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12-year-old boy dies in car crash in Leicestershire

It happened on Bosworth Road in Wellsborough in Leicestershire.
It happened on Bosworth Road in Wellsborough in Leicestershire. Credit: ITV News Central

A 12-year-old boy has died after being involved in a car crash while he was riding his bike in Leicestershire.

He was rushed to hospital around midday yesterday following the accident involving a white Nissan Quashqai on Bosworth Road in Wellsborough.

He died later that afternoon.

Man accused of killing football coach found not guilty

Antoin Akpom was killed last September
Antoin Akpom was killed last September Credit: ITV News Central

The jury in the re-trial of a man accused of killing a football coach in Leicester has found him not guilty of murder, and failed to reach a verdict on charges of manslaughter.

20-year-old Abdul Hakim, of Wood Hill, Spinney Hill, will not face a third trial.

Antoin Akpom, who was 20, was stabbed to death after an altercation in Kent Street, on the evening of Thursday 12 September 2013. A post-mortem examination revealed he died of a single stab wound to the back.

Hussein Hussein has already been convicted of murder
Hussein Hussein has already been convicted of murder Credit: ITV News Central

A second man, Hussein Hussein, of no fixed address, was convicted of Mr Akpom's murder in April, following a trial at Stafford Crown Court.

He was originally sentenced to life in prison and ordered to serve a minimum of 15 years. But the Court of Appeal has since raised the life sentence to 22 years.

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Plane crash victims families to meet with Prime Minister

Richard Mayne, 20, was an undergraduate student at Leeds University.
Richard Mayne, 20, was an undergraduate student at Leeds University. Credit: Facebook / Richard Mayne

The parents of Richard Mayne from Leicester who was killed when a Malaysia Airlines plane crashed in Ukraine are expected to meet the Prime Minister today.

It's thought the family of Loughborough University student Ben Pocock, along with the families of the 9 other Britons killed, will also attend the meeting with David Cameron.

They died in the crash almost a fortnight ago.

Ben Pocock was studying at Loughborough University and originally from Bristol
Ben Pocock was studying at Loughborough University and originally from Bristol Credit: Facebook picture

Passport workers strike over ongoing backlog crisis

Thousands of passport workers are striking today as the Summer holidays get underway.
Thousands of passport workers are striking today as the Summer holidays get underway. Credit: Edward Smith/EMPICS Entertainment

Thousands of passport workers are striking today as the Summer holidays get underway.

They have taken the action in a bid to end staffing shortages which have caused an ongoing backlog crisis, with holiday-goers left waiting for their renewed passports.

It could affect holiday plans for families across the Midlands.

A new recruitment drive is underway but many of the posts being advertised are not permanent jobs and are only likely to replace 8% of staff needed. The Passport Office has cut hundreds of staff since 2010 but the agency only agreed to meet the union to seriously discuss jobs after recent media and political scrutiny.

– Public and Commercial Services union

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14 Leicester parks recognised as among best in Britain

Watermead Park is one of those recognised
Watermead Park is one of those recognised Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Fourteen parks and green spaces in Leicester have been recognised as among the best in Britain, as they have been awarded green flags.

It is a record breaking number for the city, with Castle Hill County Park and the Arboretum in Evington being awarded for the first time.

The other parks included are:

  • Abbey Park
  • Castle Gardens
  • Evington Park
  • Humberstone Park
  • Spinney Hill Park
  • Knighton Park
  • Aylestone Hall Gardens
  • Western Park
  • Belgrave Cemetary
  • Welford Road Cemetary

Joint awards with Leicestershire County Council are held for Watermead Park and Glen Parva and Glen Hills local nature reserve.

ROAD: M1 re-opened after fatal morning accident

The M1 motorway at junction 21A has been re-opened after a fatal collision this morning.

The collision occurred just after 8am on the M1 motorway in the parish of Kirby Muxloe and involved a Scania LGV, Ford Anglia, Ford Ka and a Mazda MX5.

The passenger in the Ford Anglia, a woman, received fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Man in custody after firearms incident in Leicester

Leicester police attended firearms incident in Leicester
Credit: PA

Police are investigating a firearms incident in Leicester this afternoon, officers were called to a report of a man in a BMW driving erratically in the Braunstone Lane East area of Leicester.

The initial report also suggested that the occupant of the vehicle may be in possession of a firearm.

The vehicle was stopped in Infirmary Road and the man in his 30's was arrested. He's currently undergoing treatment in hospital for minor injuries after he resisted arrest, he will then be transferred to a police custody suite.

ROAD: M1 Southbound Leicester remains closed

The M1 Southbound is closed with queueing traffic, and long delays due to a serious accident between J22 A50 / A511 Coalville and J21 M69 / A563 Leicester, congestion on M1 to J23 A512 Loughborough.

Diversions are in place, people are asked to follow the 'hollow black square' symbol via A50 towards Leicester, staying with the A50 beyond A46 , and at Glenfield Hospital take A563 (South) towards M1 J21.

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