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'It was a cry for help' say parents of a man who fell from the Bullring

The parents of a man who's fighting for his life in hospital after falling from the top floor of the Bullring at the weekend say it was a 'cry for help' after he'd been targetted by conmen.

49-year old Anthony Hollis has autism and epilepsy and his parents believe he was targetted because he's vulnerable.

The men who gained the trust of Anthony, arrived on the doorstep of his sheltered accommodation knowing his name, address and medical conditions.


Family 'feel let down' as autistic boy has funding cut because he turned six

Dad Kevin with Daniel Harrison Credit: ITV Central

Daniel Harrison has made remarkable improvements in recent months. As a baby he suffered from an acid reflex which gave him a phobia of putting things in his mouth, a problem made harder to treat by his autism.

Daniel was able to eat for the first time this year Credit: ITV Central

But this year he stopped being fed through a tube into his stomach and started eating for the first time. Now his dad Kevin is worried about his future progress. A cut in his funding for speech and language therepy was triggered by his 6th birthday.

Daniel Harrison suffered an acid flux when he was a baby, he has developed a phobia and refused to put food in his mouth Credit: ITV Central

We last saw Daniel in July this year just before he went to Austria for specialist treatment. The family had to raise £25,000 because the treatment is not avaible in the UK. Now the family feel they've been let down again.

This will be the first Chirstmas where Daniel can try a bit of chirstmas dinner and while improvments like that are remarkable - progress could be slower in the future.

Boy with autism has funding stopped because he turned six

Nottinghamshire Primary Care Trust says they have limited funding available Credit: ITV Central

An boy with autism from Nottinghamshire has had his speech and language therapy stopped, because he's too old. Six-year old Daniel Harrison is struggling at school without the therapy.

Nottinghamshire Primary Care Trust says they have limited funding available. His father is calling for a judicial review.


Robots teaching in Birmingham school

A school in Birmingham has been trialling a new way of teaching children with autism.

Topcliffe primary is using two robots on loan from a French technology company.

The robots can play interactive learning games and the children are rewarded with a dance when they get the answers right.

Children with autism respond well to the robots because they don't have the complex expressions of the human face.

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