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Eid celebrated across Leicester today

Muslims across Leicester have come together to celebrate Eid today, which marks the end of the holy pilgrimage of Hajj. Thousands of people gathered in Leicester's Victoria Park this morning to pray and celebrate Eid. The festival was supported by Leicester City Council, which flew flags from the Town Hall proclaiming 'Eid Mubarak' (Eid Blessings). Abu...

Thousands sign up to stop child abuse

More than 5,000 people in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland have backed a campaign to stop children being sexually abused and exploited. Among those who have given their support are the parents of Measham teenager Kayleigh Haywood who was groomed online over 13 days before being raped and murdered last year. The campaign is called CEASE,...

World Boxing Champion Anthony Joshua backs Leicestershire Police’s anti-knife campaign

World Heavyweight Champion Anthony Joshua is backing Leicestershire Police’s #LivesNotKnives campaign and asking young people in Leicestershire to make the right choice. In a specially recorded video, Anthony, who made a well-publicised choice to pursue a life of sport over crime, says: "You know who I am, where I have come from and what I am...

Leicester City distribute mince pies to disadvantaged local residents

After providing complimentary mince pies to fans at the Boxing Day match against Everton, Leicester City have arranged for the remaining pies to be given to disadvantaged local residents. City provided free mince pies to fans as a mark of gratitude for their fantastic support over 2016. However, with thousands of pies left over after...

Leicester Muslim charity’s Christmas message of peace goes viral

A Leicester based Muslim charity's message of peace for Christmas, featuring a woman and her teenage daughter singing Silent Night, has gone viral online. The video stars Sarah Yaseen and her teenage daughter Iqra and has been viewed more than 30,000 times over 3 days. That's 7 people watching the video every minute! The recording was...

Thousands of runners take to the streets for the Leicester Marathon

Thousands of runners will take to the city's streets today to raise money for charity in the annual Leicester Marathon. The Marathon will raise money for local charities including cancer hospice LOROS. Victoria Park will serve as the start and finish for a number of races on the day, including the main 26 mile...

Plans unveiled for Oakham town centre redevelopment

Rutland County Council have revealed two different plans for the redevelopment of Oakham town centre. The first option (pictured above) is a one-way system between New Street and Mill Street, with wider pavements, trees and more public seating. The second option (pictured below) keeps the current two-way traffic flow along the High Street but has an...

Rain fails to ruin the party as the Leicester Caribbean Carnival hits the streets

Leicester's Caribbean Carnival welcomed visitors from around the world this afternoon. Despite the rain, the conditions failed to dampen spirits as the procession of colourful costumes, dancers and booming music hit the streets. Tens of thousands of people are thought to have attended the event, which set off from Victoria Park, moving into the city...

Muslims across Leicester celebrate Ramadan

Muslims across Leicester have been fasting this month during the holy month of Ramadan. The month is an incredibly sacred time for Muslims, who focus on spirituality, worship and charity. During the month, Muslims fast during the hours of daylight and are not allowed to eat or drink while the sun is up. By going without...

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...

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