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Football legend campaigns to end child sexual abuse

Peter Shilton has backed the CEASE campaign Credit: PA

Former England and Leicester City goalkeeper Peter Shilton is backing a campaign to stop children becoming victims of grooming.

CEASE – Commitment to Eradicate Abuse and Sexual Exploitation - aims to tackle the sexual exploitation of children by encouraging people in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland to protect the children in their lives and to spot the signs that could indicate a child is in danger.

Police say offenders will often target children through social media platforms and online gaming.

Leicestershire schoolgirl Kayleigh Haywood was groomed online by Luke Harlow and after exchanging 2643 messages over 13 days she agreed to meet him.

Two days later the 15-year-old was raped and murdered by Stephen Beadman, Harlow’s next door neighbour.

Football star Shilton pledged his support to try and prevent tragedies like this happening again by signing a CEASE hand which now has over four and a half thousand people behind it.


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Weekend Picks: Country Music Festival

Country Music Festival: Fri 29th - Sun 31st July (Newark Showground, Nottingham)

Band playing at the festival last year Credit: Dan Schofield

The FSA Country music festival is back for the year year and it’s being held at the Newark Showground in Nottingham.

Over the three day event, festival goers can expect to watch and hear music from upcoming modern UK Country artists.

Some of the artists on the lineup include: The Cheapseats, Jess and the Bandits, Luke and Mel and Laura Oakes.

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Man appears in court following death of 16-year-old girl

A man has appeared in court charged with murdering a 16-year-old girl at his home in Newark Credit: ITV News Central

A man has appeared in court charged with murdering a 16-year-old girl at his home in Newark in Nottinghamshire.

Hannah Pearson, from Marston in Lincolnshire, died on Sunday shortly after being taken to hospital by ambulance. Police arrested 23 year old James Morton at his home in Pierson Street in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Today he appeared at Nottingham Magistrates Court. Dressed in a grey T-shirt and dark trousers, he spoke just once to confirm his name and address.

He was remanded back into custody and will next appear at Nottingham Crown Court tomorrow morning.

Dementia stories - Doug Kirk

Doug and wife Suzanne Credit: ITV News

Doug Kirk was just 52 when he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. He continued to work for a few years, but eventually had to give up his job as a carpenter.

But the biggest blow came when he had his driving licence taken away.

Doug’s Alzheimer’s affects his ability to understand and articulate words. He also has memory loss, and struggles to deal with stressful situations.

Being so young, Doug’s wife Suzanne says one of the biggest challenges has been coping financially. And they’ve both had to come to terms with changing their plans for the future.

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