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Funding fears for children's respite

Families providing respite holidays for children living in the fall-out zone of the Chernobyl nuclear plant disaster are campaigning to save a free visa scheme. Volunteers have been welcoming...

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Stage Queen to rock audiences

She's already Queen of the stage in the West End – and now Hinckley starlet Lauren Samuels is getting ready to tour the world. The 24-year-old has been performing in the hit Queen musical We Will Rock...

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Sports centre prices should be reduced

A city council scrutiny committee has launched a review to find out why the number of adults involved in sport is so low and how more people can be encouraged to use the authority's leisure centres. It...

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Concerns as fewer people using public sport centres

The recession and high charges are driving people away from Leicester's leisure centres, according to sport bosses. In the past 12 months there have been just over two million visits to the city's...

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Diamond duo had a divine start together

A couple who met at a church youth group have celebrated 60 happy years of marriage. Brian and Marie Wilford met as teenagers through the group at the North Evington United Free Church, where they...

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Red Guide accolade for Joiners

A chef is celebrating his restaurant's inclusion in Britain's eating out bible. The Joiners Arms, in Bruntingthorpe, near Lutterworth, is in the latest edition of the Michelin Red Guide for Great...

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Patients get flu jab reminder

Fewer than half the patients with health conditions such as asthma, diabetes and heart complaints had a flu jab last year. Figures released by health managers also show that just over a quarter of...

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Vulcan needs £400,000 before taking to sky for last time

The last flying Vulcan plane is to take to the skies for a final time next year – but needs £400,000 to make its last flights possible. The Cold War bomber returned to the air in October, 2007, after...

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Child rapist jailed for offences in 1990s

A man who raped and sexually abused a Leicestershire schoolboy almost 20 years ago has been jailed for 10 years. Geraldo Tucciarone (51), who was sentenced at Ipswich Crown Court on Friday, indecently...

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Did Harvey Weinstein's Finding Neverland hit high notes with Katherine Jenkins?

The world premiere run of Harvey Weinstein's Finding Neverland draws to a close this week after delighting packed out audiences at Curve. More than 18,000 people have been to see the stage adaptation...

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Diwali and Navratri revellers in Leicester urged to enjoy celebrations in safety

Worshippers are being asked to follow simple safety tips to ensure a happy Diwali and Navratri. Police, firefighters and the city council are teaming up to offer safety advice throughout the...

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Call to save some of Leicester's finest historical buildings

Three churches, a disused railway building and a former bank are among 10 important city buildings at risk of falling into ruin, according to a heritage society. Leicester Victorian Society has...

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Boxing legends Tim Witherspoon and Mike Tyson in Leicester

Youngsters at a community gym were given a masterclass in ringcraft when they went toe-to-toe with a true heavyweight of the sport. Former two-time world champion "Terrible" Tim Witherspoon visited the...

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Stars cue up to back bid to save Willie Thorne Snooker Club in Leicester

Snooker stars including the world's number one player, Mark Selby, are backing a petition to save a club in Leicester. Mark has signed the online petition and posted a message of support to try to...

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Melton man jailed after knife incident outside London mosque

A judge has slammed prosecutors for failing to charge a knifeman with racism after he screamed vile abuse at worshippers outside a mosque. Jonathan Russell (32) waved a blade at two men on their way to...

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Mum's relief at teenager's 'miracle' escape from A46 crash in Leicestershire

The mother of a teenager who was thrown more than 100 feet through the air after a lorry smashed into his car says it is a "miracle" he is alive. Sam Clarke broke down on the A46 near Cossington, but...

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Teenagers rescue man from icy waters of Leicester canal

Two teenagers saved a man's life after he had fallen into a canal and was struggling to keep his head above freezing water. Connor Allen, 17, and his friend Billy Rewcastle, 18, were walking past the...

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Testing times are ahead, says Leicester City boss Nigel Pearson

Leicester City may be buoyant after recording five consecutive victories but manager Nigel Pearson has warned testing times will be ahead. City are second in the table after the opening 10 games and...

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Andy King: I feel like elder statesman in Leicester City dressing room

He may be only 23 years old but Leicester City midfielder Andy King is feeling like an elder statesman in the City dressing room. The influx of new young players, such as Anthony Knockaert, Matty James...

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Five armed robberies on shops in Leicestershire in just 48 hours

Five armed raids were carried out on shops in the space of just 48 hours. Police believe the five gunpoint robberies, in Leicester, Thurmaston and Houghton on the Hill, may be linked. In each case,...

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