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Leicester hospitals invest in heavy-duty beds for obese patients

Two new super-size hospital beds have been bought to cope with obese patients. The beds, which cost £16,000, are strong enough to take the weight of someone weighing up to 60 stone. Bosses at...

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Leicester Tigers' Richard Cockerill fumes at referee's 'guessing'

Exasperated Leicester Tigers director of rugby Richard Cockerill has appealed to the game's top brass to "educate" referees after launching a scathing attack on Saturday's official Andrew Small. After...

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Leicester City's new £2m striker Chris Wood set for New Year's Day debut

The signing of striker Chris Wood could make all the difference for Leicester City, manager Nigel Pearson has said. Wood will complete his move from West Brom, worth initially £1.25million rising to...

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Homes evacuated as blaze wrecks factory in Barwell, Leicestershire

A factory containing hundreds of thousands of brochures has been destroyed in a huge inferno. Flames could be seen for miles around as more than 50 firefighters battled the blaze in the centre of...

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I want to prove myself in Premier League - Leicester City's David Nugent

Leicester City striker David Nugent believes he is reaching the prime of his career, and admits he wants to prove himself in the Premier League. The 27-year-old is on course for his best goal-scoring...

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High winds stir up more fires at Barwell blaze factory (with videos)

High winds are hampering efforts to discover what caused a massive blaze that destroyed a factory.Fire crews had brought the flames under control at Arden Direct and Digital, in Barwell, on Saturday...

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Thurnby Lodge: Options considered for disused Scout hut by Leicester mayor...

City mayor Sir Peter Soulsby is considering a controversial choice over whether to offer a disused Scout hut to a Muslim community group or a different residents organisation. The As-Salaam Trust hopes...

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Public trust in police hit, says Leicester MP Keith Vaz

City MP Keith Vaz has said public confidence in the police has been shaken due to a "dangerous cocktail" including the "plebgate'' affair and the results of the Hillsborough Inquiry. The Leicester East...

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Rail services to London St Pancras back to normal after derailment at Barrow

East Midlands Trains services to London St Pancras will be back to normal tomorrow after a freight train derailment at Barrow on Soar. However, East Midlands Trains said lines between Leicester and...

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Fatal crash in Whetstone

A woman has died following a crash this morning involving two cars. The accident happened on the A426 Lutterworth Road, in Whetstone, at around 11.30am. The female driver of one of the cars was...

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Police hunt prison absconder Sean Cawthray who has links to Leicestershire

Police are appealing for help to find a man who absconded from a prison and has links with Leicestershire. Sean Cawthray, 41, was last seen yesterday at HMP Leyhill, in South Gloucestershire, at about...

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There is still time to see City play for less

Thousands of football fans will cheer on Leicester City today using cut-price tickets, thanks to our fantastic Mercury reader offer. There is still time to pick up your tickets for as little as £10 to...

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Basketball: Olympics was biggest honour in my career - Drew Sullivan

It has been some year for Drew Sullivan. It's not often you get to lead out your country in an Olympic Games on home soil. This summer saw the Leicester Riders star captain the Great Britain basketball...

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Inmate Sean Cawthray, 41, with links to Leicestershire, goes missing from...

Police are asking people to be on the lookout for a man who has gone missing from an open prison in Gloucestershire. Sean Cawthray, 41, was last seen at Leyhill prison at about 5.30pm on Sunday. It's...

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Martin Crowson's five key points: Murphy the man to cover all bases

Martin Crowson looks back at five key points from the weekend's rugby action. 1It was like a snippet from the amateur era on Saturday. Tigers' Geordan Murphy began the game at full-back, slotted in for...

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Balcony-fall dad Karl Nethercot back with family in Leicester

A father-of-six who suffered critical injuries in a fall from a hotel balcony has celebrated his 35th birthday with his family. Karl Nethercot's relatives feared he would die after he fell two storeys...

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Cancer survivor Jen Macdonald's delight at birth of her 'miracle' baby

Cancer survivor Jen Macdonald can hardly believe she is cradling the baby she was warned she might never have. Six years ago, Jen was told the chemotherapy and radiotherapy she needed to treat an...

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Woman dies in car crash on the A426 Lutterworth Road, in Whetstone

A woman has died following a crash involving two cars yesterday morning. The accident happened on the A426 Lutterworth Road, in Whetstone, at about 11.30am. The female driver of one of the cars was...

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East Midlands Trains services getting back to normal after derailment at Barrow

Rail services to and from London that had been affected since a freight train derailed last week were returning to normal today. The rear 10 carriages of the train, which was carrying more than 1,000...

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Huddersfield boss Simon Grayson aims to shock Leicester City

Huddersfield Town boss Simon Grayson said his side will show no fear when they face Leicester City at the King Power Stadium this afternoon. The former City captain brings his Terriers side to face...

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