s BBC Radio 5 live programme, broadcast Sundays at 9pm.
Sun, 2 Mar 14
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Sun, 23 Feb 14
A quarter of a million cars written off each year return to the roads. There are no checks on the quality of the repairs and one Police and Crime Commissioner believes they pose a risk to road users. 5 Live Investigates has identified a number of fatal accidents involving vehicles that had been written off following earlier crashes but had been repaired and returned to the road. Also is the solicitors regulator doing enough to weed out bogus law firms.
Sun, 16 Feb 14
Fans need a greater voice in football club board rooms. 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.
Sun, 9 Feb 14
A significant number of sex offenders leave prison without getting treatment, increasing the risks they will go on and re-offend, says the NSPCC. Also, one in 3 workers who win damages at an Employment Tribunal never receive a penny. Lawyers say itÃ¢ÂÂs undermining the tribunal system.
Sun, 2 Feb 14
Councils accused of continuing to fine motorists even when independent adjudicators say the warning signs are confusing. Also, the breast cancer scandal in the West Midlands. Lawyers raise questions about whether everyone who was treated by surgeon Ian Paterson has been called in to have their case reviewed. Mr Paterson was carrying out an unauthorised procedure that increased the risk that the cancer would recur.
Sun, 19 Jan 14
Adrian Goldberg speaks to the families of vulnerable older people persuaded to invest tens of thousands of pounds in diamonds they never get to see and which can be marked up by up to 17 times what they’re actually worth. A former diamond ‘broker’ tells the programme about the tricks and high pressure tactics his company would use to get the people they cold-called to part with their cash. Plus, the adoptive parents who claim local authorities kept them in the dark about key information they needed to know about the children being placed with them.
Sun, 12 Jan 14
Gene therapy is a pioneering branch of medicine that aims to treat disease using genes. But the treatment also has the potential to be exploited by athletes and their coaches seeking an unfair advantage. Adrian Goldberg hears from the medical experts bombarded with requests to share their secrets with professional sportsmen and women and asks if the authorities know enough to spot abuse. Plus: the leaseholders facing huge bills for repairs from their local authority freeholders.
Sun, 5 Jan 14
A young male prostitute working in London's Soho and his family speak to Adrian Goldberg about their views on the trade. The internet has modernised the old 'rent boy' scene where young men would solicit on the streets but escorts still face risks such as sexually transmitted diseases and violent clients. Plus: The websites claiming to sell World Cup tickets before they've even been printed. Is FIFA is doing enough to clamp down on abuses?
Sun, 22 Dec 13
Coucils accused of sitting on grants that could be used to ease the plight of families in dire financial need.Also: the rise in dog thefts. MPs say more needs to be done to tackle the problem. And vishing fraud: should banks be clamping down on so-called mule accounts, used by criminals to launder the proceeds of fraud?
Sun, 15 Dec 13
One taxi driver every two weeks is killed or seriously injured in an attack while at work. Figures show that 161 cabbies were the victims of wounding with intent, attempted murder and murder over the last five years. Also: The steep rise in fraudsters conning people out of their bank security details in a scam known as 'vishing.' One woman describes how she was defrauded of her life savings.
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