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Police: Hoax calls caused victims 'great deal of distress'

Detective Chief Inspector Neil Harrison says the hoax calls made by a man pretending to be a doctor caused his victims a 'great deal of distress'.

28-year-old Ashley Dodd, from Exhall in Warwickshire, made calls to eight families pretending to be a doctor from George Elliot Hospital, telling them a relative had died, and they needed to go to the hospital immediately.

Today, he admitted the offences under the Malicious Communications Act and is due to be sentenced later this month.

£4million sports arena plans revealed in Leicester

The plans were unveiled by City Mayor, Sir Peter Soulsby
The plans were unveiled by City Mayor, Sir Peter Soulsby Credit: ITV News Central

Plans for a new £4million sports arena in Leicester were unveiled today.

The 2000-seater complex will be home to Leicester Riders basketball team, and will host major indoor events.

This site will be used for the arena
This site will be used for the arena Credit: ITV News Central

The state-of-the art site, next to Leicester College's Abbey Park campus, will also be used by the students when it is built next year.

Director of Leicester Riders, Kevin Routledge, says the plans are great for the future of the team.

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Northampton Town sign Leicester midfielder

Ryan Watson in action for Leicester City under 21s earlier this month
Ryan Watson in action for Leicester City under 21s earlier this month Credit: Mike Egerton/EMPICS Sport

Northampton Town have signed Leicester City midfielder Ryan Watson on loan until January.

The 20-year-old joined Leicester a year ago, and has been part of their development squad since.

Ryan is a player we have tracked since last Christmas. I have seen him play at least half a dozen times and he has impressed me.

He is an all round good midfield player. He gets about the park, he is strong in the tackle and he can pass the ball well. He wants to come and play senior football and that is a really refreshing attitude.

We have tried to bring him in before and I am really pleased we have been able to get the loan completed now. Thanks to Leicester City for allowing us to borrow Ryan, there is a good relationship between the clubs. They know we will look after him, he will help us and he will also gain valuable experience at the same time.

– Chris Wilder, Northampton Town manager

Reports: Peter Pannu to leave Birmingham City

Peter Pannu at St Andrews
Peter Pannu at St Andrews Credit: Mike Egerton/EMPICS Sport

Reports are suggesting the acting chairman of Birmingham City, Peter Pannu, is to step down by the end of the month.

The club have said they have no comment to make, but ITV News Central understands any announcement will be made via the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.

Pannu's contract with the club was due to end at the end of the month.

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Gok Wan tells graduates to 'follow your dreams'

Gok Wan at Birmingham's Symphony Hall for the ceremony
Gok Wan at Birmingham's Symphony Hall for the ceremony Credit: BPM Media

Gok Wan, who has been given an honorary degree in fashion from Birmingham City University, told graduates at the ceremony at the Symphony Hall to follow their dreams.

If there’s one piece of advice I could give today, it would be to follow your dreams.

– Gok Wan

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