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Exclusion zone after Hinckley sub-station 'explosion'

People say they heard a loud bang at around 3:15pm this afternoon Credit: ITV News Central

Firefighters have been called to a fire at an electricity sub-station in Hinckley.

It's reported people living nearby heard a loud bang before a plume of smoke rose into the air this afternoon at Middlefield Lane.

There is currently a 200 metre cordon in place while firefighters wait for the electricity board to isolate electrics.

Hinckley councillor asks County Council to scrap Santa's sleigh parking ticket

A Hinckley councillor has asked Leicestershire County Council to scrap a parking ticket given to Santa's sleigh.

Chris Uttley was towing the sleigh when he got the ticket Credit: BPM Media

Volunteer Chris Uttley was towing the Hinckley Round Table sleigh when he stopped on zig-zag lines.

He said he only stopped for 30 seconds, but was given the £35 fine by a 'smug' traffic warden.

A Leicestershire County Council spokesperson had said they were reviewing the ticket.

But Michael Mullaney, who is the county councillor for Hinckley, has called for the ticket to be scrapped.

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Armed robbery of tills at Asda store in Leicestershire

Asda supermarket in Hinckley, Leicestershire. Credit: Google street view

Police were called to an Asda supermarket in Hinckley, Leicestershire after burglars managed to get away with cash from the self-service checkout tills.

Three men entered the store at around 12.32am this morning whilst it was closed to the public.

They used crow bars to open the tills but no one was threatened or injured in the robbery.

The suspects were wearing face coverings and it is believed they left the store and made off in a vehicle.

We are carrying out house to house enquiries and studying CCTV from the immediate area.

If anyone witnessed the incident or saw three men entering or leaving the store they are urged to contact the police immediately.

– Detective Constable, Gemma Ashmore

Police appeal after woman punched in face at pub

The Duke of Rutland Pub in Hinckley where the attack took place Credit: Google Street View

Police are appealing for witnesses after a woman was punched in the face at a pub in Hinckley in Leicestershire.

The 41-year-old victim fell to the ground after the assault at the Duke of Rutland Pub at 8:00pm on Tuesday August 19, while she was waiting to be served at the bar .

She was treated in hospital for hand and nose injuries along with bruising to her face and eyes.

Officers have described the suspect as a white woman, aged between 35 and 40 years of age with shoulder length dark brown hair. She was wearing a dress and jacket.

PC Graeme Smith, who is investigating the incident, said:

“This was a nasty assault on a woman in the Duke of Rutland pub.

“There were other people in the pub at the time of the incident so if you witnessed it or know who was responsible, we would like to speak to you.”

– PC Graeme Smith, Leicestershire Police

Anyone with information is being asked to contact Leicestershire Police on the 101 number or call Crimestoppers Anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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Shocking video: Shopkeeper wrestles robbers armed with knives

Dramatic CCTV footage has been released of the moment a shopkeeper wrestled armed robbers who were targeting his store in Hinckley.

It happened in February but the footage has only been released after his attackers were jailed over the brutal attack, which was caught on camera in his shop.

37-year-old Raj Rathod initially confronted one of the robbers who ran behind the counter and pulled out a knife.

You can see what happened next here:

Football fan assaults police officer during World Cup

CCTV of a man police are trying to trace Credit: Leicestershire Police

Police have released a CCTV image of a man suspected of assaulting a police officer in Hinckley after England's World Cup defeat to Uruguay.

Officers were called to Regent Street on Thursday June 19 at around 10.05pm after the game, to reports of anti-social behaviour involving supporters playing football in the street.

The ball was confiscated by one of the officers and put inside a police car, but one of the people involved slammed the door shut, trapping the officer’s arm in the door.

PC Clive Clarke said:

“Luckily the officer wasn’t seriously injured and able to return to duties, a number of people were involved in the disturbance and we are now in a position to issue a CCTV image of a man we would like to identity and trace in connection with the incident."

– PC Clive Clarke, Leicestershire Police

'Critical that agencies take collective action' to keep children safe

The independent chair of the Leicestershire and Rutland Local Safeguarding Children Board, has highlighted the importance of local inter-agency co-operation to safeguard children.

The statement comes after Police confirmed earlier today that two men arrested in connection with child abuse claims at the Concordia Theatre, are being investigated for possession of indecent images of children.

Paul Burnett, said:

The board’s role is to ensure that local agencies are working together effectively to safeguard children. In a situation such as this where there are concerns about adults working in positions of trust with young people, it is critical that agencies take collective action to keep children safe. Children’s safeguarding must always be paramount in our minds and should override all other considerations.

Keeping children safe 'must be priority' says Council

Concordia Theatre in Hinckley is found to have 'inadequate' safeguarding procedures in place Credit: Google Maps

Director for Children and Family Services at Leicestershire County Council, Lesley Hagger, has highlighted the importance of child safety and labelled the safeguarding procedures at Concordia Theatre in Hinckley 'inadequate':

"Keeping children safe must be our priority. It’s important to stress that we have found the safeguarding procedures in place at the theatre to be inadequate and given these circumstances, it would not be right for us to issue performance licences for children...

... Alongside the police, we are seeking to engage positively with the Concordia to improve its procedures, so we and the community can be confident that children taking part in theatre activities are safe.”

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