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Elephant Man dissection: ‘Joseph Merrick would be heartbroken’

Actor and broadcaster Adam Pearson is among thousands of people to oppose a show where a replica of Joseph Merrick’s body will be dissected.

Known as the Elephant Man, Mr Merrick grew up in Leicester and toured the East Midlands as a travelling exhibit before moving to London.

Disability campaigners have likened the “dinner and dissection” event to a freak show, and more than 8,000 people have signed a petition against it.

The show is being held by Sam Piri, who secured funding for his business on the BBC programme Dragons’ Den and insists the show is educational.

Video journalist: Caroline Lowbridge

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