31/10/2011 Inside Out West Midlands


31/10/2011

Mary Rhodes reports on those who make unnecessary 999 calls. A family visits long-lost relatives in Birmingham to learn why a local children's home sent their parents to Canada.


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Aren't tonight's programme - they were sent to Canada from children's

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homes in Birmingham. Now the children are our back searching for

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their Midland routes. I have to have a measure of forgiveness. He

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could not give me what he had not been given himself. The unwanted

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999 calls that could raise other people's lives. I have been to

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patients who just want a chat, a cup of tea made. We are on the road

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with Black Country ambulances answering calls that should not

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have been made. She has locked herself out. I have not got your

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key. And a stage villain for real life hoodlum? The Coventry actor

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who could be heading back behind bars. I am an actor and nothing

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will change that. Even if I do go at a prison, when I come home I

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would go back to acting. Welcome to Welcome to Inside Out. We start

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tonight with an amazing story of a family search for their hidden

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history. Stand by bit the tissues. Post-World War 1. The country was

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heading for a Great Depression. Poverty amongst working-class

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families was common. This family had seven children. With no welfare

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state, the only solution at late in the Child migrant programme. They

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believe they were doing the right thing for the children. But hundred

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and 30,000 children was sent to the colonies. Beatrice was the youngest

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of the seven children sent to Canada and is the only one still

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alive. She is now 90, but unable to travel. Her son has come to

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Birmingham to try and find out why she was sent a wave. From this trip

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I am hoping to gain a better understanding of what my mother's

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sight of the family looked like and what some of these circumstances

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were. Gary's cousin Barbara has also come to Birmingham. She was 10

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when she was sent to Canada. sought to describe our family as a

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puzzle and a mystery. Little by little we have been able to put a

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small piece of that puzzle together. There are still missing pieces to

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be puzzled. Before children were sent to Canada, they were placed in

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an emigration home. This is Middlemore. Here is the building,

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the last bit left. It is a mystery why this remains, but many people

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are pleased it is here. This councillor is a former Middlemore

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shot himself. What was life like here for a child? They certainly

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had everything that they needed, like food, warmth and clothing.

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They definitely had that. A personal experience of mind was the

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one thing that I looked forward to was been tucked up in bed.

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Returning to the children's home is an overwhelming, yet important

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start to their journey. It gives me much better perspective on perhaps

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of the way and the reasoning wire my that, what happened to him, the

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sadness in his life and how he could not seen to overcome it. So I

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have to have a measure of forgiveness that he could not give

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me that he had not been given himself and so, you know, alcohol

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took over for him. He just could not handle it all. I would like to

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ask whether there were any records kept tear of the children as they

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flowed through the system? records were comprehensive on all

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the children, even after they went to Canada. There was information

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coming back about those children, all kept in a records by the

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Middlemore's Trust. Eventually, they were transferred from the

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Middlemore's Trust to the Central Library. Armed with this

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information, Gary and Barbara have come to Birmingham Central Library

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in the hope they will find some information regarding the break-up

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of their family. The name and age of each child is stated. There were

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seven other children listed. The children had been neglected. There

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is hardly any furniture in the house. Mother sits in the house all

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day smoking and in the final column you see they were sent to Canada on

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17th May 1924. It seems the evidence was quite strong, that the

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family was not functioning and the children were not being

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sufficiently well cared for. I guess it is helpful in a waiter

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about verified, but on the other hand, it is hurtful. Gary and

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Barbara are beginning to understand why the children were removed from

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the family home, but they do not know what happened to their

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grandparents. Market just out of -- mother was in an asylum. Had she

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been to the asylum prior to the children been taken, what did she

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go up after? We do not know from this record. She has obviously been

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in before the children were taking into the children's home, but there

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are no details. Maybe that is where she resided for the rest of her

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life, but I am not sure. Holly Moore was a psychiatric hospital,

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said based on this information, they are heading to the local

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history centre to try and find out more. The family roomette that Kate

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spent her life in a hospital appears to be true as the records

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show she died in 1969 in a psychiatric hospital. But the

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burial records reveal a surprise - their grandmother was not alone

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when she died. Yes, aren't find it. Is that not amazing? By that was

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Kate and Horace's second child. She was so traumatised by the break-up

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of her family that she returned from Canada in 1930. She was there

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anyone who would return to live in England. That is right. Gary and

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Barbara now know how and why do parents came to Canada and what

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became of their grandmother. But only mystery left to solve his

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their grandfather, Horace. condition was quite poor around

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1924 and so the prognosis didn't appear to be strong for him at that

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point. But it appears he was able to recover, or from what we can

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gather. -- from. After Kate had been hospitalised, Horace remarried

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and had another family. Horace had three more children with his second

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wife. The youngest of those is Derek and he believes he is the

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last surviving sibling. Derek is about to meet his niece and nephew

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for the first time. This is unbelievable! It is so unreal.

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can see the resemblance. Lovely to meet you. And they have a surprise

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for him. There is a picture of marmots in recent years. She is

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still alive. -- there is a picture of my mother. She will be 90 in

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September -- December. Derek is seen his sister Beatrice for the

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first time. In has been an emotional reunion. If I can just

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see where he is laid to rest. I wish I could have known him, you

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know? For Gary and Barbara, the chance to retrace their parents's

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steps and reconnect with their family is a chance that thousands

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of child migrants will never have. If you have got a story about your

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family, please drop me an e-mail. I would love to hear from you.

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Now, you have got an emergency, you dial 999, but was it necessary? We

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had been following some Black Country ambulance drivers who are

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sometimes taken aback by what they fight at the other end of that

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emergency call. -- what they find. When we think of the lives of

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paramedics, it is something along the lines of this. But tonight we

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will see the 999 calls it that should not have been made. I'd do

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not have your key, my laugh. -- my love. A third of all art 999 calls

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are not taken to hospital. They are treated at the scene. So why our

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ambulance crews been sent to incidence they do not need to

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attend and what can be done to cut down on these unnecessary call-

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outs? People have stub their toe, her their back. It is an early

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start for Steve Riley. He has been doing this for 10 years and often

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goes to court where he is not needed. A I had been to patients

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who need a chat, want a cup of tea made, need some tidying up done. 90

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% of the calls I go to on a normal day would be jobs that I should not

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be going too. And it could mean the scheme is not treating the people

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who need him most. We could have 8999 call, which is around the

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corner and paramedics are needed, but they are stuck with jobs that

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GPs, pharmacists or walk-in centres can do. As it turns out, Steve does

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not have to worry today. Everything he has attended has been a genuine

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emergency. But just as he is Probably alcohol-related, but I

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will keep an open mind to it. Have you had much today? Steve is right.

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It is a man who has been drinking and fallen over. Although he has

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been taken to hospital, Steve does not think an ambulance should be

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called. A lot of people will say, someone

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has fallen down, let us go 999 because it is their job. A lot of

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the time it is not our job. If they go over, have a look, I'll be OK?

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Lift them up and let them go on their way. That gentlemen got up

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off the floor and walked into the back of the ambulance. He was not

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injured, he had just had too much to drink.

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But that is the problem. We're not talking about hoax calls. In these

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cases, when a person dials 999, often they believe an ambulance is

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necessary. If a patient is boning 999, they

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genuinely think it is an emergency call. We're almost governed by our

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own success, because people know we arrive a very fast, they get seen

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very quickly, they get someone that can meet their needs and

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requirements. 999 is a very easy number to remember.

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It is a number so easy to remember that some people die it again and

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again and again. If for across the region we have a number of regular,

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persistent callers. We have got a patient at the moment

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that we have had since the 1st January, 200 calls from them since

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the 1st January. With his patient in particular, he is a large

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patient, we have to go out, picking up, and it is not just one crew

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that is required. It is three crews, six people that we need.

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The NHS is try to tackle regular callers by helping them find the

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right care, but that takes time. And for Steve, it is only part of

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the problem anyway. I do not think it is persistent

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callers. I think it is people that it needs to be educated in their

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health care themselves. Whether it is people calling

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hundreds of times or others just not understanding why you done my

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99, one thing is clear. It needs to be sorted. At one of the main

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reasons, it costs up to �180,000 every time this happens.

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Could I have crew, please? It is money well spent in general

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emergencies like this. -- genuine emergencies. But can Steve get to

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another shift without an unnecessary call-out?

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We got what we think is an elderly female who has collapsed, it does

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not sound very well according to what the controller has said. --

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she does not sound very well. A she has locked herself out.

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I do not have your key, laugh. The 4th a woman has got lot out of her

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house, and she has a headache and sore ankle.

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-- a woman has been locked out of her house.

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That is a yes, we will need to get into the property. I believe

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someone is trying to contact the family.

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For she need help, but for Steve, it is certainly not urgent, and

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definitely not life threatening. She has got a headache, but that is

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35 years old. And she has pain in her foot and a slight swelling, but

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nothing AGP can't sort out. The Cemal refer her to her GP. -- we

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will refer her to her GP. It's frustrating for paramedics and

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expensive for the NHS. The emergency responses in the West

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Midlands, where the patient is not take into a any, cost up to �40

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million a year. Cutting down on just a small number would save time

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and money and free up a valuable resources.

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Can have an ambulance, police? I have heard my ankle.

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Hull could be at hand. Control centres now have a new computer

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system called Pathways. It is a bit early to say what impact it could

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have, but in the north-east it has been running for five years, and as

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this exercise shows, it seems to do the trick.

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We have a person who will be able to have a look at your ankle. Have

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you got anyone who could take you there?

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Pathways makes it easier to identify when an emergency response

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is or is not necessary. Here, they have cut down on 2000 call-outs a

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month. But his everyone getting help when they needed?

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There is always an element of risk with any system. We have had an

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evaluation done by three universities independently, and the

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risk of not get an ambulance is less than 0.01 %. So this system is

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as safe as any other at -- any other emergency service.

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's so it seems that Pathways has had an impact.

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Is it a part of the solution? I think it is part of it. There is

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a lot of public awareness that least to be done and social

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marketing to understand what services are available to people.

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A so, Pathways may put an end to some unnecessary call-outs. But the

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rest may be down to people understanding when they should and

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should not dial 999. As for Steve, he will be happy with anything that

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will stop him being sent to calls like this.

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We are going to a male, not quite sure how old, he cannot urinate. He

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is stating that he has run out of pads. I am wondering just why we

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are going, but we will have a look and see what we can do. Probably

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won't be able to do a lot for him there. Apart from pointing him in

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the right direction. For our final story, the criminal

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turned actor who could be heading back to jail. As we discover, there

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are no guarantees in the world of It is a Midsummer's Day at the

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Lichfield Festival, a real-life villain is playing one of

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Shakespeare's best, the wicked Edmond in King Lear.

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It's fantastic, doing this. I cannot wait to get back out there.

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Adrian Mason is plotting a career change, from armed robber to actor.

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You could say he has been typecast. His reinvention has hit a sack. He

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has broken his curfew to get to rehearsals. In a few days, Adrian

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Today, he is due in court. At 36, he has already spent nearly half

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his life in prison. He says he started young, encouraged by his

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stepfather. I was taught crime. Shoplifting and

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stuff. It progressed to burglary, and stuff like that. It was stuff I

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was taught. Car crime, theft. Fraud. Robberies in the end.

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Locked up in 2004 armed robbery, Adrian had time to learn something

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new. Bachelor girl locked up in 2000 -- locked up in 2004 bond

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robbery. This is something I have been

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trying to do for many years, learning acting, and I am not

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thinking about myself for once. It is a lot to take on.

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Growing up it was always a grin that he would turn to when I needed

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someone. -- Adrian. For his sister Amanda it was too

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much. A tough childhood made in -- made them particularly close.

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My mother was an alcoholic and left us. Eventually begot taken into

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care. Past memories are painful, and that

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makes today all the more difficult. I worry. It makes me feel a bit

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sick in my stomach. He might go to prison again, and I think if he

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goes back to prison he might just go back to where he was.

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I will see you later. A hopefully. Thank you.

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Adrian has about that this time he will kick his criminal habit. But

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reminders of past scams on his doorstep. -- are on his doorstep.

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When I was younger and first got taught how to shoplift, these were

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the areas that I used to walk around with my friends. We used to

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pick houses and shops and things. This is where we first started

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doing our burglaries and stuff like that. I do not regret what I have

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done, because it has may be the person I am. I would not be that

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person otherwise. But I am really sorry for the people I heard, I am

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really sorry for what I have done to their families, had my own

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family. Adrian got his curfew for

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shoplifting. For although he insists he brigade with good

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intentions, his solicitor knows the breach will have consequences.

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The crack court take their orders seriously, as the starting point is

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that the judge considers jail. Would all have our work cut out to

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persuade them otherwise. Jail for Adrian would mean curtains

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for King Lear. The show is booked for more festivals, as there is no

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time to find another villain. -- and there is no time to it fight

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another villain. The case has been adjourned for a few weeks. The show

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will go on. I am glad about it. It is a bid for

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pain we have got to go back again, but it is a result. I can get by

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performers is done. I am going to be an actor, I am an actor, as

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nothing will change that. Even if they do decide to send it back to

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prison, when I come home I will go straight back to it. There is no

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doubt in my mind about what I am doing.

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Six days on it, and Adrian appears to be sticking to his word. I have

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come to an audition for Medea. is at the present theatre in

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Birmingham. I don't know what I am going to be doing it. I have told a

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everything. Honesty is the best policy, and that is how I mean to

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go on. For I would just be honest and straight, and no one can fault

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before that. But will he be available for the

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performance? It is a risky choice for the director. It all hinges on

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And there is one man who needs a bit of convincing. For it his

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grandfather, Leonard. He looks all right. Yes, he is a

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nice lad. The you were one ones. yes!

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Lead and his late wife stood by their grandson time and time again.

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-- and Leonard. They gave us what we needed, and

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looked after us. They would always come to visit me in prison, even

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though every time it was the last time. They were always there. They

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never gave up on me. They have always been there for me. I am sure

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they always will be. Leonard has had it all before, and

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this time he is reserving judgment. I see things differently. I hope

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you do! Things are getting better now. If you need to keep it up.

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yes, I am getting there. Yes, for the moment. Time will tell. Yes.

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As time is dragging on. Adrian still has no idea if he is going

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back to jail or not. He is living on benefits and sleeping on his

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mum's floor. My mum feeds me, yesterday my

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sister fed beef. Friends pick me up and drop me off, and help me out.

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If but that will only last so long, you cannot keep hanging on people

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all the time. It is a worry. A there is some good news. The

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Medea director is giving him a shot. A when I got back, an e-mail was

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sent to me. They offered me the lead role of Jason. I went to my

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first rehearsal on Sunday. It was fantastic.

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The gamble has been -- the gamble has paid off. The hearing has been

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postponed, at our feet turn thespian has stayed at the trouble

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for months. Can he keep it up? Right now, there is just one

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verdict he cares about. Today is our second show. It is a

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Greek tragedy, Medea. Today I have family coming, and friends. They

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haven't seen me perform it. I'm really excited, nervous, but I feel

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good, I feel great, and ready to go. I stop myself from crying, which

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was very proud of. It was very good. And there is nothing to stop him.

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If the courts have spoken. He has been given 60 hours of unpaid work.

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Adrian is adamant he is a changed man.

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I am not giving his up, that is simple. I am ready for the hard

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knocks at the trials and tribulations. But I am not going to

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That is it from Inside Out this week. We are back next Monday with

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more stories from here in the Midlands.

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Next week, they say it is part of our industrial heritage. We

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discover why bailiffs have been caught in it to remove the Black

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Country horses. If the horses get taken away then

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Mary Rhodes investigates the 999 ambulance calls that shouldn't have been made. A family return to Birmingham to meet the relatives they never knew they had as they discover why a local children's home sent their parents to Canada . And a real life villain takes to the stage, claiming that acting has put him back on the straight and narrow.


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