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'Bomb scare' in Leicester's Granby Street after man with suitcase shouts 'Allahu Akbar'

A section of a main city centre street was closed this evening after a man sparked a bomb scare by shouting 'Allahu Akbar'. The man reportedly shouted the phrase and indicated there was an explosive device inside his suitcase. Police, who were in the...

yesterday, 19:40 in Regional East
 
Twycross Zoo reveals plans to bring back tigers to Leicestershire attraction

Twycross Zoo reveals plans to bring back tigers to Leicestershire attraction

Tigers are set to make a return to Twycross Zoo, planning documents have revealed. The species are due to be kept at the zoo for the first time in more than 20 years after plans for a new tiger house, outdoor enclosure and viewing tunnel have been...

yesterday, 18:29 in Regional East
 

Braunstone man tricked into believing he had won £250,000 after being given fake scratch card in New Parks

A man from Leicester thought he had struck gold when his scratch card revealed to him that he had won £250,000. Little did he know that it was all a jokey prank masterminded by his friend, who recorded the entire thing. The prankster, who does not...

yesterday, 17:40 in Regional East
 

Food court at Leicester's Fosse Park set for demolition as part of redevelopment

The owners of Fosse Park want to replace the food court with a walkway through the middle linking it with a £135 million extension going up on the former Everards Brewery site. The new building would have 14 food outlets and four shops on two levels....

yesterday, 17:07 in Regional East
 
Hundreds of bottles of gin from cancelled Leicester gin festival sell for thousands at auction

Hundreds of bottles of gin from cancelled Leicester gin festival sell for thousands at auction

Hundreds of bottles of gin – some of which was destined for a cancelled Leicester gin festival – were among items which raised £60,000 at auction. The autumn festival was among 20 cancelled across the UK when the organisers went bust. It was due to...

yesterday, 15:59 in Regional East
 
Loughborough burglar threatened elderly woman with knife when she told him she had no money

Loughborough burglar threatened elderly woman with knife when she told him she had no money

A burglar who forced his way into an elderly woman’s home and threatened her with a knife has been jailed for 10 years. Jason Brown, 42, pulled the blade knife on his terrified victim when she told him she did not have any money. She then showed him...

yesterday, 15:45 in Regional East
 

Leicester City fans fear for future of Mark's Electrical mural marking team's Premier League title win

Leicester City fans fear that a 30-metre long mural celebrating the team’s Premier League title win might be lost. City supporters are anxious about the future of the mural, which features 12-feet high portraits of former manager Claudio Ranieri and...

yesterday, 15:30 in Regional East
 

Leicestershire Police officers 'buckling under the pressure' of government cuts, survey shows

Almost 70 per cent of Leicestershire Police officers who answered a recent survey would not recommend joining the force to a friend. Pay and morale were the main issues highlighted by the 270 local officers (15 per cent of Police Federation members in...

yesterday, 15:30 in Regional East
 
How much do you love Disney? - The company is recruiting staff to work on its cruise ships

How much do you love Disney? - The company is recruiting staff to work on its cruise ships

Listen up if your dream job is to travel the world and you love of all things Disney. Visiting different countries and seeing lots of sights sounds like a great way to earn a living. And if that's not enough, you'll do it in the company of loveable...

yesterday, 15:18 in Regional East
 
Burglars smash through Barkby Cricket Club pavilion roof and steal booze and Haribo

Burglars smash through Barkby Cricket Club pavilion roof and steal booze and Haribo

Burglars smashed through the roof of a cricket pavilion before stealing hundreds of pounds of petty cash, alcohol and sweets. The break-in happened in the early hours of Saturday morning at Barkby United’s ground in Thorpe Lane in the village. It is...

yesterday, 13:04 in Regional East
 
You can now pay a professional to social media stalk your dates for you

You can now pay a professional to social media stalk your dates for you

We've all done a quick social media stalk on a our upcoming Tinder date, just to check if they seem legitimate or not. Exes and best friend's new love interests are subject to the occasional social media stalk as well. And although we all like to...

yesterday, 12:51 in Regional East
 
Jet2 reveals reason behind Rhodes passengers' 25 hour delay on journey to East Midlands Airport

Jet2 reveals reason behind Rhodes passengers' 25 hour delay on journey to East Midlands Airport

Jet2 has revealed the reason behind the day-long delay faced by passengers on their way back to East Midlands Airport earlier this week. Flight LS636 was scheduled to depart from Rhodes at 22:20 on Sunday night - but passengers were turned away at the...

yesterday, 12:47 in Regional East
 

Man arrested on suspicion of drink-driving after 2-car smash in Soar Valley Way, Leicester

A man has been arrested on suspicion of drink-driving after two cars were involved in a crash on the ring road in Leicester. The driver of a red Mercedes was detained at the scene of the collision, in Soar Valley Way, which also involved an orange...

yesterday, 12:11 in Regional East
 
Person taken to hospital after car flips onto roof on Eyres Monsell street

Person taken to hospital after car flips onto roof on Eyres Monsell street

One person was taken to hospital after a car flipped onto its roof following a three-vehicle crash. The person was injured after the incident just before 7.30pm yesterday on Sturdee Road in Eyres Monsell, Leicester. It is believed the road was blocked...

yesterday, 12:11 in Regional East
 
Who remembers Worthington's the chain of local grocery shops?

Who remembers Worthington's the chain of local grocery shops?

We wonder how many of our readers recall Worthington’s Cash Stores, the local chain of grocery shops with their memorable slogan, “Let Worthington’s feed you”? By 1960, the company had 47 branches, the vast majority within Leicester, but also in the...

yesterday, 11:00 in Regional East
 


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