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18:17 | 23rd March 2017

News: UK

Wed 17 Feb, 2010
By Sam Bristowe


Nottinghamshire Police has this morning (Wednesday) arrested a 70-year-old Nottingham man on suspicion of murder following comments on the BBC's Inside Out programme on Monday evening.

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Veteran BBC presenter has been arrested after his on air confession to the mercy killing of his partner who was suffering ‘terrible pain’ from AIDS.
Ray Gosling, 70, has been arrested after the confession he gave whilst talking on the East Midlands Inside Out programme. The former BBC television and radio presenter told the programme that he smothered his young lover to death with a pillow cause he was in so much pain.
Gosling said in the interview, which was broadcast of Monday at 7.30, whilst walking through a graveyard:
“Maybe this is the time to share a secret that I have kept for quite a long time.”
Nottinghamshire police was unaware of the situation until the interview was aired.

They began an investiagation and arrested Gosling this morning on suspision of murder.
A spokeswoman from the Nottinghamshire police force said in a statement: "Nottinghamshire Police has this morning (Wednesday) arrested a 70-year-old Nottingham man on suspicion of murder following comments on the BBC's Inside Out programme on Monday evening."
During the interview on the 30-minute programme, the former presenter walked through a graveyard and discussed the moment he committed a mercy killing to ease his lovers pain.
"In a hospital one hot afternoon, the doctor said 'There's nothing we can do', and he was in terrible, terrible pain. I said to the doctor 'Leave me just for a bit' and he went away. I picked up the pillow and smothered him until he was dead. The doctor came back and I said 'He's gone'. Nothing more was ever said."
The presenter of numerous radio and television shows said that he has no regrets for his actions and stands by what he did. In an interview with BBC Radio 4 Today programme, he said: “Sometimes doctors do it on their own. Sometimes people do it on their own. 
“And if it happens to a lover or friend of yours, a husband, a wife, and I hope it doesn’t, but when it does sometimes you have to do brave things and you have to say – to use Nottingham language – bu**er the law.”
No further news about the arrest has been released

 

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