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Second quake shakes Rutland

The British Geological Survey has reported a second earthquake in Rutland in 24 hours.

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Leicester fire: trial of eight people accused of murdering Leicester family to begin

Bilal and Jamil died in the fire at their home in Leicester
Bilal and Jamil died in the fire at their home in Leicester Credit: Pukaar News

A jury is expected to be sworn in today for the trial of seven men and a youth accused of murdering a mother and her three children, who died when a fire engulfed their home in Leicester.

Kemo Porter, 19; Tristan Richards, 22; Nathaniel Mullings, 19; Shaun Carter, 24; Jackson Powell, 20; Aaron Webb, 20; Aaron Jeffers, 21; and a 17-year-old youth who cannot be named for legal reasons, are expected to go on trial at Nottingham Crown Court.

They are each charged with the murders of Shehnila Taufiq, 47, her daughter Zainab, 19, and teenage sons Bilal, 17, and Jamil, 15, who died in a blaze at their home in Wood Hill, Leicester, on September 13 last year.

All eight deny the charges and are remanded in custody.

The trial is expected to last up to eight weeks.

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Earthquake hits Rutland...again

Parts of the region were hit by another earthquake today, the second in as many days.

The British Geological Survey says it happened in the Rutland area, and has been felt in parts of Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire.

Today's earth tremor was more powerful, at 3.5 on the Richter scale and it took many people by surprise.

Click below to watch a video report by Lauren Hall:

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Grantham residents feel earthquake 25 miles away

A map from the British Geological Survey shows the point of impact. Credit: BGS Website

An earthquake that struck the Rutland area of the East Midlands has been felt as far away as Grantham, 25 miles away.

It was just 24 hours after a slightly smaller tremor shook houses in Rutland for around 10 seconds. The latest quake struck the Oakham area at around 7.50am today.

Scores of people in the Grantham area of Lincolnshire have taken to Facebook and Twitter to say they felt the quake, which measured 3.5 on the Richter scale.

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'It knocked a brew over' - Rutland locals tell of 3.5 quake

Rutland locals have been taking to Twitter all morning to say how the 3.5 earthquake affected them:

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@therutlandtimes that's a relief - I thought I was going mad when I felt it as I walked through Hambleton Wood this morning!

Nottinghamshire and England cricketer Stuart Broad also told of his mum's cup of tea being spilled:

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Mum just text saying an Earthquake knocked her brew off the table. Not normal news coming out of little Rutland!!

Read more: Bigger 3.5 earthquake hits the Rutland area

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Reports of second earthquake in Rutland in 24 hours

A British Geological Survey map of this morning's earthquake Credit: British Geological Survey

The British Geological Survey has reported a second earthquake in Rutland in 24 hours.

The earthquake is said to have been stronger than yesterday's, with a magnitude of 3.5, and a depth of 2km. It started at shortly before 8am this morning.

Read more: Earthquake hits Rutland

Thousands to fill Leicester for Good Friday celebration

Thousands of people are expected to fill Leicester city centre today for the annual telling of the Easter Story.

Thousands of people turn out for the event every year
Thousands of people turn out for the event every year Credit: ITV News Central

The traditional Christ in the Centre event has been closed down due to what organisers labelled "spiralling costs" - but it has been replaced with an event called Leicester@theCross.

The Christ in the Centre event has been replaced with a smaller event called Leicester@theCross
The Christ in the Centre event has been replaced with a smaller event called Leicester@theCross Credit: ITV News Central

Leicester@theCross is designed for people of all faiths, and will tell the story of Jesus' crucifixion through dance, singing and music.

The event begins at 11am.

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