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The Street: Dips' shop near Hawthorne St in Leicester
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Dipak Patel owns the local convenience store close to Hawthorne Street

Dipak Patel, who owns the local convenience store close to Hawthorne Street in Leicester, is taking part in the project called The Street.

BBC Leicester's Tony Wadsworth launched the project after 'adopting' the street in Newfoundpool - the area where he grew up as a child.

The Street project takes a closer look at the lives behind closed doors and the community that is shared.

Dipak is 39 years-old and lives above the shop on Beatrice Road.

Asian family move to Newfoundpool

When the Patel's first arrived to the area, 25 years-ago, there were not many Asians living there.

At first, not everyone was willing to accept them, but they soon became an integral part of the community.

Meet the Patel's

Dipak, or Dips as he is known to his friends, lives with his wife Hemlata (or Hem) and his three young children.

The couple have been married for 10 years.

When Hem first moved to the UK from India she did not speak a word of English. She has since managed to learn all that she knows by working in the shop and speaking to the locals.

Dips was just 14 years-old when his father moved the family from the Evington area in Leicester to buy this shop.

The family have learnt a lot from the locals in Newfoundpool and now love living and working there so much that they would never like to leave!

However, Dips feels the area has become a lot less spirited now than it use to be. He believes this could be because some of the younger couples, who move to the area, do not tend to stay very long.

Find out more about the residents of Hawthorne Street in Leicester on Tony Wadsworth's show on BBC Radio Leicester (104.9FM, Dab and Online) between 09:00-12:00, Monday to Friday.





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No. 3 - Sarah Bedford Sarah Bedford
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Number 72 - Katie Thomas Katie Thomas
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No. 62 - Mark Gibson Mark Gibson
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Number 82 - Catherine Swaine & Gareth Hussy Gareth & Catherine
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No. 88 - Mr and Mrs Connelly Geoff & Carol Connolly
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