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Poppy tin thief's appeal fails

A man who stole poppy collection tins from shops has failed to convince appeal judges his jail term was too harsh. Gareth Ellis Smith and two accomplices stole Royal British Legion collection boxes...

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City mayor under fire over unspent regeneration cash

Most of a £680,000 fund to spruce up shopping areas in Leicester remains unspent. The Gateway Retail Area Improvement Scheme was part of city mayor Sir Peter Soulsby's 100 Day programme after he was...

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Helmer says Tory should join UKIP

UKIP's Roger Helmer has invited Conservative county council leader Nick Rushton to join his party after reading his election leaflet. The East Midlands MEP said councillor Rushton's election material...

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Leicester 1 Watford 2: City's play-off hopes in tatters

Leicester City's play-off hopes look in tatters after a 2-1 defeat to Watford at the King Power Stadium tonight. City are still a point off the play-offs with only one game to go - away at Nottingham...

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'We shall fight all the way to be buried next to beloved son'

A couple have vowed to fight all the way to have a stranger's body removed from the grave they bought to be next to their dead son. Rose and Charles Dickson have been left devastated after someone was...

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Leicester 1 Watford 2 - how the City players rated

1. Kasper Schmeichel Made a couple of good saves, especially to deny Almen Abdi from close range while on the floor, but was left helpless just before half time. Rating: 7 2. Ritchie De Laet A great...

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Court hears of horrific attack on Leicester curry house

The actions of seven men involved in the ransacking of a Leicester curry house, in which several people were seriously injured, was "lawless anarchy", a judge has said. Jailing each of the men for two...

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Leicester City 1 Watford 2 - as it happened

Leicester City boss Nigel Pearson kept the same starting line-up for this do-or-die clash with promotion rivals Watford. There was one change, on the substitutes' bench, as Ben Marshall came in for...

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Leicester City's play-off hopes hanging by a thread

Leicester City's promotion dream could be over for another season after they lost their penultimate game of the season at home to Watford. City must hope Bolton Wanderers do not win at champions...

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Mother facing jail for murder of young lover

A mother of two who stabbed her young lover 24 times after going into a rage during a drunken argument is facing life imprisonment after being convicted of murder today. Michelle Mills used so much...

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Firefighters called out to rescue dog trapped in a gate in Rothley.

Firefighters were called out to rescue a dog trapped in an electric gate. The incident happened in Loughborough Road, Rothley, shortly before 1pm yesterday. A crew from the Birstall fire station...

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Man taken to hospital following crash near Loughborough

A man was taken to hospital following a crash near Loughborough. The one-vehicle collision happened in Nanpantan Road, Nanpantan, at about 7.10am yesterday. Firefighters said they released one man from...

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Car destroyed in fire started by arsonists in Shepshed

Firefighters were called out to a car fire started by arsonists during the night. Crews were called to St James Road, Shepshed, shortly after midnight this morning. The car was completely destroyed in...

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Adventurer Sarah Outen sets off for second attempt at rowing across the North...

Intrepid adventurer Sarah Outen has started her second world record attempt to become the first person to row solo across the North Pacific Ocean. The 27-year-old began her 4,500-nautical mile trip...

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Campaigners condemn £8 million spent on children's heart services review

Campaigners have condemned the £8 million spent on a review into the future of children's heart surgery as "outrageous." Figures show the NHS spent just over £1.7 million on external communications...

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£1.5m aim for tourist hotspot

The National Trust has submitted its plans for a £1.5 million visitor attraction near Markfield to the borough council. Planning officers at Charnwood will decide whether or not to grant permission to...

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Meet the man with the answers on oral health issues

The Leicester Mercury has teamed up with Leicestershire dentist Dr Adam Patel (pictured) to help readers with any dental and oral health problems they might have. People are invited to send in any...

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More drivers using park-and-ride site

The city's latest park-and-ride site in Birstall is slowly catching up with the more established sites. The Birstall depot opened in the summer of 2011 and was lagging way behind the sites in Enderby...

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Eyes to the skies for tribute to famous plane

More than 100 people gathered for the unveiling of a plaque to a Leicestershire-built aircraft which saw service in the Second World War. The Auster Commemorative Plaque was unveiled at Rearsby...

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Charlotte to fulfill dream of her dad

A policeman's daughter will fulfill one of her dad's dreams when she scales Africa's Mount Kilimanjaro next year. Charlotte Sparling, 15, will be fulfilling a wish still held by her police sergeant...

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