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1,000-job hub given go-ahead

A parcel firm has been granted planning permission to build a £100 million distribution hub employing 1,000 people. BDP was given the go-ahead for a 1,540sq ft depot on a 33-acre site at Hinckley...

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A happy return to work at Leicester Tigers for Richard Cockerill and Co

Leicester Tigers have started work on the defence of their Aviva Premiership title by returning to work at their Oval Park training base. Just four weeks after lifting the cup following the 37-17 win...

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Athletics: Gemma Steel defends Great North title

Gemma Steel was crowned queen of the north again when she successfully defended her Bupa Great North 10k title. The Charnwood AC athlete strode to victory in the damp Gateshead conditions to romp home...

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T20: Leicestershire Foxes new boy eager to make a quick impression

Leicestershire Foxes' players know that they have to hit the ground running if they are to mount a credible challenge in this year's Friends Life T20 competition. And that applies more than most to...

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Record number of osprey chicks hatch

A record number of osprey chicks have hatched at Rutland Water. Despite a long winter, five breeding pairs returned from Africa this spring and between them they have given birth to 14 live chicks. Tim...

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Arrests in factory immigration raid

Six people were arrested for immigration offences during a raid on a Leicester clothing factory. The four men and two women were found to be working illegally at SN Clothing, in Supra House, Evington...

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Lions aim to wrap up the series now, vows skipper Warburton

Sam Warburton insists the British & Irish Lions are determined to remove the need for a series decider by toppling Australia tomorrow in a match he views as the biggest of his career. The Lions...

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New cuts planned for police stations

Leicestershire Police has released further details of proposed cuts to police stations' opening hours. The force believes it can save about £500,000 a year by limiting public access to its stations'...

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Avengers Assemble Helicarrier could never fly, say Leicester scientists

Film fans like nothing more than finding the mistakes in a movie and none are more relentless than a group of physics students. In the latest dissection of Hollywood make-believe, four fourth-year...

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Upset after pet is shot by airgun

A pet cat found covered in blood had been shot in the head by an airgun. Jeremy Bampton, 71, and wife Jan, 60, of Pevensey Road, in Loughborough, found their cat Whitey hiding under a chair on Sunday...

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'I did not rape boy,' accused tells jurors

A former care home worker told a jury he did not rape or sexually abuse a boy. Anwar Ismail (31) denies anything of a sexual nature happened with Aaron Leafe, at Woodland Retreat, in Chantry Lane,...

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Fugitive conman Keith Matthews hiding in caravan in woods

A conman who went into hiding after he preyed on the elderly in a TV aerial scam has been captured by the police. Keith Matthews (59) failed to attend his trial, which went ahead without him. He was...

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Leicester Tigers are proud of their Lions brothers

Ben and Tom Youngs will become the first brothers to start a British & Irish Lions Test for nearly a quarter of a century. Leicester Tigers director of rugby Richard Cockerill has praised the...

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Dog walker stabbed in neck thought he would die

A man who was stabbed in the neck while walking his dog in the countryside has told how he thought he was going to die. The 63-year-old was attacked as he and his pet enjoyed their regular walk through...

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I have never thought of leaving Leicester City - Kasper

Kasper Schmeichel says leaving Leicester City had never crossed his mind this summer. The City keeper has responded to speculation he had handed in a transfer request after City rejected several offers...

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Traffic and Travel Update

7.55am - A50 Kegworth at M1 Junction 24A Heavy traffic has cleared 7.45am - A50 Kegworth at M1 Junction 24A Congestion on the A50 eastbound near Kegworth 7.30am - Traffic has cleared in Rutland: A1...

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Mum of the Year 2013: Jane is a worthy winner

Marvellous mothers gathered at an emotional celebrity lunch yesterday to find out who would be named the Leicester Mercury Mum of the Year. The awards event, with Champagne reception, was held for the...

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Why cash you raise makes a difference

The first Race for Life event took place in 1994, when 680 participants raised a total of £36,000 for Cancer Research UK. There are now more than 230 races around the country which, over the years,...

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I've lost a brother and sister to cancer... This is so important

Christine Smith will be there in spirit with the women and girls taking part in this year's event. She had hoped to take part, but her battle against a third bout of cancer has taken its toll on her...

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I am so proud of everyone for their support and help

Mum-of-two Amaryllis Aitken is limbering up to lead Team Amy, made up of more than 70 women and girls, in tomorrow's race. The following day, the 38-year-old will begin radiotherapy treatment for...

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