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Family's relief as balcony fall dad is 'not paralysed'

The family of a father of six critically injured in a fall from a hotel balcony in Tunisia say they are delighted he is not paralysed. Karl Nethercot, 33, formerly of Leicester, had been in an induced...

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Man died after being struck in a street row

A man struck during a row in a street died from head injuries he sustained when he hit the pavement, a coroner has ruled. An inquest heard Paul McAllister, 55, managed to get home unaware of the...

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Decaying pit buildings to be preserved in £1.4m revamp

More than £1 million is to be spent on preserving landmark pithead buildings at a former colliery. Leicestershire County Council, which owns Snibston Discovery Museum, in Coalville, said repairs would...

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Meeting attendance system' inaccurate'

City councillors say the current system of recording their attendance at meetings does not reflect the time and effort they put in. Yesterday, the Mercury published the attendance rate of all 54...

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Bronze medals? I can't believe it's not gone better!

Butter sculptor Vipula Athukorale has seen the top prizes slip through his fingers at the Culinary Olympics. The talented chef, from Belgrave, Leicester, picked up two bronze medals at the event in...

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Politicians split over award of Nobel Peace Prize to the EU

Local politicians are divided over the decision to award the Nobel Peace Prize to the European Union. East Midlands MEP Roger Helmer has attacked the Norwegian prize committee for the move, announced...

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Raihan, 16, is Diana champion fund-raiser

A teenager has won a Diana Award for inspiring other young people through his fund-raising efforts. Raihan Latif, from North Evington, Leicester, was presented with the Diana Champion Fundraiser Award...

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We're not snookered yet, say Willie Thorne backers

Willie Thorne's niece has launched a petition to try to save the snooker hall her father ran. Olivia Thorne is fighting the closure of the Willie Thorne Club, founded by her uncle over 30 years ago and...

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Two held over park sex attack

Police investigating a sexual assault in park have arrested two men in connection with the incident. Officers are now hoping to identify two other men, pictured below, who were in the area at the time...

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Assault on man in the city centre

A man was punched in the face in a city centre attack. The incident happened near to the Clock Tower at about 6.30pm on Monday, October 1. The 31-year-old victim and his two friends were approached by...

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Thug punched young mum walking with son

A woman was punched from behind while walking down an alleyway with her young son. The incident took place at about 11.30am on Monday, October 1, just off Glenbarr Drive, in Hollycroft, Hinckley. The...

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Baby boomer boozers 'most likely to fall ill'

More "baby boomers" are being admitted to hospital with alcohol-related health problems than any other age group, new figures have revealed. A report by charity Alcohol Concern showed that 132,532...

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Man on murder charge over crash body

A man has appeared in court charged with the murder of a woman who was found dead after a car crash. Iain Phillip Lawrence (52) appeared at Leicester Magistrates' Court yesterday. Sally Marie Lawrence...

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Toulouse is probably the toughest you can get, says Leicester Tigers No.8...

Leicester Tigers No.8 Jordan Crane insists every player in the squad will "relish" the chance to pit their wits against European rugby's most successful club tomorrow afternoon. The 26-year-old is back...

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Ex-taekwondo champ jailed for thug attack

A former taekwondo world champion has been jailed after he used his martial arts skills to seriously injure a man. Black belt Kenny Nettleton kicked and punched his victim who lost teeth and suffered a...

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Leicester Tigers will field their heavy mob against European giants Toulouse

Leicester Tigers will tackle European giants Toulouse by sending out one of the biggest packs ever assembled in the club's history. The inclusion of Logovi'i Mulipola at loose-head prop and Steve Mafi...

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Choir master Gareth Malone impressed by Severn Trent staff's TV debut

Water company workers Mick Sneath and Jamie Turner hit the right notes with their singing debuts on television. The Severn Trent Water employees were dreading seeing themselves in the latest episode in...

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Golden memories: Lord Coe thanks county army of Olympic volunteers

Their cheerful greetings, helpful advice and hard work were a big part in making the Olympics the success it was. Yesterday, Lord Sebastian Coe visited Leicestershire to say a personal thank-you to the...

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Athletics: Chris Jordan targets Leicester Marathon glory

Athletes from all parts of the country will take over the city tomorrow with the return of the Leicester Marathon. More than 3,000 runners will compete in the event, which includes the full and...

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Locked up: Teenager who tried to rape a 91-year-old

A teenager who broke into a 91-year-old's home and tried to rape her has been jailed indefinitely. Ashley Lawrence molested the pensioner and tried to force himself upon her while pressing a pillow on...

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