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Ben Baddeley: 'They feel like new legs' after operation

Ben taking a sip of drink in his hospital bed Credit: Amy Baddeley

10-year-old Ben Baddeley from Staffordshire says it feels like he has new legs, after his operation to help him walk without pain.

He had his operation earlier today and its recovering in hospital in London. His mother Amy told ITV News Central a short while ago that he was up and eating.

Ben has Cerebral Palsy and his operation this morning was to help him walk without pain.

Amy Baddeley said:

He is moving his legs and toes saying they feel like new legs. Strange, but nice strange, and not heavy.


Coventry City owners say they are to communicate more with fans

The owners of Coventry City have posted an open letter to supporters on the club's website, telling them that the biggest problem in the row over the Ricoh Arena is not rent. They say it is the club's access to matchday revenues.

Part of the open letter from Joy Seppala and Tim Fisher reads:

...We understand that you want to hear from us about what is going on. You want the Sky Blues to return to play home games in Coventry. We do too. But any return to the Ricoh Arena has to be driven by Financial Fair Play. We want what is best for the club for the long term and this must be built on financial stability.

We appreciate that some of you have pledged to pay the rent for the Ricoh Arena. We are grateful. But unfortunately the rent is not the biggest problem. We have always been happy to pay a competitive rent but we need to access the match day revenues.

The club’s proposal is very simple. We are happy to pay a rent which is competitive in League One. But, we must have access to our very own match day revenues. That is, under Financial Fair Play Rules, all the business that is generated on a match day is managed by the club so that 60p in every £1 generated can be allocated to Steven Pressley to spend on improving and growing the calibre of the first team squad with promotion to the Championship and beyond in mind...

SISU also promised to share more about what is going on behind the scenes than they have previously, and communicate with supporters.

...We know that reconciliation will need effort from all sides but we will do all we can as long as it does not jeopardise the long term future of the club. We know we haven’t done enough to communicate with you. We want this to change. We promise to share as much as we can about what is going on.

We are all passionate about the club becoming an essential part of the Coventry City community, determined to secure its long term future and build a team that continues to make us all proud for generations to come.?

Sexual assault referral centre says people are coming forward now due to more confidence in system

One of the issues surrounding cases of sexual abuse like those emerging today at a children's home in Leicestershire is that many are several decades old.

Today, ITV News Central spoke to a centre that helps those affected by sexual violence. They said that dealing with cases, even those that happened decade ago, is important for both the victims and for bringing people to justice.

Tony Mumford is from the Blue Sky Centre in Nuneaton.

CCTV shows attempted robbery at garage with what's believed to be a gun

Police are appealing for help to find a man suspected of attempted robbery at a petrol station.

It happened at the Ford garage on Leicester Road in Lutterworth last Friday. The man demanded money from the cashier and threatened her with what is believed to be a gun.

He left empty handed and ran off towards Lutterworth town centre.

The suspect is described as wearing a beige three-quarter length coat, jeans and a ski mask or hat.

Nobody was hurt during the attempted robbery, but armed police were sent to the scene to help ensure safety.


Lollipop lady celebrates 40 years on the job

Jean Dawson with children from Albany School Credit: ITV News Central

A lollipop lady from Nottinghamshire is celebrating 40 years on the job, and says she is still not going to stop.

Jean Dawson, who is 77, is now helping the grandchildren of the children she originally helped cross outside Albany School in Stapleford.

Jean's four-decade stint began when she used to walk her own children to school, and when the previous crossing patrol finished, she took up the role.

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