06/11/2017 Inside Out Yorkshire and Lincolnshire


06/11/2017

Presented by Keeley Donovan. Colin Paterson examines claims of delays in the emergency services' response after the Manchester Arena bombing.


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Good evening. This week, is

Yorkshire couple tell us how it took

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more than an hour for proper

treatment to reach some of the most

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seriously wounded after the

Manchester Arena attack. I joined

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forces with local trades meant to

help a disabled couple who live just

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a stone's throw from here.

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Hello, I'm Keeley Donovan. This week

we are the Humber bridge. Coming

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up... Why were ambulance and fire

crew held back from helping some of

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the most seriously injured in the

four way at the Manchester Arena

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after the bomb attack in May.

I just

kept shouting, we need paramedics

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now.

Also tonight... The kindness of

strangers, as I asked local trades

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people to help the disabled couple

left in the lurch by the builder.

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It's looking brilliant!

Later in the

programme... The Lincolnshire, and

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who preyed on bereaved family.

He

seemed so convincing, you wonder how

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on earth you were taken in.

In May,

a suicide bomber killed 22 people at

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the Manchester Arena. Five of them

from Yorkshire and hundreds were

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injured. Inside Out has learnt that

some of the most seriously wounded

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had to wait for more than an hour

before they received expert medical

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treatment. Colin Paterson also

investigates why fire crews were

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held back for more than two hours.

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On May the 22nd, Salman Abedi made

his way to the Manchester Arena. He

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waited in the four way for the

Ariana Grande concert to finish. As

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fans started streaming out, he

detonated a suicide device.

There

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was rubble and dust in the air,

smoke everywhere. And then it...

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Then there was a screaming, wasn't

the?

There was just too much for

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three paramedics to deal with. There

were homeless people helping,

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members of the public helping. I'm a

paid public servant and I wanted to

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help, I just wasn't allowed to help.

That night, the emergency services

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treated hundreds of people, many

with life changing injuries. But

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what we have learned is that some of

the most seriously wounded had to

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wait for more than an hour before

receiving any kind of expert medical

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treatment. Tonight on Inside Out, we

ask, why did that delay happened?

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What effect did it have on the

injured and the dying? 12 months

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before the bomb, a training exercise

was staged at the Trafford centre on

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the outskirts of Manchester.

Authorities were pleased with how it

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had gone.

We are delighted. The aim

of the exercise was to stress test

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all of the organisations that would

respond to a terror attack.

But what

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happened on May the 22nd, when a

real terror attack took place?

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Salman Abedi triggered his bomb at

10:31pm. On the night, I was here,

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right in the centre of Manchester.

And in the aftermath, I was

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interviewing people on Radio five

Live, trying to piece together what

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had happened.

Everybody just out of

running as hard as we could.

The

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whole building shock. There were

bodies everywhere.

How long were you

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lying there for?

Well, probably and

our.

So, on the night, people were

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telling me that some of the injured

were waiting an hour for treatment.

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Shortly after 11pm, that's half an

hour after the bomb went off, those

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who had been in the foyer, injured,

but were able to walk, were

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evacuated to hear. This is Victoria

station. Ambulance crews from across

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England treated the injured who had

been able to escape the scene. But

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for those in the Fourier, expert

help was still very limited. Before

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the police cordon was made secure,

only one North West Ambulance

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Service paramedic made it into the

foyer. Over the next hour, she was

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joined by two more paramedics. The

eyewitnesses we have spoken to say

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that more medical help was

desperately needed. Kim and Phil

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Dick from Bradford were in the

Fourier to collect their daughter

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and granddaughter. Seconds after the

explosion, a victim with serious

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injuries collapsed in front of him.

She could hardly walk. She was

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stumbling, bleeding from her arm and

her mouth and her leg. And all of

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her hair was burned. I does the

latter, because she was going to

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fall. We heard all of this screaming

-- I just grabbed her. People were

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screaming and running out. We got

the bandages out and we were keeping

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them and talking to them.

How long

was this?

Just over an hour. I just

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kept saying, you are being really

brave. We could hear the ambulances

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all the time. I must have sounded

like a parrot, I did went on and on

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and on.

As time passed, concern grew

about the lack of paramedics in the

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Fourier.

The normal police and the

armed police came in. I kept

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chanting, we need paramedics, we

need paramedics now. They said, we

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adjust making sure there are no more

bombs.

An hour after the explosion,

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the wounded in the foyer was still

receiving Basic first aid rather

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than expert paramedic help.

The

longer it went on, the more silent

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it became. It was really eerie.

People who I had seen a little

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earlier who were severely injured

when our bed. They made a decision

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at some point, about an hour and ten

minutes after the explosion, I

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think, that the medical staff

weren't coming up to the foyer. But

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we were going to evacuate all of the

casualties.

Security fears may

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explain why only three paramedics

could enter the so-called hot zone,

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where the bomb had gone off. But

it's harder to understand the delay

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in the arrival of Fire and Rescue

staff. Commanders on the night held

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Fire and Rescue staff back at the

stations until 12:18am. Fully one

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hour and 47 minutes after the blast.

The Fire Service made a decision to

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go to a rendezvous point, which is

normal practice as the Ambulance

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Service. The Ambulance Service were

called forward. At this stage, I'm

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unsure as to why the Fire Service

were delayed so long.

Greater

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Manchester Fire and Rescue Service

has a technical response unit. These

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are people trained specifically to

deal with terrorist situations. That

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unit took part in the Trafford

centre exercise last year. But those

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in charge on May the 22nd decided

not to deploy the unit. Save the UK

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Fire Service is the major online

platform for firefighters in the UK.

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And on the night of the Manchester

bomb, those who were on duty used

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this page as the events were

unfolding to vent their frustrations

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that they weren't being sent to the

arena.

I've been a firefighter in

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Manchester for nearly ten years, and

I've never, ever felt so much guilt

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in all my life. We were only half a

mile away from helping. Half a mile

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away from potentially saving lives.

And that will always stick with me

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forever.

A paramedic lady came to

us, pleading with us to help,

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because they needed it.

One

firefighter who was on duty that

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night has come forward to the ask

how it felt.

We heard the main

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ambulance command and control guy

saying to his staff, basically this

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is what's gone on. I can't guarantee

your safety. If you don't want to

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go, you don't have too. At this

stage, I'm asking for volunteers.

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Add to a man and woman they put

their hands up and did they have so

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much paid to do. The paramedics, I

won't say they were having a go at

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us, they were asking why we were not

there. We were helpless. As

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uniformed service, you do what you

are told to do. I don't want the

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public to think that we didn't want

to go all we were scared to go. We

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were held back by the senior

management. The firemen wanted to go

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and do what the paramedics were

doing. We can fetch, Carey,

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administer basic first aid. There

were homeless people helping,

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members of the public helping. I'm a

paid public servant and I wanted to

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help, I just wasn't allowed to help.

After a terror attack in Mumbai in

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2008, the UK Government said it

wanted Fire and Rescue staff to be

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able to assist the Ambulance Service

with casualties if a similar attack

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should happen here. But since then,

no agreement has been reached with

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the Fire Brigades Union.

It's a

truly terrible situation. It's an

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impasse that we are torn, do we stop

our people doing it? Do we tell them

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not to volunteer? The standard

firefighter, if you like, has had no

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training whatsoever, no awareness

training, let alone procedural

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training. It's quite scandalous.

The

Fire Brigades Union wants its

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members who attend terror attacks to

know the compensation for their

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families will be automatic. At the

moment, they would have to prove

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that there are employers were

negligent.

I'm absolutely confident

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that the public would expect that

whether it is a firefighter or a

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police officer or an ambulance

worker who got killed under those

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circumstances that there would be an

automatic, reasonable pay element

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for those family members that are

left behind.

We wrote to every Fire

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Service in the whole of the UK

towards them if the firefighters

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wearing short to attend terrorist

incidents -- to ask them if the

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firefighters were in short. Of the

49 Fire And Rescue Services across

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the UK, 27 reply to us. 19 refused

to answer the question on the

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grounds of national security. One

Fire Service, Nottinghamshire, told

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us the ordinary firefighters are not

covered to go into a terrorist

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incident. Greater Manchester did not

reply, but have now told the BBC

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that its firefighters are covered

for terrorist related deployment.

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Those trapped in the foyer that

might remain very grateful that so

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many people were willing to put

their own lives at risk to help save

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the lives of others. But six months

on, they remain concerned that

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emergency medical help was so slow

to arrive.

They want to minimise the

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risk to as many people as possible,

I perfectly understand that. But

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they deployed tens if not hundreds

of police officers into that foyer

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and into the arena. And if some of

those had been medically trained,

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you can't say for certain, but some

people's injuries could have been

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dealt with quicker, and perhaps,

just perhaps, some lives could have

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been saved.

But one eyewitness

believes that, under the

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circumstances, the authorities did

the absolute best they could.

You'd

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like everybody to get help

straightaway, every single medic,

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every doctor that was in Manchester

should have been there and they

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would have liked to have been there

and everybody would have been in the

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helping everybody and nobody would

have died and that would be it, but

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it couldn't happen.

The hairs are

standing up on the back of my

neck,

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because it's embarrassing that we

weren't allowed to go. There were

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ambulances from East Midlands and

police from North Wales at the

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incident, and we were stood by.

Why

was it that the Ambulance Service

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were able to commit crews and felt

confident enough to commit crews but

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the Fire Service wasn't?

The mayor

of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham,

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has now set up an independent review

and Lord Coe is late learn lessons

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from the events in May. It's due

report next year.

There was a

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feeling at the time that the wrong

call was made in those moments. Now,

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it seems to me that there is some

substance to that. And it was one of

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the reasons why the independent

review was set up. But it's not

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about feelings, is it? That's the

point. It's about, what is the

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evidence?

Those in charge of the

emergency services that might have a

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truly terrible decision to make.

Should they deployed as quickly as

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possible, trying to save lives? But

while there was still a threat of a

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second explosion. Or should they

wait until the area had been

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declared safe, therefore delaying

treatment to victims of the bomb as

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a result's North West Ambulance

Service told us they were proud of

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their response to the Manchester

Arena attack. They said that within

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an hour, all critical patients had

been moved and were being treated by

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50 paramedics. Greater Manchester

Fire and Rescue say that they have

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conducted their own internal debrief

into the organisation's response to

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the Manchester Arena attack and are

fully cooperating with the review.

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Greater Manchester Police told us

that they contacted the North West

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Ambulance Service within three

minutes of the incident being

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declared they followed the incident

plan. None of these organisations

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wanted to appear in this film whilst

the review is ongoing. We can tell

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you that the girl that the couple

helped did survive.

The crying was

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really loud. As the hour went on, it

went down and down and there was no

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crying. It was just... I was

shouting, we need, I need a

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paramedic. I was just getting very

desperate, you know, wanting,

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needing them.

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And if you've got a story you would

like to tell us about, you can

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contact us on Facebook or Twitter.

Coming up on the programme...

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Investigating the conman who

pretended to help families who have

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lost loved ones.

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Now, you might remember a few weeks

ago I told you about a disabled

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couple who live here on the south

bank of the Humber. They had been

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scandalously let down by the

builder, who had left them with a

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half finished extension. Well, we

didn't just want to walk away. We

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decided to help them to get the work

finished. Here is what happened.

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This is the home of the Harrisons in

Northland venture. As wheelchair

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users, they found the space cramped

and there was no downstairs toilet,

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they decided to have an extension

built.

When you take up the third of

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the room with a lift, two fairly

large wheelchairs, and you have to

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park them up, then it becomes very,

very tight indeed.

They employed

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Scunthorpe builder Michael there to

do the work. What happened was a

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disaster. Five months into a

six-week job, with lots of the work

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still unfinished, Dare walked out on

them, having been paid in full. The

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roof was badly constructive, there

were no internal walls and no

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electricity. It had cost them their

life savings. Then they discovered

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that he hadn't put the foundations

in properly, so they had to borrow a

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further £9,000 to put it right. The

experience has left them devastated.

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A mess. You're in a wheelchair

you can't explain all the problems.

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And a lot of them are very personal.

And he's done that. And he's

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humiliated us. And I will never

forgive him for that.

Luckily, the

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kind neighbour, Wayne, help out with

a lot of the work that Michael Dare

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handgun. But Dawn and Cheryl had no

money left to finish of the house

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and make it comfortable. So we

decided to hit the phones. Hello,

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it's Keeley Donovan... I was

wondering if you could do me a

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favour? I've got a lovely couple who

need help with a house. And the good

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people of Lincolnshire didn't

hesitate to offer their help. Thank

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you, bye-bye. Julie Smith owns a

curtain business include Forbes. She

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has offered to make curtains for the

Harrisons entire extension.

I don't

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think it hurts anybody to offer a

helping hand. If I was in that

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situation, I hope somebody would

help me out.

I feel honoured to be

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doing it, it's a privilege. It's

nice to feel that you are helping

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somebody out, especially when

somebody else has to down so badly.

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What they needed most was flooring

to cover the length of the extended

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room and make it easier for them to

get around. Chris Trott from

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Birmingham came up trumps.

We

shouldn't have to do it really.

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People should be doing their own job

and doing it right. All we have had

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to do is real of all the flooring,

make it parallel to this one. Then

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we are going to put some good

quality liner down so that it

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doesn't affect the wheels on the

chairs, as such.

The guys worked

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their socks off. Within a couple of

hours, the floor is down on the work

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is done.

Mate, it's looking

absolutely... It looks huge!

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Brilliant.

Julie Smith is back to

put up the curtains she has made for

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the couple.

Oh, they are lovely!

It's something you would choose

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yourself, Cheryl.

Is the last

finishing touch, then the room will

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be complete. I've not seen them for

a few weeks. I have come back to the

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house to see what will -- is

happening. You have lived in this

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mess for nearly two years now,

haven't you?

It feels like ten!

What

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has happened since then was

There

have been people here, people we

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didn't know, just volunteering their

help. And it's been absolutely

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awesome.

Are you going to show me

it?! You lead the way!

Come on,

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then!

Oh! It looks like a different

house! I'm speechless! It is like a

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show home in here! Oh, isn't it?! It

looks amazing. The floor is

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fantastic. Absolutely brilliant. And

the curtains are just beautiful. So

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beautiful. Vogel it looks like a

home.

Yes, it does, it really does.

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It must have felt like you were

never going to get this stage.

It

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took us years to save up and sort

out the flooring, never mind

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everything else.

It has changed your

hasn't it's?

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everything else.

It has changed your

hasn't

Thank you isn't enough.

The

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goodness that there is out there...

These people just came forward and

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said, can I help?

It will make such

a difference to us. We live in a

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home now, not a building site.

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When people lose a member of the

family abroad, they often speak of

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feeling helpless. Families struggle

to get the answers they need. For

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some, Simon Doull of seemed like the

saviour, a man with apparent

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military credentials who could

investigate the price. But it turned

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out to be a pack of as Simon

investigates. -- a pack of lies. The

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Foreign Office in London, a protest

by families asking for help over the

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death of the relatives abroad.

What

we want? Justice!

Among them, Simon

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Durlow, who for months masqueraded

as an expert investigator, calling

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himself by a different name. He is

now imprisoned for a £100,000 con

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committed against some of the most

honourable people you could imagine.

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He was appearing at the most

committee looked as if he was

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fighting for us.

He seemed to be

very convincing. I mean, she was.

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Coming away from it, you wonder how

on earth you were taken in.

In terms

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of the personal impact on the

family, it's just the worst kind of

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fraud ever. He was only there for

one person, and that's himself.

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I've come to Sutton in Ashfield in

Nottinghamshire. Ray Martin and his

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wife, Pat, were devastated when

their daughter, Claire, died in

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Italy five years ago from stab wound

to the throat.

We've never believed,

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from day one, that our daughter took

her own life.

The Martins believe

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that Claire was murdered. But the

Italian authorities ruled it was

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suicide. Within months of Claire's

death, Simon Durlow had contacted

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the Martins to say that he could

help.

He said, with his team getting

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into it and asking questions, he

could get to the truth. Mentioning

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that he had got contacts within

Interpol, different contacts abroad.

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He seemed to know somebody

everywhere. That's my father's

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medals. My father was an Amman.

Reyes from a proud military family

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-- my father was an air man. Durlow

also claimed to be ex-armed

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services.

I believed he fought for

our country and was injured.

He

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invited the Martins down to see him,

he was friendly and not pushy. He

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began to say what he could give them

and dangled the carrot of what he

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could find out and what his teams

could do, and started to introduce,

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but for me to do that, it will cost

£16,000, £65,000, whatever figure it

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was that he said that his services

would cost.

In the end, the Martins

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had a lucky escape. They simply

didn't have the cash to pay Durlow's

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fees.

If I'd have had the money all

we could have remortgaged the house,

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yes, I could have lost quite a bit.

To go on Paul Okon on somebody that

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has lost somebody -- to go and pull

a con. To give them full scope when

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there is no help at the end of the

line, how low can you go? -- to give

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them false hope.

Durlow said he had

spent 15 years with the REF, that he

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had been a pilot and risen to the

rank of Group Captain. But we

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checked with the Ministry of

Defence, and it says it doesn't have

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any military credentials whatsoever.

And his company was simply a website

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he ran from his home in Gloucester.

But it was slick enough to persuade

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some people to hand over the money.

We knew that he would give a free

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assessment of the case to see if he

could help. And we felt that it was

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worth a try. Because, by then, with

three years after Andrew died...

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Julie's son Andrew Watt was 31 when

he died in September 20 ten. He was

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found in a country lane near to

where he was living in France. With

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injuries on his body. Wrench police

initially said he had died from

0:23:520:23:57

natural causes. Months later, they

ruled it was too aside.

The French

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had said it wasn't suspicious. So,

you know, there was nothing to be

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done. And we started the campaign.

And just to knock on any door for

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help.

They have spoken to the

managers and advised them not to

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come out and see the B they are not

allowed to.

The man they knew as

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Simon di Grassi accompanied them on

many of the protests. This one was

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outside the French Embassy in

London. They gave him £18,000,

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thinking they were paying for his

investigation services through his

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accountant, Paul Durlow, not knowing

that was his real middle name and

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surname. It wasn't the only

fictitious character he dreams up

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along the way.

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He told us he had a compact in

France who will is almost his

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counterpart, called Louis, based in

Paris, who would help him with the

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language and the law and everything.

We were drawn in.

Julie now lives

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near Penrith in Cumbria. For her

money, all she got was an interim

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report full of fabricated claims

about her son's death. Beginning to

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suspect all was not as it seemed to

be, Julie and her husband Les

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insisted they accompanied by Michael

on his next trip to France.

He said

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it would be dangerous. And he said

that if there was a problem, then we

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may have to escape through Germany.

We were still determined to go, and

0:25:360:25:44

we did, we very quickly unravel.

Louis was meant to meet us in Paris,

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and he didn't turn up. But he was

shouting down the phone at Louis,

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swearing at Louis. And Les and I

does looked at each other and we

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both knew that we'd been conned.

--

just looked at each other. The

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Shepherds went to Durham Police for

help.

It became clear that he had

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been in touch with the number of

families across the UK, and these

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families that he had been contacting

were clearly very desperate.

Last

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interview with the French

authorities...

He didn't have

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operatives across the country or the

old boy's network that he claimed to

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have. He was going under a different

name and he had a previous

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conviction for fraud and had been to

prison for fraud.

More than a decade

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ago, Durlow posed as an insurance

broker in Lincolnshire. But he spent

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most of the tens of thousands of

pounds he had taken for policies on

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expensive cars. Simon Durlow had set

up a company

specialising in

0:26:420:26:52

specialist insurance cover for the

construction industry. Looking into

0:26:520:26:56

that, we quickly found that the

whole thing was a sham, really. On

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the internet, his website, it

reported blue-chip company,

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expensive offices in Singapore and

New York. The reality was it was a

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two-bedroom flat above a

hairdressers in Boston.

As Durham

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Police built up the case against

Durlow for his latest fraud, he went

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on the run. He had left Gloucester,

but they traced him to Jersey in the

0:27:170:27:23

Channel Islands. He was found by

officers at the motorhome stopovers

0:27:230:27:31

-- stopover site, appropriately

called The Hideaway. Unfortunately

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for him, it wasn't a very good

hiding place. He was arrested and

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held on remand in Durham. In August,

he pleaded guilty to ten fraud

0:27:400:27:45

charges, related to the Shepherds,

the Martins, and a third family.

I

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want to look him in the eye, for him

to know what he has done.

Ten days

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ago, Simon Durlow had to face his

victims again at Durham Crown Court,

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as he was given a ten year sentence

for Acorn the judge said could be

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summed up in one word as my cruel.

What did you make of that?

Not

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enough, but, yeah, happy, at least

he's not out there trying to dupe

0:28:160:28:19

anybody else.

Well, the families now

have justice against Simon Durlow.

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But they say they will continue to

fight for justice for their loved

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ones who died abroad.

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That's all from here at the Humber

bridge, and for this series of

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Inside Out. We'll be back in

January. By the now. -- goodbye for

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now.

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Presented by Keeley Donovan.

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