Portsmouth plans Dickens statue, despite will request

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A memorial statue of Charles Dickens could be erected in Portsmouth despite the Victorian author requesting that none should be built.

Plans are in place as part of the bicentenary of the Oliver Twist creator's birth in April 2012.

His great-great grandson Gerald said the Dickens' family backed the plans.

The author was born in Portsmouth on 7 February 1812 where he spent the first three years of his life.

His birthplace has been turned into a museum....

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