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Reports: British authorities competing for involvement in search for Madeleine McCann alienated Portuguese

British authorities competing to be involved in the search for Madeleine McCann alienated Portuguese forces, according to a previously unpublished report from 2009.

Madeleine McCann, from Rothley in Leicestershire, went missing in Portugal in 2007
Madeleine McCann, from Rothley in Leicestershire, went missing in Portugal in 2007 Credit: PA

The report by Jim Gamble, former head of the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP), found so many different UK agencies getting involved damaged relations with Portuguese police.

The report was commissioned by the then Home Secretary Alan Johnson in 2009, and was delivered in 2010. But details of the report were briefed to Sky News today.

Madeleine, from Rothley in Leicestershire, went missing from a holiday apartment in Praia de Luz in Portugal in 2007.

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Leicester school pupils enjoying free school meals as part of new Government measures

Children starting at primary school have one extra thing this year to look forward to - free school meals.

It was brought in as part of a raft of government measures to try to improve what children eat. The hot meals will be available to all four to seven year olds at state schools.

Nancy Cole's been to one primary in Leicester to see how they've been tickling the youngsters tastebuds.

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Police: Hoax calls caused victims 'great deal of distress'

Detective Chief Inspector Neil Harrison says the hoax calls made by a man pretending to be a doctor caused his victims a 'great deal of distress'.

28-year-old Ashley Dodd, from Exhall in Warwickshire, made calls to eight families pretending to be a doctor from George Elliot Hospital, telling them a relative had died, and they needed to go to the hospital immediately.

Today, he admitted the offences under the Malicious Communications Act and is due to be sentenced later this month.

£4million sports arena plans revealed in Leicester

The plans were unveiled by City Mayor, Sir Peter Soulsby
The plans were unveiled by City Mayor, Sir Peter Soulsby Credit: ITV News Central

Plans for a new £4million sports arena in Leicester were unveiled today.

The 2000-seater complex will be home to Leicester Riders basketball team, and will host major indoor events.

This site will be used for the arena
This site will be used for the arena Credit: ITV News Central

The state-of-the art site, next to Leicester College's Abbey Park campus, will also be used by the students when it is built next year.

Director of Leicester Riders, Kevin Routledge, says the plans are great for the future of the team.

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