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People urged to think about A&E trips

Health bosses have renewed appeals to people not to call 999 or go to A&E unless they are seriously ill. East Midlands Ambulance Service (Emas) said in the past three weeks they have seen a 30 per...

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A426 bus lanes plan is given the go-ahead

Bus lanes on one of the busiest routes into Leicester have been given the go-ahead. Yesterday, County Hall approved a £5 million project it said would ease congestion along the A426 from Blaby to the...

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Gran Ethel Watkins, 83, facing jail for harassing neighbours in Melton Mowbray

An 83-year-old great-grandmother is facing jail for a campaign of harassment against her neighbours. Widow Ethel Watkins deliberately set off her alarm to deprive neighbours of sleep, sang insulting...

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Ashby School teenager Katie Jones wins £40,000 university tuition fees

A teenager has won a competition to have her university fees of almost £40,000 paid for her over the next four years. Ashby School pupil Katie Jones had been unsure whether she would be able to afford...

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Supervision of Red Arrows 'lacking before fatal crash'

A military report into the crash that killed a Red Arrows pilot said more could have been done to identify the risks to the safety of the elite unit. Flight Lieutenant Jon Egging, 33, from Morcott in...

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Devoted fans meet their X Factor hero

X Factor mania broke out at Fosse Park yesterday as this year's winner of the show, James Arthur, signed copies of his new book. Some fans queued for more than four hours to meet the 24-year-old...

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£113,000 boost is just the ticket for Loros

A record-breaking charity raffle draw took place yesterday, raising more than £110,000 in memory of a teacher who died from cancer. Loros held its annual Christmas raffle draw at Rothley CofE Primary...

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Cases dealt with at Leicester Magistrates' Court

Cases dealt with at Leicester Magistrates' Court include: Jamie Green (23), of Flax Road, Belgrave, Leicester, pleaded guilty to common assault on a man on October 28. He was ordered to pay his victim...

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Newbold Verdon dad sold cannabis to pay for habit, Leicester Court told

A father who supplied cannabis to his friends has been given a suspended jail sentence. Zak Sanderson was arrested after police found a stash of the class B drug at his home in Hill Street, Newbold...

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Local football: Tumar win dramatic County Trophy penalty shoot-out

A dramatic 3-1 penalty shoot-out win saw FC Tumar qualify for the quarter-finals of the County Sunday Trophy at the expense of DYE United, from the Leicester Sunday League. In a game that was postponed...

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Golf: Americans express a 'yes' but Guinness brew up a 'no'

A new twist has emerged in Breedon Priory golfer James Longland's historic feat of two holes-in-one in the same round. Golf historians have been scrutinising the record books since hearing about...

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Wealthy Connors family members jailed for the exploitation of vulnerable men

A family who lived a luxurious lifestyle at the expense of vulnerable men forced to work for a pittance have been given jail sentences. Head of the family William "Billy" Connors (52) was locked up for...

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Burglar Ashley Smith in double raid on neighbour in Billington Close,...

A burglar who twice ransacked his next door neighbour's home, leaving it daubed in graffiti, has been jailed for 15 months. Ashley David Smith also helped himself to more than £3,700 worth of...

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Anger at ban on fake cigarettes at Nottingham Oddfellows club, Leicester

A working men's club has called time on patrons using fake cigarettes inside the premises. The committee of Nottingham Oddfellows club, in Humberstone Gate, Leicester, outlawed e-cigarettes – a legal...

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Firefighter on charity run left shocked by racial slur in Thurnby Lodge,...

A black firefighter collecting cash for charity was left shocked and upset when a white man told his young daughter not to give money to "the darkie". Velma Simms-Stewart, who says she is...

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Tributes paid to Richard Winters who died after cycle collision in Hose Lane,...

A keen hunt follower died after a collision with a cyclist as he walked in a country lane on his way to see the Belvoir Hunt. Family and former work colleagues yesterday paid tribute to Richard...

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London Irish are eager to improve – starting against Leicester Tigers

Former Leicester Tigers fly-half Ian Humphreys says London Irish must start giving their fans something to cheer about when the two sides meet in the Aviva Premiership on Saturday. The 30-year-old...

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Martin Johnson to lead Leicester Tigers Legends in all-star match

Welford Road will hold a truly memorable occasion when a 'Legends' match takes place as part of Louis Deacon's benefit year. World Cup winners Martin Johnson and Jason Robinson have been confirmed as...

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Atheist Peter Crawford in court for ripping up Koran at stall in Leicester

An atheist shocked Muslim volunteers at a stall promoting Islam when he ripped out pages from the Koran. Peter James Crawford (52) then threw the holy book onto the ground and told them: "Your religion...

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Cash backing vital for Leicester City, says Cardiff boss Malky Mackay

Leicester City's heavy financial backing has been the key to their emergence as promotion contenders, says Malky Mackay. Mackay said City, who the league leaders face at the King Power Stadium on...

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