The door locks fitted in millions of homes that are easily cracked by burglars. And the story of one of the greatest cyclists never to have competed in the Olympics.
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How safe is your house - we investigate the locks fitted to
millions of homes. Burglars and West Yorkshire have known them for
years. I won by other using them. He just break the lock. Also denied,
grave digger. We need a man who is on call 24
hours a day as a funeral director for Bradford's Asian communities.
The family really do appreciate what you're doing. And the cycling
legend. We discover Beryl Burton, the greater say, that -- the
greatest cyclist never to compete West Yorkshire has the highest
burglary rate in the country and there is a particular type of
Brechin has started in Bradford that is on the increase. -- of
break-in. There is a lot fitter to millions of houses up and down the
country that can be broken in seconds. -- a lock. They still sell
these in DIY stores. The laptop a has gone, the mobile phones have
gone, everything that was sellable. Believe it or not, it will only
take two minutes to go through a Wodehouse in Leeds. This is an
increasingly familiar had -- side for scenes of criminal
investigators. I walk up because I heard a loud bang. I went to wake
up my boyfriend. He got up and went downstairs. We looked outside but
we could not see anyone around. We went back to bed and did not think
much more of it. When we got up this morning to go to work, we open
the front door and found that the outside of the front door lock had
been prised open, sort of forced open. Rebecca is by no means alone.
Locksmiths working for the security firm think they have been called
out almost every day to security break-ins whether lock has been
smashed. He explained that it was there different type of Locke, an
old fashioned type, and he recommended a new type of lock.
This is a a Europrofile lock. They are fitted to millions of homes
across the country. The problem is that some burglars have found that
it is very easy to break them and then just walk in through your
front door. It first started in the Bradford area and no more of a
quarter of all burglar's -- of all burglaries in West Yorkshire use
this method. Peter Finlay as a career burglar. He is now going
straight, but reckons he has burgled literally thousands of
homes. What does he make of the locks? I would just snap along.
is simpler, quicker. -- I would just snapped the lock. Figures for
this type of burglary have risen steadily in West Yorkshire. What
can be done about it? If you're not sure about the standard and quality
of the locks, contact your local crime prevention officer. Think
about getting in touch with a not- for-profit organisation, of which
there are a number in West George and alone. -- in West Yorkshire. At
the moment, there are no locks on the market which cannot in a new
standard. They are vulnerable to a specific type of attack. It can
take anything between 50 seconds and two minutes to force the locks.
We want to ensure that the new British Standard locks are a lot
stronger than that and can resist attack. I would not want to put a
time frame on it, but the testing is extensive and the new locks are
in the process of being tested. Between 50 seconds and two minutes.
We have been told that many of these locks can be broken a lot
quicker than that. To demonstrate just how easy it is to break in
using one of these locks, we are meeting with a formal -- of former
burglar who is now a security expert. A member of the public as a
it allowed us to test the theory on their front door. You're happy with
what you're doing. The door is locked. Ready when you are. Off you
Michael, that was 42 seconds. That was slow. Very slow for will stop
how easy was that to get in? I was very surprised how easy it was.
That broke off very easily and all I had to do then is take the
mechanism out. That really shows just how easy it is. It is amazing,
absolutely amazing. When you look at the security on the Lochend, --
on the lock, you gain get through that so easy. 42 seconds. You're
not doing this every day. Someone who knows what they're doing, who
knows how fast that could have been? I reckon you could cut that
down to 15 seconds. Really? That is quite worrying, isn't it? It is. A
big worry. We have arranged for a security company to fix the broken
lock. The security officer was not surprised by how quickly he broken.
There does not surprise me. It was the first time he attempted to do
it. If he took this kind of lock out of circulation, we that are
long way to helping? Yes. That is easier said than done. Many
councils and housing associations have lock replacement programmes,
there are still hundreds of thousands of these cylinder locks
on homes across Yorkshire. Was to be done? We have come to the Master
locksmiths Association to find out. At this testing facility, the great
new locks through a series of tests. Typically, that would be operated
either 30,000, 50,000 or 100,000 times. So this is about testing new
locks? It is about durability. After you have done a number of
operations you want, you could to key in at any Judita still
operating. What is this? This is a torture machine. It twists things -
- torsion machine. We have set this one up to deal protest. -- to do up
test. At parties moving that way, trying to remove the plug. This is
testing what is happening of someone is trying to pull the
locker part? Absolutely. So you're taking the same approach that a
burglar might take? Yes. We replicated using certain tools. We
want to see that that performs to a certain level. The idea behind that
is to delay any kind of burglar who wants to get into that property. We
want to slow them down as much as we can. Unfortunately, there are
still plenty of the cylinder locks out there. All the couple of days
after Rebecca was burglar, -- was burgled, another burglary has
happened. I did not realise the extent of it. My husband said, or
laptops have gone, the mobile phones have gone. Everything that
was down here that the sellable. Christine had thought her locks
were secured but she certainly does not now. I was advised this morning
at a fight to get through my insurance company, they would
probably do like for like and I was not happy at the thought of that. I
would not feel safe in this house of the pit the same kind of locks
back on. I made some enquiries and the police advised me and that is
why we have got these in. With so many walks on the market, I can be
confusing. If you're not sure about how good they are, the best advice
is to talk to your local climate crime reduction officer. -- crime
reduction officer. Coming up - freewheeling.
We celebrate the life of a And Bradford, a unique relationship
has developed between the Muslim community and of white working-
class builder who is responsible for burying their dead. Graham is
on call 24 hours a day should he be needed, and over the last 20 years,
has cemented his position as a key member of the community. We have
Grief is universal. There are few places where that is more evident
than this Bradford cemetery. Opened in 1860, this was Bradford's first
municipal cemetery. Now, Scholemoor is open to thousands of graves,
Christian, Jew and, for the latter part of the century, -- a last
It's rare to be invited to glimpse the rituals of other cultures and
watching from the sidelines as these Shia Muslims lay a loved one
to rest, I'm struck by many things. Can you stand out of the way,
please? But none are more surprising to me than the man at
the centre of proceedings. I didn't go to school to be a gravedigger.
It happened about 17 years ago, I was asked to help out and won a
grave tending to around two a month, -- turned into. Then, I'm for all
six. This year has been 98. -- four. The day starts early. No-one wants
to see the mechanics of grave digging and this section of the
cemetery will have many visitors before morning has fully
established its hazy light. I had assumed Graham's job was simply
digging a hole, but in fact the job is more about building than digging.
For a Muslim burial, they believe that the body sits up. Not
physically, spiritually. That it sits up. Different people believe
different things. So what we do here is put it three blocks high,
so that when the body goes into the grave, the angel of death can come
along. We very people 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a
year. So no holidays for you? holidays for me.
One faith with two sects, but there are many different communities in
Bradford, each with different requirements - and Graham has
learnt them all. There is a lot of job satisfaction in this. You are
helping a family in need, are due, really? -- are due. And the family
really do appreciate what you are doing. Bad weather families start
coming, you get to know the family and they tell you about the person
-- and when the families start to come. You don't know what they are
like when you bury them, but a few days later you find out all about
them. What started as an economic
decision became a cultural and emotional journey that has
surprised him as much as the people who depend on him.
People like Ghulam Rasool, who oversees burials in this section of
Scholemoor. He will listen to you and he will help you the best way
that he can do. The Asian people, whoever is involved in the
Secretary, they just love him. Most people will ring him even before
they ring the funeral director. "Graham, so-and-so has died". He
knows and he will try and help people. Graham, obviously, is not
Muslim. No. Did you ever have a problem with people saying we don't
like...? I think it 15 years, three or four people made that comment.
He is not a Muslim, is he? No, he is not. Countrified a Muslim?
Probably can, but I like him the way he has -- can't you find.
Even outside the cemetery, Graham's popularity is inescapable. His main
trade as a builder has come in handy for little jobs like mosque
extensions. Today he's digging out the entire floor of an old Bradford
nightclub, which will eventually become a new madrassa for young
Asian women. Everywhere he goes, someone wants something. Which is
why for one hour a day, he heads to the other side of the city for
lunch. Been there is a breakaway. I need a break for about an hour away
-- been areas. Sometimes I have been with people who are quite
emotional and it is not the most pleasant of jobs sometimes,
especially in winter. You need to sometimes get away from it.
ever want to say no when the phone rings? When it is snowing, and you
are in the cemetery at 8pm, you do think a little bit like that. But
no, I just go home and have a bath and start again.
Today is quiet - no burials. Instead of taking the day off,
Graham's moved to a different part of the cemetery - where he's
working for free. This terribly sad corner of
Scholemoor is the snow drop garden - a memorial for the tiniest of
babies. As you can see, it's a work in progress driven by Graham, who
has first-hand understanding of this kind of grief. We had a child
that have died, so I do understand the feelings of the parents in the
cemetery. It is part of a grieving process that a lot of people have
to go through and it is a difficult time for a lot of people.
His efforts haven't gone unnoticed by the families affected. It wasn't
a nice place to go, it was a place where we knew we had to go and take
things, to honour our babies, but now to see it and go and the work
that had -- Graham has done, it is almost a pleasure to go and sit
there and while away a bit of time and talk to them. A I am not the
only one who has been doing it, a lot of people have contributed. The
parents have contributed, the council has contributed.
Always on call. Even while I'm talking to him, he's summoned back
to work. From death to burial is swift in the Muslim world, with
everything being completed within 24 hours.
In what seems like the blink of an eye, the cemetery is suddenly full
of men. Women are not permitted at the graveside. To the untrained eye,
it seems chaotic. Listen, slowed down. Below are the
tapes down. Mourners swarm around the open casket. Slowdown,
everybody. A slowdown. A son weeps and prayers are said.
The void Graham spoke of earlier is covered with blocks and earth - or
mitty - is thrown in as a final act. Two angels coming, when they
questioned to you, you should be giving them the answer. Afterwards,
we pray for him, to Almighty our, please forgive his sins. Anything
he did good, please make more good things.
Then as quickly as the crowd arrived, they are gone, leaving the
Imam alone for final prayers. organised chaos. Well organised
chaos. Sometimes it does get a little bit emotional and people are
a little bit upset. People want to be as close as they can.
Chaotic, constant, cold. Graham's is an unusual life. On the quiet,
over 20 years, he's broken down as many cultural walls as he's built
from brick and stone. It is nice that people do actually respect you.
Everywhere I go, I get "Hello, Graham". I get extra per chorus,
extra samosas, or people knock 50p In all the history of Yorkshire's
Sport men and women, few people compared to Beryl Burton. She is
considered to be one of the greatest cyclists who ever lived
and she made the Morley Cycle Club famous around the world. And yet
few people would even recognise that name. Now the cycling
journalist Phil Liggett believes it is about time she was given the
recognition that she deserves. It's a stirring site for sure - the
cream of the Great Britain cycling team speeding round the Velodrome
in Manchester as they prepare for glory at this summer's Olympics.
But you know, however Clyde -- higher they climb in the medal
table, there is one cyclist in whose shadow they will struggle to
escape. A Yorkshirewoman who dominated the sport for more than a
quarter of a century, but now whose exploits have largely been
forgotten. From the 1950s to the 1970s, Beryl
Burton reigned supreme. Beryl Burton set a scorching place. It
wasn't long before she leaves the Russian Trading. -- pace.
Best British All-Rounder 25 years in a row, seven times world
champion. MBE. Promoted to OBE. was well ahead of her time. She
could win malty championship on the road and on the track which has
only just been replicated by Mark Cavandish. I don't think any other
Brit has done that. And despite reaching the pinnacle
of her sport, none of it ever went to her head. I did feel personally
that I have got something that they haven't, because I don't feel I
have anything special about me. I just have two legs, two arms, a
body and a heart and lungs. For Beryl's relatives, her will to
win dominated family life. Washing she could immediately?
quite. A -- was she good. The first year, we actually pushed her around
and the second year, she rode out the side of us. And the third year,
we saw the back wheel. Because she just rode away. She did like to be
the best in everything. everything, yes. She put her role
effort into being the best -- her whole effort. She didn't expect it
could be easy. She really tried, whether it was cleaning the house
or racing bike, everything was a challenge. A game, really.
Growing up as a sickly child, Beryl was determined her fitness was
never again in question. She would go out and do 100 miles, no messing.
That was her fault of trading. I don't think many women could do it
and that was what made her great -- that was her form of a training.
For Charlie, who gave up his own cycling career to coach Beryl,
success brought its own reward. was nice to know that the person
you felt so much about what actually winning. I was lucky
enough to know Beryl and in all my years as a cyclist and a journalist
I never met anyone quite like her. Although it was 40 years ago, one
memory that will never leave me is when I dance with Beryl and -- at
the Sports Writers' Association dinner. She nearly threw me off the
floor. She was simply that strong. Her strength came through sheer
hard graft. As an amateur, she couldn't afford to race full-time
and had to balance her cycling career with a series of physical
jobs on local farms. When you go training, I feel I am working my
body to 90%. The other 10% has to come when you're racing. You cannot
train your body 100% all the time or you would burn yourself into the
ground. Meanwhile, her no-nonsense approach
to diet and training would have shocked today's coaching elite.
eat a lot of liver and fish and chicken. I am not one for having
stakes every meal because they are far too expensive. -- stake. I bake
each week, home-made fruitcake and flap Jack, all that sort of thing.
But I obviously verdict of, because I don't put weight on. -- burned it
off. But in a nation where cycling was
seen as recreation not a sport, she was always facing an uphill
struggle. Why did she never become an icon
after all of her achievements? think it was because of the
standing of cycle sports in the eyes of the general public at the
time. Now we know it is massive. At that time, a bit of a Cinderella
sport. Her performances were big, the sport wasn't.
But while cycling had a small following in Britain, in the rest
of Europe it was huge. And Beryl was its star.
Perhaps her crowning achievement was a double World Championship in
East Germany in 1960. Today, Charlie and Denise are about to be
shown film of the event for the first time.
It was shot by a documentary team from the Germany Democratic
Republic the year before the Iron Curtain came down. There is my
mother. In the play in Jersey, that is the British Jersey. -- plane.
This is amazing. This is the pursuit world final. She sticks to
That Stadium is packed. 60,000. There is not a spare seat. Just
amazing. After the championships in Germany, it was back to work with a
bump. There was barely a ripple of interest in her fantastic
achievement. I think she summed it up in her autobiography when she
said, "I was a double world champion in an international sport
and it might as well have been the ladies' darts final than at the
local as far as Britain was concerned". In France or Germany,
she would have probably been paraded in an open-top bus. You
certainly get the feeling she had a point.
And it's a complaint she might still have today. Even in her
adopted home town of Morley, who's cycle club she made famous around
the world, she's hardly a household name. Beryl Burton? Actress. Never
heard of her. Beryl Burton? No idea. Something to do with cycling? I am
not quite sure, it was years ago. But among the Morley Club veterans
and colleagues from National Cycling Championship team who raced
with and against Beryl, there's still a huge wealth of affection.
You represented her team mate for a first time -- for her time in the
sixties, and then you came along and that is Beryl's bike you have
got. It fitted to by sheer coincidence. We must have been the
same size. Does it go as fast as when Beryl Roddik? No. -- Rd it.
To her team-mates, she was both an inspiration and a friend. She was
demanding a certain way that she was very kind and easy to get on
with. You did your best and that was all she asked Dobbie. I can
remember once upon a time feeling absolutely awful and I just thought,
no, everyone is feeling as bad and we can win this, because she
encouraged you to do that. Beryl died as she had lived -
suddenly, and in Yorkshire while riding her bike.
And the cycling world flocked to honour one of its favourite stars.
She really did, with her team mate, make them more his cycle club the
best in Britain. She did, and when she died and we ran at the Memorial,
we had donations from all over the world. East Germany, Australia,
America, Canada. She was probably better known on the Continent that
she was in this country. Today, a memorial cabinet here at
the National Cycling Centre in Manchester contains most of her
cherished trophies. Pride of place in the centre of the Cabinet is the
rainbow jersey. Only a world champion can wear it. In Beryl's
day, it was virtually unknown in Britain and she won the 7th. Under
cross two disciplines. That is up - - something that every young kid
should come and look at and aspire to, the rainbow jersey.
But during her glittering career, one coveted prize eluded her. Beryl
missed out on Olympic gold simply because she was a woman - ladies
cycling events weren't included until 1984. And she'd be relishing
the prospect of lining up in London. Do you think she would have won an
Olympic medal? Without a doubt. If we could design a course for Beryl,
she would be a Olympic Women's time-trial champion in London.
Beryl legacy of medals speaks for itself -- Beryl's. They were
memorial garden and a mural showing her in full flow -- a memorial
Gordon. Yorkshire will not forget one of the their unsung heroes.
Beryl Burton really did take on the If you want to contact us about any
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Twitter. That is all from Bradford, make sure you join us for next
week's programme. We will be following a teenage girl as she
Jamie Coulson investigates the door locks fitted to millions of homes that burglars can break in seconds. Danni Hewson meets a Bradford grave digger and Tour de France commentator Phil Liggett rediscovers one of the greatest ever cyclists who never competed in the Olympics.