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London helicopter crash: Leicestershire MP describes tragedy which kills two...

A Leicestershire MP has described the moment she heard a helicopter crash into a crane in central London killing two people. The helicopter exploded into flames after hitting the crane, on top of a...

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Thugs force their way into elderly couple's home in Rowley Fields, Leicester...

Two thugs barged into an elderly couple's home to steal their jewellery.The men knocked at the front door of the victims' Leicester home and forced their way inside when the husband opened it.The two...

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Man rescued after falling from roof of house in Wigston Magna, Leicestershire

Firefighters were called to rescue a man who had fallen from the roof of a semi-detached house. The man, thought to be in his 50s, fell from the roof of the property in Aylestone Lane, Wigston Magna,...

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Police granted extension to detain men arrested after restaurant attack

Police have been given more time to question six men arrested in connection with an attack on a city restaurant.Officers were at Leicester Magistrates' Court this morning to apply for an extension to...

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Bardon-based housebuilder Barratt doubles profits to £45m

Building firm Barratt today said profits more than doubled in the second half of 2012 as the housing market continued to return to health.The Bardon-based company revealed it made a surplus of £45...

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Leicestershire jobs at risk after Blockbuster goes into administration

More Leicestershire retail jobs were put in jeopardy today after DVD and video rental chain Blockbuster went into administration.The company, which continues to trade, employs more than 35 people at...

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Pilot Pete Barnes killed in London helicopter crash worked for air ambulance...

The pilot who was killed this morning when his helicopter hit a crane in central London has been named as Pete Barnes, Sky news reported today.It is believed that Mr Barnes was a pilot for Derbyshire,...

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Assistant ref dropped from FA Cup tie after telling Manchester City players...

An assistant referee from Leicester who told Manchester City players to thank fans who paid £62 to see their match against Arsenal was dropped from an FA Cup tie last night. The words spoken by referee...

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Diners flee as mob of 40 men attack Moghul Durbar restaurant in Leicester

Diners at an Indian restaurant were forced to flee in fear after a mob of about 40 thugs ransacked the venue, smashing windows and doors and assaulting people inside. The attack happened at the Moghul...

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Man, 60, in hospital after assault in Main Street, Markfield

A woman has been arrested after a 60-year-old man was assaulted on a village street. The man, who has not been named, was taken to Leicester Royal Infirmary after he was injured in Main Street,...

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Leicester City stars hope to beat illness bug

Leicester City will be holding a sick parade ahead of tomorrow's televised clash with Middlesbrough at the King Power Stadium. Although there are no new injury concerns, a wave of illness has been...

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Spirit at Leicester City is just brilliant, says Paul Konchesky

Paul Konchesky has hailed the team spirit within the Leicester City camp. The 31-year-old has played at Charlton Athletic, West Ham United, Fulham and Liverpool, but says the bond among the current...

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Leicester's hospitals 'fined' over A&E waits

Leicester's hospitals have lost out on nearly £1.4 million because they are not treating accident and emergency patients quickly enough. The financial penalty has been imposed by the Leicester,...

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Warehouse worker's attempt to illegally sell Viagra

A warehouse worker caught with a supply of Viagra he hoped to sell has been given a suspended jail sentence. Imran Ali (26) obtained 500 tablets from a friend in India for £50. He planned to sell the...

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Waiting is nearly over for the county's sporting stars

The waiting will be over tonight when the winners of the 2012 Leicester Mercury Sports Awards are announced. The county's sporting Oscars once again received outstanding support from the public, with...

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Play park plan for Leicester city centre

The city centre's first public playground is being proposed in an effort to make the middle of Leicester more family friendly. A patch of land including a paved area with seating in St George Street,...

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Back on track with arts group anti-crime project

A community arts group is running a programme encouraging young people to explore attitudes to violent crime using music. 2Funky Arts has launched its latest Words Without Weapons workshops for youths...

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Mayor facing rebellion on Leicester travellers' sites

Sir Peter Soulsby's controversial decision to develop two travellers' sites in Leicester has been challenged by a group of Labour city councillors. Earlier this month, city mayor Sir Peter announced he...

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Homes plan will return terraces to Leicester's Filbert Street

New plans have been drawn up to redevelop part of the site of Leicester City's former Filbert Street ground. Developer Filbert Ltd wants to build 77 four-bedroom terraced homes on the land. The area...

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Tragic last flight of pilot Pete Barnes who helped to save so many lives

The pilot who died after his helicopter crashed in central London yesterday used to help save lives by flying for the air ambulance in Leicestershire and Rutland. Former colleagues at the Derbyshire,...

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