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£4million sports arena plans revealed in Leicester

The plans were unveiled by City Mayor, Sir Peter Soulsby
The plans were unveiled by City Mayor, Sir Peter Soulsby Credit: ITV News Central

Plans for a new £4million sports arena in Leicester were unveiled today.

The 2000-seater complex will be home to Leicester Riders basketball team, and will host major indoor events.

This site will be used for the arena
This site will be used for the arena Credit: ITV News Central

The state-of-the art site, next to Leicester College's Abbey Park campus, will also be used by the students when it is built next year.

Director of Leicester Riders, Kevin Routledge, says the plans are great for the future of the team.

Gok Wan tells graduates to 'follow your dreams'

Gok Wan at Birmingham's Symphony Hall for the ceremony
Gok Wan at Birmingham's Symphony Hall for the ceremony Credit: BPM Media

Gok Wan, who has been given an honorary degree in fashion from Birmingham City University, told graduates at the ceremony at the Symphony Hall to follow their dreams.

If there’s one piece of advice I could give today, it would be to follow your dreams.

– Gok Wan

Read: Gok Wan won't be "Doctor Gok"

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Leicester's Gok Wan receives honorary doctorate

TV fashion guru Gok Wan has been awarded an honorary doctorate in fashion from Birmingham City University.

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Thank you @mybcu for my honorary doctorate. I'm over the moon and brimming with gratitude. Dr Gok has left the building! X

Researchers develop C-diff 'smell' detecting machine

The new machine is called the 'electronic nose'
The new machine is called the 'electronic nose' Credit: University of Leicester

A new machine which can spot even small amounts of the highly infectious C-difficile bacteria through 'smell' has been developed by researchers at the University of Leicester.

The 'electronic nose' can also distinguish different strains of the bacteria, helping to make treatments more effective.

C-diff causes diarrhoea, temperature and stomach cramps
C-diff causes diarrhoea, temperature and stomach cramps Credit: University of Leicester

This work shows great promise. The different strains of C-diff have significantly different chemical fingerprints and with further research we would hope to be able to develop a reliable and almost instantaneous tool for detecting a specific strain, even if present in very small quantities.

– Professor Andy Ellis, from the Department of Chemistry

Gok Wan won't be "Doctor Gok"

Fashion stylist Gok Wan will attend a ceremony in Birmingham today where he will be awarded an honorary doctorate in fashion by Birmingham City University.

Gok, originally from Leicester, shot to fame as a TV stylist in 2006 with his TV series How to Look Good Naked.

He broke the news of his award to his followers on twitter last week and confirmed his attendance at the ceremony, but said he wouldn't become Dr Gok.

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Excited to tell you- I've been awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Birmingham Uni. Time to write my acceptance speech! http://t.co/nfi5X2qTyu

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It appears I'll have letters after my name! Gok Wan - HonD Don't think I'll go for Dr Gok… I'll sound like a baddy from Star Wars

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Thanks Guys… I am attending my graduation on Monday… Momma, Poppa and Sister Wan will be there… kinda nervous! #gokinagown

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Leicester's Gok Wan awarded doctorate in Fashion

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Gok Wan arriving for The Asian Awards in London. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire

TV presenter and fashion stylist Gok Wan, from Leicester, will be awarded an honorary doctrate in fashion by Birmingham City University today.

He will attend a ceremony at the Symphony Hall to receive the award alongside graduates from the School of Fashion.

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Woman in Leicester Pride two weeks after attack

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Kerry Byrnes in the Leicester's Pride parade through the city centre Credit: ITV News Central / Andy Bevan

A woman who was beaten unconscious because of her sexuality has joined police on Leicester's Pride parade through the city centre.

Kerry Byrnes is walking alongside members of Leicestershire Police's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) network, two weeks after she was attacked in her home town of Oakham.

Woman attacked because of sexuality to join police in Leicester's Pride parade

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The attack left Kerry Byrnes with a black eye and a fractured cheek bone Credit: ITV News central

A woman who was beaten unconscious because of her sexuality will join police on Leicester's Pride parade today.

Kerry Byrnes will walk alongside members of Leicestershire Police's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) network in the event's centrepiece parade through the city centre.

It takes places a fortnight after two men taunted the 23-year-old about her sexuality before punching her in the head until she lost consciousness in her home town of Oakham.

Kerry, who is recovering from injuries including a fractured cheekbone, took up an invitation to take part from Assistant Chief Constable, Phil Kay.

MORE: Woman 'scared to leave house' after homophobic attack

Leicester school reopened after £26m refurb

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The City of Leicester College was officially opened today Credit: ITV News Central

A revamped Leicester school has been officially opened after a £26 million building project.

The City of Leicester College has an outdoor amphitheatre and performance space, private study space, drama studios and top sports facilities. Students and staff moved into the new building at the end of last year. Every secondary and special school in Leicester will have some money spent on it as part of the city's Building Schools for the Future scheme.

Anne Gregory is the headteacher:

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