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Shoppers piled high with Boxing Day sales bargains

Hoards of shoppers queued from the early hours to race through the doors of Leicester's Highcross Shopping Centre to bag a Boxing Day bargain.

As the sales began, hundreds of people armed themselves with plastic bags, trollies and buggies and raced through the doors when they opened at 6am.

Shoppers race through the doors at 6am in Leicester Credit: Joe Giddens/PA

One mother piled her baby's buggy so high with cut-price clothing from Next that her child could only just be seen through the mound.

A baby can just be seen buried beneath a mountain of clothes Credit: Joe Giddens/PA

And others appeared to simply grab as much as they could, walking off with armfuls and clear bin bags full of discount items.

Bags packed with Boxing Day bargains Credit: Joe Giddens/PA
This shopper piles his arms high with bargains Credit: Joe Giddens/PA

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Christmas dinner...for hundreds of sea creatures!

An otter plays with a Christmas cracker Credit: Sea Life

As most people are at home eating their Christmas dinner, hundreds of sea creatures will also be eating theirs.

The centre's turtle will be eating sprouts for Christmas Credit: Sea Life

It will take several hours to prepare all the food at the Sea Life Centre in Birmingham and it is James Robson's job to feed everyone.

Two otters playing with a cracker Credit: Sea Life

He says most of the residents will be having fish for dinner but one turtle will be properly joining in Christmas by eating Brussels Sprouts.

Policeman saves Tipton child's life

Zoe, Amelia and PC Carl Scott Credit: West Midlands Police

A mother from Tipton is spending Christmas with her daughter after a police officer saved the child’s life.

Zoe Earnshaw called the police on Thursday 5 December after her baby girl Amelia stopped breathing and started to turn blue.

PC Carl Scott arrived with a colleague and gave Amelia emergency first aid. After chest compressions and one breath of air she began to come round.

After spending five days in hospital she was sent home in time for Christmas.

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Last day of Birmingham Christmas Market today

Birmingham Frankfurt Christmas Market comes to an end today. The 190 stalls have been selling gifts, treats, food and drink since the 14th November, but after today, the sellers will be packing up and returning to Germany.

Thousands of people have come to the city to visit over the last six weeks, helping the city to become the fastest growing tourist destination over Christmas and New Year.

This timelapse video shows Birmingham's market, along with the giant wheel and ice rink, next to the new library, which was today announced as building of the year.

Video credit: Theo Gove-Humphries

Nottingham chefs unveil king-sized Christmas cake

A team of chefs in Nottingham believe they have created the UK's biggest and heaviest Christmas cake.

The ten chef's believe the cake to be the biggest and heaviest in the UK...

The ten chefs, from Nottingham's Red Hot World Buffet, say the cake - measuring 18ft by 9ft and weighing 700kg - took over three weeks to complete.

The cake is decorated to resemble a winter wonderland...

1,400 eggs, 30 kilograms of raisins and 180 kilograms of chocolate and butter were use to make the festive desert. which is finished off with two-feet-high edible decorations.

Christmas engineering work announced

Over the Christmas period there will be engineering work between Retford and Lincoln and between Gainsborough Lea Road and Lincoln. It will mean buses will replace trains between Doncaster/Retford and Lincoln from December 21 to January 5.

There will also be engineering work from December 28 to 30 meaning East Midlands Trains passengers will have to take buses instead of trains between Spalding and Sleaford in Lincolnshire.

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