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Police issue new warning over potentially lethal 'laughing gas' craze

Police have issued a new warning about the dangers of inhaling so-called laughing gas. Officers who cover the Freemen and Aylestone council wards in Leicester said they have found hundreds of nitrous oxide cannisters across the two neighbourhoods. In a s

today, 18:23 in Regional East

A German beer festival is starting in Victoria Park this week

A German beer festival is coming to Leicester at the end of this week. Originally scheduled for Market Square, the family-friendly event will now be taking place in Victoria Park due to demand - with over 10,000 visitors expected. Read more: Top 5 places

today, 17:01 in Regional East

Britain's hottest new baby name revealed - and it may surprise you

A new name is emerging as a favourite for parents across Britain, it has been revealed. Experts are predicting that Corbyn could become the hottest name for newborns this year, after a surge of popularity for the Labour leader. More than half of parents

today, 16:46 in Regional East

Sandown Road in Leicester closed after man threatened to harm himself

A street was closed off earlier today as police negotiated with a man who was threatening to harm himself. Officers were called to Sandown Road, off London Road, Stoneygate, Leicester at 1pm today and the man was detained for his own safety a short time

today, 16:36 in Regional East

Watch as raiders steal expensive plants from family-run nursery

Raiders have stolen £4,500 worth of plants from a family-run nursery in Leicestershire. The thieves removed the gate at Derry's Nursery in Cossington then loaded up a car trailer with high value plants such as bay trees worth £125 each. The raiders, who

today, 16:36 in Regional East

Charles Street Buildings unveils Leicester hotel complex

Joseph Murphy was just a boy when his family's property company bought the Great Central Station site, off Vaughan Way, in Leicester. That was in the late 70s, early 80s. Now, almost 40 years later, Charles Street Buildings, where Joseph is now a directo

today, 16:18 in Regional East

Arts Council England chief executive Darren Henley on investing in Leicester

Chief executive of Arts Council England Darren Henley on investing in Leicester: Leicester locals will tell you of its competitive streak and its reputation as an unexpected winner with surprises up its sleeve. Of course Leicester is synonymous with mode

today, 15:19 in Regional East

£24.5m announced for Leicestershire's biggest arts groups

More than £24 million pounds of funding has been announced for Leicestershire's biggest arts organisations. The Phoenix arts centre, the city's museums, children's art festivals and students dance events will all benefit from a £24.5 million share of nat

today, 15:19 in Regional East

Can you help police find Leicestershire burglary suspect?

Police have circulated a photograph of a Nottinghamshire man who is wanted in connection with a series of burglaries across the East Midlands, including two in Leicestershire. James Clark, 27, formerly of Honiton Road, Nottingham, is sought by police aft

today, 14:48 in Regional East

Owner of Fosse Park announces record breaking profits

The owner of Fosse Park has announced another year of record profits. The Crown Estate, which owns 19 retail and leisure destinations, including the Braunstone shopping park, said its £2.4 billion retail property portfolio helped generate a £24 million r

today, 13:34 in Regional East

The Co-op has launched a new logo - but do you remember their main store in Leicester?

You'll probably have noticed shoppers walking around with sky blue bags bearing the old style Co-op logo and maybe, felt a tinge of nostalgia. Last year, instead of going for a completely new modern design, the Co-op reunited with their classic 1960s log

today, 12:09 in Regional East

Two police officers rescue couple who refused to leave their flat - even though it was on fire

Two police officers rescued a couple who were trapped inside a burning building and refused to leave despite the unbearable heat. PC Matthew Eld and Special Constable Neil Deveney both entered the flat after they were told people were trapped inside. The

today, 12:09 in Regional East

Met Office issues warning as bleak weather is forecast to hit Leicestershire

Leicestershire enjoyed the hottest day of the year during June with temperatures hovering around 30C just over a week ago, and the rain has held off until now, with the Met Office predicting heavy rain and thunderstorms possible later today. Forecasters

today, 11:57 in Regional East

Three taken to hospital after fight on Gravel Street in Leicester city centre in early hours

Three people were taken to hospital after a fight in the early hours of the morning on a city street. Police said several people were injured after the incident in Gravel Street, Leicester, at about 3.30am on Sunday May 14. Police have released this imag

today, 11:57 in Regional East

What is giant hogweed? Everything you need to know about the toxic summer plant

Blisters, rashes and burns - no, we're not talking about the effects of spending too long in the summer sun. These injuries can actually be caused by a toxic plant called giant hogweed. And as people spend more time outdoors each summer, A&E...

today, 11:01 in Regional East

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