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Chief Rabbi visits The National Holocaust Centre in Nottinghamshire

The National Holocaust Centre in North Nottinghamshire. Credit: ITV News Central

The UK's Chief Rabbi has visited The National Holocaust Centre in North Nottinghamshire today to remember those who lost their lives during Hitler's final solution.

It's the first time Ephraim Mirvis has visited the centre also known as Beth Shalom, since being made Chief Rabbi last year.

As well as seeing the memorial gardens he also visited the new interactive exhibition called 'The Journey'.

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Businesses come together to celebrate Diwali

Diwali fireworks light up the sky Credit: ITV News Central

Businesses in one part of Birmingham are coming together to celebrate Diwali in a special community outdoor celebration.

Staff from 560 mainly independent businesses who are part of the Soho Road BID group, which stretches from Holyhead Road to Soho Hill, will join thousands from across nearby communities to help mark one of the biggest events in the Asian calendar. The Midlands is home to some of the most celebrated Diwali events outside India.

The Festival of Light celebration in Birmingham begins at 2pm today, with lights officially being switched on at 7pm. The event will feature well-known bhangra stars, many of whom are originally from nearby areas in the city.

“We are very excited about running our first community event. It’s been a lot of hard work and determination and you’ll get to see a great celebration that the community can be proud of.”

– BID manager Craig Bucky

“The long term strategy is to make Soho Road an exciting place to work and live which in turn will create more visitors to the area.”

– BID Chairman Dipak Patel

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Thousands expected for annual Diwali celebrations

The parade culminates with a spectacular fireworks display Credit: ITV News Central

Around 35,000 people are expected for Leicester's annual Diwali parade and fireworks display this evening.

The event is widely credited as being the largest of its kind outside of India.

The annual Diwali parade down Leicester's Belgrave Road Credit: ITV News Central

Police however have been warning people attending the Hindu festival to be aware of those intent on committing crime.

Asian gold is particularly attractive to pickpockets and muggers, as it has a higher carat level than other kinds of jewellery.

Bilingual anti-crime leaflets handed out ahead of Diwali

Thousands of bilingual leaflets urging people to take care when heading to this year’s Diwali celebrations in Leicester have been handed out around the city.

The celebrations in Leicester are among the biggest outside of India Credit: ITV News Central

The leaflets contain tips for avoiding becoming a victim of robbery, including:

  • Do not wear your jewellery in public
  • If you do, ensure that it is not on show - for example, wear a scarf to cover a necklace
  • When you go out, secure your home. Make sure that windows and doors are locked
  • Leave a light on if you go out in the evening or overnight
  • When out and about, be aware of your surroundings. Remember to be alert to what is happening around you.
  • If you feel unsafe change your direction and head to an area that is busy and well lit

Diwali safety campaign launched by Leicester police

With 35,000 people expected at Sunday’s Diwali celebrations in Leicester, police in the region are urging people to keep their jewellery safe.

Around 35,000 people are expected at Sunday's light switch-on event Credit: ITV News Central

The city’s Diwali celebrations in Belgrave Road are one of the biggest events outside of India - and while for the most part the Hindu festival passes in good spirits, such a high quantity of people can attract a criminal element.

Asian gold is particularly attractive to pickpockets and muggers, as it has a higher carat level than other kinds of jewellery.

The lights switch-on on Sunday October 12 will be followed by the Diwali Day celebration on October 23.

Fellow aid worker says he is 'heartbroken' over the killing of Alan Henning

Majid Freeman, a fellow aid worker and friend of Alan Henning, told ITV News Central he is 'devastated and heartbroken' over his friends killing.

Muslim leaders in the Midlands have condemned Islamic State militants after they released a video appearing to show the murder of aid worker Alan Henning.

Majid described how he was 'angry and frustrated' and believed the government should have done more to help.

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