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Rogue traders steal cash from elderly couple

Police are hunting two rogue traders who posed as stair lift engineers to con an elderly couple out of cash. The men called at the victims' home in Oakham, Rutland and lied that the couple needed to...

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Download police operation "a success"

Police say their handling of the Download rock festival was a success. The five day festival at Donington Park concluded on Sunday night attracted sell out crowds of up to 90,000 each day, including...

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Local cricket: Duo manage to weather the storm and rein in top teams

Kegworth and Kibworth beat the weather as well as their opponents to put themselves in the thick of the Everards League title chase. A day of heavy showers caused problems at all the Premier Division...

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Clean-up under way after 'amazing' Download

More than 150 bands gave 90,000 metal fans a weekend to remember at the rock event of the year. This year's Download Festival has been hailed a big success by organisers, after Slipknot, Iron Maiden,...

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We have moved! Check out www.leicestermercury.co.uk

We have launched our new website to bring you all the latest news and sports, information and entertainment. The new web address is www.leicestermercury.co.uk and it has the familiar Leicester Mercury...

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Matty James aims for bigger and better at Leicester City next season

Matty James says he is ready to deliver some "massive" performances for Leicester City this season. The 21-year-old midfielder said he had learned so much from his first full season at first-team level...

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Man's dying wish to come true - thanks to Mercury readers

The dying wish of a 31-year-old man to marry his partner looks set to come true – thanks to Mercury readers. Knill Paget and his girlfriend Bernadette Campbell have been inundated with offers of help...

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Hull City set to make new bid for Leicester City's Kasper Schmeichel

Hull are expected to make one last attempt to sign Leicester City goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel. According to sources in Hull, the Tigers have not given up on their target, even though they have lined...

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Officer's farting helps police sniff out cannabis factory

Police sniffed out a cannabis factory after officers wound down their car windows to escape the effects of what they thought to be a colleague's flatulence. The officers, who were on a burglary...

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Parsons faces £3,500 bill

A former county council leader who misused his chauffeur-driven car is expected to face a final bill of more than £3,500. David Parsons will be told to pay for 29 journeys he made in the civic...

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Chance to join Olympic cycling champion Dani King on bike ride

Olympic cycling champion Dani King is to test out a new a new bike route in Leicestershire next month. Cyclists are being invited to join Dani, a gold medalist from last year's London's games, on the...

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Live traffic and travel updates

4.45pm - There's a lane closed on the southbound M1 between 22 at Markfield and the A46 at J21a due to a breakdown 10.15am - The accident on Narborough Road has now been cleared. The road has been...

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Shake-up in Leicester City's hierarchy

Leicester City are set for a major shake-up in their hierarchy with two new major appointments. Former Sheffield United and Bury chairman Terry Robinson is joining the club as director of football to...

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Gok Wan to release second cookery book

Television presenter Gok Wan is to publish his second cookery book. The Leicester-born style guru's book called Gok's Wok will be released in October as a follow up to last year's book and TV show Gok...

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Leicester awaits UK City of Culture 2017 shortlist decision

Leicester South MP Jon Ashworth has said it would be a travesty if the city did not make it onto a shortlist of contenders to become UK City of Culture 2017. Tomorrow the Government is set to whittle...

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Pedestrian injured in crash in Leicester (updated)

A pedestrian who was injured in a collision with a lorry in Narborough Road South remains in hospital. The man was taken to the Leicester Royal Infirmary this morning following the incident at the...

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Car crash man to give evidence at murder trial this afternoon

A former airline pilot accused of murdering his wife in a car crash is due to give evidence this afternoon. Iain Lawrence (53), who denies murder, claims he suffered a leg spasm which caused his...

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Leicestershire's rubbish tip hours to be cut to save cash

County Hall is looking to save hundreds of thousands of pounds by cutting the opening hours of its rubbish tips and recycling centres. Leicestershire County Council runs 14 sites which are currently...

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Man accused of killing his wife tells jury: "It was an accident."

A man accused of murdering his wife wept in court as he told a jury he did not deliberately steer his car into a tree to kill her. Former airline pilot Iain Lawrence (53) gave evidence today for the...

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Heavy rainfall leaves reservoirs brimming

Heavy rainfall this spring has left Leicestershire's water supplies almost brimming at the edges, according to the utility firm Severn Trent Water. Resources of water in the region are "healthy" said...

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