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Man wins more than £820,000 on a £19 accumulator bet

A Leicester man who has won more that £820,000 on a £19 accumulator bet said it was 'the realisation of a lifetime dream' The customer of online betting site Coral has won the biggest ever horse racing pay-out in the firm's history. The man, who is in hi

13 min. ago in Regional East

Ladies' fingers and beef cheeks feature on new menu at Turtle Bay, Highcross

The Caribbean restaurant and bar, in Highcross Leicester, has this week launched its revamped menu, featuring 15 new dishes and seven new drinks. The menu has been inspired by feedback from guests and includes more dietary options and a bigger choice of

48 min. ago in Regional East

Watermead Park: ​Council bosses to introduce residents' parking charges near beauty spot

Council bosses are to introduce residents' parking charges near a Leicester beauty spot to try to stop a traffic free-for-all. Alderton Close, which borders the southern section of Watermead Park and the adjoining golf course, is frequently used by visit

today, 12:33 in Regional East

Man on trial for manslaughter denies deliberately pushing or punching woman who later died

A man on trial for manslaughter told a jury he did not assault a woman who suffered broken ribs and later died. William "Gary" Jelly (48) said the fractures sustained by Kelly Machin (34) could have happened accidentally as he tried to...

today, 11:53 in Regional East

CBeebies favourite Q Pootle 5 is zooming into Leicester's National Space Centre for a day of fun

Toddlers will have the opportunity to join loveable alien Q Pootle 5 for a day of fun at the National Space Centre later this month. Q Pootle 5, who has his own CBeebies show, will be zooming in from planet Okidoki for a Small Space Day on Friday, May 12

today, 11:53 in Regional East

Fly-tipping: 'No excuse' warns Leicester City Council as investigations launched into incidents

Watch: Video about Highcross Street flytipping An investigation has been launched into a "huge fly-tip" of illegally dumped rubbish in Leicester city centre. Bathtubs, old tyres and building materials are among the items fly-tipped on...

today, 11:28 in Regional East

Vaisakhi parade: Biggest Sikh event of the year to bring thousands of people to Leicester

Tomorrow afternoon will see road closures around the city centre as the biggest Sikh event of the year brings thousands of people to Leicester. As many as 15,000 Sikhs from Leicester and around the UK take part in the Vaisakhi parade, following a route f

today, 10:17 in Regional East

Traffic and travel for Leicestershire - updates

10am: Traffic lights on A511, Markfield (M1 Island) are currently stuck on red. A police spokeswoman said this will be rectified ASAP. For more local and national travel information and weather updates see the links below: MOTORWAY UPDATES: For traffic u

today, 10:17 in Regional East

Today's weather: Chilly start, but dry with sunny spells

Today: After a chilly start most places will be dry with sunny spells. There is still the chance of an odd light shower. Feeling pleasant inland by the afternoon, but a cooling southeast breeze will develop near coasts. Maximum temperature 15 °C.Tonight:

today, 09:50 in Regional East

12 cheeses to try at the Artisan Cheese Fair in Melton this weekend

Cheese. Mmm. We love the stuff, so we're feeling pretty excited about the Artisan Cheese Fair, which takes place in Melton Mowbray this weekend. As the UK's largest dedicated cheese fair, it's expected that there will be around 70 artisan cheesemakers an

today, 09:50 in Regional East

Sale of Claudio Ranieri's former home attracts interest from people across world

The sale of the home of former Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri has attracted interest from all over the world. Bosses at the Leicester-based estate agents selling the £695,000 detached house in Stoneygate said their phones had been red hot after t

today, 06:28 in Regional East

Second man charged with murdering Isaac Williams in Cropthorne Avenue, Leicester

A second man has been charged with murder following the death last week of 20-year-old Isaac Williams. Reuben Stretton, 20, of no fixed address was charged this afternoon and is due to appear at Leicester Magistrates' Court tomorrow morning. Earlier toda

yesterday, 21:55 in Regional East

Tories pick 25 year-old teacher Jack Hickey to face Liz Kendall in Leicester West election battle

Teacher Jack Hickey has been chosen to take on Labour's Leicester West MP Liz Kendall in the General Election. Leicester's Tories have tonight selected the 25-year-old to contest the seat on June 8. The Mercury understands Mr Hickey beat shortlisted Edwa

yesterday, 21:55 in Regional East

Gas Superstore: Advice for customers with outstanding orders on getting money back

Worried customers with outstanding orders from troubled Gas Superstore are being offered advice on getting their money back. The fireplace and electrical appliance business ceased trading earlier this week – at least temporarily – due to financial proble

yesterday, 19:55 in Regional East

Shoplifters threaten to stab security guards with dirty needles, says anti-crime group

A growing number of shoplifters are threatening to stab security guards with dirty hypodermic needles, according to an anti-crime group in Leicester. Citywatch, a Neighborhood Watch-style group for hundreds of shops and bars across the city, said a small

yesterday, 17:55 in Regional East

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