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High-speed rail plans discussed

Councillors and residents from communities which will be affected by the Government's high-speed rail line plans were granted an audience with project managers yesterday. Up to 60 people gathered at...

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Cricket: Skipper's loss takes shine off a good day for Leicestershire CCC...

Leicestershire's County Championship clash with Kent at Grace Road was finely poised as it reached the halfway stage. County were on the verge of claiming second-day honours yesterday with a robust...

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Hopefully, you won't even notice Marcos Ayerza is missing, says Leicester...

Samoan prop Logovi'i Mulipola is determined to limit Leicester Tigers' sense of loss over Marcos Ayerza's season-ending injury. The first-choice Argentine loose-head broke his collar-bone during the...

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Metal recovered from cremated bodies raises £40k

Metal recovered from cremated bodies is being turned into road signs and lampposts – and raising thousands of pounds for good causes at the same time. Leicester's Gilroes and Loughborough crematoria...

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Is your school planning to celebrate St George's Day?

Is your school planning to celebrate St George's Day? The Leicester Mercury would like to hear about your celebration, so we can capture the fun on camera. Whether you are planning a traditional party...

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Greggs new factory, in Hinckley, 'set to create 300 jobs'

National bakery chain Greggs is to build a production plant for pies and pasties, creating an estimated 300 jobs. The factory, in Hinckley, will produce a wide range of frozen savoury products, which...

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Leicester City boss Nigel Pearson is taking no chances with his players ahead...

Manager Nigel Pearson is wrapping his players in cotton wool ahead of tomorrow's crunch trip to Crystal Palace. Several of them are carrying the scars of battle after their gruelling victory over...

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Driver's windscreen smashed by rock hurled from bridge on A46 in Leicestershire

A driver has described the terrifying moment youths hurled a rock at her car – smashing its windscreen. Youths dropped a rock "the size of a fist" on to the woman's car as it passed under a footbridge...

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Narborough Road partially blocked after accident

Narborough Road is partially blocked near its junction with Ashleigh Road, in Leicester, after an accident shortly after 8am. Area traffic control say traffic is moving slowly in both directions as a...

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Snooker ace Mark Selby donating £100 for each century break

Snooker ace Mark Selby is hoping to rack up the century breaks at the World Snooker Championships, not just in his bid for glory but to help the youth club that nurtured his talent. Selby learnt his...

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Sad, unused, unloved - inside Leicester's old Haymarket Theatre

Leicester's Haymarket Theatre which once hosted acting greats now stands empty, and nobody seems to want it. Its stage was once graced by acting greats such as Sir Ralph Richardson, Sir Anthony Hopkins...

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Ritchie De Laet on Leicester City's play-off hopes

It doesn't matter if Leicester City don't keep another clean sheet this season as long as the strikers keep scoring, defender Ritchie De Laet has said. Despite having one of the best defensive records...

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Cover version: How former Leicester student Storm Thorgerson changed the face...

Storm Thorgerson, whose artwork graced some of the most iconic albums in the history of rock, has died aged 69. In 2007, features writer Lee Marlow interviewed the University of Leicester graduate. We...

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Leicester Tigers team announced to face Bath

Leicester Tigers welcome back England stars Tom Youngs, Geoff Parling and Tom Croft for tomorrow's Aviva Premiership fixture at Bath. The international trio missed last weekend's bonus-point win over...

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CCTV appeal after woman robbed in New Walk, Leicester

Police are appealing for witnesses after a robbery in New Walk, Leicester. A 21-year-old woman was grabbed from behind by a man as she approached the junction with Waterloo Way. The man threatened her...

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Four hurt in crash

Four people have been injured in a crash involving a lorry and two cars. The crash happened on the B4114 Coventry Road, near Broughton Astley, at 12.30pm today, and left one person seriously injured,...

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Jewellery, cash and computers stolen from a house in Thorpe Astley, Leicester

Police have appealed for help tracing jewellery and electrical goods which were stolen from a house. A number of distinctive pieces of jewellery were taken during the break-in at the house in Burchnall...

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Home furnishings tycoon becomes Leicestershire's first billionaire

A businessman who once sold curtains on a market stall has become Leicestershire's first-ever billionaire. Bill Adderley, who founded homeware chain Dunelm at Leicester market, has seen his wealth soar...

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Appeal for witness to come forward

Police investigating a burglary of a village home have issued CCTV images of two burglary suspects and one of a potentially crucial witness. Intruders escaped with a haul which included cash, computers...

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UPDATED: WITH PICS Bomb squad called after "device" found in Sileby

Homes were evacuated and bomb disposal experts called in after a device was found in a village. Police were called to Peashill Close in Sileby at 3.30pm yesterday and half an hour later began going...

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