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Council use CCTV in hunt for missing cat after FOI request

Leicester City Council has used its CCTV cameras in the hunt for a missing cat.

Despite the council's efforts - there has been no sighting of the missing feline.

The owner of the cat, which has been missing since July 6, sent a Freedom of Information request to the council to ask if they could check its local footage.

A stock photo of CCTV cameras
A stock photo of CCTV cameras Credit: Stephen Rafferty/Eye Ubiquitous/Press Association Images

While this is not the usual sort of request we would deal under the Freedom of Information Act, given the very specific areas and limited timeframes detailed by requester, we were happy to be able to help on this occasion.

Checking the relevant CCTV footage took no more than 30 minutes of staff time and therefore the cost was negligible.

It would not have detracted from the important public safety role that the CCTV team carry out.

It is reassuring that members of the public have confidence in CCTV and recognise its value when assistance is required.

– Leicester City Council spokesperson
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New 'planetarium' will take visitors back in time

One of the country's most important Roman sites is being brought to life, a hundred and fifty years after it was first discovered. Visitors to Chedworth Roman Villa in Gloucestershire, are getting the chance to experience it with a planetarium-style projection. The "discovery dome" has been developed by a student from the University of Bath.

John Tredinnick a researcher at the University says visitors will be taken back in time during the tour:

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Has JLR made the 'self-learning' car of the future?

Has JLR made the car of the future? Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Birmingham-based Jaguar Land Rover says it is developing cutting-edge technology to make an "intelligent self-learning vehicle" of the future.

They say it will mean less distractions to the driver and a reduction in accidents. Computer software learns the driving style and preferences of the driver, and takes into account other factors such as time of day, traffic conditions and weather.

It uses that to predict driver behaviour and take away some of the driving 'chores', such as selecting air conditioning temperature and making a regular phone call.

Man denies cyber-attack on Home Office

A man from Stoke-on-Trent has denied launching a cyber-attack against the Home Office.

Mark Johnson, of Josiah Wedgwood Street, in Stoke-on-Trent, pleaded not guilty at Birmingham Crown Court today.

The 44-year-old is alleged - under the Computer Misuse Act - to have encouraged or assisted in a 'distributed denial of service attack' on websites operated by the Home Office and the Home Secretary, Theresa May, on June 15th 2012.

Mr Johnson has been granted bail until his trial begins on November 3rd.

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Leonardo DiCaprio to visit Leicestershire with new motor racing team

DiCaprio's team is called 'Venturi' Credit: FIA Formula E

Hollywood actor Leonardo DiCaprio is expected to visit Leicestershire after setting up a new motor racing team which will be based in the county.

The team will compete in Formula E, a new global electric motor-racing series, which will have its global headquarters at Donington Park.

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