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Richard III was buried in haste

Academics have revealed further details of Richard III's hasty and unceremonious burial. Archaeologists from the University of Leicester have published a paper about the grave in which the Plantagenet...

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Market site marked off for building of food hall

Fencing has gone up ahead of the construction of a market's new food hall. Preliminary work started on site at Leicester Market yesterday. Plans for the food hall next to the Corn Exchange were...

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Archbishop sees king's grave site

The Archbishop of Canterbury was today set to take a tour of the site where Richard III's remains were discovered. The Most Rev Justin Welby, the country's most senior clergyman, was in Leicester for...

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New lord mayor in cancer pledge

A new Lord Mayor of Leicester took office last night, pledging to support a cancer charity which looked after his younger brother before he died. Councillor Mustafa Kamal was elected Leicester's first...

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In the courts

Cases dealt with at Leicester Magistrates' Court include: Cheila Arif (25), of Gough Road, North Evington, Leicester, was found guilty in her absence of driving without a licence on October 20 last...

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Like the Queen, Peter was given a crown in 1953

The 60th anniversary of the Coronation next month has prompted special memories for one Leicestershire man. Pensioner Peter Wood, of Braunstone Town, was given a crown – five shillings before...

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Chairman names his charities

A new chairman has been sworn in at Blaby District Council and has chosen his charities of the year. Councillor Alan Tanner, who takes over from Councillor Jill Blackwell, was sworn in at the annual...

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Live: Traffic and travel updates for Leicester and Leicestershire

7.30am: Traffic was reported to be flowing freely on roads in the city and county with no problems.For more local and national travel information and weather updates see the links below:MOTORWAY...

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Cat rescued from house given oxygen by firefighters

Firefighters administered oxygen to a cat they rescued from a house fire in Hinckley last night. The fire broke out in the kitchen of a home in Tame Way in the town shortly before 7.30pm. Two crews...

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Firefighters tackle blaze at three houses

Firefighters are tackling a blaze that started in a disused property and spread to two other houses. The fire broke out at the empty building in Beryl Avenue, Hinckley, at around 6.15am and spread to...

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Leicester Cathedral opens book of condolence for murdered soldier Lee Rigby

A book of condolence has been opened at Leicester Cathedral for the young soldier murdered in a terrorist attack. Drummer Lee Rigby, of the 2nd Battalion Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, was killed in the...

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Whoever keeps their head will lift the title, says Leicester Tigers' Parling

Leicester Tigers lock Geoff Parling believes it will be the "top two inches" that decide the outcome of today's eagerly-awaited Aviva Premiership final. With two big, hard packs set to smack seven...

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Thrill-seeking gran in daring wing-walk

She might be at an age where she could easily be forgiven for settling down and enjoying the quiet life, but daredevil Barbara Watson wants no such thing. To mark her forthcoming 70th birthday, the...

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Ryan Lamb expects to be slaughtered if Northampton beat Leicester Tigers

Fly-half Ryan Lamb is expecting plenty of stick if he walks into Welford Road as a Premiership winner in July. The 27-year-old will swap Northampton colours for Leicester's after today's Grand Final...

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Donington Park: Circuit plans to increase race days from 40 to 60

Donington Park is looking to increase the number of days it is allowed to hold motor racing events from 40 to 60 – on a permanent basis. The circuit, in Castle Donington, has applied to North West...

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Outrage at Gary Glitter song

A mum-of four has called on the producers of hit '70s musical Hot Stuff to remove a song by convicted paedophile Gary Glitter. Anne-Marie Newland contacted the Leicester Mercury about the use of I'm...

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Leicester man jailed for killing wife

A taxi driver who stabbed his wife to death has been found guilty of manslaughter and was yesterday jailed for four years. Yacoub Rezai, a father-of-two, was cleared of murder. He accepted...

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Pensioner flees fire in Hinckley

Fire ripped through an empty house, forcing an elderly neighbour to flee her home after flames spread through the roof space. The fire broke out at a semi-detached house in Beryl Avenue, in Wykin...

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Roadworks in Leicester from Sunday

Roadworks in Leicester: w/c Sunday, May 26, 2013 New work starting this week: * Melton Road: new development. Lane restrictions in place near to Troon Way junction from Tuesday (May 28) due to work at...

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Woolwich murder: Call for unity

The Archbishop of Canterbury today stressed the need for unity among Leicester's religious communities in the aftermath of the brutal killing of a soldier in a suspected terrorist attack. The Most Rev...

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