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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,...

Council to purchase land by force for new city centre road

Leicester City Council has started the process of forcing the owners of a car park to sell their land, allowing the council to build a new link road in the city centre. The council has been trying to purchase the land for three years but negotiations have failed. The land comprises of a car park...

Sexual health clinic set to open in Leicester shopping centre

Leicester City Council is looking to spend £1.6m on a new sexual health clinic which will be based in a city centre shopping centre. The council wants to open the clinic in an unused unit on the first floor of the Haymarket Shopping Centre. The council’s sexual health service currently operates from St Peter’s Health Centre...

Two major development projects get underway in the city

Motorists are being warned of traffic disruption affecting Leicester’s busy city centre roads in the new year, as preliminary road works get underway as part of two major redevelopment projects. Work will start in early January at sites in both Great Central Street and on two sections of Vaughan Way, as the two...

Turkish restaurant praised for opening doors to the homeless and elderly on Christmas Day

A Turkish restaurant in Leicester has been praised for offering free food to the homeless and elderly people on Christmas Day. Saray Mangal, on Highfield Street, off London Road, served a three-course meal to all to ensure ‘no one eat alone at Christmas’. Motivated by his own experiences of homelessness when he first moved to...

Plans for new Haymarket Theatre building which will open next year

Over £3m is being spent on Leicester’s disused Haymarket Theatre, transforming it into a 863-seat music, arts and e-sports venue, which will open to the public next year. A brand new entrance will welcome visitors to the building, along with a remodelled lobby area, with glazed walls allowing light to flood in to the space. The...

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