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Education Secretary opens learning centre at Caterpillar in Desford

The Education Secretary and Loughborough MP Nicky Morgan has been at the Leicestershire headquarters of digger manufacturer Caterpillar.

Nicky Morgan MP arrives at the centre Credit: ITV News Central

She's been there to open a new Learning and Inspiration Centre designed to get more schoolchildren interested in science and engineering.

The centre provides hands-on activities for youngsters such as assembling digger parts and designing components.

Caterpillar based in Desford has struck up an educational partnership with Birmingham Metropolitan College. Together they set up an Apprentice Academy in 2011 which has seen 550 young people go through its doors.

Vigils for Peshawar attack victims held in region

Candles will be lit at Leicester Town Hall this afternoon in memory of those who lost their lives in the attack on an army run school in the Pakistani city of Peshawar.

One of the classrooms after the attack on the school where 132 children were killed Credit: Rageh Omaar/ITV News

Other vigils will also take place across the region today, including at the cathedral in Birmingham.

A book of condolence will also be opened by Nottingham City Council at their council house.

141 people, mainly children, lost their lives in the attack.

More: Family of Peshawar victims mourns attack

Exclusion zone after Hinckley sub-station 'explosion'

People say they heard a loud bang at around 3:15pm this afternoon Credit: ITV News Central

Firefighters have been called to a fire at an electricity sub-station in Hinckley.

It's reported people living nearby heard a loud bang before a plume of smoke rose into the air this afternoon at Middlefield Lane.

There is currently a 200 metre cordon in place while firefighters wait for the electricity board to isolate electrics.

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Princess Royal visits leather satchel maker in Leicester

The Princess Royal visited the business to promote the UKFT's “Let’s Make It Here” campaign. Credit: CICI PR

Her Royal Highness the Princess Royal visited a bag manufacturer in Leicester today in her role as the President of the UK Fashion and Textile Association (UKFT).

Princess Ann took time out on her tour to speak to factory staff Credit: CICI PR

Princess Anne was given a tour of the Zatchels factory in Charter Street in Leicester.

The firm was established in 2011 and now employs 65 people, making leather bags which are sold in the United States, the Far East and Europe.

HRH The Princess Royal meeting Dean Clarke, co-owner and founder of Zatchels Credit: CICI PR

Witness appeal after cyclist killed in crash with van

Police are appealing for witnesses after a cyclist was killed after it was hit by a van in Leicestershire yesterday.

It happened It happened at around 4.35pm on the A447 Melbourne Road, between Ravenstone and Ibstock.

It involved a white Transit van and a blue bicycle, and both were travelling in the same direction - towards Ibstock.

The cyclist was a local man, and was pronounced dead at the scene.

If you think you saw either the blue cycle or the van travelling along the A447 before the collision or you witnessed any part of the incident please contact us.

– Detective Constable Paul Bingham, Leicestershire Police
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