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262 jobs lost as Jones Bootmaker closes 25 stores

High street shoe chain Jones Bootmaker has closed 25 of its stores, with the loss of 262 jobs. The shops have gone as the retailer - which has its headquarters in Leicestershire - was sold to a private equity company called Endless LLP. Jones, which has

today, 10:00 in Regional East
 

Drivers warned that section of A6 to remain closed until end of August

Motorists have been warned that a section of the A6 near Market Harborough will not fully re-open until the end of August. Drivers will continue to face a 22-mile diversion, which has been in place since mid-January, because of the closure of the seven-m

today, 09:31 in Regional East
 

Weather for Leicestershire

It will be cloudier than yesterday, and also a little cooler, especially around the coast with an onshore breeze. However there will be plenty of brighter, warmer and occasionally sunny weather particularly across inland areas in the south. A dry night i

today, 08:24 in Regional East
 

Live: Traffic and travel for Leicestershire

7.50am: An overturned car in Coleman Road, near the junction with Green lane Road is causing big traffic problems in the area. Avoid if yoiu can. recovery reported to be en route. For more local and national travel information and weather updates see the

today, 07:56 in Regional East
 

Victim of serial paedophile waited 30 years for justice after authorities failed to act

The victim who was sexually abused by her "evil" step-father fought back tears as she told the judge she had waited 30 years for justice. She stood in the witness box at Leicester Crown Court, shaking with emotion, to read her deeply moving...

today, 05:38 in Regional East
 

Plain-clothed Leicestershire police cyclists to catch dangerous 'close pass' drivers

Leicestershire Police are to use plain-clothed officers on bikes to catch drivers who pass dangerously close to cyclists when overtaking them. The force has agreed to carry out "safe pass" patrols by deploying officers to catch motorists who...

today, 05:38 in Regional East
 

Horrific story of child sex fiend who wasn't prosecuted, leaving him free to abuse second girl

The police and social services have been criticised for not prosecuting a self-confessed paedophile who sexually abused his step-daughter in the 1980s - leaving him free to foster a vulnerable teenage girl whom he twice made pregnant. Leicester Crown Cou

today, 05:38 in Regional East
 

Murder investigation launched after man is found in Leicester car park

A murder investigation has been launched following the death of a man in Leicester. Emergency services were called to a car park in Canonsleigh Road, off Halifax Drive, Stocking Farm, just after 6.20am this morning where a man was found with life-threate

yesterday, 21:26 in Regional East
 

Top ten authorities for giving flytippers fixed penalties revealed

Flytippers who blight our neighbourhoods are escaping punishment across the country, figures out today show. Some of our biggest cities are failing to use new laws to impose on-the-spot fines of up to £400. Not a single offender was handed one in Sunderl

yesterday, 19:06 in Regional East
 

Streets of Leicester Video Gallery

Not many visitors to Leicester's city centre will have missed the iconic Town Hall building, complete with its Venetian winged lion fountain in the square, but how about the area surrounding it ?Horsefair Street, Belvoir Street, Pocklingtons Walk and Bow

yesterday, 19:06 in Regional East
 

Today marks two years since the burial of King Richard III

Today marks two years since King Richard III was reinterred in a £2.5 million ceremony at Leicester Cathedral. Arguably the biggest event in Leicester's history, thousands of people from the UK and across the globe – including the United States, New Zeal

yesterday, 18:44 in Regional East
 

Around 300 cheeses will be available at Melton's Artisan Cheese Fair next month

Cheese, cheese, glorious cheese. Anyone who's a fan of this delicious dairy product will want to head to Melton Mowbray next month, for the UK's largest dedicated cheese fair. There's expected to be around 70 artisan cheesemakers and 300 cheeses (wow!) f

yesterday, 18:13 in Regional East
 

Yorkshire terrier given oxygen after being rescued by firefighters in house blaze

Firefighters rescued a tiny Yorkshire terrier from a blaze at a home and put an oxygen mask on him to help him breathe. Dodi, 14, was trapped in the kitchen of his owner's home in Bush Road, Kibworth, when the oven caught fire just after midday yesterday

yesterday, 17:26 in Regional East
 

Views of De Monfort University you have never seen before

These are views of De Montfort University you will have never seen before. No, it's not a time-warp but the work of artist, photographer and graphic designer Jonjo Elliott.Even more surprisingly, these stunning pictures combining old and new images were

yesterday, 16:33 in Regional East
 

Watch this week's Photographers Takeover video gallery

Is this the real life, is this just fantasy? The opening lyrics to Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody could very well apply to the work of our latest takeover photographer, Pic Pac member Matthew Coles.Matthew, 42, who originates from Netherhall but moved to Rush

yesterday, 15:37 in Regional East
 


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