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BBC News Channel, but now on BBC One, it's time for the news where

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you are. Good evening. A serious case review

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has concluded that army doctors and social workers could have prevented

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the death of a baby girl at the hands of her father, Liam

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Culverhouse. He was a former soldier with post`traumatic stress disorder

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and told army doctors he was likely to harm a child. But the information

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wasn't passed on to other agencies. Liam Culverhouse, a former soldier

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sentenced to six years for causing the death of his baby daughter. He

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described `` was described as a pilot and troubled man, indicators

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we were told that should have concerned professionals about the

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safety of the child. I would have liked a check on the father and his

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back ground. Why would we have had concerns? Because he was a man

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suffering from injuries he received in the service of his country.

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Blinded by a bullet, his troubles worsened because of his injuries,

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the report said. He was one of six soldiers wounded by a roadside bomb.

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Five were killed. He told Army doctors it was likely he would harm

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a child if left alone together but that information, the review found,

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was not shared with children's social cared nor the Army welfare

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service. We take seriously the obligation to our people and the

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children of service people. We have learned lessons from this tragic

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case. We have taken action. We were told that professionals need to be

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more nosy about domestic relationships. Liam Culverhouse s

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relationship was on and off and there was evidence of domestic

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abuse. The army supported him as an independent injured soldier. Health

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professionals treated his partner as a single mother and child. Lessons

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will be learned and acted on, agencies have said. A soldier who

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came home from bloody combat only to inflict terrible injuries on his own

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baby daughter. Earlier, I spoke to Mark Sewart, a retired Squadron

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Leader, who is now working as a lecturer at Anglia Ruskin University

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and who is an expert in post`traumatic stress disorder. I

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began by asking him about the condition. It varies from person to

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person but some of the classic features of what we call in the

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trade experiencing phenomenal and, such as flashbacks, during which the

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individual can believe they are back where they were originally

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traumatised. Not everybody with the condition will carry out a violent

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act, like Liam Culverhouse, how difficult is it to spot the signs

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when something is escalating? With this condition it depends to a

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degree on the individual approaching services to help. He said he had

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concerns about being left alone with his daughter and Army doctors failed

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to tell agencies. How common is it for military personnel to fall

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through the gaps? Once they have been discharged it is incumbent upon

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them and the National Health Service to identify their care needs

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straightaway and move towards getting as much information as

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possible from the Ministry of defence. That process is aborted by

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defence services and the Ministry of defence, but clearly it needs to

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improve further. It often takes an extreme case to make changes in the

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system. The case review has urged changes are made and military

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personnel, Army doctors, communicate better with the NHS. Do you think it

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will happen? Yes, it is already in place, even before I left the Armed

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Forces. Safeguarding training was commonplace and mandatory. Everybody

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was engaged in raising their game in communicating with civilian

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colleagues. Thanks for joining me. Parents fighting to save a network

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of children's centres across Peterborough have had their final

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attempt to save them rejected by the council. The decision was made at a

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meeting earlier this evening. There are 15 Sure Start centres in

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Peterborough. But under the plans, that would change to four super`hubs

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and three outreach centres, saving the City Council just over ?1

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million. A final decision will be made next week. Emma Baugh reports.

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Make or break for the city's children's centres, an extraordinary

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meeting to decide their future. We are hopeful. We hope the Cabinet and

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Council listen and discuss this properly at the meeting today and go

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through the figures presented to them. The meeting comes after months

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of campaigning, with people across the city asking the council to think

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again. Campaigners who have fought to save the centres say they offer

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families vital support at a crucial time at the council said originally

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they were set up in areas seen as deprived and gradually expanded as

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they became more popular but they say because they need to make cuts,

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they are having to redirect resources. Tonight, the council

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rejected calls to save the centres by changing the budget, by 26 votes

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to 23. We will continue to deliver children's services across

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Peterborough but they will have to be delivered differently because of

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the situation we find ourselves in. We realise they need to make cuts,

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but it is about where they need to make cuts. They are cutting the most

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important services for the people of Peterborough. A final decision will

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be made as part of the budget next week. Campaigners say they will

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fight on. News just in. Six fire crews have been called to a major

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incident in Northampton. A fire in the Queen's Park area of the town

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has already caused two gas cylinders to explode. The alarm was raised

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just over an hour ago at JPS Commercial in Horsley Road.

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Neighbours are being advised to keep their doors and windows closed.

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That's all from the late team. The weather now with Alex Dolan.

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That's all from the late team. The Good evening, a weather front is

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going to bring rain later tonight. Temperatures should not drop too

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much lower than five degrees. The weather front will turn the sky is

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clarity with heavy pulses of rain into the early hours. There will be

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a blustery wind and we will wake up to different conditions tomorrow.

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Outbreaks of rain first thing should clear quickly. There will be

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sunshine and showers, and some of the showers will be on the heavy

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side in the afternoon. There will be a blustery westerly wind which will

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help to blow the showers through in the afternoon. In a moment,

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day on Friday, wet snow around and a breeze blowing as well. Tricky into

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the weekend. And now we have the national forecast.

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Good evening. We know it has been a wet winter but it has also been mild

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and across England and Wales, lacking in snow. The last day of the

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season which we measure on Friday, might provide a bit of it. Friday's

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weather is coming from the small area of low pressure. These tiny

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low-pressure systems are difficult to track and a subtle change in

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position could have a big impact. Tonight we have more

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straightforward, a weather front spreading out rakes of rain across

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most areas. Turning windy as well. The rain will be heavy but will move

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through quickly because of the strength of the wind and it will be

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a mild night for most. The rain is lingering across Scotland and

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eastern England for the morning It will continue to be pushed into the

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North Sea but it may take most of the morning before it clears away.

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Following behind, brighter skies, sunny spells but more showers than

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