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Education key to stopping FGM, say Leicester campaigners

Female genital mutilation is the subject of a conference in Leicester today.

Leading figures in the fight against the illegal practice gathered at Leicester University this morning.

The event was organised by an FGM survivor, who says more than 20,000 girls under the age of 15 will be at risk this year. Religious leaders, community activists and doctors heard how education is the key to stopping the practice.

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Dog stolen from outside fish and chip shop

A picture of the breed of dog which was stolen Credit: PA

Police are looking for a dog who was stolen from outside a fish and chip shop in Kettering.

The dog was tethered outside the Bignal fish and chip shop in Bignal Court, off Lake Avenue at around 7pm last Tuesday.

The missing dog is a 5-year-old black and white Saluki bitch and she was untied and taken while the owner was in the shop.

Witnesses, or anyone with information, is asked to call Northamptonshire Police on 101.

National housing campaign reaches East Midlands

A national campaign to tackle Britain's housing crisis reaches the East Midlands today Credit: Yui Mok/PA Archive/Press Association Images

A national campaign to tackle Britain's housing crisis reaches the East Midlands today for the first of six events being attended by local MPs, tenants and representatives from the National Housing Federation.

It's part of the national Homes For Britain campaign to highlight the challenge faced by people who cannot find affordable homes.

The Government says it is supporting house builders and its Help to Buy scheme has helped more than 8,000 East Midlands people to buy a new home.

Today's event is being held in Derbyshire and the campaign will then move on to Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Rutland and Northamptonshire, ending at Daventry on March 16.


Transport Secretary to visit site of Ilkeston station

Transport Secretary and Derbyshire MP Patrick McLoughlin will visit the site of the old Ilkeston train station later.

Artists impression of the new station. Credit: Derbyshire County Council/URS

It was closed 50 years ago after a report by the then chairman of British Railways Dr Beeching.

It will be demolished and make way for a new one that'll cost £6.5 million.

The new station will have two platforms, automated ticket machines, a 150-space car park and a taxi rank.

It will also service the Nottingham to Leeds line.

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