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Callous thief steals Military Cross from Cathedral

A Military Cross medal has been stolen from Leicester Cathedral Credit: Leicestershire Police

Police are appealing for the public's help after a Military Cross medal was stolen from Leicester Cathedral.

The theft happened between July 1 and September 20 this year.

The medal was was displayed on a brass plaque on the south outer wall of the Cathedral. It was awarded to Lt Alfred Ernest Chambers, posthumously, for his actions in combat on the Western Front on October 29, 1918.

The medal was was displayed on a brass plaque on the south outer wall of the Cathedral Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Archive/Press Association Images

"How did I feel when I was told my late uncle's Military Cross, had been stolen, from Leicester Cathedral? I felt bereft and cried.

"What a sad world we now live in.

"My late uncle was a Lieutenant, 26th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers and died for our country at 22-years-old in October, 1918.

"Please, on behalf of myself and my family, help the police to catch these undesirable criminals. The medal of this brave soldier should be brought back to Leicester Cathedral, where it has been since 1983.”

– Stefanie Brown, Alfred’s great niece

“Clergy and staff at Leicester Cathedral were saddened to discover that over the last few months someone visiting the Cathedral decided to desecrate the plaque displayed in memory of soldiers killed in battle during the First World War.

"This particular plaque was on the wooden wall which separates the St Georges Chapel from the main Nave and is in full view of the Nave."

– A spokesperson for Leicester Cathedral

Woman charged with arson after house fire in Leicester

A woman has been charged after a house fire in the Belgrave area of Leicester.

A woman has been charged with arson after a house fire in Leicester Credit: ITV News Central

The 40-year-old was charged with arson with intent to endanger life and will appear at Leicester Magistrates Court today.

The charge follows a house fire in Catherine Street at around 5.30am yesterday.

Police appealed for the man who raised the alarm to come forward - he has subsequently been identified.

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Thousands gathered to celebrate Diwali in Leicester

Thousands gathered in Leicester last night to celebrate the 'festival of light' Diwali.

Diwali celebrations in Leicester last night Credit: ITV News Central

Celebrations took place on the city's Golden Mile - regarded as one of the biggest outside of India.

Road closures were in place during the festival which is widely observed by Sikhs and Hindus.

Consultation into children's heart services in Leicester

Campaigners who are fighting to save children's heart services at Leicester's Glenfield Hospital are urging people to take part in a consultation today.

Glenfield Hospital in Leicester Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The University of Leicester is holding an event where people can find out about how congenital heart surgery will be delivered, including in Leicester's Hospitals.

NHS England will come up with new guidelines following the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt's order to rethink the original review process, which saw the closure of Children's Heart Surgery unit at Glenfield hospital.

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.

Thousands celebrate Diwali in Leicester

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How to stay safe during this year's Diwali celebrations

Some top tips have been released on how to stay safe during this year's Diwali celebrations.

Tonight thousands will gather in Leicester to celebrate the 'festival of light', it comes following Sunday's celebrations at the Golden Mile.

The celebrations in Leicester are among the biggest outside of India Credit: ITV News Central
  • Do not wear your jewellery in public
  • If you do, ensure that it is not on show - for example, wear a scarf to cover a necklace
  • When you go out, secure your home. Make sure that windows and doors are locked
  • Leave a light on if you go out in the evening or overnight
  • When out and about, be aware of your surroundings. Remember to be alert to what is happening around you
  • If you feel unsafe change your direction and head to an area that is busy and well lit

Diwali Day celebrations in Leicester

The annual Diwali parade on Leicester's Belgrave Road Credit: ITV News Central

Celebrations will be held later for Diwali Day in Leicester. Festivities are taking place in Cossington Street Recreation Ground.

Diwali celebrations in Leicester attract around 35,000 people from across the country. They are among the biggest outside the Indian subcontinent.

A Diwali firework display Credit: ITV News Central

"Diwali really shows Leicester at its best, and are a real treat for anyone, especially those who have never experienced the spectacle for themselves."

– Cllr Piara Singh Clair, Assistant City Mayor and chair of the Diwali working party
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