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Image caption Joseph Merrick became a celebrity in Victorian London, even being visited by a royal. Prejudice has hampered attempts to build a statue to the Elephant Man, his biographer has claimed. Jo Vigor-Mungovin, who traced Joseph Merrick's grave, has been trying to raise the estimated £100,000 cost for a monument in his native Leicester. But progress has been slow with critics saying the idea was a "freak show" and the city was already "ugly enough". Mrs Vigor-Mungovin said: "There is a fear of what the statue would be like - but he was an inspirational figure". Image caption Joseph Merrick's skeleton has been preserved at the Royal London Hospital. But the plans for the statue have b... Full story

19 January