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Attenborough 'believed passionately in social justice'

Labour has released a full statement in tribute to peer Lord Richard Attenborough, who was a supporter of the party for most of his life.

Lord Attenborough made an enormous contribution to our country and to the film industry both as an actor and a director. His films will be loved for generations to come.

He believed passionately in social justice and the Labour Party and was a vocal campaigner against apartheid.

He will be sadly missed.

Our thoughts are with his family and friends.

– The Labour Party
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Attenborough: From Pinkie Brown to Gandhi

British actor and film director Lord Richard Attenborough has died at the age of 90, according to the BBC.

Lord "Dickie" Attenborough championed the British film business through its triumphs and trials for more than 50 years as actor, Oscar-winning director and prolific movie-maker.

Richard Attenborough as spiv gangster Pinkie Brown with Carol Marsh in a Brighton Rock. Credit: Topham/Topham Picturepoint/Press Association Images

His career highlights included directing 1982 film Gandhi and appearing in 1993 blockbuster Jurassic Park.

Richard Attenborough with the Oscars he won for his film Gandhi. Credit: PA/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The 1982 biographical film won eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director.

Richard Attenborough as John Hammond in Jurassic Park. Credit: United Archives/IFTN/DPA/Press Association Images

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Leicester Mela takes place in city centre

Thousands attended the Mela in 2012 Credit: ITV News Central

The Mela in Leicester is taking place today in the city centre, as part of this year's city festival.

It is a celebration of Indian culture, and features music, dance, fashion, food, entertainment and art.

'Safari-style' large street sculptures will be used at the event, including a penguin, rhino, gorilla, panda and a giant elephant.

Artists have been decorating the sculptures this week Credit: Leicester City Council

Sam Bailey reassures worried fans after hospital stay

Rare Zebra shark born at Sea Life Centre

A baby Zebra shark has been born at Birmingham's National Sea Life Centre Credit: National Sea Life Centre

A rare Zebra shark has been born at Birmingham's National Sea Life Centre.

The two-day old pup hatched from an egg that was donated by an American aquarium.

Sea Life staff are delighted with the new addition because the fish is on the Union for Conservation of Nature's Red List of threatened species.

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Roads 'extra busy' due to V Festival at Weston Park

People are being advised to plan their journeys and give extra time today as almost 100,000 people descend on Weston Park in Staffordshire for this year's V Festival.

The M6 Northbound exit slip road is closed due to traffic management for the music festival at Weston Park at J12 A5 (Gailey).

The closure of the slip road may be lifted earlier than 6:00pm if traffic conditions allow.

Traffic on the M6 north heading to the V Festival should exit at J10a and take the M54.

Traffic building on M6 as people head to V Festival

Traffic is expected to be heavy on certain parts of the M6 today as around 90,000 people arrive for this weekend's V Festival.

Festival goers at Weston Park last year Credit: Katja Ogrin/EMPICS Entertainment

The M6 Northbound exit slip road is closed due to traffic management for the music festival at Weston Park at J12 A5 (Gailey).

The closure of the slip road may be lifted earlier than 6:00pm if traffic conditions allow.

Traffic on the M6 north heading to the V Festival should exit at J10a and take the M54.

Travel advice for road users heading to V Festival

V Festival Credit: Katja Ogrin/EMPICS Entertainment

90,000 people are expected to arrive at Weston Park in Staffordshire this weekend for the Midland’s biggest music festival.

The Highways Agency have advised the following:

- Allow extra time for your journey and plan an alternative route

- Follow signs for V Festival which will direct you on a specific route to Weston Park

- Traffic will be heavy on Friday on the M6 and M54

- The ‘smart motorway’ on certain parts of the M6 will be open from Friday to Sunday to accommodate more vehicles

- Traffic is anticipated to be busy in the same areas on Monday morning as people head home from the festival

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