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'Trojan horse' report into 'islamification' of schools

Park View, one of the schools at the centre of the 'Trojan Horse' allegations
Park View, one of the schools at the centre of the 'Trojan Horse' allegations Credit: ITV News Central

Key findings of a Birmingham City Council report into the alleged islamification of schools named in the so-called 'Trojan Horse' group will be published today.

Former headteacher Ian Kershaw was appointed to work on the investigation in April.

It comes after four schools were placed in special measures by Ofsted, after an anonymous letter earlier this year alleged Muslims with hardline views were attempting to take control of schools in the city.

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Thousands take part in Midlands Vaisakhi parades

The procession in Wolverhampton started at 11:00am Credit: ITV News Central
Thousands turned out to celebrate the Sikh festival Credit: ITV News Central
The weather held out for the procession through the streets of the Black Country Credit: ITV News Central
The day of thanksgiving is a fun festival involving chanting, partying and dancing Credit: ITV News Central

Easter Sunday celebrated in Derby Cathedral

The congregation at Derby Cathedral this morning Credit: ITV News Central/Hannah Stokes

Hundreds of worshippers have packed into Derby Cathedral for the traditional Easter Sunday service.

The Rt Revd Dr Alastair Redfern, Bishop of Derby, held this morning's celebration of Jesus' resurrection.

Speaking ahead of the service, the Bishop released his annual Easter message, part of which explained the sequence of events at this important stage in the Christian calendar.

Easter is not just an event. More, Easter is a process. The Christian understanding of Easter flows through a powerful sequence. Maundy Thursday: a supper with friends. Good Friday: betrayal, torture, death.

Holy Saturday: a space of waiting while hope struggles with despair and light seems to be extinguished by darkness. Easter Sunday: Jesus risen from the tomb, hope and light in triumph – not simply in this world, but as ingredients of a glory beyond our little universe.

The read the Rt Revd Dr Alastair Redfern's full Easter message CLICK HERE

Leicester church and surrounding area closed off

St Mary de Castro church in Leicester has closed its doors and the surrounding area is to be closed off to pedestrians today for up to six months over fears for the safety of the spire.

St Mary De Castro is an iconic part of Leicester's Old Town, and we will work closely with the church to ensure that these important repairs are completed as quickly as possible. Unfortunately the nature of the work does mean that the pedestrian walkway of Castle View, along the church itself, will be closed to visitors for a time. It is vital that the church carries out this work to ensure that this beautiful historic building is made safe so that generations of future visitors can continue to enjoy it.

– Sir Peter Soulsby, City Mayor of Leicester
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