Leicester Mercury

Thousands of Leicestershire homes set to get superfast broadband

Thousands of homes in some of Leicestershire's most rural villages are to benefit from faster broadband thanks to a £4.4 million extension of the fibre cable network.

Areas to benefit include Brooksby, Elmesthorpe, Scalford, Sheepy Magna, Shenton and other rural villages across the ...

2017-07-19 09:27 open_in_new
Primary school drops controversial proposal to close early on Fridays

A Leicestershire school has dropped controversial plans to end the school week at 1.05pm on a Friday.

Danemill Primary School in Enderby wrote to parents last month suggesting the early finish time could be introduced from October.

School bosses said Friday afternoons would become ...

2017-07-19 09:27 open_in_new
Double rapist Sean Perry is still on the run after four weeks, say police

Police have made a renewed appeal for help tracing a double rapist who went on the run a month ago.

Sean Perry, 46, was last seen at his probation-approved address in Leicester city centre on Monday, June 19.

He failed to return later that day and so is in breach of his prison ...

2017-07-19 09:27 open_in_new
GCR trains stopped after steam engine spark causes fire on railway embankment

A spark from a steam engine set fire to a railway embankment and caused trains to be stopped from running along a section of track today.

Trains were halted to and from Loughborough this afternoon after the blaze broke out on the embankment of the Great Central Railway close to Ling Road ...

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Police find cannabis 'factory' behind shops in Leicester city centre

Police have dismantled a 100-plant cannabis 'factory' in Leicester city centre.

The plants were discovered inside a property in Welford Place, near its junction with Market Street, in the early hours of yesterday.(MON)

Police officers were called to the scene after two men were ...

2017-07-19 09:27 open_in_new
Revealed: Number of animals shot with air guns in Leicestershire in past five years

A total of 80 animals have been shot with air guns in the past five years in Leicestershire, new RSPCA figures show.

The animal charity is warning people of the sentences they face for the attacks, which tend to be carried out against birds and pet cats.

Such attacks happen more than ...

2017-07-19 09:27 open_in_new
1,700 acres of glorious Leicestershire countryside - yours for just £13.5m

A vast stretch of some of the prettiest countryside in Leicestershire has gone on sale for the princely sum of £13.5 million.

The Shackerstone Estate – as it is being called – includes more than 1,700 acres of mainly farmland as well as farms, a handful of country homes and ...

2017-07-19 00:39 open_in_new
No bids for Arsenal and Roma target Riyad Mahrez, insists Craig Shakespeare

Leicester City manager Craig Shakespeare has confirmed the club is still yet to receive a bid for Riyad Mahrez.

The wantaway winger stated publicly early in the summer that he intends to leave City this summer, and there have been reports that Roma had submitted a £20million bid for the ...

2017-07-18 22:27 open_in_new
Groundbreaking cancer treatment gives mum of three precious moments with family

A mum of three who was told there was nothing more the NHS could do for her cancer is relishing precious moments with her family and three young sons.

She is sitting up, smiling and talking about the things she is enjoying in life and what she is most looking forward to.

But just ...

2017-07-18 22:27 open_in_new
Critical Mass to honour memory of teacher Sam Boulton by holding large bike ride

Cyclists are set to turn out in force on the streets of Leicester to honour the memory of Sam Boulton a year after the tragic accident which claimed his life.

Members of the late Wigston teacher's family are expected to join riders next Friday in an event organised by city cycling group ...

2017-07-18 22:27 open_in_new
Detectives recover two vehicles used in Ashby cash machine ram raid

Detectives investigating last week's audacious ram-raid on a building society in Ashby town centre where an ATM machine was ripped from the wall by a digger have recovered two vehicles used in the crime.

CCTV footage released by Leicestershire Police showed the moment thieves crashed the ...

2017-07-18 22:27 open_in_new
Leicester Tigers fans can look forward to a "traditional" approach, says Geordan Murphy

Leicester Tigers skills coach Geordan Murphy says the fans can expect a "traditional" approach from their team this season.

The former Ireland international is a key part of the coaching team, under head coach Matt O'Connor, who are working flat out to ensure that Tigers are in the mix ...

2017-07-18 21:21 open_in_new
Violent thunderstorms could bring flooding to Leicestershire

Met Office experts are warning of violent thunderstorms which could bring flooding to homes, businesses and roads in Leicestershire tonight.

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for part of the country which includes Leicestershire and Rutland.

The warning, which covers ...

2017-07-18 21:21 open_in_new
'Silver man' explains why he launched foul-mouthed tirade live on BBC's East Midlands Today

A 'silver man' who gave someone a foul-mouthed tongue lashing on live TV says he was accused of "taking money from homeless people".

Ricky Carter, 32, lives in Loughborough and has been posing as a statue in Leicester on occasions over the last five years.

Yesterday (Monday) he ...

2017-07-18 21:21 open_in_new
Sinkhole appears on busy road in Leicester city centre

Workers at a large sinkhole in Leicester city centre say they "do not know" if it could get even bigger.

The staff have also said they will be at the site for at least another day investigating the issue.

A member of Leicester City Council's Highway Maintenance team said: "We don't ...

2017-07-18 21:21 open_in_new
No bids for Arsenal and Roma target Riyad Mahrez, insists Craig Shakespeare

Leicester City manager Craig Shakespeare has confirmed the club is still yet to receive a bid for Riyad Mahrez.

The wantaway winger stated publicly early in the summer that he intends to leave City this summer, and there have been reports that Roma had submitted a £20million bid for the ...

2017-07-18 21:21 open_in_new
Concerns over players' safety as Hong Kong Stadium is deluged by rain storms

Concerns are growing among the teams involved in the Premier League Asia Trophy over the poor weather conditions in Hong Kong.

The southern Asian city has been deluged by rain storms over the past few weeks and the Hong Kong Stadium pitch is expected to be very heavy when Leicester City ...

2017-07-18 21:21 open_in_new
Concerns over players' safety as Hong Kong Stadium is deluged by rain storms

Concerns are growing among the teams involved in the Premier League Asia Trophy over the poor weather conditions in Hong Kong.

The southern Asian city has been deluged by rain storms over the past few weeks and the Hong Kong Stadium pitch is expected to be very heavy when Leicester City ...

2017-07-18 21:21 open_in_new
Leicester City target Kelechi Iheanacho absent as Manchester City begin pre-season tour

Leicester City target Kelechi Iheanacho is yet to make an appearance on Manchester City's pre-season tour of the US, sparking rumours his move to the King Power Stadium could be close to completion.

City have agreed a £25m fee for the Nigerian striker but a legal dispute between his ...

2017-07-18 21:21 open_in_new
Leicester City transfer news: Islam Slimani fears being 'priced out' of Newcastle United move

Leicester City's record signing Islam Slimani fears the club are pricing him out of a move to Premier League rivals Newcastle.

Striker Slimani joined City for £29million from Sporting Lisbon last summer but his future at the King Power Stadium now looks unsure.

He scored only seven ...

2017-07-18 21:21 open_in_new
Leicester City transfer news: Huth injury increases need for new centre-back

The loss of Robert Huth to injury will be alleviated by the arrival of Harry Maguire, Leicester City manager Craig Shakespeare believes.

Huth has been ruled out for up to two months after undergoing ankle surgery, and that means Maguire, a £17million transfer from Hull, is now expected ...

2017-07-18 21:21 open_in_new