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Bishops welcomed by Leicester Muslims during Ramadan

The Bishops of Leicester and Lougborough have been welcomed by the Muslim community in Leicester during their visits to local mosques in Ramadan. Bishop Martyn visited Masjid Ul Imam Al Bukhari on Loughborough Road for iftari, the evening meal with which Muslims end their daily Ramadan fasting at sunset. It was a very informal gathering...

Concern over the number of proposed developments across Leicestershire

Councillors have put on record their concerns over the "sheer volume" of major development proposals currently under consideration. Councillor David Bill from the Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council expressed concern at the number of proposed developments in Hinckley and the wider Leicestershire area. He moved a motion at the Council meeting to highlight issues surrounding the...

Major revamp of Leicester Market starts this month

A year-long programme of works that will transform Leicester’s historic outdoor market gets underway this month. The £1.86million scheme will include simple measures – a deep clean, a coat of paint and new LED lighting – as well as more significant changes that will have a big impact on the look and feel of...

Leicester Council sets up own housing company to build affordable housing

Leicester City Council has announced plans to set up its own housing company to build affordable housing in Leicester. The council aims to build 50 affordable homes in the first year of the company’s operation, with work starting on site at the end of this year. The homes will be built on land already owned by...

Homeless man from Leicester given helping hand by Good Samaritan

A homeless man from Leicester has been given a helping hand from a Good Samaritan after appearing on TV. Jimmy was living rough in a garage after he lost his job and the death of his mother. His story was featured on ITV during the recent freezing weather and the story went viral. It was seen...

What happens next after Hinckley Road tragedy?

Residents in the Hinckley Road area are being reassured that support is in place to help the community recover from the tragic event. Emergency services have now completed their investigations at the scene of the explosion, and work to make the area safe and reopen the road has been handed over to Leicester City Council. Properties...

Concern grows after ‘Punish a Muslim Day’ letter received in Leicester

Muslim communities in Leicester have been urged to remain vigilant after a letter titled ‘Punish a Muslim Day’ has been sent to at least one confirmed address in the city. The malicious A4 letter, which calls on recipients to attack Muslims, has been sent to addresses across the UK, including London, Bradford, Cardiff and Sheffield. The...

Hundreds sign petition to stop children’s centres closing

Parents are campaigning to stop the proposed closure of children's centres across Leicestershire. Hundreds of signatures have been collected to stop the closure of 25 children’s services as part of Leicestershire County Council plans to merge and re-shape the existing facilities. The council wants to merge four of its services, which currently work with children...

Leicester City Council given £10 million for new housing development

The Government has announced today that Leicester City Council will be given £10 million of funding for highway infrastructure enabling further investment in a new housing development. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond and Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Sajid Javid met with Leicester’s City Mayor, Sir Peter Soulsby at...

Mum with terminal cancer writes book to explain her illness to her children

A mum from Loughborough has written a storybook explaining her diagnosis of cancer to her young children. Sarah West, 34, has been diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer and a year ago she was given the devastating news it had spread to her brain. Sarah, mum to five year old Olivia and three year old Amelia,...

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