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Man sentenced to eight years for sexual offences

Police have urged parents to be aware of who their children are speaking to online after a man from Coalville was sentenced to eight years in prison for a number of sexual offences. Ross Patman, 31, appeared at Leicester Crown Court on Wednesday 21 December after pleading guilty to the following offences: • Sexually assaulting...

Bird flu warning in Leicester

People in Leicester are being asked to stay vigilant after a bird flu outbreak was confirmed at a turkey farm housing more than 5,000 birds in Lincolnshire. Most of the birds there died and the rest were subsequently destroyed. Leicester City Council have put up notices in local parks and open spaces, asking people to contact...

Student dies from excessive drinking in university initiation event

A student from Leicestershire has died after drinking "excessive amounts of alcohol" in a suspected society initiation. Ed Farmer, from Tilton-on-the-Hill, was studying Economics at Newcastle University. He was taken to hospital in a life-threatening condition last week. He died in the city's Royal Victoria Infirmary the following day. Paying tribute to Ed, his father said:...

Woman seriously injured in hit and run in Thurmaston

A woman was seriously injured by a white VW Golf in a hit and run accident in Thurmaston. The 26 year old woman was taken to the Queens Medical Centre in Nottingham where her condition is said to be critical but stable. The incident took place on Saturday 17 December at about 3:30am on Brackenfield...

47-year-old man suffers serious head injuries in city centre assault

A man has been left with serious head injuries after an assault in Charles Street, Leicester in the early hours of Saturday 17 December. The 47-year-old victim was found at 1.50am by a member of the public, who saw three men leaving the scene. He was taken to the Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham, where he...

£5 note worth £50,000 spent in pie shop in Leicestershire

One of four special £5 notes worth up to £50,000 that feature a tiny portrait of author Jane Austen has been spent in a pie shop in Melton Mowbray. Graham Short, the 70 year old artist from Birmingham who designed the note visited the Dickinson & Morris Ye Olde pie shop on Monday and spent...

Father warns drivers to remember his daughter before they drink and drive

The father of an eighteen year old woman from Measham, who was killed by a drink driver, is calling on the people of Leicestershire to ‘get tough’ on drink drivers. Olivia Flanagan was travelling home from work on 5th December 2013 when her car was hit by another vehicle in Coalville. Luke Sykes, 31, hit...

Gang jailed for sham marriages in Leicester

Two men who organised a series of sham marriages in Leicester have been sentenced for a total of nine years in jail. Wilson Odume (45) and Martin Okoko (31) organised bogus weddings to by-pass immigrations rules. They paid strangers to fly to the UK from Hungary to act as fake bride and grooms. The marriages took...

Loughborough MP banned from Downing Street after PM’s £1,000 trouser comment

Loughborough MP Nicky Morgan has been banned from Downing Street after her comments on the Prime Minister’s £995 leather trousers. After discovering the cost of the trousers, Conservative MP Nicky Morgan said: “I don’t think I’ve ever spent that much on anything apart from my wedding dress” – leading Ms May to respond that she...

Nuisance 999 caller jailed for costing NHS £34k

A nuisance 999 caller from Leicestershire who made over 700 fake calls in a year - costing taxpayers more than £34,000 - has been jailed. Dominic Thomas, 45, was initially given a suspended sentence in November after he ran up a bill higher than the wage of a newly qualified paramedic, who earn about £21,909...

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