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October half-term dates for city schools could be changed

Leicester City Council is reviewing whether the city’s half-term break in October 2019 should be changed, to bring it in line with dates recently announced for schools in the county. The council is asking for views from people on whether next year’s October half term should be brought forward by a week – or whether...

Leicestershire farmer’s heartbreak as 55 cows die in suspected poisoning

A Leicestershire farmer was horrified to find 55 of his cows dead in a suspected poisoning at his farm. An investigation is currently underway after farmer Tom Rawson discovered dozens of dead livestock at his farm in Houghton on the Hill on Tuesday 19 June. Mr Rawson, who runs Evolution Farming, said they first realised they...

£3.9m transformation of Leicester’s London Road to start

A major transformation of Leicester’s busy London Road is due to get underway this summer. Leicester City Council will be revamping the route between Granby Street and the Victoria Park roundabout, to create a safer and more attractive route for cyclists and pedestrians. New cycle lanes will be created on either side of London Road, between...

Multi-million pound redevelopment of Leicester’s Belgrave Gate revealed

A multi million pound redevelopment project of the Belgrave Gate area has been proposed, which would house a new hotel complex and revamp the existing Haymarket car park. Leicester City Council hopes the regeneration will bring a significant annual income for the Council. It wants to invest £10million in a scheme that would allow it to...

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...

Woman arrested for growing cannabis in loft after house catches fire

Police have launched an investigation after cannabis plants were found in a loft fire at a property in Leicester. Leicestershire Fire and Rescue were called to the blaze in Peverel Road, Braunstone at 5.15pm on Monday 28 May. A concerned passer by stopped to raise the alarm after he could see smoke coming from the roof...

Grandma attacked and robbed by drug addict while walking to McDonald’s

A court has heard how a woman was assaulted and robbed by a drug addict as she walked to McDonald’s to buy a cup of tea in Leicester city centre. Derek Bannister from Syston targeted the grandmother in the early hours of Tuesday 24 April. Leicester Crown Court was told the woman has difficulty sleeping due...

Revealed: Where Leicester features in cities with highest disposable income in the UK

Londoners living in the boroughs of Kensington & Chelsea and Hammersmith & Fulham enjoy the largest disposable income in the UK, whilst cities in the East Midlands, like Nottingham and Leicester, have some of the lowest disposable incomes. According to new figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), all of the top 10 areas...

Leicester woman shocked as vase she bought for £20 sells for £22,000

A woman from Leicester who bought a vase for £20 from a car boot sale many years ago has fetched almost £22,000 at an arts auction in Market Harborough. The 1950s ceramic, tall vase was bought in the 1990s by the lady, but little did she know it was made by the German-born British studio...

Police persuade woman not to jump from M69 bridge near Hinckley

Police officers had to talk a woman down from a motorway bridge on the M69, after she threatened to jump. The incident happened on the evening of Tuesday 8 May. Officers persuaded the woman not to jump as she stood on the wrong side of a bridge on the M69 near Burbage. The incident was handled...

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