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Leicester man one of two arrested after large containers of fuel found in van

Police have made two arrests after a several large containers of fuel were found in the back of a van. Officers on patrol came across the vehicle which was parked in Lowes Lane, Swarkestone,...

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Two airlifted to hospital after fall from cherry picker

Two men were airlifted to hospital today after falling 20 feet to the ground from a cherry picker. Emergency services were called to the incident, in Stretton Road, Great Glen, near Oadby, at just...

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Health campaigner fears she will lose home after court ruling

A disabled rights campaigner fears she will have to give up her home and her two dogs after losing a case in the High Court in London. Anne Pridmore was one of five severely disabled people from across...

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Nearly five million people used Leicester railway station in 2011/12, new...

Nearly five million people used Leicester railway station in 2011/12. The figure - 4,880,616 - is based on estimates of the number of people entering the London Road station to get on a train, and...

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Former Oadby artist in the running for £25,000 Turner Prize

A former Leicester Polytechnic art student has been nominated for this year's Turner Prize. David Shrigley, 44, who is now based in Glasgow, is one of the contenders for the accolade and was nominated...

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Mars rover accidentally draws penis in Martian sand

The scientists behind the Red Planet's Mars rover were left red-cheeked after the one-ton robot sketched the outline of a huge penis on the planet's dusty surface. The image was beamed millions of...

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Scores of vehicles stopped by police in hunt for rogue traders

Police stopped and checked scores of vehicles today as part of a campaign to track down rogue traders. Officers used the force's Automatic Number Plate Recognition system, (ANPR), to read registration...

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Man punched unconscious in unprovoked street attack

A man was punched unconscious in an apparently motiveless street attack. The victim had walked past the two men in a Leicester street when he felt one of them tap him on the shoulder. When he turned...

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Jurors in the trial of Leicestershire mum accused of murder will continue...

Jurors in the trial of a Leicestershire mum accused of murdering her boyfriend will continue their deliberations in the morning. The jury of seven women and five men today spent four hours considering...

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What is the most memorable moment in Leicestershire sport?

What is the most memorable moment in Leicestershire sporting history? There have been countless classic moments covering more than a century of Leicester sport and the Leicester Mercury is looking to...

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Powered chair helps Ria get independence back

A girl with a severe disability is to receive a £13,000 electric-powered wheelchair. Ria Thomas, from Thorpe Astley, has quadriplegic cerebral palsy – affecting all her limbs. It means the 10-year-old...

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Hospitals winning battle to stop spread of deadly bugs

Health bosses have beaten targets for limiting the spread of the superbugs MRSA and Clostridium difficile (C diff). They are now also considering a new treatment to help prevent the future spread of C...

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Cup of Char! Pub hosting charity tea party

A pub is holding a fund-raising tea party to help people unwind at the end of the bank holiday weekend. On Monday, May 6, the Landsdowne, in London Road, Leicester, will be raising cash for the Edgar's...

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'I'm so touched at nomination'

High school pupil Yasmin Al-Rawe loves her mum so much that she could not help nominating her for our Mum of the Year Awards. Yasmin, 12, and her twin brother Adam live with single mum Rachel Al-Rawe...

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Tennis balls plea gets a great return

An appeal for unwanted tennis balls to protect harvest mice in a country park has met with a fantastic response. The appeal by Leicestershire County Council, featured in the Leicester Mercury, resulted...

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Drag acts cabaret raising money for Pride festival

Organisers of Leicester Pride are staging a fund-raising event this weekend. A drag cabaret evening has been organised at the Dover Castle pub, in Dover Street, Leicester, tomorrow. Martyn Parker,...

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Vaz hopeful of a mango extravaganza

City MP Keith Vaz remains confident of staging the country's first mango festival in Leicester – with just 10 days left to get it organised. The Leicester East MP wants Belgrave's Golden Mile to stage...

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VIDEO: Brave Birch overcomes pain barrier to finish run

Leicester City club ambassador Alan Birchenall battled through the pain of a bad back to complete his 33rd annual charity run last night. The 67-year-old defied a chronic back problem to continue his...

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Woman injured in crash with car in Leicester

A woman pedestrian was taken to hospital after she was hit by a car in the city centre yesterday lunchtime. The incident happened at the junction of Haymarket and Churchgate, next to the clock tower,...

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MP Nicky Morgan: Progress made on long road

Last Sunday, I was one of thousands who completed the London Marathon. I reached the finish line five hours and 15 minutes after starting – 26.2 miles is a very long way. Thank you to everyone who has...

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