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Family demand answers over Moazzam Begg detention

The family of former Guantanamo Bay detainee Moazzam Begg are demanding answers after he was remanded in custody for seven months on terror-related charges - before being released today as the charges were dropped.

His father, Azmat Begg, said he could not understand "how or why" police had arrested his son if they did not have sufficient evidence.

Charlotte Cross has the full story.


Heskey joins calls for 1,000 new donors in one day

Footballer Emile Heskey has joined a campaign to get 1,000 young people in Leicester to sign up to become bone marrow donors by joining the Anthony Nolan register.

Footballer Emile Heskey is supporting the campaign Credit: ITV News Central

A record-breaking bid to get 1,000 new donors signed up in just one day is being staged in the city, with eight stations set up at local landmarks.

As of 2.30pm this afternoon, they had hit 600 signatures - with the former Leicester and Birmingham player loaning his support to encourage others to follow suit.

The scheme is the brainchild of Leicestershire Police officer and leukaemia survivor Rik Basra, whose life was saved by an anonymous donation in 2011.

Fosse Court Care Home found 'unsafe' by inspectors

A care home in Leicester at the centre of allegations of mistreatment has been found to be unsafe by inspectors.

Fosse Court Care Home was closed by Leicester City council in July after 4 members of staff were arrested. They have been released and police say no further action will be taken.

Fosse Court Care Home, Leicester Credit: ITV News

But the Care Quality Commission uncovered a number of problems at the home including failures to prevent and identify abuse and poor medicine handling.

Owners plan to challenge the report's findings and are seeking legal advice.

The Directors have produced detailed representations of what they believe to be factual inaccuracies in the report based on the July inspections and believe that CQC have failed to fully acknowledge these representations despite 42 days earlier having found the Home to be compliant with the vast majority of the regulations inspected. We do not plan to comment further on this report at this time as we are currently taking advice from our legal team about challenging its contents.”

– Caroline Walker MPRCA

Statement from Moazamm Begg solicitors on release

The solicitors for Moazamm Begg have released a statement following his release.

Moazzam Begg Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The 45-year-old from Birmingham, who has previously been held in Guantanamo Bay, had been in custody for seven months awaiting a trial which was due to start on Monday.

He was released earlier today after prosecutors dropped seven terror charges against him.

Moazzam Begg is a good and brave man. He is a rare individual who will talk to everyone and listen to everyone, even those with whom he profoundly disagrees. He has spent the near decade since he was released from the torture of Bagram and Guantanamo in attempting to wake the world up to injustice and to comprehend its causes and effects. His intelligent voice, of reason and tolerance, is desperately needed now. We are relieved he is free again to contribute to our understanding of each other. There is nothing new that can have been discovered now that was not always crystal clear - that this is an innocent man.

– Moazzam Begg's solicitors


Terror charges against Moazzam Begg dropped

Former Guantanamo Bay detainee Moazzam Begg will walk free from prison after prosecutors dropped seven terror charges against him linked to the civil war in Syria.

Moazzam Begg Credit: PA

The 45-year-old from Birmingham has been in custody for seven months awaiting a trial which was due to start on Monday.

At an earlier hearing he had pleaded not guilty to all the charges.

But at a pre-trial review today lasting just five minutes the prosecution dramatically dropped the case.

When Mr Begg was charged with a number of offences earlier this year the Crown Prosecution Service were satisfied there was sufficient evidence to afford prosecution. In the months that have followed the prosecution have kept under review the sufficiency of the evidence in this case. The prosecution have recently become aware of relevant material and in light of which, after careful and anxious consideration, have reached the conclusion that there is no longer a realistic prospect of conviction in this case. The prosecution therefore offer no evidence."

– Prosecutor Christopher Hehir

Six men in court over murder of Leicestershire mum

Six men are due in court today charged in connection with the murder of a mother of two-in Leicestershire.

Hayley Pointon Credit: ITV News Central

Hayley Pointon, who was 30 and from Coventry, was shot dead at a house in Sunnydale Road in Hinckley in February last year.

Two men aged 24 have been charged with murder, while four others have been charged with assisting an offender.

Special Report: ITV correspondent speaks to Education Secretary

Education Secretary Nicky Morgan Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The new Education Secretary Nicky Morgan has delivered her first keynote speech at the Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham.

Our correspondent Gareth Owen has part two of this special report from the conference.

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