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Thousands celebrate Diwali in Leicester

Thousands celebrate Diwali in Leicester Credit: ITV News Central/Roshni Patel

Thousands of people celebrated Diwali in Leicester last night with a spectacular firework display in the skies above the Golden Mile.

It marked the end of a day of celebrations which attracts thousands of people from across the region.

Thousands celebrate Diwali in Leicester Credit: ITV News Central/Roshni Patel
Thousands celebrate Diwali in Leicester Credit: ITV News Central/Roshni Patel
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Mosque has 'no objection' to proposed Louis Smith visit

The chairman of a mosque in Peterborough has invited gymnast Louis Smith to observe prayers in a bid to educate him about the Muslim religion.

Abdul Choudhuri from the Faizan-e-Madina Mosque in the city has taken the step after a video emerged of Smith appearing to mock Islam.

Smith has since apologised for his actions, and Mr Choudhuri has called on him to be forgiven.

"We have no objection if he asks for forgiveness," Mr Choudhuri said.

"He should come to the mosque and learn what Islam is all about.

"We want to make him aware and understand the religion of Islam. He is a role model and we hope that by learning about Islam, he will be a better person."

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