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Nottingham company fined for illegal pesticides

Credit: Leicestershire County Council

A Nottinghamshire based company has been ordered to pay out more than £15,000 after supplying illegal pesticides.

Vital Reactions Limited, which was operating from Broxtowe Park Business Centre in Strelley, and its two directors were fined £9,000 and ordered to pay Leicestershire County Council’s Trading Standards Service costs of more than £6,000.

Officers brought the case to court after being alerted to concerns over Plant Vitality Plus, a pesticide intended for eradicating red spider mites.

The small metal flasks featured cartoon style labels, making them appealing to children, but there were inadequate instructions or warnings for safe use.

There was also no information about the contents or the manufacturer, potentially delaying emergency treatment if anyone ingested it.

Rural Leicestershire bus route to be scrapped

Bus passengers in Leicestershire are fighting plans to replace some rural services with dial-a-ride minibuses. The county council is considering scrapping several routes to save money.

Hundreds of people have signed petitions opposing the move. Many come from villages without any shops, and say their bus service is a lifeline.

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Councillors urged to support campaign to keep bus route

The bus stop in the village of Fenny Drayton Credit: ITV Central
Poster in the village of Fenny Drayton Credit: ITV Central

Hinckley and Bosworth Councillors are being asked to support the campaign to keep the number 7 bus services in local villages.

The route run by Leicestershire County Council is currently under consultation, the council say if the decision is made to lose this service, it will be replaced with a dial-a-ride service.

County Council looks to save millions on money spent on struggling families

Leicestershire County Council is looking to save £53 million of cash usually spent on struggling families.

Troubled families in Leicestershire are classed as families with complex needs or single parent families where a partner has died.

Each year they cost taxpayers around 160 million pounds.

Now, Leicestershire county council wants to work with other agencies to pool budgets and set up family support teams.

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