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Leicestershire rivers burst their banks

Flood warnings are in force around the county after the Wreake and the Soar burst their banks. Places on the current Environment Agency watchlist include Kegworth Bridge, near East Midlands Airport....

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Leicester City agree deal to keep Beckford at Huddersfield until end of season

Leicester City striker Jermaine Beckford will stay at Huddersfield until the end of the season.City have agreed to extend the 29-year-old forward's loan spell with the Terriers until the end of May....

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Power cut in Leicester

Around 3,000 households suffered a power cut this afternoon in the Hamilton area of Leicester.Western Power Distribution said a fault with an underground cable severed power to the properties at...

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Attack on teenager in Hinckley

Police have appealed for help tracing a man who got out of a car and assaulted a woman.The man's attack caused the 18-year-old victim to dash her head against a wall, leaving her with grazes and...

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Man killed in car crash in Coalville, Leicestershire

A man was killed when two cars crashed in Coalville on Christmas Eve.The collision occurred in Thornborough Road, shortly after 6pm.A spokeswoman for Leicestershire police said: "One of the occupants...

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Two elderly people believed to be from Leicester killed in crash

Two elderly people believed to be from the Leicester area have died after a car crash.The collision, which involved two cars, happened at  2.35pm on Christmas Eve, in Norfolk.The 76-year-old female...

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Local rugby: South Leicester hit back for fine win

South Leicester made it nine National Three Midlands league wins in a row with a six-try 40-24 victory at Broadstreet. South were slow out of the blocks as the home side scored 17 points in the opening...

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Julian Salvi's decision to stay with Leicester Tigers an easy one

Aussie flanker Julian Salvi has revealed the "drive to succeed" at Leicester Tigers was one of the main reasons he agreed to extend his stay at the club. The 27-year-old agreed a new deal last week,...

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Darts: Steve Beaton loses in world championships

Steve Beaton's Ladbrokes World Championship campaign ended at the second-round stage when he lost to no.3 seed James Wade. Wade led the match twice only for the Earl Shilton thrower to hit back on both...

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Win £100 of Jessops vouchers in our Christmas photo competition! Yo ho ho,...

A cat's first Christmas, festive candles and a Santa signpost are among the latest entries to our Festive Fun photo competition. Readers have been sending yuletide snaps to the Mercury's picture desk –...

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Leicester City are well in with a chance of automatic promotion - Zak Whitbread

Leicester City defender Zak Whitbread believes his side are still well in with a chance of automatic promotion despite their recent run of results. Their 1-0 defeat to Cardiff on Saturday saw them fall...

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Sports pavilion broken into at Glenfield Sports Ground, in Gynsill Lane

Two sports teams and a builder were victims in a break-in at a pavilion. The Glenfield Sports Ground pavilion, in Gynsill Lane, Glenfield, is being rebuilt and builders, as well as the teams based...

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Parking plan for All Saints Brewery site next to Highcross shopping centre,...

The site of a former brewery could be used as a temporary car park. The 19th century All Saints Brewery, next to Highcross shopping centre, in Leicester, was demolished this year after repeated arson...

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Former Leicestershire council leader David Parsons pipped to 'Pinhead of Year'

Former Leicestershire County Council leader David Parsons has been named a runner-up for the national title of Pinhead of the Year. The award was set up by the TaxPayers' Alliance, which ran a public...

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The Case restaurant, in Leicester, feeding those who'd miss out on Christmas Day

A top restaurant opened its doors yesterday to provide a slap-up Christmas meal for people who might otherwise go without. For seven years, David Hartshorn, owner of The Case, in Leicester, has opened...

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Martin Crowson's five key points: Leicester Tigers' Crane would be first out...

Martin Crowson looks back at five key points from the weekend's rugby action. 1 Tigers No.8 Jordan Crane has picked up too much unnecessary flak since battling back from a year out of the game. It was...

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Sad goodbye to Britain's Got Talent star Fred Bowers

He might have won over millions of television viewers, but just a small group of mourners turned out to pay their respects to break-dancing pensioner Fred Bowers, who appeared on Britain's Got Talent....

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'I'm out robbing!' - burglar Stuart Gibbs had incriminating text message on...

A would-be burglar caught after trying to break into a house was found to have an incriminating text message on his phone. Stuart John Gibbs sent a message to someone earlier that day, saying: "I've...

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Cases dealt with at Leicester Magistrates' Court

Cases dealt with at Leicester Magistrates' Court include: Matthew Goodwin (42), of Manor Brook Close, Donington Le Heath, pleaded guilty to being in charge of a vehicle while having 129 microgrammes of...

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Let's banish Leicester City's Boxing Day blues

Since the turn of the century, Leicester City's Boxing Day record is not one likely to fill the fans with much festive cheer. Out of the 12 games played, City have won just three, with five draws and...

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