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Topps Tiles profits down a third on back of investments, wage rises and challenging market

Topps Tiles profits down a third on back of investments, wage rises and "challenging market"

Pre-tax profits at Leicestershire’s Topps Tiles tumbled by a third in the six months to April 1, due to factors such as rising wages and investment in new stores. The Enderby-based tile retailer said it had achieved a “resilient performance” in a...

Tuesday, 15:01 in Regional East
 
County council spends £20m buying business rentals as it looks to save £50m

County council spends £20m buying business rentals as it looks to save £50m

More than £20 million has been spent by Leicestershire County Council buying office buildings to rent out, as it faces making £50 million worth of cuts. Embankment House in Nottingham and adjourning development land cost the council £12.6 million, and...

Tuesday, 14:12 in Regional East
 
'Hidden gem' splash play on Skegness seafront reopens this bank holiday weekend

'Hidden gem' splash play on Skegness seafront reopens this bank holiday weekend

An attraction loved by Skegness locals is set to reopen this Saturday - and it's totally free for kids to enjoy. In fact the Fairy Dell splash play has been a feature in the seaside town since the 19th Century. But not many Leicestershire daytrippers...

Tuesday, 14:03 in Regional East
 

Utility worker makes visit to Leicester house and stumbles on cannabis plants

A utility worker executing a warrant at a house in Leicester stumbled upon a number of cannabis plants. The worker alerted Leicestershire police after visiting the house in Imperial Avenue in Westcotes last week. Police officers visited the house and...

Tuesday, 14:03 in Regional East
 
Frustration as 'inadequate' school loses head and deputy

Frustration as 'inadequate' school loses head and deputy

A school rated as inadequate by Ofsted has angered parents by announcing it will not be replacing the outgoing head teacher and deputy head. Parents received a letter earlier this week from Blaby Stokes C of E Primary School telling them that due to...

Tuesday, 13:36 in Regional East
 

Leicestershire Royal Wedding 'guest' sells goody bag on eBay - and bidding starts at £500

A Royal Wedding guest from Leicestershire is among those selling their goody bags online. Spudleydog33, as they are known on eBay, is after at least £500 for the bag, which comes with a big chocolate coin, some shortbread, a fridge magnet and a...

Tuesday, 13:31 in Regional East
 
Rise in number of children in care costs county an extra £2.4m

Rise in number of children in care costs county an extra £2.4m

A rise in the number of children in care has led to a £2.4 million overspend in the social care budget by Leicestershire County Council. Over the past five years the number of looked after children for which the authority is responsible has risen by...

Tuesday, 12:56 in Regional East
 

Revealed: Leicester named one of the worst places in England for children with unhealthy teeth

The number of Leicester children with unhealthy teeth remains among the worst, but things are improving rapidly. New figures from Public Health England show that in 2011 more than half of five-year-old children in the city had signs of tooth decay,...

Tuesday, 12:46 in Regional East
 

Slapped cheek syndrome: grieving mum who lost son warns common virus can be deadly

A campaign has been launched to raise awareness of the potentially deadly effects of a common childhood condition. Slapped cheek syndrome, easily identified by the side effect of bright red cheeks in children, is a common virus and usually clears up...

Tuesday, 12:30 in Regional East
 

Verdict on plan to turn Leicester factory into Muslim education centre after council concerns over disturbance

Plans to turn a former knitwear factory into a Muslim education centre have been approved despite council concerns about disturbance it may cause. Planning officers at Leicester City Council wanted the proposal to convert the disused two-storey...

Tuesday, 12:06 in Regional East
 
Car-boot sale vase bought for £20 set to fetch thousands

Car-boot sale vase bought for £20 set to fetch thousands

A vase bought for £20 at a car-boot sale is expected to fetch up to £8,000 at auction today. The vase is not large or very old, but it was made by Hans Coper, who is regarded as one of the best craftsmen of the 20th century in the world of pottery....

Tuesday, 11:19 in Regional East
 

Axe hangs over Leicestershire Marks & Spencer stores uncertain as firm announces closures

The future of Marks & Spencer stores across the UK are uncertain as the chain has revealed plans to close more than 100 stores. The changes will be made by 2022, at the risk of thousands of jobs at its clothing and home stores, which have...

Tuesday, 10:57 in Regional East
 
When young lads on bikes delivered urgent news to Leicester's doorsteps

When young lads on bikes delivered urgent news to Leicester's doorsteps

We wonder how many of our readers remember the telegram boys? Back in the days before mobile phones, the internet and social media, urgent messages which could not be left to the usual postal delivery service were delivered to doors across the land by...

Tuesday, 10:29 in Regional East
 

Eight reasons why Loughborough is actually Leicestershire's best town

We all know that Leicestershire is lovely - but which part is the best? To the south of the county, there have been some rumblings lately that Hinckley might just be the best town in Leicestershire . There has been a lot of development in and around...

Tuesday, 10:29 in Regional East
 

Police find 30ft climbing wall stolen from Scout group

A Scout group’s stolen 30ft, two-and-a-half tonne climbing wall has been found by police. Raiders escaped with the hydraulic wall, which was mounted on a trailer, from Melton District Scouts' campsite in Holwell Lane, Melton, between 1pm on Sunday and...

Tuesday, 10:29 in Regional East
 


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