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Driver, 93, dies after car hits tree

A 93-year-old man has died in a car crash near Lutterworth. It happened on the A426 Rugby Road, in Cotesbach, shortly after 2pm today and the police are appealing for witnesses. The man was travelling from Lutterworth towards Rugby when the blue Hyundai

yesterday, 19:13 in Regional East
 

Road in Leicestershire closed due to serious collision

A road in Leicestershire has been closed due to a serious road traffic collision involving one car. The crash happened on the A426 Rugby Road between Cotesbach, near Lutterworth, and the A5 Gibbets Hill roundabout shortly after 2pm today. A Leicestershir

yesterday, 17:24 in Regional East
 

Gourmet Burger Kitchen planning to open in Leicester

A new burger restaurant could open in Leicester's Highcross shopping centre. Gourmet Burger Kitchen, which has branches across the UK, wants to open in the former home of Laura Ashley, next to McDonald's near the Clock Tower. An application has been subm

yesterday, 15:28 in Regional East
 

X Factor: 5 After Midnight call on Leicester to back them in crucial semi-final

Hometown X-Factor hopeful Kieran Alleyne is counting on the support of friends, family and pop fans across the city when he competes in the show's semi-final tonight. The singer is in the boy band '5 After Midnight', who are one of just four acts remaini

yesterday, 12:22 in Regional East
 

DPD worker stole £12,000 worth of mobile phones from depot

A trusted employee stole mobile phones worth £12,000 from his workplace by throwing them over a fence or dumping them near his car, a court heard. Farayi Mokale, who had a supervisory role at DPD Group's parcel hub in Hinckley, was caught when a security

yesterday, 11:46 in Regional East
 

Man taken to hospital after car hits tree

A man was rescued from wreckage and then taken to hospital after the car he was driving hit a tree. The fire service was called to the one-car crash in Bewcastle Grove, Mowmacre Hill, Leicester at about 12.45am today. Read more: Road closures in Evington

yesterday, 11:18 in Regional East
 

Road closures in Evington after two-car crash

Parts of a junction in Evington are closed after a two-car crash this morning. Read more: Leicester City file fresh application to stop 'Blue Army' tag being used on knock-off merchandise A Leicestershire Police spokeswoman said it happened at the traffi

yesterday, 10:30 in Regional East
 

Why Roman skeletons could be first evidence of Leicester's African population

Skeletons found during an archaeological dig in Leicester could be the first example of African people living in the city. Some 83 remains dating back to the 2nd century AD were discovered during investigations into a large Roman cemetery at the former E

yesterday, 08:28 in Regional East
 

Leicester City file fresh application to stop 'Blue Army' tag being used on knock-off merchandise

Leicester City has filed a fresh application to stop the Blue Army tag being used on knock-off merchandise. The club wants protection for the name – given to passionate City supporters – to stop it being used without permission on everything from clothin

yesterday, 08:28 in Regional East
 

Four-vehicle crash on M1 in Leicestershire

Four vehicles have been involved in a collision on the M1 in Leicestershire. The incident is on the northbound carriageway between junction 23A and 24. The fire service was called shortly before 7pm this evening by East Midlands Ambulance Service as it w

Friday, 20:02 in Regional East
 

Burglary victim, 81, overwhelmed by support as fund opens to help 'restore faith in human nature'

An 81-year-old great-grandma whose home was burgled and her Christmas savings taken two days after she learned she has cancer has been overwhelmed by donations and messages of support from Mercury readers. Earlier this week, Sheila Weston asked the Mercu

Friday, 19:51 in Regional East
 

Two collisions on roads in just over an hour

One person was trapped after a collision between a car and a van. It happened shortly after 5.30pm today in Shaw Lane, Bardon, near Coalville. Read more: Peter Farrands: Ex-teacher, 90, has jail term increased after four more abuse victims come forward O

Friday, 19:17 in Regional East
 

Next phase of £3.7m revamp of historic Leicester streets to start in the new year

The latest phase of a £3.7 million revamp of some of Leicester's most historic streets will get underway in the New Year. Leicester City Council plans to begin improvement works on Millstone Lane from January 9 and on Wycliffe Street from January 16 2017

Friday, 18:35 in Regional East
 

Peter Farrands: ​Ex-teacher, 90, has jail term increased after four more abuse victims come forward

A 90-year-old former teacher and scout master has had a seven year jail sentence increased to nine years, after four more victims of his sex offending came forward. Peter Farrands, who was also a respected church minister, molested youngsters in his clas

Friday, 18:25 in Regional East
 

A hearse and a smashed-up car: police launch drink driving campaign this Christmas

Police used a hearse and a smashed-up car to demonstrate the tragic consequences of drink or drug-impaired driving. The two vehicles were present today as Leicestershire Police launched its annual month of action in the run-up to Christmas and New Year's

Friday, 18:12 in Regional East
 


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