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Stop and search powers authorised

Police officers were given stop and search powers Credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Police officers were authorised to use stop and search powers in an area of Leicester overnight up until 6am this morning.

The powers were approved for use in the areas of Coleman Road, Wakerley Road and part of the A6 and A47, until 6am this morning.

This enables officers to search for offensive weapons or dangerous instruments, to prevent incidents of serious violence.


Ex-Leicester star Gary Lineker angered over Pearson sacking

Former Leicester star Gary Lineker has reacted angrily to the sacking of manager Nigel Pearson.

He took to twitter to vent his frustrations. The club revealed in a statement earlier this evening that the decision was made due to "fundamental differences in perspective".

Leicester City statement on Nigel Pearson sacking

It's been revealed tonight that Nigel Pearson has been sacked from his position as Leicester City manager.

The club have released a statement on their website revealing the decision was made due to the "fundamental differences in perspective".

Nigel Pearson Credit: Leicester City FC

The Board of Directors recognises the success Nigel has helped to bring to Leicester City during his two spells in charge of the Club, particularly during the last three and a half years. However, it has become clear to the Club that fundamental differences in perspective exist between us. Regrettably, the Club believes that the working relationship between Nigel and the Board is no longer viable."

– Leicester City statement

..Leicester City’s owners, Vichai and Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha, and the Board of Directors would like to place on record their thanks to Nigel for the considerable contribution he has made during his time with the Club and wish him well in the future. Craig Shakespeare and Steve Walsh will take charge of first team duties while the Club begins its recruitment of a new manager.

– Leicester City statement


Two men jailed for 12 years after vicious assault

Daniel Polland and Callum Carruthers have been sentenced to 12 years in jail. Credit: Leicestershire Police

Two men from Leicester have been sentenced after playing a part in a vicious assault on the occupants of a flat, which left one victim with a brain injury.

24-year-old Callum Carruthers from Leicester and 23-year-old Daniel Pollard from Mowmacre Hill both pleaded guilty to two counts of Grievous Bodily Harm with intent at an earlier hearing.

This was a horrific attack on two people in their own home, it was an isolated incident and the victims were specifically targeted.

“The 68-year-old victim sustained a brain injury during the incident which has had a life changing effect on him, the second victim has learning difficulties so the investigation has in no way been easy for either of them."

– Detective Constables Beverley Toon

Both men have been sentenced to twelve years in prison for each count at Stafford Crown Court on Monday 29 June.

We are pleased with the guilty pleas and the sentences passed today reflect the seriousness of the crime."

– Family spokesperson, Ian Walker

Leicester hosts hate crime summit

At least ten graves were vandalised at High Wood Cemetery in Bulwell Credit: ITV Central News

A hate crime summit is being held in Leicester, with students from across the city's secondary schools receiving invitations.

The summit happens following an incident yesterday, where several Muslim graves were targeted in a suspected hate crime at a cemetery in Bulwell.

More than 80 young people will attend the event, which will be opened by Toby Campoin, a spoken word artist who is local to the area.

Dr Stevie-Jade Hardy from the University of Leicester will deliver a keynote speech, focusing on the Hate Crime Project.

Darren Goddard, hate crime officer at Leicester Police, and Janet Russell from the Leicester Safeguarding Children Board will also attend the event.

Two men arrested over 15-year-old murder are released

Two men arrested in connection with the murder of a man killed nearly 15-years-ago have been released.

Clifford Clarke was found dead at his home in Uppingham in Rutland in September 2000 Credit: Leicestershire Police

Clifford Clarke was found dead at his home in Uppingham in Rutland in September 2000. He had been stabbed several times in the chest and neck.

Officers made a renewed appeal for information last week after launching a review of the death in 2012.

A 30-year-old man has been released on bail, a 32-year-old man has been released with no further action.

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