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Event in Leicester to display unity for people of Nepal

Faith leaders, members of Leicester's Nepalese community, and local politicians will come together in Leicester later to display their unity for the people of Nepal.

Image of the destruction from the earthquake in Nepal Credit: Guillaume Payen/Zuma Press/Press Association Images

The event will highlight the role that faith groups are playing in the relief effort and raise awareness of how people can support the Nepal Earthquake Appeal.

It has been organised by Leicester Council of Faiths, the Federation of Muslim Organisations and Islamic Relief.

Demolition underway at Leicester Royal Infirmary

Demolition has started at the Leicester Royal Infirmary in preparation for its £43 million revamp.

  • Watch the demolition below

Health bosses say they believe the new A&E department, which will include a multi storey car park, will boast some of the best facilities available.

It has been specially designed to meet the rising demands of an ageing population and the charity Age UK has been involved to help make sure the environment is well suited to older patients

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Leicester City's Jamie Vardy named in England squad

Jamie Vardy Credit: Jon Buckle/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy will be part of Roy Hodgson's 24-man England squad next month.

Leicester terrorism suspects released on police bail

A man and a woman have been released on police bail by the Metropolitan Police Credit: PA

Two people arrested in Leicester on suspicion of preparing for acts of terrorism have been freed on police bail.

The suspects, a man aged 34 and a 29-year-old woman, were detained by officers from the Metropolitan Police's Counter Terrorism Command at a residential address in the city.

Scotland Yard said the pair were arrested on suspicion of making preparations for acts of terrorism and making funding arrangements for the purpose of terrorism.

Both suspects were questioned in Leicester and have been bailed until late July pending further inquiries, the Met said in a statement.

Searches of the residential address have been completed.

Film about murder of goth Sophie Lancaster to be shown in Leicester

Sylvia Lancaster OBE set up the The Sophie Lancaster Foundation Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Archive/Press Association Images

A film depicting the murder of a girl who was kicked to death for being a goth is being screened in Leicester today.

Sophie Lancaster was killed eight years ago in a Lancashire park when she was 20 years old.

Her mother Sylvia hopes the film, called 'Black Roses', will stop intolerance towards people from alternative subcultures.

The event is being hosted by the Police and Crime Commissioner.

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Two held in Leicester 'terror preparation' arrests

A man and a woman were arrested today on suspicion of preparing for acts of terrorism, the Metropolitan Police Service's counter terrorism command (SO15) has said.

A man and a woman have been arrested the Metropolitan Police Service's counter terrorism command has said Credit: PA

A 34-year-old man and a woman, 29, were arrested this morning at a residential address in Leicester on suspicion of preparing for acts of terrorism under section five of the Terrorism Act 2006, and making funding arrangements for the purpose of terrorism under section 17 of the Terrorism Act 2000, police said.

Both arrests were made under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act (Pace). The man and woman were taken to a police station in Leicester, where they were being held in police custody.

Officers were carrying out searches at the residential address in Leicester, police added, and inquiries continue.

Tristram Hunt says he will not stand for Labour leadership

Tristram Hunt Credit: PA

Tristram Hunt - the MP for Stoke-on-Trent and Shadow Education Secretary - will not be running for the Labour leadership.

ITV Central's political correspondent Gareth Owen says the 40-year-old is instead expected to endorse Leicester West's Liz Kendall MP.

Fifth of young people in Leicester call parents daily

A fifth of young people in Leicester phone their parents every day after moving out of the family home. Credit: Lauren Hurley/PA Wire/Press Association Images

A fifth of young people in Leicester phone their parents every day after moving out of the family home.

The findings come from a study commissioned by Action for Children, who say many 16 to 24-year-olds in the city feel unprepared to deal with life on their own.

Thirty-eight per cent of young people interviewed said they struggled to manage bills and support themselves financially. The same percentage of 18 to 24-year-olds said they worry about being lonely. A quarter of those interviewed said they struggled to deal with household problems and repairs.

"For many young people, moving out of the family home can be an exciting and intrepid first step to independence, with the added advantages of parents who can provide emotional, practical and financial support."

– Laurie Long, operational director of Action for Children in the East Midlands
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