30/10/2017 Inside Out Yorkshire and Lincolnshire


30/10/2017

Keeley Donovan with the exclusive story of a major spinal operation which could help soldier and amputee Ben Parkinson to walk again.


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Good evening.

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This week: The soldier

having a vital operation

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to help him walk unaided.

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And the research project

here in Bradford helping to improve

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the health of future generations.

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Hello, I'm Keeley Donovan and this

week we are in Bradford.

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Coming up on the programme: Helping

a hero - we have the exclusive story

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of the spinal operation that

could be vital for soldier

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and amputee Ben Parkinson.

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You'll be all right, don't worry,

you're in good hands.

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Also tonight: The Bradford tower

block which could pose a fire risk

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to people living there.

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Obviously, you want to

know that you're safe.

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It's like when you go to bed

at night, you want to know that

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you'regoing to be waking up

in the morning.

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And later in the programme: Meet

the twins whose lives have been

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studied since they were born.

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You might remember soldier

Ben Parkinson, who fought back

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from devastating injuries

after an explosion in Afghanistan.

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Ben, who's from Doncaster,

lost both of his legs,

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broke his back and suffered

a brain injury.

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Now he's had another major operation

to straighten his spine and help him

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achieve his dream of walking again.

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I should warn you that

Emma Glasbey's report has some

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images of the surgery.

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Bye-bye,sweetheart.

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Ben Parkinson is heading for

the operating theatre once again.

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He s about to undergo major

surgery on his back that

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could help him achieve his dream

of walking unaided.

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How are you feeling

about the operation?

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Excited.

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It s been over ten years I ve

been waiting for it,

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so now I can t wait.

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The aim of the operation

is to straighten his spine

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so he can balance better

on his prosthetic legs.

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You ll be all right, don t worry.

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You re in good hands.

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Far more nervous than he is.

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He s cool as a cucumber,

we re in bits.

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In 2006, paratrooper Ben Parkinson

was serving in Afghanistan

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when he suffered massive injuries

in a landmine explosion.

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Both his legs were amputated,

he fractured his pelvis,

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broke his back and suffered a major

brain injury that

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affected his speech.

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Doctors did not think

he would survive.

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Ben was told he would never

walk or talk again.

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But in the 11 years since that

explosion, Ben has fought back,

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determined to defy medical opinion

and make the remarkable recovery

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no one was expecting.

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Over the last couple of years,

Ben has been getting frustrated

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because he s been struggling

to balance on his prosthetic legs.

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Keep your shoulder up.

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He had surgery in 2009 to install

rods and screws in his back,

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but now Ben s spine has curved

at the bottom and his body

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is pulling him sideways.

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If you look from behind,

you can see that this side

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of his pelvis is much further

from his shoulder than this one.

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It's actually hoiked

across like that.

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He can't get his weight

on to this side of his pelvis.

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We think that Ben is not

going to progress much more

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than this unless he s got his back

straightened, so that he can

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actually shift his centre of gravity

from one side to the other.

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The curve in Ben s spine has not

only affected his walking.

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For the first time in years,

Ben has been complaining

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It's uncomfortable and it's

making him sort of quite

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unhappy and quite worried.

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So this operation

is hugely important?

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Yes, everything to Ben.

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There are good medical reasons why

it's got to be done, but for Ben,

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it's all about the walking.

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Ben s ultimate goal is to walk

without crutches, but he also needs

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to feel more balanced and secure

on his legs.

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So how has the walking been going?

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My walking is going a lot,

lot better but I need this

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operation to progress.

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So you're confident this is going

to make a big difference to you?

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I am, yeah.

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I don t know how big yet,

but it will definitely make

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a difference in some way.

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It s Monday morning - operation day.

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Despite the fact he s

about to undergo major surgery,

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Ben is feeling happy and relaxed.

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Never mind nerves, Ben s only

complaint is about the hospital

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compression stockings.

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I want to show you this.

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Not much use.

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Are you disappointed

you don t get to wear them?

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I m very disappointed, yes.

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Hello, Ben.

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Nice to see you again, welcome.

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The operation is taking place

in Preston because the hospital

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is also home to the specialist

Mobility Rehabilitation Centre.

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It means afterwards Ben s legs

can be adapted to work

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with his straighter spine.

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We ve got a whole team assembled

downstairs in theatre.

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We ve got somebody

monitoring your spinal cord.

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Then we ve got the anaesthetic

machine and the X-ray

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team all there, as well.

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Eight years ago Ben had

surgery to install screws

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and two rods in his back

following his spinal fracture.

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Now his spine has curved

below these rods.

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The surgeons plan to put more screws

in at the bottom of Ben s

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back and then add length

to the original rods.

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They ll use the new screws to help

to the original rods.

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Roll right in.

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Get as near as you can.

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For Ben, it s the day

he s been waiting for.

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The day he ll, hopefully,

move that much closer

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to walking tall securely.

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But for Ben s family,

it s yet another day

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anxiously waiting for news

from the operating theatre.

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Bye.

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I don t think it can

ever get any easier.

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I don t think.

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No matter how old your kids are,

you never think that this

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is what you re going to be doing.

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See you later on.

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You ll be right.

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I m glad it s here.

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I m just apprehensive now.

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I just want it to be over and we ll

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With Ben now under general

anaesthetic, the two surgeons make

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sure everything is in place.

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OK, all good?

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Good to go?

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This operation is likely

to take somewhere between

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four and six hours.

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It all depends on how many

new screws need attaching

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to the original one s

in Ben s spine.

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The surgeons won t know that

until this operation

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is a little further along.

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One of the first tasks will be

to find the original rods

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and screws in Ben s back.

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We ve found the spine

which is a good start.

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We ve got down to the old

instrumentation, which is great.

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Do you know yet how many

new screws are going in?

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I think we re going for six.

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Yeah, we ll see how

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Good, right what size

have we got here?

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That s a 50.

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Once the screws are in place,

it s time for the new rods to be

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aligned with the original one s

in Ben s back.

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It s a difficult procedure

and I should warn you now that

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cutting the metal rods is not

a delicate task.

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Ready?

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Yeah, well done.

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With the new screws and rods

successfully in, the surgeons can

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get to work straightening

Ben s spine.

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So we ve got hold of his spine below

and we ve got hold of his spine

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above and we re just stretching out

the inside of the curve.

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X-rays are then carried out

the inside of the curve.

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in the right place and see how much

of the curve they ve

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managed to straighten out.

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So far, it s looking pretty good.

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It s looking fairly well balanced.

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We re very happy with the X-rays

and how it all looks.

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And you must be feeling

pretty tired now?

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Getting that way.

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I ll be looking forward

to a cup of tea.

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With the operation

successfully completed,

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Ben will now spend the night

on the Critical Care Unit here.

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Hopefully, tomorrow he ll be moved

on to a ward where he ll be able

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to continue his recovery.

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Easy does it.

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That's excellent.

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Two weeks on, and Ben is already

back at home and working

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to regain his strength.

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That starts to pull a bit, does it?

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Physiotherapy is now key

for his ongoing recovery.

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It will take a while for us to get

the muscles stretched again

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so that he's got symmetry,

but once he's got symmetry back,

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then we'll be laughing,

I'm sure of it, yeah.

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For Ben's family, after the worry

and nerves about the surgery,

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it is now a chance to look forward

to the improvement they hope it

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will bring to his life.

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There probably are other

operations that this will lead

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on to, but one at a time.

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The next one won't be as scary,

but this one was a scary one

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and we are glad it's over and we're

fairly sure that it's

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an absolute 100% success.

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Good.

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I'm happy.

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Very, very, very good.

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For Ben, that dream

of walking unaided once again

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is a huge step closer.

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And if you've got a story

you would like to tell us

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about, you can contact us

on Facebook or Twitter.

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Coming up on the programme:

The children whose lives are being

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studied to help future generations.

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A fire safety expert claims that

a block of flats in Bradford

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could be a risk to life.

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Summer Berry Residences,

which you can see behind me here,

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is an eight story block which houses

private tenants and people placed

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there by Bradford Council too.

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I've been investigating.

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This is the story of

an international investment

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opportunity which was just too good

to be true.

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It s also the story of high-rise,

low-rental apartments that

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could have potential fire risks.

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We say that this building is unsafe

for human habitation.

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Obviously, you want to

know that you're safe.

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It's like when you go to bed

at night, you want to know that

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you're going to be waking

up the morning.

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These are Summer Berry

Residences in Bradford.

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They used to be offices.

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Then they were converted into more

than 200 low-rent flats

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in an eight-storey tower block.

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Some apartments are occupied

by tenants placed here

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by Bradford Council,

and some by tenants

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with private landlords.

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Apartments at Summer Berry are being

sold for as little as £5,000.

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Sounds cheap, doesn t it?

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But our investigation

shows they might not be

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as good as they look.

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Hong Kong, on the other

side of the world.

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Investors have lost money buying

leaseholds at Summer Berry,

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and they ve been left

with apartments which are run down

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and could need costly repairs.

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This glossy promotional film

was made by one of the same

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companies involved at Summer Berry,

aimed at the same

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Far East investors.

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In Hong Kong, Yorkshire-based

property lawyer Martin Scott has

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been hired by investors who say

they lost money.

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TRANSLATION: My friend saw

an advertisement saying

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we could get a 40% discount.

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I hope we recover our losses.

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TRANSLATION: We thought the British

legal system was perfect

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because we have the similar good

legal system in Hong Kong.

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So all the buyers didn t expect

there would be any problems.

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There are some unusual

aspects to these flats.

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On the lower and ground floor

behind me, 35 spaces were sold off

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without any detailed plans.

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But planning permission

was never obtained and

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the work never happened.

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They ve effectively bought a title

number, which is registered

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in the Land Registry as a leasehold

title, but the title

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doesn t represent an actual

property ? it s thin air.

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So they ve bought thin air?

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Yes, they ve bought thin air.

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In February this year,

on behalf of Hong Kong leaseholders,

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a detailed report was carried out

by a building management company.

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It said the building had defects

relating to life safety and public

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health and needed nearly

£9 million repair work.

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We commissioned surveyors to carry

out a root and branch review

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of the building and found,

to our horror, it was unsafe.

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After the tragedy at Grenfell Tower,

how well protected are people

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in low-rent housing?

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Martin Scott believes

it s a widespread issue.

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As Grenfell demonstrates,

the problem with building

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regulations are widespread.

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This is just one of a number,

I suspect, of accommodations that

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have been built for students

and other residents

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which are substantially substandard.

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We decided to find out more,

so we tried to rent an apartment.

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We were surprised at what we found.

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Our researcher went to a rental

agency in Bradford,

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Citywide Lettings, asking to see

a flat at Summer Berry.

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She was shown an apartment,

and took a three-month

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rental for £300 a month.

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She was given no information

by the letting agency

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or in the apartment

about fire safety.

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This is the room, Keeley.

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So, this is it?

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Yeah.

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It's not very big.

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I thought it was going

to be an apartment.

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It's filthy.

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It is, yeah.

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I suppose at least

you've got a window.

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Have a look, you'll be

in for a surprise here.

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Oh!

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Not the greatest

outside space, is it?

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No.

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We paid in advance,

without giving a full name,

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an accurate address,

details of employment,

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or reference, or any confirmation

that our researcher was entitled

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to live in the UK.

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It was very, very easy

to get this room.

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I could basically be anybody.

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Well, you have, you've

made somebody up here.

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Yeah.

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Other than your first name, this

is made up information, isn't it?

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Yeah.

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So you are totally

under the radar here.

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I know after Grenfell,

they weren't able to identify some

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of the people in the block of flats

and they wouldn't be able

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to tell who you were,

where you came from.

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At the end of August,

we asked an independent fire safety

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expert to take a look round and make

a limited inspection.

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There are lots and lots of fire

escape signs, directional signs

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which are required to help people

escape, but a lot of them

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are quite confusing.

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Sometimes they lead back on each

other and sometimes I can come out

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of a room and not have

any directional sign.

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To take the worst case scenario,

escaping in the middle of the night

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when the powers gone would have

given me grave concerns.

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In the corridor, Tony looks

above the ceiling panels

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and doesn t like what he finds.

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We find compromises and breaches

in the compartmentation

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where we have mains 240 volt cables

running from one compartment into

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another which are not fire-stopped.

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In this case, a hole has been

knocked in the wall.

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The cable s been led

through and left.

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The key thing is the protected route

because that s where everyone comes

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to as a conversion point

to leave the building.

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That s our common route.

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That is the thing that has to be

30 minutes protection.

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Tony found fire extinguishers

with out of date inspection labels,

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and extinguishers that would be

difficult to use in a fire.

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He also found fire doors

which were incorrectly fitted,

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including one which would jam

when fully opened.

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From what he s seen,

Tony believes there could be a risk

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to life if a fire broke out

in the building.

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I would have great concerns that

escaping from the fifth

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and sixth floors upwards,

even those lower floors,

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would be quite difficult

in some circumstances.

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From a risk assessment

point of view, there

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are certainly some work,

I believe, that needs to be done.

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Would you feel

comfortable living here?

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I would have concerns.

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There are supposed to be fire alarm

tests here every Monday at 11.00am.

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We monitored them over a seven-week

period and there was only one.

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But what do the residents think?

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I decided to find out.

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Oh, they're horrible.

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They are, they're horrible.

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Do you feel unsafe living here?

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I do, yeah.

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I don't want to live

here, to be honest.

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You live here because it's

a cheap place to live?

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Yeah.

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The only time they ever bother

you is when you owe them money.

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That's the only time

they care about you.

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Do you rent this privately?

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No, I'm on benefits.

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So the council have placed you here?

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Yeah, yeah.

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That makes you want to move on,

but it's just finding somewhere

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to move to isn't always

as easy as that.

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So they've got you over

a barrel a bit, really?

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Pretty much.

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Who s making sure these

apartments are safe?

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This is where it gets complicated.

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A string of companies have been

linked to Summer Berry.

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One of them has gone

into liquidation.

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Three months ago, the freehold

of the building passed

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from a Jersey-based company,

CFIF Nominee Ltd, to another company

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in London with a similar name,

CFIF Holding (No 1) Ltd.

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This company told us that

a fire risk assessment had

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been carried out in July

and the West Yorkshire Fire Service

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were happy with the fire safety

management and fire safety

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maintenance programme

of the building.

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No issues relating to breaches

of compartmentation or ambiguous

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signage on escape routes

had been identified.

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Despite Inside Out s

evidence to the contrary,

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the company said fire tests had,

in fact, been carried out

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every Monday at 11.00am

and logs were kept.

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What about the letting agency

which needed so few details before

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renting an apartment to one

of our researchers?

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Citywide Lettings told us

there appeared to have been

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a failure by a member of staff

and their internal procedures

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had been tightened.

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They ve now decided not to market

any properties at Summer Berry.

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Most importantly of all,

what about the safety of tenants,

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55 of them placed here by

Bradford Council?

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Bradford Council and West Yorkshire

Fire Service said in a joint

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statement they d made three site

visits since June and found no

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evidence for taking enforcement

action, to prohibit the building s

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use or to launch a prosecution.

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They said this was subject to review

and reconsideration and any

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new concerns should be passed

to them immediately.

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They said they would continue to

monitor conditions at Summer Berry.

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Their most recent visit

was on 20th September,

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three weeks after we filmed

possible fire risks.

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So despite our expert s concerns,

Summer Berry is classed

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as officially safe, but would you be

happy living there?

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This is what happened four days ago.

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Tenants filmed this on the sixth

floor last Thursday when they say

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a pan containing oil overheated.

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Residents don t want to appear

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alarms went off and it took ten

minutes for security staff

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from the ground floor to get there.

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The building's management company

says the sixth floor smoke detector

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had been deliberately damaged

before the incident.

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We re passing our findings

to the council and the Fire Service.

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Let s hope, after Grenfell,

all tenants continue to be fully

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protected from the risk of fire.

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For the past ten years,

a huge research project called Born

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in Bradford has been studying

the lives of thousands of children

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across the city with the aim

of improving health and prospects

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for future generations, including

these lovely ten-year-old twins.

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It s an annual ritual.

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Best dresses, hair in ribbons.

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Twins Ruby and Rayya have been

having their photo taken once a year

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ever since they were babies.

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But this is more than a snapshot.

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It s just one of the ways

in which throughout their lives

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the girls have been recorded

and monitored by scientists.

0:20:420:20:46

Ten years ago, researchers recruited

13,500 Bradford infants

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to help build a picture

of the city s health.

0:20:500:20:54

Ruby and Rayya s mum signed up

because of their older sister.

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I was approached when I was pregnant

with the twins and they explained

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that it was about childhood

illnesses and because I've got

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Amelia, who has a rare

genetic condition, I felt

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like it was the right thing to do.

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One more.

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Brilliant!

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Born in Bradford is one

of the world's biggest

0:21:150:21:17

medical research studies.

0:21:170:21:18

It set out ten years ago to study

and unpick the causes

0:21:180:21:21

of childhood illness.

0:21:210:21:25

There was plenty to go

at when they launched.

0:21:250:21:27

Alarmingly high infant

mortality rates.

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Add to that poverty,

obesity, education problems,

0:21:290:21:32

that s why a group of scientists

decided to turn medical detectives,

0:21:320:21:36

collect information at birth,

and study it alongside health

0:21:360:21:38

records.

0:21:380:21:41

Our early life is really important.

0:21:410:21:43

It's a really critical window

for shaping our health as we grow

0:21:430:21:46

up, so it's not what happens

when you're 40 or 50,

0:21:460:21:49

it's what happens in pregnancy

and the first couple of years

0:21:490:21:51

in life that's so important to us.

0:21:510:21:55

Their first investigations

concentrated on Bradford.

0:21:550:21:59

They covered things like diabetes,

the effects of cousin marriage

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and lifestyles in pregnancy,

but then others spotted that Born

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in Bradford was a rich

source of information.

0:22:060:22:10

As the reputation of the study grew,

we got more and more national and,

0:22:100:22:15

ultimately, international interest

about the data that

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we were collecting.

0:22:170:22:19

Our work on air pollution

that we did with some

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of our European colleagues has

really driven the agenda

0:22:220:22:24

against diesel cars.

0:22:240:22:26

Our work on diet, chemicals

in the diet, has led

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to legal changes in the US,

as well as all the local

0:22:290:22:32

stuff that we are doing

to try and improve things.

0:22:320:22:36

A lot s happened in

Bradford in ten years.

0:22:360:22:39

They ve built this city park,

Bradford City have been to Wembley

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and a hole in the ground became

a shopping centre.

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There have been a lot of changes

in the children s lives too.

0:22:450:22:50

Which is why Born in Bradford

is doing another round

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of evidence gathering.

0:22:530:22:55

For the next two years,

this mobile research centre will be

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stationed around the city.

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And then put your feet right back.

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And the thousands of children

will be called in to be weighed,

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measured and scanned.

0:23:040:23:05

Today, its Ruby and Rayya s turn.

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Themed idea is that...

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The idea is that all this

information we collect will be

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a really valuable resource

for researchers in the future,

0:23:240:23:26

so really this is a chance to think

about collecting anything

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and everything we can that we think

is going to be important.

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Good girl.

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Are you going to press on there?

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It's all done now!

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So how was it, girls?

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It was really fun and that is where

we got the pinpricks.

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Yeah.

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And it was fun having

the scanning things.

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What do you think is going to happen

to all the information?

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Probably going to go

to the whole wide world.

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The whole wide world!

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This is one of the research projects

that might use their information.

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One of the things that we find is

that the number of children have

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difficulty with fine motor skills

and the impact of this unknown life

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is quite profound.

Try and stay

within box.

The research is tested

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temp three children when they

started school and again when they

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became the age of eight.

We have

this amazing database. What it

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allows us to do is understand what

sort of factors early on in life

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ultimately determine a child's

outcome.

They will watch either

0:24:260:24:31

children develop. This is where the

ten-year-old's information will come

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in.

Hi, guys? Have you had a go on

this yet?

To give the children a bit

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more help, they are also using

robotics.

Does anybody want to have

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a go at this? This system can't

divide gentle forces that will help

0:24:460:24:51

people learn.

These Bradford

children are some of the first in

0:24:510:24:57

the country to practice handwriting

with virtual reality robotic pens.

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It looks like you are in a different

world, that you're standing in a

0:25:010:25:06

normal position.

It felt like you

were really right writing on paper.

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There is lots of evidence that

children who are less active become

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less physically healthy but also are

at higher risk of mental health

0:25:170:25:21

problems. Motor skill problems start

to impact on educational attainment.

0:25:210:25:27

The research project to grow over

the last ten years. Sadly, so the

0:25:270:25:32

problem is that the scientist ever

to tackle.

The children being born

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in this hospital today faced the

same if not greater risks than they

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did when we started. Childhood

obesity, childhood diabetes. Studies

0:25:410:25:47

like Born in Bradford around the

world, New Zealand, the states, in

0:25:470:25:51

Europe, were spending too much time

describing the problem rather than

0:25:510:25:54

tackling the issues.

That is why a

Born in Bradford got involved in

0:25:540:25:59

activities like this. Better start

Bradford run a variety of groups

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with the common aim, to improve the

health of small children and their

0:26:070:26:11

parents and some of the most

deprived parts of the city,

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developed with the help of Born in

Bradford.

I just going to read book.

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A lot of the information that they

have helped us to understand the

0:26:200:26:26

needs in our area. It gave us some

really useful information for how to

0:26:260:26:30

set the programmable.

Born in

Bradford are now recruiting 5,000

0:26:300:26:37

children who have taken part in

better start groups, and that's what

0:26:370:26:41

unique about this, do not just being

observed. Born in Bradford will

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measure what effect attending the

activities has on the children's

0:26:460:26:51

development.

Knowing words like

start and finish...

Star! It is the

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world's first experimental birth

group study.

There was a

0:26:590:27:02

questionnaire that we filled in, one

of the half hours it took! It is a

0:27:020:27:10

very valuable piece of work. Anyway

I can help, research point of view,

0:27:100:27:17

I will.

There is a science Festival

in Bradford's city park, chants for

0:27:170:27:25

the Born in Bradford team to meet

their participants.

We have 30,000

0:27:250:27:29

people involved in border Bradford.

I am really keen to grow the next

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generation of scientists. I'm

colouring a picture of science. The

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most scientific thing about it is

that it goes on to the back.

A

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horrible disease called diabetes of

lots of people are getting it

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because we are eating far too much

of this stuff, and drinking too much

0:27:490:27:54

of this stuff.

When we can start

seeing what we can to do to improve

0:27:540:27:58

the health of the whole city, for me

this is the most exciting place you

0:27:580:28:02

can be in the world right now to do

science.

Another set of twins in for

0:28:020:28:07

photo session. This isn't for a

medical reason, if the keep a visual

0:28:070:28:12

record of each year the study.

We

started with four in the first year,

0:28:120:28:17

no we between 50 and 60 pairs of

twins every year. The longer we do

0:28:170:28:23

it, though, the more interesting the

pictures become.

The scientists

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agree. Some of the most powerful

science from the study will come

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when the children of today are in

their 60s or 70s. It is a lifetime

0:28:340:28:39

commitment. You have to be in it for

the long game.

0:28:390:28:46

That is all from here in Bradford,

but make sure you join us next week

0:28:460:28:50

when we examine claims that there

were delays in the emergency

0:28:500:28:54

services response after the

Manchester Arena bombing. And I join

0:28:540:29:00

the local trades people coming

together to help disabled couple.

0:29:000:29:03

Keeley Donovan with the exclusive story of a major spinal operation which could help soldier and amputee Ben Parkinson to walk again. Plus an investigation of fire safety in a Yorkshire tower block, and the twins who have been taking part in the Born in Bradford study since birth.


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