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Eyewitnesses: Highcross Shopping Centre evacuated

A number of people at the Highcross Shopping Centre in Leicester have taken to social media to say the site has been evacuated on one of the busiest nights of the Christmas shopping run-up.

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Warwickshire Police appoints new Chief Constable

Deputy Chief Constable Martin Jelley from Northamptonshire Police has been appointed as the new Chief Constable for Warwickshire Police.

DCC Jelley was named as Warwickshire Police and Crime Commissioner Ron Ball’s preferred candidate earlier this month.

He will take up his new post from 1st April 2015 for five years until 31st March 2020, and will replace the force’s current Chief Constable Andy Parker, who is taking retirement.

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Northampton's new £20million train station to open in mid-January

Northampton's new train station will open on January 12. Credit: ITV News Anglia

It's been confirmed that Northampton's new £20million train station will finally open on Monday January 12.

London Midland had suggested that the station would open at some point next month, but a definitive date has now been agreed.

There had been criticism from many that the station had taken too long to open, with the town's council leader and local MP demanding answers from Network Rail about the delay earlier this month.

"The new station is a fantastic addition to the town.

Its modern design and new facilities provide a fitting gateway to Northampton and is the latest example of investment in the rail network to meet the demands of an increasing number of passengers.

We have all been frustrated by the delay to the opening but I hope everyone will agree the new station was worth the wait when it comes into use on 12 January.”

– Terry Strickland, Network Rail

Derby Cathedral looking for apprentice verger

The appointment will be the first of its kind in the county Credit: ITV News Central

Derby Cathedral is looking to take on an apprentice verger - the first appointment of its kind in the country.

Vergers help the clergy in conducting services and welcoming visitors, but also perform more functional duties such as looking after the church and its possessions.

The deadline for applications is 15th January Credit: ITV News Central

The Diocese is working with Derby College to find a young person suitable for the role. The successful candidate will get paid £151.60 a week and gain a Church of England Guild of Vergers diploma at the end of the one year apprenticeship.

The deadline for applications is 15th January.

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Taser gun death sounded like 'a domestic argument'

A resident at a block of flats where a man was shot by a police Taser gun and later died has told ITV News the incident sounded "like a domestic argument.

"I was asleep and I woke up, I think it was about 1.30. I heard this tremendous banging and shouting", said Mark Finney.

"I thought it was just a normal domestic argument. I went into the kitchen, made myself a cup of coffee, just sat there listening.

Mr Finney said he could hear someone saying "Calm down, calm down."

"There was banging, things being thrown around," he added.

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