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the programme tonight: They were taken away for safety, but will

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children's services ever return to Bedford Hospital?

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Now the public are to have their say.

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I am concerned with the consultation, that we may not have

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an option to bring these services back.

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That and the rest of the top stories now.

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Charged with manslaughter - after a fight over a supermarket parking

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space, Alan Watts appears in court. He's on a salary of more than

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�66,000, so why has this Cambridgeshire MP taken on a second

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big-paying job? And, from the electronic wizardry of

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Cambridge minds to the gadgets in your homes - we meet the company

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with multi-million pound exports Good evening. We begin tonight with

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fears that children's services may never return to Bedford Hospital.

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All overnight stays and emergency care for under 19s were suspended

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last month after concerns about safety and staffing levels. Parents

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have been forced to take their children to neighbouring hospitals

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instead. But some have complained of long delays. Now they're to have

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their say over the future of local services. Anna Todd reports.

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Last week, baby Victor spent the night in children's A&E at Milton

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Keynes Hospital. His family say he was admitted at 11pm, but not seen

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until 5am the next day. They say staff were struggling to cope with

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an influx of patients from the Bedford area. People forced out of

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town as their own hospital is no longer providing emergency care for

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children. You pray nothing happens, but things do happen and things go

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wrong, and I would like the security to have the hospital nearby that I

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could take my child to, rather than having to take him out of Bedford

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into Milton Keynes, or even Luton or Dunstable. It is different dealing

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with young children than adults, which is my field. Children go down

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the tubes far quicker than adults do. They bounce back quicker, but

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they go off quicker. You have got a limited amount of time in which to

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catch them. But in June, paediatric inpatient Asian services were

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suspended at Bedford Hospital due to a lack of junior doctors. Milton

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Keynes hospital has agreed to take the extra patients. Yesterday, its

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medical director told BBC it was unlikely the services would return

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to Bedford, but today, the chief executive refuted that claim.

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entitled to his view. From a Milton Keynes perspective, we are clear

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that we want to fully participate in the consultation process, and we

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would like the right answer to involve evolve over the next few

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months. The hospital trust said the current changes are interim and that

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they are working hard to bring them back in a safe and sustainable way,

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but they say no decisions will be made until there has been a full

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public consultation, due to start in the autumn. That needs to start as

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soon as possible. One of the options it to be to bring the services back

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safely. I am concerned that there is already talk about them never coming

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back again, and that is not acceptable. Meanwhile, Milton Keynes

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hospital insists baby Victor was clinically safe throughout his stay.

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They say, having taken on more senior doctors and nurses, they are

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well able to cope with the extra workload. The Bedfordshire Clinical

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Commissioning Group decides where and how people in the county can be

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treated. It's led by Dr Paul Hassan, who

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joins us now. The hospital says it's working hard to bring these services

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back. Why do you feel a consultation is necessary?

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I think what we have seen is that the services as they were were no

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longer safe or sustainable. We want on with our public to understand

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what safe and sustainable services mean. In a town as large as Bedford

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it would be ridiculous to consider that there wouldn't be paediatric

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services, but we need to go through with the families, with the

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children, with the public, and with all the other people involved in the

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provision of the services arm how we provide, sorry, how we commission a

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provider of safe, high-quality and sustainable services which,

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unfortunately, we have not had, up which is why the services were

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taken, why the GMC took the junior doctors away from the hospital.

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Having the idea of merging hospital services in your neighbourhood been

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around for a couple of years, and some people feel it is an easy way

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of getting rid of services? It would be an easy way of getting rid of

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services if it was going to happen. As a local GP, I have no views - we

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have no queues at all about how providers of services, the

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hospitals, should arrange themselves. What we want to do with

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our public is commission the highest possible quality of services for our

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public, and the consultation that we are starting over the next week or

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so is designed to involve everybody in drawing up the various options

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that there will be in order to do this. Many thank you for your time.

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A jury's been told that a man accused of murdering a Milton Keynes

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teenager 13 years ago was linked to the case after a sexual assault on

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another woman. Restaurant worker Shahidul Ahmed from Bletchley was

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arrested in 2010 after his DNA was matched to that found at the scene

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where Rachel Manning's body was discovered. Our reporter Neil

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Bradford was in court. So, the court heard details of how Mr Ahmed became

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a suspect? That's right. It was two years after Rachel Manning's murder

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when the 41-year-old was arrested. His DNA was entered onto the

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national database and it was found to match a sample taken from a

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steering lock found near the scene will stop it was used to eat Rachel

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Manning around the head of wobbly after she had been strangled -- to

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eat Rachel Manning around the head. She went missing after attending a

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fancy dress party. Her boyfriend he was with her that night was

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subsequently convicted of her murder, but his conviction was

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quashed in 2008. The jury here at Luton Crown Court must decide

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whether this restaurant Walker -- workup was responsible for her

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murder. Other than the DNA, what is the prosecution's case? The jury

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heard that there was also a hair found on Rachel Manning's clothing,

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which was probably belonging to Shahidul Ahmed. The DNA and that

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hair, the prosecutor says, formed the five banks of the case. The

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others are that Shahidul Ahmed knows the local area particularly well,

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and also he sold his car just eight days after Rachel Manning's murder.

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Finally, his previous conviction for sexual assault mean they believe he

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is capable of this crime. The trial continues.

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A man has been in court this morning charged with manslaughter after a

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grandfather died following an argument in a supermarket car park.

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Alan Watts, who is 65 and from Biggleswade, will be sent to Crown

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Court for trial. Emma Baugh has the details.

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Charged yesterday morning and leaving court today on a brief

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appearance to face a single charge of manslaughter. Alan Watts spoke

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only to confirm his name in a very short hearing which lasted less than

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five minutes. He was released on bail with a number of conditions,

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that he must surrender his passport, that he must not drive or visit the

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Asda store in Biggleswade. It was less than two weeks ago that the

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supermarket car park is reportedly became the scene of a dispute

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between Alan Watts and another man. It was here on Saturday, August

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three that the argument was reported to have taken place in the disabled

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parking area. A 64-year-old man Brian Holmes, was later found to

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have serious head injuries and he died in hospital the following day.

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Brian Holmes was a grandfather who lived in a nearby town. His family

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said he had just been given the all clear from cancer. Little is known

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about the details of what happened, and police have appealed for

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witnesses. Alan Watts will now appear in court in Luton before the

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end of the month. He will then face a Crown Court trial.

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The debate over whether MPs should have second jobs re-ingnited today.

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Sir Jim Paice who represents South East Cambridgeshire has landed a job

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as the Chairman of First Milk, the UK's largest farmer-owned dairy. The

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former Agriculture Minister begins the role in October. It'll only be

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one day a week, but will constituents support him?

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I would say it is impossible. On one county has got to look after the

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people, but he has also got to look after the shareholders, and the two

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don't tally at all. I think it is a conflict of interest. How can you

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concentrate on two things? He has obviously got good commercial

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knowledge and experience which justifies his position. The chances

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are he will do a very good job. I don't see how it can compromise

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things. Jim Paice has already announced he'll step down as an MP

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at the next General Election in 2015. So, why didn't he wait until

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then to take up a new role? I asked him this afternoon.

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Well, things don't always work on a precise timetable. It is not too

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years, it is only 14 or 15 months. Even so, it does mean there will be

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an overlap. It is a very part-time role that I am taking on. I am

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certainly still intending to look after my constituents to the best of

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my ability, as I have always done. But not everyone agrees that MPs

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should have second jobs. Ed Miliband raised it very recently. People want

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to put a stop to what you are doing. I think that is outrageous, and I

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think Ed Miliband is entirely wrong. I don't think the general public in

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this country want a professional political class with no contact with

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the rest of the country. There are people practising as GPs, several

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practising dentists, there are still people doing some teaching - they

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never get criticised. Either you can do something else and be an MP or

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you can't. You mentioned salaries. Your predecessor in 2009 was on

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�120,000 a year. What will your salary he? I am not prepared to go

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into that. And I will take up the position, I will make the necessary

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declarations to the register of members interest in parliament, but

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I can tell you it is a lot less than that. They constituents we spoke to

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today are quite angry. You can't make comments like that. I don't

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know how many you have spoken to. Did you go out... Whether they are

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one, two or five, they are still your constituents and they said this

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should not be happen happening. Well, no MP gets 100% support from

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all their constituents. It is not surprising that you will find some

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constituents who don't like what the MP is doing.

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One thing the company says it likes about you and why they wanted you

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for the job, it quotes your considerable list of contacts. Do

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you feel you are profiteering from your former role as a minister is to

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mark no, I do not believe I am profiteering from any former role.

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As a minister, I gained wide knowledge of the dairy industry.

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Coming from a farming background, I had good knowledge anyway. I

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passionately believe in the concept of Corporation. This is a business

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owned by farmers. It is not some big big public plc. If I can provide

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them with the leadership that they seek, then I shall be very pleased.

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Sir Jim Paice. Plans to create an extra 500 places

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for schools in Bedfordshire have been approved today. The council

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granted permission to three schools, to create new places from 2014. The

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council says it wants to ensure there are places for all local

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children at local schools and the population in Marston and Ampthill

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