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Richard III discovery has sparked Leicester tourism boom

When the remains of King Richard were found buried in a car park, the city of Leicester became big news.

Since that day, it has worked hard to capitalise on the attention, with various tourist attractions and visitor centres, as well as this weeks series of events to mark the reburial. As a result, the city has seen a boom in tourism.

Rajiv Popat reports on the financial impact King Richard III has had on the region.

Panel to give its decision on Gretton misconduct charge

Margaret Gretton Credit: ITV News Central

A disciplinary panel will this morning give its decision on whether a sacked headteacher from Nottinghamshire is guilty of unacceptable professional misconduct.

Margaret Gretton faces a string of allegations relating to her time in charge of Burton Joyce Primary School between 2007 and 2012.

The panel will make its announcement at 11am this morning.

Margaret Gretton denies the allegations.


Police name man killed in Aston Expressway smash

The Expressway was closed while emergency crews attended the scene Credit: Twitter / @CMPG

A man who died in a head-on smash on the Aston Expressway on Monday has been named as Andi Patrascu.

Mr Patrascu, from Preston Road, Hockley, was killed when the silver Rover MG he was driving into Birmingham at 12.30pm veered out and went the wrong way up the A38, smashing into two cars.

The 43-year-old a Romanian who had been living in the UK for more than 30 years was taken to hospital, where he died as a result of his injuries.

"It’s clear the Rover MG crossed the tidal flow lane and into traffic heading away from the city but we are still trying to understand why this happened.

"I am appealing for anyone in the area at the time of the collision, or before the crash in the Gravelly Hill interchange area, and who saw a silver Rover MG to contact us on the 101 number.

"Our condolences go to Mr Patrascu’s family and his friends."

– PC Stuart Thorpe

Two other drivers were taken to hospital to be treated for injuries and discharged.

Elderly man airlifted after falling into pub cellar

Paramedics treat an elderly man who fell into a pub cellar yesterday Credit: West Midlands Ambulance Service

An elderly man has been airlifted to hospital after falling into a pub cellar in Burntwood.

It happened at 11.15am yesterday in the High Street in Chasetown.

Paramedics treat an elderly man who fell into a pub cellar yesterday Credit: West Midlands Ambulance Service

An ambulance and an air ambulance arrived at the scene to find that the man in his eighties was still conscious after having fallen two metres into the cellar.

Paramedics treated him for a head injury before airlifting him to the Royal Stoke University Hospital for further assessment and treatment.

He was airlifted to hospital Credit: West Midlands Ambulance Service

Richard III's tomb goes on public display

Members of the public will be able to visit King Richard III's tomb at Leicester Cathedral today.

Around 2,000 watched Richard III's reinterment service Credit: ITV News Central

Around 2,000 people witnessed the reburial of his casket in a special reinterment service yesterday.

Upwards of 20,000 people queued for up to four hours between Monday and Wednesday to view the coffin as it lay in repose.

Visiting hours:

  • Fri 27 March 15.00-19.30 last entry 19.00
  • Sat 28 09.30-17.00 last entry 16.30
  • Mon 30 - Wed 1 April 09.30-17.00 last entry 16.30
  • Sat 4 April 09.30-17.00 last entry 16.30
  • Mon 6 April 09.30-17.00 last entry 16.30

King Richard III’s tomb is now a permanent feature in Leicester Cathedral. However, there are still a considerable number of visitors from all over the world in Leicester who we expect will want to take a last opportunity to see it before returning home.

We anticipate a great deal of interest and suggest that people who live locally may find it easier to plan a visit to see the tomb at a slightly later date.

– Liz Hudson, Diocese of Leicester
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