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Cat stuck in tree for three days

Fire fighters rescued a cat that had been trapped up a tree for three days. A crew from Leicester's Western Station were called to the incident in Andrewes Close off Narborough Road shortly before 1pm...

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Live: Traffic and travel updates

9.45am:Better news on Melton Road, Leicester the accident has been cleared near to Loughborough Road. Citybound queues are easing9am B676 closed and delays in both directions at the Freeby junction,...

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Iris Grace's paintings go global

Little Iris Grace Halmshaw's paintings have been making the news after she appeared in the Mercury last month. The three-year-old, from Market Harborough, who is autistic and cannot speak, was on ITV...

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Villagers buy life-saving kit after crews can't find homes

A life-saving piece of kit has been officially unveiled thanks to fund-raising by villagers. They decided to set about raising more than £3,000 for defibrillators after concerns that ambulances...

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Aiming to wrap up world record

The owner of a fish and chip shop in Leicester will be attempting to bag a Guinness World Record tomorrow. Paul Martin, who owns Millennium Fish Bar, in Saffron Lane, will be seeing how long it takes...

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Cases at Leicester Magistrates' Court

Cases dealt with at Leicester Magistrates' Court include: Michael Kirk (45), of no fixed address, was sentenced to 16 weeks in prison after pleading guilty to failing to comply with Sexual Offenders...

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Seeds of a long and happy romance sewn with tomato throw

David and Kathleen Newcombe's relationship started nearly 70 years ago with a tossed tomato. The couple, who celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary yesterday, were working at neighbouring grocery...

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Enjoy free Brucciani sweet treats

With the sun finally putting its hat on, what better place to enjoy La Dolce Vita than in one of Leicester's famous Brucciani Italian coffee shops. Throughout this week, Mercury readers have the chance...

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Sarah, 106, pays a visit to old school on her birthday

It was a trip down memory lane for Sarah Milthorpe as she marked her 106th birthday by visiting her old school and village yesterday. Sarah was joined by her four children and other family members on a...

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Golf: Palmer's Open woe despite a course record

Kirby Muxloe's Jason Palmer fired a course record to be the pick of the Leicestershire golfers competing in the Local Final Qualifying tournaments for the Open. But his seven-under-par 63 at Dunbar was...

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School staff's fears over conversion plan

Dozens of staff have written to the chairman of governors at a school to oppose academy conversion proposals. More than 70 teaching and support staff are believed to have expressed concern over...

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Critics are out in force over Gatland's selection for Lions team

Leicester Tigers will have just one representative in the starting line-up for the final British & Irish Lions Test in Sydney on Saturday. Lock-forward Geoff Parling is the lone Tiger in a...

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Matt O'Connor tells Leicester Tigers' senior players to 'step up'

Departing head coach Matt O'Connor has told the Leicester Tigers' senior players that they must "drive the club forward" next season. The Australian began his new job as boss of Irish province Leinster...

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Leicester City right to give Pearson another crack of the whip

It is 17 years since Leicester City last tasted play-off success when Steve Claridge's last-gasp strike fired them back into the Premier League. His 120th-minute finish against Crystal Palace in the...

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Cemetery plan for Great Glen site

A crematorium and cemetery could be built on a 20-acre site near Great Glen. The Co-op is behind the proposals for farmland between London Road and the A6, just south of the village. The project aims...

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University to honour host of leading figures

A comedian, young musician of the year and prominent businessmen and researchers are among those to be honoured by the University of Leicester this summer. Fourteen distinguished individuals will...

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George flies in to help tackle rat infestation

Helicopter pilot George Phillips braved blizzards in the south Atlantic to bomb rats with hundreds of tonnes of poison. George, a former air ambulance pilot, has just returned from a mission to the...

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Cancer charity event raises £8k - then £8k generator stolen

Organisers of a charity music festival held in memory of a woman who died of cancer face having to spend all the money they raised on replacing a stolen generator. Nearly 1,000 people attended...

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Leicester City's Jermaine Beckford to be a Bolton player by the weekend

Jermaine Beckford will be a Bolton player by the time the squad flies off to Spain for pre-season training. Bolton are still dotting the Is and crossing the Ts but confirmation of the two-year deal is...

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Leicester Tigers criticise RFU's disciplinary procedure

Leicester Tigers have slammed the Rugby Union over their handling of Richard Cockerill's disciplinary hearing. The club said they were "very disappointed" with the nine-game match-day coaching ban...

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