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


you are. Good evening. A serious case review


has concluded that army doctors and social workers could have prevented


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


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


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


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


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


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


we were told that should have concerned professionals about the


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


more nosy about domestic relationships. Liam Culverhouse s


relationship was on and off and there was evidence of domestic


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


individual can believe they are back where they were originally


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


them and the National Health Service to identify their care needs


straightaway and move towards getting as much information as


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


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


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


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


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


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


Forces. Safeguarding training was commonplace and mandatory. Everybody


was engaged in raising their game in communicating with civilian


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


of children's centres across Peterborough have had their final


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


they are having to redirect resources. Tonight, the council


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


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


Peterborough but they will have to be delivered differently because of


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


the weekend. And now we have the national forecast.


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


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


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


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


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


position could have a big impact. Tonight we have more


straightforward, a weather front spreading out rakes of rain across


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


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


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


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


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


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


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