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Ancestral hero who lived a lie

When historian Catherine Bailey was invited to chronicle the history of the Duke of Rutland's family during the First World War, she uncovered a secret which had remained hidden for more than 60 years....

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Dentist faces ban for poor work and fraud

A dentist faces being barred from the profession for giving poor-quality treatment and being involved in an insurance fraud. Dr Amit Kotecha appeared before the General Dental Council accused of...

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Leicester bus depot site set to be student flats block

A former bus depot once earmarked for a five-star hotel and conference centre is now set to be developed as student flats complex. The owner of the Southgates bus station, off Peacock Lane, Leicester,...

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Leicester Mercury Sports Awards 2012: Help to choose winners from a golden...

The country's sporting landscape has glittered with gold this year – and the story is no different in Leicestershire and Rutland as our teams and athletes have shone at all levels. Today, we are...

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Kasper Schmeichel happy at Leicester City, but flattered by Real Madrid reports

Leicester City goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel is enjoying life in Leicester – but admitted being flattered by a report linking him with Spanish giants Real Madrid. Schmeichel underlined his growing...

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We're so proud to prove our critics wrong, says Leicester City boss Nigel...

Leicester City's players are proud to be top of the Championship and proving their critics wrong, says manager Nigel Pearson. The City boss said the achievement meant a massive amount to his...

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Vindicated: delight for Afghan interpreter as he wins fight to stay in UK

An Afghan interpreter has told of his delight after finally winning his battle to stay in the UK. Mohammad Rafi Hottak, who now lives in Belgrave, Leicester, worked for British forces in Afghanistan...

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Three men arrested after elephant allegedly beaten at Twycross Zoo

Three people have been arrested on suspicion of causing unnecessary suffering to an animal after an elephant was allegedly beaten at Twycross Zoo.Leicestershire Police said three men had been arrested...

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VIDEO: Firefighters tackling huge blaze in Leicester

Firefighters are tackling a massive blaze in Leicester. Flames can be seen leaping from the roof of the Curzonia Knitwear factory in Birstall Street, off Dysart Way, St Matthews. Thick, black smoke...

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Avni's adventures... The story so far

Who would have thought a culture shock would exist after just one month of living in a modern, European country? Starting a year of being an English Language Assistant in Spain is going to be more than...

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MPs row over Richard III's remains

A royal row erupted in the House of Commons today as MPs fought for their constituencies to house the suspected remains of King Richard III. Party colleagues openly bid against each other for the...

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MP George Galloway told he is not welcome at De Montfort University

Controversial MP George Galloway has been banned from speaking at De Montfort University. The Respect MP, whose views on the Iraq war resulted in his expulsion from the Labour party in 2003, was...

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Severn Trent choir triumph BBC2's The Choir: Sing While You Work

Workplace warblers Mick Sneath and Jamie Turner are celebrating victory in a television singing contest. The pair, from Leicester, are members of the Severn Trent Singers choir, which was last night...

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Twycross Zoo praised for swift action after three staff accused of abusing...

Bosses at Twycross Zoo have been praised for their quick action after allegations emerged staff had been abusing elephants. Three workers at the Leicestershire zoo have been sacked and arrested after...

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Andy King: Teams are now beginning to fear Leicester City at King Power

Visiting teams will fear coming to the King Power Stadium to face league leaders Leicester City, midfielder Andy King has warned. City boast one of just two 100 per cent home records in the...

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Blaze drama at shisha bar on Curzonia Knitwear factory roof in Leicester

Factory workers ran for their lives when a shisha bar on top of a factory burst into flames. The blaze started at about 11am yesterday at Cloud 9, on the roof of Curzonia Knitwear, in Leicester. More...

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Leicester takeaway boss Dogan Dogan died in robbery, court told

A takeaway boss died when he was tied up and suffocated during a robbery at one of his businesses, a jury heard. Dogan Dogan, 50, was found dead in a bed-sit above Aladdin's takeaway, in Linton Street,...

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Jamie Vardy wants his Leicester City shirt back

Jamie Vardy has declared he is raring to go after his illness and is determined to win back his place in Leicester City's starting line-up. The 25-year-old had been an ever-present in City's attack...

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Man to appear in court after theft from house in Leicester

A man accused of handling property which had been stolen in a burglary is to appear in court. The 22-year-old has been charged with goods stolen from a house in Evesham Road, off Narborough Road,...

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Bishop of Leicester quizzes minister over children's cardiac unit at...

The Bishop of Leicester has questioned why a vital element of children's heart surgery services has not been included in a national review of a decision to shut the children's cardiac unit at Glenfield...

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