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Diwali celebrations light up Leicester's Golden Mile

Thousands of people turned out in Leicester this evening to celebrate Diwali - the Hindu New Year.

The celebrations - held on the city's Golden Mile - are widely regarded as some of the biggest outside of India.

The festival of lights, which is also observed by Sikhs and Jains, marks the triumph of good over evil.

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Derby wins major flood protection funding

Horses being rescued from fields near Derby after the river Derwent burst its banks in 2007 Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Derby council has secured a major investment in the city's flood defences.

Large areas of Chester Green, Darley Abbey Village and the Strutts Park area will benefit from the plans.

Up to £17.1m has been awarded as Flood Defence Grant in Aid, and a further £13m is available from the Growth Fund

The scheme is expected to protect residents and businesses from flooding, and to encourage investment in brownfield sites which are currently at a high risk of flooding.

When the project is completed, it will protect 1,450 residential and 800 commercial properties from water damage and will improve the river for local wildlife.

Construction officially completed at Derby's velodrome

Construction has officially finished at Derby's multi-million pound velodrome and sports arena.

Builders handed over the keys to the Pride Park complex at a celebration involving cyclists, athletes and musicians.

It has cost £27 million to build and will be the region's first ever velodrome.

It is expected to open early next year.

Neil Brook, Project Director, and Councillor Alison Martin, Cabinet Member for Leisure and Culture, have been speaking to ITV News Central about the completion.

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PICTURES: Heritage sites in the East Midlands

Crowland Abbey, Lincolnshire: Medieval ruins added to the Heritage at Risk Register this year and adjoining parich church removed Credit: English Heritage
Stydd Hall, Derbyshire: Still on the Heritage at Risk Register but with a brighter future Credit: English Heritage
Detail of damaged ceiling under archway of Worksop Priory Gatehouse, Nottinghamshire: On the Heritage at Risk Register Credit: English Heritage
Gateway in the gardens of Harlaxton Manor: Still on the Heritage at Risk Register Credit: English Heritage
Barton Seagrave Hall, Northamptonshire after restoration: Removed from the Heritage at Risk Register this year Credit: English Heritage
All Saints Church, Seagrave, Leicestershire: Removed from the Heritage at Risk Register this year Credit: English Heritage

PICTURES: Heritage sites in the West Midlands

Church of Holy Trinity, Bosbury, Herefordshire: Added to the Heritage at Risk Register this year Credit: English Heritage
Lilleshall Hall, Shropshire: Saved by a Conservation Management Plan Credit: English Heritage
Bedlam Blast Furnaces, Shropshire: Added to the Heritage at Risk Register this year Credit: English Heritage
The Lion Foundry in Stourbridge, before it was restored and removed from the Heritage at Risk Register this year Credit: English Heritage
The Roundhouse, Birmingham: Added to the Heritage at Risk Register this year Credit: English Heritage
The Rotunda in Hagley Hall park: Removed from the Heritage at Risk Register this year Credit: English Heritage

List of Heritage Register sites in East Midlands

The highlights from across the East Midlands include:

Crowland Abbey, Lincolnshire: Medieval ruins added to the Heritage at Risk Register this year and adjoining parich church removed Credit: English Heritage
  • The Crowland Abbey in Lincolnshire, with its medieval sculpture depicting saints and figures from the site’s 1300 year history, has been classified ‘at risk’ this year.
  • In the city of Lincoln Roman Newport Arch has been removed from the Register following repairs this year.
  • At Barton Seagrave the success story of Barton Seagrave Hall in Northamptonshire is now almost complete, following the removal of the Grade I listed Orangery from the Register in 2013.
  • Now home to the Northampton County Club, the building on George Row has been added to the Register.
  • In Worksop work will soon start on repairs at Worksop Priory Gatehouse, which formed the main entrance to the priory in the 14th century.
  • Church of St Martin at Bilborough, Nottinghamshire, has faced decaying masonry, vandalism and thefts leading to the place of worship becoming ‘at risk’.
  • Belgrave House, in Leicestershire, listed at grade II* and dating to the 1760s has been removed from the Register.

List of Heritage Register sites in the West Midlands

Highlights from across the West Midlands include:

The Lion Foundry in Stourbridge, before it was restored and removed from the Heritage at Risk Register this year Credit: English Heritage
  • On the Register since 2003, the Newman Brothers Coffin Furniture Works in Birmingham was built in 1894 to produce coffin fittings. It has been saved this year by grants, including from English Heritage.
  • Added to the Register this year is The Roundhouse, the horseshoe shaped former stables in Birmingham and stores which is deteriorating with a crumbling roof and damaged brickwork.
  • Curzon Street Station in Birmingham, still empty and unused, remains on the Register.
  • In Shropshire Bedlam Furnaces, built into the valley side in Ironbridge, are new on the Register this year as part of the monument is unstable and supported by scaffolding.
  • Kilpeck Castle in Herefordshire has bene removed from the register this year.
  • In Staffordshrie the 13th century Norbury Manor moated site, where there was extensive damage to the medieval stone walls, has been removed from the Register this year.
  • The ruins of 13th century Cresswell Chapel in Staffordshire have been repaired and removed from the Register.
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