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Peterborough United rename London Road the ABAX Stadium after sponsorship deal is reached

London Road will now be called the ABAX Stadium. Credit: PA

The home of Peterborough United will now be called the 'ABAX Stadium' after a deal was reached with the Norwegian-owned company ABAX.

An initial five-year agreement has been signed between both parties, with ABAX becoming the club's stadium naming rights partner.

The stadium was previously called London Road and Posh have played there since 1934.

Peterborough United chairman Darragh MacAnthony is happy with the deal. Credit: PA

“We see this opportunity as a great deal for this club, ABAX, the city and our supporters. ABAX has firmly put down its roots in Peterborough and now we all want to see the company grow.

This long term collaboration is aimed at establishing sustainability for all concerned with a successful future being the ultimate goal.”

– Darragh MacAnthony, Peterborough United chairman

Staffordshire Police on rise in homophobic hate crime reports

Staffordshire Police say they are committed to reducing hate crime following the release of new figures which show a rise in reported hate crime across the UK.

Throughout Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent we work closely with the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community to ensure that hate crimes are reported, either directly to Staffordshire Police or through the on-line True Vision reporting system. We are absolutely committed to reducing hate crime, repeat victimisation and the harm that it causes. We will continue to proactively support victims and deal effectively with the individuals committing this type of crime. We would actively encourage anyone who is being targeted in this way to report it to us and feel reassured that we will take positive action.

– Staffordshire Police spokesperson

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Homophobic Hate Crime: How do I get help?

ITV News Central has learned that reported homophobic hate crimes are on the rise.

Figures from police forces in the Midlands reveal that in the 12 months to June this year there were 543 reported homophobic crimes compared with 539 over the same period three years ago.

Rainbow laces worn in athlete's boots in support of anti-homophobia campaign Credit: Mike Egerton/EMPICS Sport

ACPO, which represents chief police officers, say they're committed to reducing hate crime and improving services to victims.

If you are being subjected to homophobic hate crime then you can receive help and advice on how to report it from the organisations listed below.

Appeal for £600,000 needed for King Richard lll reburial

People across Leicester can help raise the money, which will be used to reinter King Richard lll in the Cathedral next year.

King Richard III Credit: PA Wire

The Cathedral needs to complete raising the £2.5m for the reburial of King Richard III.

Another £600,000 is needed and the money raised will be used to support the restyling of the Cathedral and go towards the cost of the King’s tomb, which will be revealed at a service on Friday 27 March.

M1 Northbound re-open following fatal eight-vehicle crash

The M1 Northbound has now re-opened after it was shut from yesterday evening because of a fatal eight-vehicle crash.

The carriageway was closed northbound between junction 21a and 22 since around 6.45pm last night. Credit: Pukaar News

The carriageway was closed northbound between junction 21a and 22 since around 6.45pm last night.

A man died in the crash which involved seven cars and a lorry, three other people are being treated in hospital.

Walsall couple arrested on suspicion of terror offences

A man and a woman from Walsall have been arrested on suspicion of Syria-related terrorism offences.

Two addresses in Walsall are being searched Credit: PA

The couple were detained by officers from the West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit at around 10.30pm last night at Heathrow Airport, as they disembarked a flight from Istanbul.

Two addresses in Walsall are being searched. The man, aged 20, and the woman, aged 19, are both currently in custody in the West Midlands area.

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Scammers steal £315 by using 'unable to deliver parcel' cards

A warning has been released after scammers in Warwickshire are using 'unable to deliver parcel' cards to steal hundreds of pounds.

A card is posted through your door from a company called PDS (Parcel Delivery Service) suggesting that they were unable to deliver a parcel.

You're then instructed to dial the number 0906 6611911, which is a Premium rate number and when you start to hear a recorded message you will already have been billed £315 for the phone call.

Anyone who has received a card is being urged to contact Royal Mail Fraud.

Police put drug dealer's Bentley on eBay for £34K

A convicted drug dealer’s top-of-the-range Bentley is being auctioned on a police eBay shop.

The 2006 silver Bentley Continental Coupe Credit: eBay

The 2006 silver Bentley Continental Coupe was seized from Cookie Amin, who made hundreds of thousands of pounds from anabolic steroids.

It was listed with a starting price of £34,000 and the auction is due to end tomorrow night.

Leicestershire was the first force in the country to use eBay to sell assets seized from convicted criminals.

Derbyshire Police say homophobic violence won't be tolerated

Derbyshire Police have said homophobic violence won't be tolerated, following the results of a freedom of information request.

The figures show that the number of violent homophobic crimes have increased in the UK this year.

Although the number of reports of homophobic violence are relatively low in Derbyshire any offence of this type should not be tolerated. We investigate each allegation thoroughly and take action against the offender whenever we can. We would urge anyone who is subjected to any sort of homophobia to have the confidence to report their concerns to the police.”

– Derbyshire Police

Pictures from scene of M1 after crash that left a man dead

One man died in the crash involving seven cars and a lorry Credit: Pukaar News

These are the latest pictures from the scene of a crash involving seven cars and a lorry on the M1 near Leicester which left one man dead.

The road has been closed northbound between junction 21a and 22 since around 18.45 last night and is not expected to re-open until lunchtime today.

Three people are being treated in hospital.

Three people are being treated in hospital. Credit: Pukaar News
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