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Welcome to BBC Points West with David Garmston and Alex Lovell.
Our main story tonight - the baby who died shortly
At the inquest, his parents say crucial evidence
was altered, and criticise the care they received.
They ignored our objections and they sent us home. We believe them when
they said it was safe to go home. But it is now very clear that we
should never have been sent home that night.
The police have now been informed - we'll have the latest.
A debt to society - a gang gets prison sentences
after blowing up the cash machine at a post office.
over plans for a new park and ride on the green belt.
the Ice Maidens of the British Army take on our frozen planet.
An actor and his wife have been reliving the moment they were sent
home from hospital before the planned birth of their baby
Jamie King said by the time they were rushed back
into hospital the following day - the pregnancy had gone badly wrong -
and the baby, called Benjamin, died at just five days old.
And tonight there's concern about the records
surrounding the tragedy - with the coroner taking the unusual
step of reporting the NHS Trust to the police
after it admitted evidence was altered.
Once again, he'd travelled thousands of miles.
British actor, Jamie King, who now lives in Canada.
Looking for answers and the truth at the inquest
into the death of his baby son, Benjamin.
But once again, he left court disappointed and disillusioned.
We hoped the hospital would acknowledge the stakes they made
over our son's birth. Rather than hearing the truth,
we've had to listen to misremembered stories, altered
accounts, deflection, and diversion. Benjamin was born
at the Royal united Hospital in Bath with severe brain damage -
after he was deprived of oxygen The inquest heard how his mother,
Canadian actor, Tamara Podemski had been rushed into hospital
following concerns about A caesaerian section
was planned for later that day, but was delayed until the morning -
and Tamara was allowed to go home. Benjamin was later born
in what was described The inquest began two months ago and
would normally have only lasted a couple of days. It was dramatically
halted halfway through when it emerged that evidence had been
removed from a witness statement by a member of the trust's legal team.
At the time, coroner Maria Voisin said that it was a very
serious matter indeed - and adjourned the inquest.
Today it emerged that she has taken the highly unusual step
Something the RUH Trust addressed outside court.
We have co-operated fully with the coroner's directions following the
judgment to the initial inquest. We would like to provide additional
assurance that the trust takes the matter extremely seriously. We are
unable to comment further on this matter.
The inquest heard that lessons had been learned
We've been given exclusive access to this report -
and it highlights some of those lessons.
Amongst them, it states, quite clearly, that the operation
to deliver Benjamin, should not have been postponed -
and crucially, it concludes that had the operation gone ahead as planned,
it is highly likely that Benjamin would have been born alive
Speaking outside court today, Jamie King urged other expectant
parents to stand their ground if they had any concerns
If you are concerned about your health or your baby's health. You
must stand your ground and tell them you need to see a consultant. Get
names, write down every detail. That way, no one can twist your story or
play with the fax at a later date. Today, a coroner said she was
considering reporting the matter This is clearly very unusual. For
the matter to be referred to the police is something I've never come
across before and other journalists I spoke to said they had never come
across it. Lawyers I spoke to today who deal with cases like this say
they have never come across a case where eyewitnesses statement has
been changed by a legal team. This is particularly difficult because we
heard that the baby would have been buying. It's a horrendous case which
ever way you look at it. It involves the death of a baby who otherwise
would have been fine. It has been very upsetting for everybody
involved. Some of the doctors, some of the midwives giving evidence have
been visibly upset. That's nothing compared to how the family feel. It
has been devastating for them on every single level. Jamie King,
Benjamin's dad said the worst thing that could happen to them has
happened and to have to sit through an inquest that has been adjourned
and now continues because statements have been altered exacerbates their
grief. And there is no closure for them because something else needs to
happen. The inquest has concluded but the police are looking at the
matter. They will investigate, if they think it is appropriate they
might refer it to the Crown Prosecution Service. There are two
other investigations going on. The hospital says they will share the
results of those investigations. We will continue to follow this and
bring you the results of what happens.
Extra security has been installed at some cash machines after attacks
where cash machines were blown up. This the twisted, charred wreck left
after one night of crime. through the building
after the explosion. A mum and her two children
were asleep upstairs - - it is hard to believe
no-one was injured. And it is just one of a number
of attacks on cash machines It literally knocked four years
of growth off the business. 50% of the time
we've been here we've lost. We're stubborn and we
won't let them beat us. 'I came up for an afternoon
and helped them shovel the remains of the post office into bags.
Terrible, terrible. It cost nearly ?200,000
to rebuild the post office and the thieves got away with nearly
?60,000 from the cashpoint - to make sure it
couldn't happen again. We've got gas suppression
systems on it, There's multi-CCTV cameras,
there's alarms, seismic sensors - pretty much every security device
they could put on it is on it. they claim the three thieves had
been boasting on social media The men responsible were soon
caught by the police. 41-year-old Patrick Duggan,
25 year old Nicholas Mann and 22-year-old Shane Dennis
sentenced today and yesterday I think the sentences send out
a very clear message that the court won't tolerate this kind
of violent offending. I think we've got to remember
that the violence of this explosion completely
destroyed the post office. It disrupted that business
for over six months. And it endangered
the lives of people living above the post office
and in the immediate vicinity. Some of the other cash point
thefts are due in court over the coming weeks but owners
David and Andrew hope the new forms of security will make this kind
of crime impossible in the future. Charlotte Callen for BBC
Points West in Long Ashton You're watching BBC Points West
with Alex and David - thanks for joining us
on this Tuesday evening. the Bristol City fans
heading for Fleetwood the ice maidens
hoping to conquer the South Pole. A former Bristol Rugby player has
been suspended by his current club, after being accused
of leaking confidential information to his former employers
before their Premiership match Tom Arscott, who now plays for Sale,
is being investigated Today Bristol insisted
they've done nothing wrong. Here's our Sports Editor
Alistair Durden. This is the player understood
to be at the centre Sale's Tom Arscott - whose
brother Luke plays for Bristol. The two clubs met in a crucial
Premiership match on New Year's Day, But Sale claim Tom Arscott leaked
confidential team information They've suspended him, and reported
the allegation to the RFU. We got a complaint from senior
players at the club that one player had passed information over before a
game. I had to deal with it in a formal way by setting up a
disciplinary and we had to inform the governing body of our decision.
Bristol say the Arscott brothers did meet up at the team hotel
on the night before the game - but it was for a family catch up.
Bristol insist that neither the club, nor Luke Arscott,
Nothing was passed to the coaches of any sporting value nor did it change
the strategy with which we approach the game in any way at all. We are
entirely confident that we have not acted in a way that is against the
spirit and values of rugby. We are disappointed in how this episode has
been handled so publicly, especially considering that have been no
contact from the sale sharks to date.
Neither brother has commented on the allegation.
Bristol say they still aren't sure what the complaint is -
and that they've yet to hear from the RFU.
It is an unwelcome distraction, with all parties looking
to the sport's governing body to make their conclusions quickly.
Dyson says it's looking for 110 new employees,
with the majority of them set to work in the region.
Most will be based in Malmesbury and Bristol.
The firm says it's part of plans to hire 3,000 extra
Avebury Stone Circle is to feature in a set of 8 special stamps showing
some of the country's most famous ancient sites.
Royal Mail says the Wiltshire landmark is part of a series
celebrating the UK's rich prehistoric heritage.
A special Avebury postmark is also being issued.
Anyone who posts a letter in Avebury High Street postbox
over the next five days will have it stamped
Is that a hint that you want a stamp? One day. We'll work hard to
sort something out. Campaigners opposed to a new park
and ride in Bath say their fight will continue, after the council
published plans for two possible sites to the east of the city,
using greenbelt land. A final decision's
due next week, Andy Howard There have been official plans
for an extra park and ride In the last couple of years,
the council has looked at 21 different sites,
and announced today that it's Now it goes to
a vote next Wednesday. The sites are next to each
other, on greenbelt land. Campaigners have long said
that a park and ride on Bathampton Meadows
would cause more harm than good. "It'd be awful from an environmental
point of view", and that the money It isn't going to cause the traffic
benefits that they have described. People drive to the park and ride
and use cheaper buses to go into town. What is the benefit that
mitigates against the harm? Well, let's ask the Leader of Bath
and North East Somerset Council. The big it is you is 7000 new houses
in Bath over the next 25 years, 11,000 new jobs. We have to get
people from a to B somehow. So here is the paperwork which holds
all the information for councillors Both sites are about the same size,
one is 800 spaces, the other One is on council-owned
land, one not. If there is a majority
vote next Wednesday this is still far from over,
the planning application then goes in, and both plans
have hurdles to overcome. But if B Council gets its way,
there will be shovels in the ground in 2018,
and this could be the view across The family of a Gloucestershire man
shot dead over 25 years ago have welcomed
more help for relatives in cases where no-one
is convicted of murder. Tony Alliss died in Penn Wood,
near Stroud, in 1990. Today the Crown Prosecution Service
and police said they'll work more closely with families
to explore what options there are. Our Gloucestershire reporter
Steve Knibbs has more details. Tony Alliss was shot dead
after a long running feud with his neighbours
over a boundary fence. His neighbours were acquitted
after the trial collapsed. Since then Tony's family have long
fought for more support for familes like themselves who often feel
abandoned, after such cases. Today, after a campaign by the group
Justice After Acquittal the Crown Prosecution Service
and police announced their new It includes joint meetings
once cases of acquittal have been reviewed, helping families
to understand why there and crucially for many
what can be done next. There has been supposedly enough
evidence to bring a murder charge and then it all falls through. Our
ultimate at the moment is to get onto that stage and go back and
discuss it with the Crown Prosecution Service and the police.
Gloucestershire Police, though, say they haven't seen anything
new to reopen the case something the Alliss' disagree with.
But today the county's police and crime commissioner was also
at the launch of the new standards to see what more could be done.
I've done everything I can do. I've written to the Lord Chancellor and
the courts. Sometimes you have to access that it is beyond what you
can do. For 25 years, the family have dedicated their lives into
discovering what happened here. The opening up of the relationship
between the CPS and the families is a small but significant step. They
know there is a long way to go to achieve their ultimate aim of a new
police investigation and a conviction.
Should scientists be able experiment on human embryos?
At the moment there's a limit of 14 days.
But with scientific advances being made all the time,
an IVF pioneer says there could be huge gains for health
and infertility treatment if that were to be extended.
Simon Fishel was one of the team overseeing the birth of
the world's first test-tube baby - Louise Brown from Bristol.
Our Health Correspondent Matthew Hill reports.
The birth of Louise Brown in 1978, the world's first IVF baby changed
At the time scientists were accused of playing God
But eventually a law was brought in to allow controlled IVF
and research on human embryos up to 14 days.
Scientists at Cambridge University have recently cultured embryos for
13 days. They believe they can make discoveries about genetic disease if
the law changes. People condemned mum and dad for having the treatment
and for having me. So, anything that can help create a family, I think,
is brilliant. The BBC has commissioned the first survey of its
kind this question. The scientist who worked on Louise
Brown's IVF team has called on the government to open an enquiry into
extending the rules. Specifically during that period of time we cannot
get access to at the moment many things happen and go wrong. We can
learn an awful lot from what goes wrong. For example, miscarriage. It
will start to be caused around that period of time. There are relations
to certain cancers that begin their problems at that stage. However,
religious, moral, and ethical objections have been raised. An
embryo has the rights of a person. It wouldn't become a human if it
weren't a human already. Even though great benefits come, we consider
that embryo has writes that cannot be turned over. D has had several
miscarriages. If one in four people experienced miscarriage, if it can
help them, it is important. For the medical team, insights into why
miscarriage happens is the most important thing.
And Matthew Hill has a series on BBC Radio 4 looking at the law
surrounding research on human embryos.
part one is available right now on the iPlayer,
and you can hear part two next Monday morning at 11am.
Bristol City travel to Fleetwood tonight in the FA Cup looking
The two sides drew 0-0 in the original 3rd
City fans leaving Ashton Gate this lunchtime had mixed views
on head coach Lee Johnson after the team's poor run of form.
Time for a change. Any other club would have got rid of him by now.
Stick with him. Better the devil you know. He has a long contract. Can we
afford to get rid of him? Don't see the point of chopping and changing.
It never works. We changed too often. It's difficult. He said he
needed three to four transfer windows to get the players ride.
Hopefully he can turn it around but it's really difficult.
Cheltenham are also in cup action tonight -
against Bradford in the Checkatrade Trophy.
The winners will play Oxford United in the quarter finals.
They're the Ice Maidens - a squad of elite soldiers aiming
to become the first all-women team to cross Antarctica.
They're all members of the British Army,
and they've had to go through a physically demanding
selection process in Norway to get the chance to go.
Our reporter Lee Madan was invited to the Larkhill base
Testing themselves against the elements in Norway.
Pulling heavy loads, jumping into ice holes,
digging out and sleeping in the snow.
All preparation for an 1100 mile expedition across the South Pole.
The challenge will test me to a limit
I guess there's that almost sadistic kind of me that just wants to see
what I can do and, equally, what I can't do.
The journey's expected to take there months.
With just two refuelling points along the way,
they'll have to drag food and supplies
as they ski cross country through hazardous conditions.
I'd be silly if I said I wasn't scared of gaps
in the glacier and they can be a metre long,
they can be 10 metres long, they can be miles long.
250 soldiers applied to become Ice Maidens -
after facing a series of challenges the team is now down
So the Ice Maidens have already proven they've got
they're now back in Wiltshire finding the best ways to work
First up, a game of Personality Poker.
Overseen by psychologists they've been telling each
The idea - by identifying their strengths and weaknesses -
the team will face fewer surprises
when they're in an extreme environment,
and know what support each other needs.
You need to be more open, you don't need to be good
all the time and you can have down days.
Sandy, you need to be less productive and that means sharing
out tasks a bit more and getting other people to chip in.
After the poker - more honest conversations.
I think as a team we need to work on our conflict resolution,
we like to get on with each other, we need to make sure we have a plan
in place for when it does go wrong and we do end up having
After all these physical and psychological tests have ended,
five of the remaining seven Ice Maidens will be selected.
They'll set off in October to conquer the South Pole.
Personality poker. I'm not sure I like those honest conversations. I
don't want to play. But, how hard could that be anyway? There's only
one way to find out. I'm sure they will do well and they take our good
wishes with them. Now talk about getting
into a tight spot. I think this horse has
had better evenings. It managed to get stuck upside down
between a wall and a building Having been checked over by a vet,
the horse, called Becky, was reunited with her owner
and is recovering well. At least, in a stable condition. We
are about to play personality poker now. Yes. Cut the jokes! That's the
main thing. It's going to be a day and you'll
wake up if today -- wondering if today has finished. A replica for
the majority. There could be some patchy drizzle around. The
forecasting headache is going to be the balance between the amount of
cloud cover, which will tend to be dominant, against those who will see
it brightening up to a degree, more down towards the south and
south-east of the region. High pressure now dominates the pattern.
The blue is being restricted to the east. That signifies the risk of
Frost. A very weak front through the centre of the area of high pressure.
That brings the complications, mild by a mile, as to which areas have
cloud cover. For the rest of this evening, we have seen some clearer
skies towards the far south-east of the likes of Wiltshire. It's for
these areas and the likes of the East of Gloucestershire that we
might get temperatures to falling to zero or below. Elsewhere, a bit
above freezing. Out towards the south-east of Wiltshire, the risk of
some Frost by tomorrow morning. Tomorrow, we pick up that theme in
terms of the amount of cloud. There is uncertainty on that dividing
line. Winds will be light, temperature is similar to today. As
we go into Thursday, we do it all again.
Something to look forward to. The same weather. He's not very excited
by this weather. He would do well in the Antarctic. As an ice maiden. If
you see what I mean. His own version. We'd better go. There will
be an update for you later. Until then. Goodbye.
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