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Leicester school's Green Hat scheme gives pupils a head start

As I walk into Coleman Primary School, I'm greeted by a sea of pupils donning green caps. They wear them proudly and a quick chat with head teacher Nigel Bruen reveals why. "The Green Hat scheme, as...

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Turbines plan for site of 1915 Battle of Loos, in France, where...

County campaigners are among hundreds opposing plans for a wind farm on the site of a First World War battlefield where tens of thousands of young British soldiers died. French firm InnoVent wants to...

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'No remorse' as inmate launches attacks in prison, Leicester court told

An inmate who attacked two prison officers and tried to throttle a healthcare worker has been jailed for another five years. Paul Anthony Carpenter gripped the health worker's T-shirt so tightly around...

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£3.6m set to be spent rebuilding Catherine Junior School, Leicester

A city school severely damaged by fire will be rebuilt at a cost of £3.6 million. Work on Catherine Junior School will start as soon as possible, Leicester City Council announced yesterday. The...

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Richard III: Tomb design does not meet Leicester Cathedral's criteria

A tomb designed by the Richard III Society does not meet Leicester Cathedral's criteria for a lasting memorial, members of the group said yesterday. The University of Leicester, which holds the...

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Local rugby: Battling Students hit back to boost survival chances

Loughborough Students edged a step closer to securing their National One status as they overturned a 15-3 deficit to beat rivals Tynedale 19-18. Students started the day 12 points clear of the bottom...

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England need to be more clinical, says Leicester Tigers' Toby Flood

Toby Flood admits England will have to be much more clinical against Wales than they were against Italy if they are to lift a first Six Nations Grand Slam in a decade. Stuart Lancaster's side head to...

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Norman Wisdom named the ultimate Legend of Comedy by Leicester Mercury readers

After giving us almost six decades of laughter, it is no surprise Norman Wisdom has been named the ultimate Legend of Comedy. Throughout this year's Dave's Leicester Comedy Festival, the Mercury asked...

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Paloma Faith wears saree in latest pop video bought from store in Leicester's...

Quirky singer Paloma Faith has proven there's only one place to go when you want to pick up a top-quality saree. In her latest pop video, Black and Blue, the star wears an ornate £500 outfit provided...

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De Montfort University converts Georgian building into £134,000 home...

Part of a grade II-listed Georgian building is being converted into £134,000 living quarters for De Montfort University's vice-chancellor. Work has started on creating an apartment suite for Professor...

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Councillors could be axed to save Leicester taxpayers' cash (with poll)

The number of councillors in Leicester could be cut in a move that would save taxpayers' cash. Councillors will meet tonight to discuss the political shake-up. The city has 54 council members...

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Ritchie De Laet could make surprise comeback for Leicester City against Cardiff

Leicester City defender Ritchie De Laet has not broken his leg and could even feature in tonight's vital clash with league leaders Cardiff (7.45). The Belgian right-back was stretchered off in severe...

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Leicester mum nearly blinded by her Mother's Day card

Mum Bhavna Ramji was taken to hospital after nearly being blinded – by her Mother's Day card. The 40-year-old was rushed to casualty at Leicester Royal Infirmary after her two-year-old son accidentally...

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Evidence of a habitable environment discovered by Nasa's Curiosity rover

The question of whether there has ever been life on Mars has taken one step closer to being answered. Data from a sample of sedimentary rock from the Gale Crater, on the Red Planet, has revealed...

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Firefighters tackle blaze at house in Loughborough

Fire severely damaged the ground floor of a home in Loughborough yesterday. Firefighters were called to Grace Dieu Road in the town at about 3.40pm. Firefighters from Loughborough station wearing...

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Leicester City: Late heartache as big win slips away against Cardiff

Leicester City were dealt another blow last night as substitute Rudy Gestede grabbed an equaliser for Cardiff in the third minute of added time. Defender Michael Keane had put City on course for a...

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Don't cut our numbers, say Leicester city councillors

Leicester's councillors say their numbers should not be cut by officials looking to review the size of the council. The Local Government Boundary Commission for England is to decide whether Leicester...

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Fixture schedule changes are "unprecedented", say Leicester City

Leicester City said the changes to their fixture schedule were "unprecedented" and they sympathised with the fans. City's final home game of the season against promotion rivals Watford scheduled for...

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Kate McCann to run London Marathon

Kate McCann is preparing to run next month's London Marathon in aid of the Missing People charity. Kate, who will be completing the 26.2 mile route just weeks before the six-year anniversary of her...

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LIVE: Watch chicks hatched at Leicester primary school on webcam

Primary school youngsters watched in awe as chicks they have been incubating for the past 21 days began to hatch just in time for Easter. Staff and children at Rowlatts Hill Primary, in Balderstone...

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