17/01/2017 Points West


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Still looking for answers. for the news where you are.

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The parents of a baby who died shortly after his birth criticise

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20 years for the gang who blew up a cash machine at a post office.

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Tomorrow we will start with a lot of cloud across the region but there's

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a fair chance some will see the sunshine before the day is through.

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And we'll bring you all the sports results from tonight's games.

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An NHS Trust has been reported to the police

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following the death of a baby whose delivery was delayed.

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Benjamin King died five days after his birth at the RUH in Bath.

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Tonight there's concern about the hospital records

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surrounding the birth, and the coroner has reported

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the trust to the police after it admitted evidence was altered.

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Once again he'd come looking for answers.

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Well-known actor Jamie King wanting to know the truth about what had

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But once again, he left court today disappointed and disillusioned.

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We came to this inquest hoping the hospital would acknowledge

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the mistakes that they made that led to our son's death.

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But rather than hearing the truth, we've had to listen to misremembered

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stories, altered accounts, deflection and diversion.

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Benjamin was born at the Royal United Hospital in Bath

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in May last year with severe brain damage after he was deprived

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The inquest heard how his mother, Canadian actor Tamara Podemski,

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had been rushed into hospital following concerns about

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A Caesarean section was planned for later that day but was delayed

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By then, though, it was too late, and Benjamin was ater born

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By then, though, it was too late, and Benjamin was later born

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in what was described as a very poor condition.

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The inquest into Benjamin's death began two months ago in November

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of last year and would normally have only lasted for a couple of days,

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but it was dramatically halted halfway through when it emerged that

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evidence had been removed from a witness's statement by a member

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At the time, coroner Maria Voisin said it was a very serious matter

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Today it emerged that she has taken the highly unusual step of referring

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the case to the police, something the RUH Trust

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We have co-operated fully with the coroner's directions

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following the adjournment of the initial inquest.

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We would like to provide further assurance that the Trust has taken

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the matter very seriously and continues to address

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We are unable to comment further on this matter.

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The inquest heard that lessons had been learned

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We've been given exclusive access to this report called

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a root cause analysis, which highlights some

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Amongst them, it states quite clearly that the operation

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to deliver Benjamin should not have been postponed, and that if it

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hadn't been, it is highly likely that Benjamin would have been born

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alive and in good condition, something the coroner

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Referring this matter to the police is of course a very serious step.

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Lawyers I've been speaking to who work in this field day in,

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day out say they simply don't remember a similar case.

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At the same time as the police carry out their investigation,

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there are also two separate investigations ongoing - one

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internal, one external to the RUH - and they have promised today that

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when those investigations report, the findings will be shared both

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with the coroner and, crucially, with the family,

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who tonight of course are still looking for answers.

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A former Bristol Rugby player has been suspended by his current

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club after being accused of leaking confidential information.

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Tom Arscott, who now plays for Sale and whose brother

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Luke plays for Bristol, is being investigated by the RFU.

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It is over claims he leaked team tactics to Bristol before

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a Premiership match on New Year's Day.

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Bristol Rugby say neither they or Luke Arscott have

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Extra security has been installed at some cash machines in the West

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Today three men were sentenced to more than 20 years in prison

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for one such attack when the post office in Long Ashton was blown up.

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Our home affairs correspondent Charlotte Callen reports.

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Blown up for its cash, this, the twisted, charred wreck left

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Take a look at the fire that ripped through the building

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A mum and her two children were asleep upstairs,

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This was far from a victimless crime.

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It is hard to believe no-one was injured.

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And it's just one of a number of attacks on cash points

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It literally knocked four years' growth off the business.

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So I think 50% of the time we've been here is lost and we've

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We'll do it, we're stubborn and we won't let them beat us.

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I came up for an afternoon and helped them shovel the remains

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It cost nearly ?200,000 to rebuild the post office and the thieves got

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away with nearly ?60,000 from the cash point, so now they've

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beefed up security to make sure it couldn't happen again.

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We've got gas suppression systems on it, we've got DNA packs,

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there's more CCTV, there's alarms, there's seismic sensors.

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Pretty much every security device they could put on it,

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Whilst the owners were rebuilding, they claim the three thieves had

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been boasting on social media about spending the cash.

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But they were soon caught by the police.

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41-year-old Patrick Duggan, 25-year-old Nicholas Mann

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and 22-year-old Shane Dennis sentenced today and yesterday

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I think the sentences send out a very clear message that court

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won't tolerate this kind of violent offending.

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I think we've got to remember that the violence of this explosion

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completely destroyed the post office, it disrupted that business

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for over six months and it endangered the lives of the people

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living above the post office and living in

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Some of the other cashpoint thefts are due in court over the coming

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weeks but owners David and Andrew hope the new forms of security

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will make this kind of crime impossible in the future.

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Clive Nation works for a firm that provides security for high-street

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banks and independent traders who have cash machines.

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I asked him if these attacks were getting more dangerous.

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The thieves are now more commonly using explosives.

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It's something that started in Eastern Europe and has now

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migrated through northern Europe into the UK and we've seen a 50%

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rise just year-on-year in the number of attacks using explosives.

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And it seems that smaller shops are more vulnerable

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They are if the thieves get inside the shop,

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like a smash-and-grab, where they'll use a JCB-type

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vehicle to get in and take the whole ATM away.

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But sometimes they're also vulnerable because thieves think

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that there's money left overnight inside the ATM, where small

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convenience stores will typically move the cash overnight.

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It's the larger machines, the larger chains, that tend to have

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ATMs that store a lot more cash that's left in overnight.

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My company is involved in various forms of protection against ATM

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theft, and tracking should the actual ATM be removed.

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But the biggest fear at the moment is the explosives and the damage

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that that causes not just to the store, which can take

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a store out for a week, but the potential danger

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And what you can do to prevent that, and a number of operators are now

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using it, is a neutralising gas, so when the thieves try to insert

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gas into the ATM and then explode it, our sensors will determine

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when that happens and put a neutralising gas in to prevent

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Politicians in Bath are a step closer to picking where a new Park

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After years of debate, Banes Council has narrowed

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down its options to two preferred locations to the east of the city.

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Both options use greenbelt land around Bathampton Meadows.

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Football now, and Bristol City will face Premier League side

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Burnley in the next round of the FA Cup.

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They beat Fleetwood 1-0 in their third-round

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replay this evening, with Jamie Paterson

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City will now face Burnley away on the weekend of January the 28th.

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In the Checkatrade Trophy it was a different story

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for Cheltenham, who lost 1-0 at home to Bradford.

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Good evening. As we head into tomorrow, we will face some of the

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same forecasting difficulties as we had today, which is the balance

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between areas that stay cloudy and those which will brighten up. Those

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are certainly in the minority today. Moreover you will see something in

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the way of bright and sunny but whether tomorrow. For the rest of

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tonight, for the majority, a lot of cloud round and temperatures keeping

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above freezing, somewhere in the range of 1 degrees up to 5 degrees.

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Clear skies could mean we drop the other way, below freezing, so at

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least the risk of some frost. Tomorrow, you'll notice a

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distinction between the cloudier zones to the north and sunshine to

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the south. I suspect that might be further north than perhaps the map

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suggests. So it may well be that parts of Fulcher, Somerset, up into

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Baines and even up to Bristol could brighten up into the afternoon but

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some uncertainty into that regard. Either way, it should be a largely

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dry day bar the odd spot of drizzle and temperatures not dissimilar, so

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somewhere around for- six Celsius. A lot of dry weather

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from time to time. Staying settled still. Nick has the national

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forecast this evening. Hello. If you are watching the

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football earlier it turned out to be an evening for football fans in

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Lincolnshire. This is how it looked at the start of the day. No idea

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whether this weather watcher is a football fan, it's a fan of weather

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that matters here. All sorts of weather, from 13 in Aberdeenshire to

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two, despite the sunshine in Kent. I wonder if this six in the cloud

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across the Midlands into northern

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