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Life on the Line

Life on the Line: A special report into the hundreds of lives lost on Britain's railways each year. We hear from drivers, family members and those trained to stop people trying to take their own lives on the rail and tube networks. Plus exclusive access to the special taskforce which helps identify the unknown who die on the tracks.

From next year people across England and Wales will be able to check with police whether their new partners have a history of violence - it's called Clare's Law -- we'll speak to families directly affected and hear from people who've already taken part in pilot schemes.

Plus questions are asked about how much the authorities already knew about the women allegedly kept as slaves in London for 30 years.

Release date:

2 hours

Last on

Mon 25 Nov 2013 10:00

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Samaritans is available for anyone struggling to cope round the clock, every single day of the year. They provide a safe place to talk where calls are completely confidential. Get in touch by phone or email or find the details for the local branch online. Phone: 08457 90 90 90 Email:



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CALM, the campaign against living miserably is a charity aimed at preventing male suicide in the UK. Calls to their helpline are anonymous, confidential, free from a landline and will not appear on itemised bills. Helpline: 0800 58 58 58 (daily 5pm-midnight)


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ZEST is an organisation dealing with problems which lead to suicidal behaviour and self-harm. Phone: 028 71 266 999


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Freephone: 0800 132 737, or text "help" to 81066.


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Phone: 0844 561 6855 (daily 9am - 9pm)