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.
Hello and welcome to inside out.
Tonight, could the emergency
services have acted any faster on
the night of the Manchester Arena
I said we need paramedics, we
need paramedics now.
How life after
top-level sport can be traumatic.
When you are part of the team it is
brilliant, and going away from that
had a massive impact on me.
Liverpool is the start of a new
I just want to go
back to Liverpool.
Say it again.
In May, a suicide bomber killed 22
people at Manchester Arena. Hundreds
more were injured. Inside out has
learned that some of the most
seriously wounded victims had to
wait over an hour before receiving
expert medical treatment. One of the
first reporters on the scene that
might also explores why are
firefighters were held back the
nearly two hours. -- for nearly two
hours. On the 22nd of May, Salman
Abedi made his way to the Manchester
Arena, waiting for the Ariana Grande
concert to finish. As fans streamed
out he detonated a suicide device.
There was rubble and smoke
everywhere, and there was just
It was too much for two
or three paramedics to deal with.
That night the emergency services
treated hundreds of people, many
with life changing injuries. But
what we have learnt is that some of
the most seriously wounded had to
wait for more than an hour before
receiving any expert medical
treatment. 12 months before the
bomb, a training exercise was staged
at the Trafford Centre on the
outskirts of Manchester. Authorities
were pleased with how it had gone.
We are delighted, I mean the aim of
the exercise was to really stress
test all of the organisations that
would respond to a terror attack.
But what happened on May 22, when a
real terror attack took place?
Salman Abedi triggered his bomb at
10:31 p.m.. On the night I was here
right in the centre of Manchester,
and in the aftermath I was
interviewing people on Radio 5 live
trying to piece together what had
Everybody started running
as much as we could.
building shook, and there were
How long were you
lying there for?
Probably an hour.
So on the night, people were telling
me that some of the injured were
waiting an hour to treatment.
Shortly after 11pm, added half an
hour after the bomb went off, those
who had been in the foyer, injured
but able to walk, were evacuated to
hear, and this is Victoria Station,
approach. Ambulance crews from
across England treated the injured
who had been able to escape the
scene. But for those in the foyer,
expert help was still very limited.
Before the police court was made
secure, only one north-west
ambulance service paramedic made it
the foyer. Over the next hour, he
was joined by two more paramedics.
Eyewitnesses we have spoken to say
more medical help was desperately
needed. Kim and Phil Dick from
Bradford were in the foyer to
collect their daughter and
Keep going, keep
Second after the explosion, a
victim with serious injuries
collapsed in front of Kim.
hardly walk, she was stumbling,
bleeding from her arm and her mouth
and her leg and how was burned, and
I grabbed her because I thought she
was going to fall.
How long was
Just over an hour, I kept
saying, be brave, but it is kept
As time passed, concern grew
about the lack paramedics in the
There were police, there were
armed police, I just kept shouting,
we need paramedics, we need
paramedics now. And they were making
sure there was no more bombs.
hour after the explosion, the
wounded in the foyer were only
receiving basic first aid rather
than expert paramedic help.
longer it went on the more silent it
became, and it was absolutely, it
was really eerie, and people who I
had seen a little earlier who are
severely injured, when our dead.
They made a decision at some point,
about an hour in ten minutes after
the explosion that... The medical
staff were coming up to the foyer,
but they were going to evacuate the
The girl they looked
after did survive. Security fears
may explain why only three
paramedics could enter the so-called
hot zone, where the bomb had gone
it's hard to understand the delay in
the arrival of Fire and Rescue
staff, commanders on the night held
Fire and Rescue staff back at their
stations until 12:18 a.m., fully one
hour and 47 minutes after the blast.
The fire service made a decision to
go to a rendezvous point which is
normal practice for the ambulance
service, the ambulance service was
called forward and at this stage I
am unsure as to why the fire service
was delayed for so long.
Manchester Fire and Rescue Service
has a technical response unit, these
are people trained specifically to
deal with terrorist situations. That
unit took part in the Trafford
Centre exercise last year, it is
still uncertain who on the night
made the decision not to deploy that
units. Save the UK firefighting
service is the major online platform
for firefighters in the UK. But on
the night of the Manchester bomb
those who were on duty use this page
as the event was unfolding to vent
their frustrations they were not
being sent to the arena.
I have been
a firefighter in Manchester for
nearly ten years and I had never
felt so much guilt in my life.
were only half a mile away from
helping, half a mile from
potentially saving lives and that
will always stick with me forever.
Paramedic when he came to us, --
lady came to us, pleading with us to
help, because they needed.
firefighter who was on duty that
night has come forward to tell us
how it felt.
We sat there waiting,
waiting for the get go. You are
kicking yourself what you could have
done, it might have changed
anything, but we could have been at
a help. -- might not have changed
anything. But we could have been
there to help. They were homeless
people helping, members of the
public helping, I am a paid public
service and I wanted to help, I just
wasn't allowed to help.
were trapped in the foyer that night
remain grateful that so many put
their lives at risk to help save
others. But almost six months on,
some remain concerned that emergency
medical help was so slow to arrive.
They wanted to minimise the risks to
as many people as a possible, I
understand that. But they employed
tens if not hundreds of -- police
officers into the arena, and if some
of those had been medically trained
they could have... You can't say for
certain, at some peoples injuries
could have been dealt with quicker
and perhaps, just perhaps, some
lives could have been saved.
man who collected his son from the
arena leaves the authorities did the
absolute best they could.
like everybody to get help
straightaway, you would like every
single medic, every doctor who was
in Manchester should have been out.
And you would have liked them to
have been there and everyone would
have been in their helping, nobody
would have died, and that would be
it. It couldn't happen.
The mayor of
greater Manchester has now set up an
independent review to learn lessons
from the event in May. It is due to
report next year.
There was a
feeling out the time that the wrong
call was made in those moments. It
seems to me there is some substance
to that, and it was one of the
reasons why the independent review
was set up. But it's not about
feelings is it, that's the point, it
is about what is the evidence and
that evidence is being looked at by
Those in charge of the
emergency services that night had a
truly terrible decision to make.
Should they deploy as quickly as
possible, trying to save lives,
while there was still the threat of
a second explosion? Or should they
wait until the area happened -- had
been declared safe, there for
delaying treatment to victims of the
bomb as a result. We contacted all
the emergency services, the
north-west ambulance service told us
they were proud of their response to
the Manchester Arena attack. Rated
Manchester Fire and Rescue said they
have conducted their own internal
debriefing to the organisation's
response to the Manchester Arena
attack, and are fully cooperating
with the review. Greater Manchester
Police told us that they contacted
the north-west ambulance service
within three minutes of the incident
being declared, and they followed
their major incident plan. None of
these organisations wanted to appear
in this film while the review is
The life of a professional sportsman
or woman can be incredibly
glamorous. The fame, the financial
rewards, the adulation. But what
happens to those things when they
stop competing? Ara Porter -- our
reporter is the former Olympic
athlete, known as Diane Edwards.
Diane Edwards in lane three.
were the days. I have always thought
that a sporting career is like
running a long-distance rates.
can now, is it fast enough...
Occasionally there will be barriers
along the way, and maybe falls, but
they will also be fantastic highs.
The Australians are coming out, they
are into the wind...
actually happens when you reach the
finishing line? Sometimes, I think
that can be the hardest part of all.
Danny Sculthorpe was a successful
proper would with Wigan and England.
For him, rugby league was
everything, especially when it was a
There has back of your
neck are on end, the adrenaline is
going through your body that is
absolutely unbelievable, I can't
explain how good it was, it was
brilliant, absolutely brilliant.
towards the end of his career, Danny
had serious injury problems, and
when his final club Radford Bulls
tore up his contract in 2010, he was
devastated. A shack Radford. He was
just 31. -- Bradford.
I lost my job,
lost my career, I get choked up
about it, I had two kids and a wife
that I couldn't support, and that's
when the depression started. For a
long time I did what most men do
when they have mental health issues,
I kept it to myself I didn't deal
with it, I am supposed to be this
6-foot four prop forward, I can't
have mental health issues, I found
myself in a cart with a bottle of
pills and I was going to take my own
life but I am just lucky that I
decided not to do it on that
occasion, I'd render coming home and
a day after that is when my mum and
dad and my wife sat me down and
called me out on it, and saved my
Danny's experience is actually
not that unusual in the world of
professional sport, as neurologist
and professional footballer told me.
If they have not developed options
and opportunities to transition into
another career than their brain can
often go into a threat state, and
their thought process can be more
negative, and that can lead to many
issues such as clinical depression.
We are unaware of certain athletes
who have taken their life because of
that loss of identity that
As an amateur boxer, Natasha Jonas
won a stack of titles, including
European Championship gold and World
Championship bronze. She made
history at London 20 when she became
the first British woman to box in
Boxing is just a
skill. But you learn so much more
and you learn a lot of life skills.
There are a lot of milestones.
Obviously the Olympics was by far my
greatest boxing achievement.
then a foot injury led to defeat in
the Commonwealth Games and failure
to qualify for the real Olympics.
Natasha made the decision to retire.
I couldn't do it for another four
years. My time was done. I don't
think that I could have been that
athlete again. So I thought, now is
Natasha started to prepare
for life outside the ring. She found
work with outside associations and
broadcasters. And there was another
compelling reason for her to
reappraise her plans. She was
pregnant with her daughter.
I had a
whole new world and I can itself
busy with a baby, with new
For the first year or so
of her life you are trying to get
her into a routine, so I was off
doing what I needed to do -- I
wasn't off doing what I need to do,
because I was focusing on her.
Despite this, the pull of boxing
proved too powerful.
others was what I missed. I had left
boxing on a bit of a low. I got
beaten in the Commonwealth Games,
where should have won a medal. I had
unfinished business. Once I got over
the physical stuff, I thought, I've
still got it. And so earlier this
year she turned professional,
working with Manchester trainer Joe
Gallagher. She has already won her
first three fights.
I want your six
digit number to be as close as
possible to that.
Ben Burgess is
known to the students as their
favourite teacher. But to thousands
of football fans he is remembered as
a striker at nearby Bloomfield Road.
His 14 year career took him to no
fewer than ten clubs, including
Blackburn, Oldham and Stockport. But
after years of wear and tear and 21
operations on his knees, then
realised in 2012 that he wouldn't be
able to fulfil a new contract he had
When your body can't do
what your mind wants to do it the
most frustrating thing in the world.
We wrote the two years of the
contract off and that was it. We
just sort of parted. I was really
emotional at the time and it was a
lot to take in. Driving home from
Liverpool, I had to stop the car and
gather my thoughts.
The key factor
which helped with his transition
into the real world was that unlike
most athletes, he had planned ahead.
I always had on the back of my mind
that I needed something. I managed
to get a journalism degree. I was
doing little bits of freelance while
I was still playing. As I knew my
career was coming to an end, it was
like, what can I do with my
qualifications? Someone mentioned
that if you have a degree you can
become a qualified school teacher.
You could say his transition from
footballer to school teacher is a
lesson for all.
While they are
competing it is important for them
to have interest outside of that
sport, which can then lead into
their transition when they come to
the end of their career.
Sculthorpe is in a good place now.
His failed suicide attempt proved to
be a turning point.
My family is
absolutely everything. I could have
done something stupid that they and
I could have ruined their lives. To
see them growing up healthy, you
know, just means the world to me.
Big smiles for dad.
He is now
working with State of Mind, a mental
We've spoken to
27,000 people over the last six
years and 28 people have told us
that because of one of our sessions
they've changed the minds of taking
their life, which is unbelievable.
Family life is at the centre of
Natasha Jones's life as well and she
is a winner once again, but she
knows the day will come when
retirement will come.
It is scary. I
can't walk away from boxing. I don't
think I will 100% of the leaf
boxing. I'll always have something
to do with it.
Children are at the
heart of Ben Burgess's daily life
too. Football life in the past, he
is working on developing the
citizens of the future.
I don't want
their children to see that you are
the clever or you're not or talented
or not, it's about how hard you
It's clear that some athletes
handled the move into retirement
much better than others. But for me
there's a duty care for everybody in
sport to ensure that our sports men
and women make that transition as
easily as possible.
There's a bit of an Oscar buzz about
a new movie called Film Stars Don't
Die in Liverpool. It tells the
remarkable true story of a man whose
life is turned upside down when he
met and fell in love with a
Hollywood superstar back in the
I've been to meet him. If I
make you a drink will you come to my
room? I need a partner for my dance
I mean, if you fix me a
drink, I'll come in...
young man meets older woman love
story, except in this case he was
just a young actor from Liverpool
and she was a former Hollywood
screen goddess. A bit far-fetched?
Maybe, but this is very much a true
story. It begins in the late 1970s.
She came to do a play in London and
came to rent this groundfloor
apartment in this house and I was at
the top of the house.
Were you aware
of who she was immediately?
Gloria Graham -- Grahame? I hadn't
seen any of the films.
didn't realise was 20 years ago
Gloria Grahame was at the top of her
tree, starring in various films and
playing femme fatale to lead by
comfrey Bogart, Kirk Douglas and Lee
Marvin. -- Humphrey Bogart. Around
the time she met Peter Gloria was
interviewed on the BBC.
I'm just a
girl who can't say no. I'm an
interminable fix. They asked if I
could sing and I said no. They said,
of course you sing, using in the
shower? I said, no, I couldn't carry
it in a bucket.
We just connected
and there was a big age gap and at
that time it was quite
controversial. She used to travel
around on the buses or the tube and
waiting queues and all things like
For two years the couple lived
it up in LA, New York and London,
before splitting up in 1980. But
within a year the final dramatic
scenes would be played out in
Liverpool. Gloria would spend her
last days here, at Peter's family
home. It all followed a phone call
from the Duke's Theatre in
Lancaster. What did that phone call
It was very brief. Gloria is
here, she's very ill. What? How ill?
They said, well, she is very, very
ill and would you come immediately?
She came to Liverpool when the chips
were down, a place where she felt
safe. She wanted to get better. It
was futile. I think she knew she was
going to die. She knew she had left
Eventually Peter wrote a
moving account of the difficult days
that followed and the fabulous years
which preceded them. The book was
published in 1986 and now has been
turned into a film starring Annette
Denning and Jamie Bell as Peter.
that Gloria Grahame, in our kitchen,
making a bacon Sam Wyche!
It is the
relationship that has most affected
him. I would spend many hours of him
just sitting down and asking what
were to him the nine questions but
to me meant everything.
told you how you look when you
Yeah, Humphrey Bogart and I
didn't like it then either.
Fantastic. At the
time, Gloria was seriously ill in
the family home and Peter was
appearing in a play at the Liverpool
Playhouse. The theatre is the
location of one of the most moving
scenes in the film and Peter has a
It was so strange,
surreal, to be on stage with
part and with Annette Bening being
Gloria Grahame. It was like a time
capsule... Where am I? What's going
Life is full of surprises. 31
years after writing his book and 36
years after he had last seen Gloria,
Peter Turner finally got to see the
film. He watched it in a private
screening with the producer.
end of the screening I said, you
want to sit by any? Barbara came and
gave me a big hug.
It's such a
significant part of your life.
big. The whole period, the whole
relationship, you know, kind of has
given me so much and too fine to
weigh an too, logic stands.
is a heartfelt tribute to Peter
Turner's love affair with a
remarkable woman. A relationship
which took a young man on a journey
which changed his life.
And the film is released on the 17th
of November. Inside Out is back in
the new year. See you then.
Colin Paterson examines claims that there were delays in the emergency services' response after the Manchester Arena bombing. Former athlete Diane Modahl discovers how today's sports stars cope with retirement. After a life dedicated to their sport, what are the psychological, emotional and practical issues they have to deal with? Dianne Oxberry meets the Liverpool man whose 1970s love affair with a Hollywood screen goddess has been made into an Oscar-tipped movie starring Annette Bening and Jamie Bell.