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Terrifying tarantula the size of a hand found on Leicester street

A man was shocked and terrified when he found one of the world's largest tarantulas on a street near his house. The discovery was made by Michael Fields, as he was leaving his house on Friday 5 May. He noticed a plastic box at the junction of Narborough Road and Ivy Road in Leicester. As he...

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,...

£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...

Leicester Tigers bring festive cheer to City hospitals

Leicester Tigers players bought some festive cheer and handed out early Christmas presents to patients, family members and staff during visits to Leicester Royal Infirmary and Glenfield Hospital. The players handed out goodie bags, T-shirts and chocolates, as they chatted and joked with patients and their families. The fun turned to delight for one of...

James Blunt’s cheeky comment about Leicester shop goes viral

James Blunt's cheeky comment about a shop sign in Leicester has gone viral, amusing his fans and followers. The 43-year-old singer shared a picture on Twitter and Instagram of the shopfront of Blunts Shoes in Leicester City Centre. However, the first ’s’ from the word ‘shoes’ had fallen off - leading to the sign to say...

Plans to create new road to link Welford Road and Aylestone Road

Leicester City Council is proposing to create a new road linking Aylestone Road and Welford Road in Leicester. The proposal involves using the route of the existing Putney Road, connecting the end section of Putney Road West directly to Aylestone Road, and creating a through-route to the junction of Welford Road and Victoria Park Road. The...

Leicester council changes school term dates to align with county

Leicester council has decided to change school term dates to match the county for 2019/20. Over 4,000 people completed a consultation which ran from June to September, asking whether school term dates should be aligned between the city and county. Eighty per cent of respondents said they wanted to see term dates aligned between the two...

Oadby Imam who starred in Amazon TV advert invited to lunch with Queen

An Imam from Leicester who was seen in the Christmas Amazon advert has been invited to lunch with the Queen when she visits the city in April. Zubeir Hassam is the principal of the Muslim School Oadby and featured in the Amazon advert alongside Priest Gary Bradley. In the advert, the two play friends who...

Leicester ranks third in list of most improved cities in the UK

A recent survey has named Leicester as one of the fastest improving cities in the UK over the last 12 months. Leicester came in third place in the study, which ranked cities on factors like employment, health, income and affordability of housing. Derby also featured on the index, coming in at tenth position, suggesting cities...

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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