10/02/2014 Inside Out Yorkshire and Lincolnshire


Chris Jackson attempts to discover the truth about Real Whitby. And Rachel Pierman visits the clinic helping children to sleep better.

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Good evening and welcome to Inside Out. Tonight we're in Scarborough.


Good evening and welcome to Inside Out. I'm Toby Foster. Tonight we


investigate claims that the former mayor of Scarborough was a


paedophile. The claims made by an online blog based in Whitby centre


on the now deceased ice cream magnate Peter Jaconelli.


We knew if you sit in the front Peter Jaconelli's hands are


wondering. Also tonight we go in search of the


elusive eel. Look at that. It is a slippery eel.


Whoops! And we find out how a health charity


is trying to help children get a good night's sleep.


After about two to three weeks he was sleeping. It was amazing.


He was a pillar of the community. The face of Scarborough. Now the


late former Mayor Peter Jaconelli is accused of being a paedophile. The


accusers are the online bloggers Real Whitby. Tonight we test their


claims. We are going to go for a quick trip


to Scarbrough. It's 1971. Jimmy Savile hosts


Savile's Yorkshire Travels. And introduces...a friend.


What sort of carry on is this? Peter Jaconelli ran the Ippon Judo


Club in Scarborough. He was a prominent businessman. And it's


claimed he abused young boys. The allegations have been published in


an online blog, Real Whitby. He was a paedophile. He was well


known to local people and the police for this and he was protected


because of his status as a wealthy businessman, mayor and successful


local councillor. These are extremely serious


allegations being made by a blog. Real Whitby has been criticised for


some of the claims it's made on other stories, but have they


uncovered the truth here? They're going to need some compelling


evidence. For years Peter Jaconelli was a big personality in


Scarborough. A councillor, he was also the face of the town, featuring


in its publicity material. Claims that "everyone knew" he was a


paedophile aren't sufficient to trash a dead man's reputation. The


case stands or falls on eyewitness accounts. Real Whitby says it has


them. We've got lots of witnesses. They've


talked of their personal experiences. They're credible


witnesses. So, we set about contacting some of


Real Whitby's alleged witnesses. We caught up with Trevor Harrington,


who now lives in Australia. When he was 11 he worked in Jaconelli's ice


cream parlour. He says Jaconelli assaulted him in his van.


When you finished work on a night time Peter used to take us home in


his van. There was quite a few of us and, I'll give you a tip, nobody


wanted to sit in the front. Somebody had to sit in the front. And they


knew when you sat in the front Jaconelli's hands were wandering.


One hand's on the wheel and the other hand's playing with you. Or


trying to. It didn't matter whether you told him to BLEEP, he just


laughed it off took it as a joke. Just a joke to him. You knew it was


going to happen. Everybody's aware of it. It's going to happen. So


there's a feeling of trepidation. And I feel that. I can still feel


that. I can see his face. Jaconelli was larger than life. He


featured in his ice cream shop on Jim'll Fix It in 1976.


You're a lovely girl, aren't you? Looks easy, doesn't it?


He even held the world oyster`eating record.


The oysters are gradually disappearing fast.


After Real Whitby published, more alleged victims of Jaconelli came


forward. It was 1972 or '73 at the time. I


was 12 or 13. I was walking along the seafront at Scarborough south


bay. And he called me over and said do you want a Saturday job? I went


upstairs. He turned up later. Sat next to me. Put his hand on my inner


thigh and said let's see what we can do now. Well, with that I just got


up and ran away. This man was 15 in 1968 when he


claims Jaconelli propositioned him outside his ice cream parlour.


He came over and started to talk to me and made conversation. Then he


asked me when I was going to go upstairs and show him my BLEEP? I


told my parents. My father took me to the police station and I gave a


statemen And after I told the police officer what had happened, he said


he believed what I'd told him. He was aware of similar stories, but


Peter Jaconelli was a town councillor, a county councillor,


judo club owner, businessman and a pillar of Scarborough society


effectively. That was the impression I drew from it and that was the end


of it. What did you make of it?


To think that he would do that and know he would get away with it. It's


just amazing. In total, we've spoken to five


witnesses, from the 13`year`old assaulted in a men's loo in 1951, to


the 15`year`old grabbed from behind while trying to collect cash. They


all tell a similar story. Peter Jaconelli died in 1999. He's still


listed as an honorary Alderman of Scarborough. This is a dead man who


can't defend himself. You've made one of the most serious allegations


any paper can make against him. You've called for his Alderman


status to be removed. Are you comfortable with that?


Of course he can't defend himself, but neither can he be punished,


neither can he be censured, neither can he go to jail. It's very clear


there's sufficient evidence to say he's not a fitting figure to carry


the status of Alderman. Scarborough Borough Council told us


they had passed on allegations of abuse to North Yorkshire Police. We


wanted to ask North Yorkshire Police why none of the alleged victims


we've spoken to say they've been interviewed. The Police declined to


speak on camera. They said they had reviewed the handling of the claims


and no further action was required. It will consider any allegations


made in this programme or elsewhere. So, still no reason why the alleged


victims say they haven't been interviewed. We also asked Peter


Jaconelli's relatives to be interviewed. They declined. In a


statement, they said there wasn't one occasion where they'd received


complaints or factual allegations regarding `` factual allegations.


They are not satisfied these claims are compelling evidence. We've seen


no compelling evidence of an organised cover up or of a


paedophile ring operating in Scarborough. But all of the


witnesses we have spoken to have given credible and consistent


accounts of being propositioned or assaulted by Peter Jaconelli.


If you have been affected by any of the issues on this film we will have


a helpline at the end of the programme.


Eels were once such an important part of the Fenland economy that


they were used by villagers to pay their taxes. Changes in habitat have


sent it into a spiral of decline. Its fortunes could be about to


change though. We have been off in search of one of the world's most


mysterious creatures. In a ritual which has been part of


Fenland tradition for centuries, this boat is in search of eels. Once


this thriving population, now brought to the brink of collapse.


Now the tide may be turning because efforts have been made to make one


of the most enigmatic, mysterious and curious of all species to come


back. The eel is an indicator of how well


we are treating the natural world. We are doing all we can to make sure


they are here for future generations.


Big years ago, the European eel was on the critical danger list.


Looking forward to a good stay on the water. We got everything and are


ready to go. Over the last 30 or 40 years eels


numbers have dropped. Why is that? The big reason is the change in


ocean currents somewhere. That affects them going back into the


Atlantic. The eels amazing lifecycle starts in


the warm Sargasso Sea near Bermuda. The young drift on the Atlantic


currents all the way to Europe, entering our river systems where


they mature for up to 20 years before returning to the warm ocean


to breed and die But man`made changes to our waterways, including


sluices and weirs, means the free passage they need to get in and out


is often blocked. The traditional way of trapping eels is by laying


fyke nets which have been used here in the Fens for hundreds of years.


Effectively, there is a long wall which acts as a barrier and then


they hit the entrance to the net. Then we will take them out to


measure them. While netting takes time, there's a


quicker option for us in shallower water upstream. Here Jake and our


team are about to start electro fishing, giving us an instant


picture of how healthy eel stocks are here.


They won't harm the eels or me in the water.


Now they come up straightaway. Let's get going.


Before too long I'm in luck. It is great fun eel monitoring. Look at


that! After a quarter of a mile it's time to take stock. We have


ourselves a net full of eels. It is annexed on issuing `` it is an


astonishing life cycle. Imagine that is going to swim all


the way across the Atlantic. It's a far cry from days gone by


when eels were so commonplace in the Fens that they became not just a


staple diet but a valuable commodity to trade.


They are submerged in water keeping the fish alive.


It was eels from the Fens and Thames which kept Londoners fed during the


Second World War. And in much of Lincolnshire, people could count on


a ready supply. It is an incredibly important and


symbolic species for the Fenland people. Part of their social


history. They've been here for many, many


years. Fishing both legal and illegal has gone on for many years.


We are very keen to exploit that history and bring it back.


At Lincoln Cathedral there's evidence of the fish's value that


stretches back to the Middle Ages. What we have here is an example of a


document in the archives which relates to payment for rent a


property partly in money but partly in eels. People were more likely to


bat out than they are today. So eels were part of that belief.


Today the eel's fightback is well and truly underway. In the heart of


Lincolnshire's former wetlands a truck makes its way through the


countryside with a cargo that is could help reverse its fortunes. We


have 20,000 deals on board and we are going to distribute them. Today


is the first attempt by the Lincolnshire Rivers Trust And


Sustainable Yield Group to try to restock the rivers. How many will


survive, we do not know. Maybe one in this box will get back to breed.


That would be fantastic. If the EU is doing well it tells us we are


managing water intelligently and for greater good of nature. `` if the


eel is doing well. Across Europe the trade in eels is still big business


so there's a commercial as well as environmental imperative to arrest


the eels decline. As well as restocking rivers, the Sustainable


Eel Group are trying to encourage responsible fishing. Licensing is


now tightly monitored ` and people like Corine Rozendaal of the Dutch


Eel Company, who supply British restaurants from eel farms in


Holland, are keen to make sure the Industry is seen to be responsible.


How long is each of these smoked for? Between two and three others.


To use sustainable animals macro from the farms, you let the eel in


the wild recover. It does not mean you cannot fish for them but I want


my end product to be sustainable. But restrictions on fishing and


initiatives on restocking can only go so far. Now modern technology is


playing a vital role in helping eel RIB move in and out of their beloved


Fens. `` in helping eels. So it comes in here and migrates upstream


and eventually pops out above the Shropshire and away they go. And the


water is still going rapidly through here. This breaks up the flow,


reduces the velocity, and it provides a way for the eel to find


its way through. You can get all sizes through these. James and his


team are now using special underwater cameras to monitor how


many eels are successfully negotiating these former barriers.


Isn't that good? How many of these eel passes have you manage to put


in? Five. For the first time in generations we have free passage up


to tens of kilometres of river. Are you optimistic about the future of


the European eel, certainly in eastern England? Yes, there is a lot


being done by many organisations that are trying to improve things.


There is research going on. Hull University are involved. There is a


huge amount being done and we are optimistic that the eel will go on


to recover. We may have a long way to go before the Fens are teeming


with eels again but it's hoped the conservation work being carried out


in its essential habitats will prevent these mysterious creatures


from slipping out of our lives forever.


Imagine you are physically exhausted, depressed and ill simply


because you cannot get enough sleep. That is a reality for a growing


number of children and teenagers. Now a South Yorkshire health charity


is helping to cure chronic sleeping disorders. We have met some very


tired parents. It's every parent's dream ` children


peacefully asleep ` good for their development, for their health, and


for their parents' sanity. But for a growing number of children and


adolescents, a good night's sleep is a rare occurrence. Sleep problems


have been linked with obesity, with difficulties at school, and can have


a devastatingly disruptive effect on families. But it needn't be like


this. This is Elise. She's 14 years old, and hasn't slept properly since


early childhood. It's a couple of hours, when I don't I end up walking


round the house, just trying to get my mind to do something. Mary Anne's


son, Arran, is three years old, he doesn't sleep and she's desperate.


Since he's been born he's not slept. He might have a couple of nights


here and there when he's that exhausted, or poorly. Elise and


Arran are among the one in four children in this country who will at


some point suffer sleep problems. But Mary Anne and Elise are about to


do something about it. It's December, and Elise is at


Sheffield Children's Hospital. This glue will feel quite cold. She's


worried she might have a medical condition that's causing the


insomnia, and her need for sleep is getting more urgent. I don't want it


affecting education, at the moment, being in Year Ten, it's quite an


important time in my life in school. Elise is undergoing a sleep study.


She'll spend the night at the hospital, with nurses and


physiologists monitoring her every breath and movement. Are you amazed


at how many wires? Many of the children treated in the unit have


respiratory problems, but they check Elise for other things too. We


monitor brain activity using EEG electrodes, so they have electrodes


stuck on their head. We're looking at oxygen levels, carbon dioxide


levels, body position, movement of the legs. Altogether, if we do a


full sleep study, we have 22 different channels that we're


observing. Welcome. I want to tell you what


we're going to do today. Mary Anne' s tried everything. Today she's at a


Sleep Success workshop in a last attempt to get her son to sleep.


Everything I've been advised to do I've done, but its not helping. But


I've been fighting for a long time to get somehwhere, so fingers


crossed I'm hoping I might take something away from today that might


help. The workshop is being run by a charity, set up by a teacher from


Barnsley who was appalled at the lack of help she got when her own


child had sleep issues. She's passionate about passing on the


techniques that changed her life. Sleep Success workshop is about a


behavioural approach to sleep. Some of Vicki's advice sounds obvious.


Switch off the TV, have a regular routine, and make whatever you do in


the hour beforehand lead firmly but definitely towards bed. Also, keep a


diary to record what works. Which will be something different for each


child. It's up to the parents to pick out the information that's


suitable for their child, and to take that away and implement it,


rather than to be told "this is exactly what you need to do,"


because every child is so individual in their sleep needs. Last year


almost 6,000 children in the UK received hospital treatment for


sleep disorders. Sheffield Children's Hospital is one of only a


few centres in the UK to run a sleep clinic especially aimed at children.


The two main groups that we see are the preschool children who can't


settle to sleep on their own. And the other main group are the


adolescents, who are using technology, and all the time that


you're using a screen, it is keeping your brain stimulated, and it's


harder for the brain to switch off and go to sleep. Heather's


experience is backed up by research which suggest sleep problems are


becoming more common in teenagers. Recent studies suggest that up to


three quarters of them may be affected by sleep deprivation.


For some parents, getting their children to sleep has transformed


their lives. Carol and Claire from Immingham combine working for the


sleep charity with caring for their sons Luke and Jack. They haven't


always been this happy. He didn't sleep at all. 20 minutes at a time,


day and night. It was horrendous. This carried on for about eight


years. You feel that run down, exhausted, depressed, tired. Our


marriage broke up because of no sleep. They'd been told that


disabled children would always have sleep problems, but after a


colleague of Claire's trained as a sleep practitioner, they decided to


try her techniques. Got rid of the telly for a start, changed it for


soft music playing in the background for him to settle with. And every


night I used to tun it down a notch until he settled with nothing in the


room. After about two to three weeks he was sleeping. It was amazing.


They did want to label my other son with ADHD, because he was so erratic


misbehaving, and once Jack started sleeping and we started sleeping, he


never did get that diagnosis, which I'm pleased about. They both now


volunteer for the charity, giving online and telephone support to


other struggling parents. A lot of the advice is around having a good


evening routine. Getting the child to realise that it's coming up to


bedtime. And about being persistent, keeping going even if things don't


seem to be working. Because it will happen. Now they're taking their


sleep message on the road ` they've got a Big Lottery grant to set up


sleep clinics at children's centres throughout North East Lincolnshire.


Maybe some of the things we advise are quite obvious, but when you're


living it it's not so obvious, what things you can tweak and change. And


you'll do anything just to get that hour's sleep. It's morning at the


Children's Hospital, and Elise's sleep study has not gone as


expected. She went to sleep about 11 and she slept really well. However,


there was one incident. She woke at four, sat up, went on her mobile


phone for a bit, but she did eventually go back to sleep at


4.45am. You don't feel like you've had any


sleep? Really? Mobile phones aside, the study shows some of Elise's


sleep patterns were unusual. We can see that she is sleep deprived. It's


reassuring that all the sleep cycles are represented. She's having each


of the stages she should have. However, you would expect more of


them over the course of the night. The study also shows Elise's


breathing patterns and oxygen levels are regular,which means respiratory


problem aren't causing her broken nights. So do you think you know


what the problem is now? I think that this study has ruled out things


rather than finding things. Now it's a matter of getting her to relax and


go off to sleep. At the workshop, it's time for the


parents to go away and practice. And Mary Anne's feeling hopeful. Just


being here today has made me feel less alone. There are other parents


that struggle. I know it's going to be tricky and hard. Go away, have


confidence in your own skills. Yu've got the knowledge now. Just two


weeks after the workshop, Mary Anne's life has been transformed.


He's slept five nights since I've done the course. I've just tried few


different things, what I was told on the course. It's just amazing. Her


new routine includes cuddling Arran in a warm towel, and feeding him


supper an hour beforew bed. You wouldn't think that you don't think


doing brown bread and whole banana and things like that would work.


Elise is sleeping too, helped by medicine. They've put me on


melatonin tablets to help me sleep at night. They're really helping.


She's still got work to do, but Mary Anne has her child back. He's the


happy little boy I knew when he has sleep. He's no longer so tired and


grumpy and nasty. He's just a lovely little boy.


That is all for tonight from here in Scarborough. Make sure you join us


next week, when we will be asking why a disabled man has to a more to


go by taxi, meeting people building a new steam train, and find out


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Toby Foster brings you the stories that matter in Yorkshire and Lincolnshire. This week, Chris Jackson tries to find out the truth about Real Whitby, and Rachel Pierman visits the clinic trying to help children to sleep better.

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