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Worldwide impression: Three-year-old's paintings a global phenomenon

A three-year-old artist has become a global phenomenon after her story appeared in the Leicester Mercury. Autistic youngster Iris Grace Halmshaw's gift for impressionist-style artworks has been...

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The Apprentice 'is bad for business'

Viewers who watch hit BBC1 show The Apprentice might already think it paints a slightly unrealistic picture of the business world. Now, University of Leicester professor and business expert Martin...

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Six arrests over David Ross murder

Six men have been arrested in connection with the murder of of a former Market Harborough bouncer David Ross. Mr Ross, 39, died following an assault last year. The doorman's body was discovered at the...

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We need a win on the board now, says Josh Cobb

Leicestershire Foxes are forced to make a change at the top of their batting order for the visit of Durham Dynamos this evening (5.30) in the Friends Life T20. Opening batsman and wicket-keeper Niall...

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Now we can focus on challenge ahead, says Richard Cockerill

Richard Cockerill said "everyone's minds will be focused on the challenge" at Leicester Tiger after the fixtures for the 2013-14 season were announced. Tigers open the defence of their Aviva...

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'Expect long prison sentence'

A former children's home worker is facing a substantial jail term after being convicted of raping and sexually abusing a vulnerable boy. The victim, Aaron Leafe, committed suicide six weeks after...

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Soldier jailed for attack on friend

A soldier's successful Army career was left in ruins when he was jailed for brutally attacking his best friend. Lance Sergeant James Southall, a highly-regarded sniper commander with the 1st Battalion...

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Win a share of £250k and help make a real difference

Schools, charities and community groups are being urged to apply for a share of a £250,000 fund aimed at making a difference to people's lives. The Leicester Mercury has teamed up with the Big Lottery...

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Woman, 87, cut free from car

Firefighters had to cut an 87-year-old woman free from her car following a crash in Arnesby yesterday. The driver was taken to the Leicester Royal Infirmary following the one-car collision on the A5199...

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Leicester 'free' school praised

The first of the Government's "free" schools to open in the city has been given a good Ofsted report. The visit was the first by inspectors from the education watchdog to Krishna Avanti Primary, in...

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Lip-readers used in Richard Cockerill's case

Richard Cockerill's not guilty plea was a major factor in the length of his nine-match suspension by the RFU. The full written judgement of the Leicester Tigers director of rugby's disciplinary hearing...

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Man crushed between vehicles by hit-and-run driver

A young man is in hospital with horrific leg injuries after being crushed between two vehicles by a hit-and-run driver. Jarvis James should be in France today getting ready to celebrate his uncle's...

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Lord Heseltine wants Bede Island to be a blueprint for UK

A senior politician who helped regenerate some of the most deprived areas of the UK says a Leicester redevelopment project should act as a blueprint for other schemes across the country. Lord Heseltine...

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Madeleine McCann: Police launch new investigation

Detectives have launched a fresh search for missing Leicestershire youngster Madeleine McCann. Met officers made the announcement at 2pm today. They said they had identified 38 "persons of interest"...

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Leicestershire weather: High 20s forecast for weekend

It might have taken quite a while, but it looks like summer is finally here. With temperatures expected to hit the high 20s during the weekend, it is time to get your shorts out and your sun cream on....

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Gas leak caused by copper pipe theft

Emergency crews were called to London Road after thieves stole copper piping and gas escaped into a building. Police and firefighters were called to La Tosca Italian Restaurant, close to De Montfort...

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Live traffic and travel updates

9.28am: No reports of any major traffic hold ups or incidents.8am: East Midlands Trains services at St Pancras and through the East Midlands are running well with no major delays.7.45am: No reports of...

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Hundreds in line at court to pay bills

Hundreds of people were left queuing round the block outside a court after failing to pay their council tax bills. The city council issued 2,163 summonses to residents to appear at Leicester...

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Sun set to shine on five-festival weekend of fun

With scorching temperatures and blue skies predicted all weekend, now is the perfect time to head down to a festival to soak up some sunshine and good music. There are numerous events happening across...

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Firefighters rescue boy stuck in bush

A boy had to be rescued by firefighters after getting himself stuck in a bush. Crews were called to Harris Road, Beaumont Leys, Leicester, at 10.22am, yesterday. A fire service spokeswoman said the...

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