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
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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.