Episode 29 Inside Out


Episode 29

Colin Paterson examines claims that there were delays in the emergency services' response after the Manchester Arena bombing.


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Now on BBC News it's

time for Inside Out.

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Hello and welcome to inside out.

Tonight, could the emergency

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services have acted any faster on

the night of the Manchester Arena

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bomb?

I said we need paramedics, we

need paramedics now.

How life after

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top-level sport can be traumatic.

When you are part of the team it is

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brilliant, and going away from that

had a massive impact on me.

And why

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Liverpool is the start of a new

Hollywood movie.

I just want to go

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back to Liverpool.

Say it again.

Liverpool.

Wow.

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In May, a suicide bomber killed 22

people at Manchester Arena. Hundreds

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more were injured. Inside out has

learned that some of the most

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seriously wounded victims had to

wait over an hour before receiving

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expert medical treatment. One of the

first reporters on the scene that

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might also explores why are

firefighters were held back the

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nearly two hours. -- for nearly two

hours. On the 22nd of May, Salman

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Abedi made his way to the Manchester

Arena, waiting for the Ariana Grande

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concert to finish. As fans streamed

out he detonated a suicide device.

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There was rubble and smoke

everywhere, and there was just

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screaming.

It was too much for two

or three paramedics to deal with.

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That night the emergency services

treated hundreds of people, many

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with life changing injuries. But

what we have learnt is that some of

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the most seriously wounded had to

wait for more than an hour before

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receiving any expert medical

treatment. 12 months before the

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bomb, a training exercise was staged

at the Trafford Centre on the

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outskirts of Manchester. Authorities

were pleased with how it had gone.

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We are delighted, I mean the aim of

the exercise was to really stress

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test all of the organisations that

would respond to a terror attack.

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But what happened on May 22, when a

real terror attack took place?

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Salman Abedi triggered his bomb at

10:31 p.m.. On the night I was here

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right in the centre of Manchester,

and in the aftermath I was

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interviewing people on Radio 5 live

trying to piece together what had

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happened.

Everybody started running

as much as we could.

The whole

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building shook, and there were

bodies everywhere.

How long were you

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lying there for?

Probably an hour.

So on the night, people were telling

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me that some of the injured were

waiting an hour to treatment.

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Shortly after 11pm, added half an

hour after the bomb went off, those

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who had been in the foyer, injured

but able to walk, were evacuated to

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hear, and this is Victoria Station,

approach. Ambulance crews from

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across England treated the injured

who had been able to escape the

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scene. But for those in the foyer,

expert help was still very limited.

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Before the police court was made

secure, only one north-west

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ambulance service paramedic made it

the foyer. Over the next hour, he

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was joined by two more paramedics.

Eyewitnesses we have spoken to say

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more medical help was desperately

needed. Kim and Phil Dick from

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Bradford were in the foyer to

collect their daughter and

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granddaughter.

Keep going, keep

going.

Second after the explosion, a

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victim with serious injuries

collapsed in front of Kim.

She could

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hardly walk, she was stumbling,

bleeding from her arm and her mouth

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and her leg and how was burned, and

I grabbed her because I thought she

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was going to fall.

How long was

this?

Just over an hour, I kept

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saying, be brave, but it is kept

coming.

As time passed, concern grew

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about the lack paramedics in the

foyer.

There were police, there were

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armed police, I just kept shouting,

we need paramedics, we need

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paramedics now. And they were making

sure there was no more bombs.

An

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hour after the explosion, the

wounded in the foyer were only

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receiving basic first aid rather

than expert paramedic help.

The

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longer it went on the more silent it

became, and it was absolutely, it

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was really eerie, and people who I

had seen a little earlier who are

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severely injured, when our dead.

They made a decision at some point,

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about an hour in ten minutes after

the explosion that... The medical

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staff were coming up to the foyer,

but they were going to evacuate the

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casualties.

The girl they looked

after did survive. Security fears

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may explain why only three

paramedics could enter the so-called

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hot zone, where the bomb had gone

off. But

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it's hard to understand the delay in

the arrival of Fire and Rescue

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staff, commanders on the night held

Fire and Rescue staff back at their

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stations until 12:18 a.m., fully one

hour and 47 minutes after the blast.

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The fire service made a decision to

go to a rendezvous point which is

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normal practice for the ambulance

service, the ambulance service was

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called forward and at this stage I

am unsure as to why the fire service

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was delayed for so long.

Greater

Manchester Fire and Rescue Service

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has a technical response unit, these

are people trained specifically to

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deal with terrorist situations. That

unit took part in the Trafford

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Centre exercise last year, it is

still uncertain who on the night

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made the decision not to deploy that

units. Save the UK firefighting

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service is the major online platform

for firefighters in the UK. But on

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the night of the Manchester bomb

those who were on duty use this page

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as the event was unfolding to vent

their frustrations they were not

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being sent to the arena.

I have been

a firefighter in Manchester for

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nearly ten years and I had never

felt so much guilt in my life.

We

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were only half a mile away from

helping, half a mile from

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potentially saving lives and that

will always stick with me forever.

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Paramedic when he came to us, --

lady came to us, pleading with us to

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help, because they needed.

One

firefighter who was on duty that

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night has come forward to tell us

how it felt.

We sat there waiting,

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waiting for the get go. You are

kicking yourself what you could have

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done, it might have changed

anything, but we could have been at

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a help. -- might not have changed

anything. But we could have been

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there to help. They were homeless

people helping, members of the

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public helping, I am a paid public

service and I wanted to help, I just

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wasn't allowed to help.

Those who

were trapped in the foyer that night

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remain grateful that so many put

their lives at risk to help save

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others. But almost six months on,

some remain concerned that emergency

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medical help was so slow to arrive.

They wanted to minimise the risks to

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as many people as a possible, I

understand that. But they employed

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tens if not hundreds of -- police

officers into the arena, and if some

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of those had been medically trained

they could have... You can't say for

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certain, at some peoples injuries

could have been dealt with quicker

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and perhaps, just perhaps, some

lives could have been saved.

But one

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man who collected his son from the

arena leaves the authorities did the

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absolute best they could.

You would

like everybody to get help

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straightaway, you would like every

single medic, every doctor who was

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in Manchester should have been out.

And you would have liked them to

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have been there and everyone would

have been in their helping, nobody

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would have died, and that would be

it. It couldn't happen.

The mayor of

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greater Manchester has now set up an

independent review to learn lessons

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from the event in May. It is due to

report next year.

There was a

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feeling out the time that the wrong

call was made in those moments. It

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seems to me there is some substance

to that, and it was one of the

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reasons why the independent review

was set up. But it's not about

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feelings is it, that's the point, it

is about what is the evidence and

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that evidence is being looked at by

the review.

Those in charge of the

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emergency services that night had a

truly terrible decision to make.

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Should they deploy as quickly as

possible, trying to save lives,

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while there was still the threat of

a second explosion? Or should they

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wait until the area happened -- had

been declared safe, there for

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delaying treatment to victims of the

bomb as a result. We contacted all

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the emergency services, the

north-west ambulance service told us

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they were proud of their response to

the Manchester Arena attack. Rated

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Manchester Fire and Rescue said they

have conducted their own internal

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debriefing to the organisation's

response to the Manchester Arena

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attack, and are fully cooperating

with the review. Greater Manchester

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Police told us that they contacted

the north-west ambulance service

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within three minutes of the incident

being declared, and they followed

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their major incident plan. None of

these organisations wanted to appear

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in this film while the review is

ongoing.

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The life of a professional sportsman

or woman can be incredibly

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glamorous. The fame, the financial

rewards, the adulation. But what

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happens to those things when they

stop competing? Ara Porter -- our

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reporter is the former Olympic

athlete, known as Diane Edwards.

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Diane Edwards in lane three.

Those

were the days. I have always thought

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that a sporting career is like

running a long-distance rates.

They

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can now, is it fast enough...

Occasionally there will be barriers

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along the way, and maybe falls, but

they will also be fantastic highs.

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The Australians are coming out, they

are into the wind...

So what

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actually happens when you reach the

finishing line? Sometimes, I think

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that can be the hardest part of all.

Danny Sculthorpe was a successful

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proper would with Wigan and England.

For him, rugby league was

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everything, especially when it was a

big game.

There has back of your

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neck are on end, the adrenaline is

going through your body that is

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absolutely unbelievable, I can't

explain how good it was, it was

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brilliant, absolutely brilliant.

But

towards the end of his career, Danny

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had serious injury problems, and

when his final club Radford Bulls

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tore up his contract in 2010, he was

devastated. A shack Radford. He was

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just 31. -- Bradford.

I lost my job,

lost my career, I get choked up

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about it, I had two kids and a wife

that I couldn't support, and that's

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when the depression started. For a

long time I did what most men do

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when they have mental health issues,

I kept it to myself I didn't deal

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with it, I am supposed to be this

6-foot four prop forward, I can't

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have mental health issues, I found

myself in a cart with a bottle of

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pills and I was going to take my own

life but I am just lucky that I

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decided not to do it on that

occasion, I'd render coming home and

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a day after that is when my mum and

dad and my wife sat me down and

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called me out on it, and saved my

life.

Danny's experience is actually

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not that unusual in the world of

professional sport, as neurologist

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and professional footballer told me.

If they have not developed options

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and opportunities to transition into

another career than their brain can

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often go into a threat state, and

their thought process can be more

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negative, and that can lead to many

issues such as clinical depression.

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We are unaware of certain athletes

who have taken their life because of

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that loss of identity that

retirement brings.

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As an amateur boxer, Natasha Jonas

won a stack of titles, including

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European Championship gold and World

Championship bronze. She made

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history at London 20 when she became

the first British woman to box in

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the Olympics.

Boxing is just a

skill. But you learn so much more

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and you learn a lot of life skills.

There are a lot of milestones.

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Obviously the Olympics was by far my

greatest boxing achievement.

But

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then a foot injury led to defeat in

the Commonwealth Games and failure

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to qualify for the real Olympics.

Natasha made the decision to retire.

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I couldn't do it for another four

years. My time was done. I don't

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think that I could have been that

athlete again. So I thought, now is

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the time.

Natasha started to prepare

for life outside the ring. She found

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work with outside associations and

broadcasters. And there was another

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compelling reason for her to

reappraise her plans. She was

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pregnant with her daughter.

I had a

whole new world and I can itself

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busy with a baby, with new

companies.

For the first year or so

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of her life you are trying to get

her into a routine, so I was off

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doing what I needed to do -- I

wasn't off doing what I need to do,

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because I was focusing on her.

Despite this, the pull of boxing

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proved too powerful.

Working with

others was what I missed. I had left

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boxing on a bit of a low. I got

beaten in the Commonwealth Games,

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where should have won a medal. I had

unfinished business. Once I got over

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the physical stuff, I thought, I've

still got it. And so earlier this

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year she turned professional,

working with Manchester trainer Joe

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Gallagher. She has already won her

first three fights.

I want your six

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digit number to be as close as

possible to that.

Ben Burgess is

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known to the students as their

favourite teacher. But to thousands

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of football fans he is remembered as

a striker at nearby Bloomfield Road.

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His 14 year career took him to no

fewer than ten clubs, including

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Blackburn, Oldham and Stockport. But

after years of wear and tear and 21

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operations on his knees, then

realised in 2012 that he wouldn't be

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able to fulfil a new contract he had

just signed.

When your body can't do

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what your mind wants to do it the

most frustrating thing in the world.

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We wrote the two years of the

contract off and that was it. We

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just sort of parted. I was really

emotional at the time and it was a

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lot to take in. Driving home from

Liverpool, I had to stop the car and

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gather my thoughts.

The key factor

which helped with his transition

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into the real world was that unlike

most athletes, he had planned ahead.

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I always had on the back of my mind

that I needed something. I managed

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to get a journalism degree. I was

doing little bits of freelance while

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I was still playing. As I knew my

career was coming to an end, it was

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like, what can I do with my

qualifications? Someone mentioned

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that if you have a degree you can

become a qualified school teacher.

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You could say his transition from

footballer to school teacher is a

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lesson for all.

While they are

competing it is important for them

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to have interest outside of that

sport, which can then lead into

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their transition when they come to

the end of their career.

Danny

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Sculthorpe is in a good place now.

His failed suicide attempt proved to

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be a turning point.

My family is

absolutely everything. I could have

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done something stupid that they and

I could have ruined their lives. To

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see them growing up healthy, you

know, just means the world to me.

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Big smiles for dad.

He is now

working with State of Mind, a mental

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health charity.

We've spoken to

27,000 people over the last six

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years and 28 people have told us

that because of one of our sessions

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they've changed the minds of taking

their life, which is unbelievable.

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Family life is at the centre of

Natasha Jones's life as well and she

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is a winner once again, but she

knows the day will come when

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retirement will come.

It is scary. I

can't walk away from boxing. I don't

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think I will 100% of the leaf

boxing. I'll always have something

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to do with it.

Children are at the

heart of Ben Burgess's daily life

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too. Football life in the past, he

is working on developing the

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citizens of the future.

I don't want

their children to see that you are

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the clever or you're not or talented

or not, it's about how hard you

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work.

It's clear that some athletes

handled the move into retirement

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much better than others. But for me

there's a duty care for everybody in

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sport to ensure that our sports men

and women make that transition as

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easily as possible.

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There's a bit of an Oscar buzz about

a new movie called Film Stars Don't

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Die in Liverpool. It tells the

remarkable true story of a man whose

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life is turned upside down when he

met and fell in love with a

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Hollywood superstar back in the

1970s.

I've been to meet him. If I

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make you a drink will you come to my

room? I need a partner for my dance

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class.

I mean, if you fix me a

drink, I'll come in...

A classic

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young man meets older woman love

story, except in this case he was

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just a young actor from Liverpool

and she was a former Hollywood

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screen goddess. A bit far-fetched?

Maybe, but this is very much a true

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story. It begins in the late 1970s.

She came to do a play in London and

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came to rent this groundfloor

apartment in this house and I was at

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the top of the house.

Were you aware

of who she was immediately?

No.

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Gloria Graham -- Grahame? I hadn't

seen any of the films.

What he

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didn't realise was 20 years ago

Gloria Grahame was at the top of her

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tree, starring in various films and

playing femme fatale to lead by

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comfrey Bogart, Kirk Douglas and Lee

Marvin. -- Humphrey Bogart. Around

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the time she met Peter Gloria was

interviewed on the BBC.

I'm just a

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girl who can't say no. I'm an

interminable fix. They asked if I

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could sing and I said no. They said,

of course you sing, using in the

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shower? I said, no, I couldn't carry

it in a bucket.

We just connected

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and there was a big age gap and at

that time it was quite

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controversial. She used to travel

around on the buses or the tube and

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waiting queues and all things like

that.

For two years the couple lived

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it up in LA, New York and London,

before splitting up in 1980. But

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within a year the final dramatic

scenes would be played out in

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Liverpool. Gloria would spend her

last days here, at Peter's family

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home. It all followed a phone call

from the Duke's Theatre in

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Lancaster. What did that phone call

CTU?

It was very brief. Gloria is

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here, she's very ill. What? How ill?

They said, well, she is very, very

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ill and would you come immediately?

She came to Liverpool when the chips

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were down, a place where she felt

safe. She wanted to get better. It

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was futile. I think she knew she was

going to die. She knew she had left

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it late.

Eventually Peter wrote a

moving account of the difficult days

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that followed and the fabulous years

which preceded them. The book was

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published in 1986 and now has been

turned into a film starring Annette

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Denning and Jamie Bell as Peter.

Not

that Gloria Grahame, in our kitchen,

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making a bacon Sam Wyche!

It is the

relationship that has most affected

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him. I would spend many hours of him

just sitting down and asking what

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were to him the nine questions but

to me meant everything.

Has anyone

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told you how you look when you

smoke?

Yeah, Humphrey Bogart and I

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didn't like it then either.

This is

the backstage.

Fantastic. At the

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time, Gloria was seriously ill in

the family home and Peter was

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appearing in a play at the Liverpool

Playhouse. The theatre is the

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location of one of the most moving

scenes in the film and Peter has a

0:23:510:23:56

small cameo.

It was so strange,

surreal, to be on stage with

0:23:560:24:05

Jamie...

Being you.

Playing that

part and with Annette Bening being

0:24:050:24:16

Gloria Grahame. It was like a time

capsule... Where am I? What's going

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on?

Life is full of surprises. 31

years after writing his book and 36

0:24:240:24:33

years after he had last seen Gloria,

Peter Turner finally got to see the

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film. He watched it in a private

screening with the producer.

At the

0:24:380:24:42

end of the screening I said, you

want to sit by any? Barbara came and

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gave me a big hug.

It's such a

significant part of your life.

It is

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big. The whole period, the whole

relationship, you know, kind of has

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given me so much and too fine to

weigh an too, logic stands.

The film

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is a heartfelt tribute to Peter

Turner's love affair with a

0:25:200:25:25

remarkable woman. A relationship

which took a young man on a journey

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which changed his life.

And the film is released on the 17th

0:25:300:25:38

of November. Inside Out is back in

the new year. See you then.

0:25:380:25:47

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