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'You saved us', said Michelle Knight to Ariel Castro police

1 August 2013 Last updated at 15:44 BST

A police officer has described rescuing three women at the house of Ariel Castro.

"We eventually gained entry after several attempts by several different officers", said Barbara Johnson, adding that it was "very dark" inside.

She said that a colleague had to call out several times that they were police, before Michelle Knight "literally launched herself" into his arms.

Ariel Castro faces life in prison plus 1,000 years.