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4,500 litres of red diesel leaked into river by vandals

The impact on wildlife was considerable Credit: Environment Agency

An act of vandalism to a Red Diesel storage tank led to an emergency response from the Environment Agency after 4.500 litres of Red Diesel leaked and threatened the River Sence.

The potential environmental impact was considerable and thanks to the early warning from Leicestershire Police, the Environment Agency was able to contain the spill and start to soak up the oil.

The diesel had a huge impact on the river Credit: Environment Agency

The damaged fuel tank which contained 5,000 litres of Red Diesel was on a farm in Kibworth Harcourt.

We are currently cautiously optimistic that we have stopped the Red Diesel spreading into the River Sense, and are fighting to soak up as much oil as we can.

We attempted to save a Kingfisher that we found covered in oil, but unfortunately it didn’t last through the night.

It is early days and once the clean-up has finished, the overall impact of the damage will be assessed, but it is likely that major excavation work to the damaged land will be required.

– Paul Reeves, an Environment Officer

If anyone has information that could help the police investigation they should contact 101.


Workmen find object suspected to be a bomb in Leicester

Police have evacuated the area. Credit: Google Maps

Police have evacuated an area around Barkby Road, Leicester after receiving a report at 9.17am today (Monday 27 July) from workmen that they have unearthed a suspicious object.

In the interests of public safety, and as a precautionary measure, police have evacuated some businesses in the nearby area and a cordon and diversions for traffic are currently in place.

The Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) unit have been called to the scene.

The scene in Leicester. Credit: ITV News Central
The scene in Leicester Credit: ITV News Central
The scene in Leicester Credit: ITV News Central

Leicester community library opens today

Leicestershire’s first community partnership library will open its doors today.

Leicester library has been taken over by the community. Credit: Hannah McKay/PA Showbiz/Press Association Images

For our community to take it over is a magnificent opportunity to make the library Barrow’s hub.

“We owe it to everyone to maintain a service that can be life changing. We hope our volunteers will give as good a service as we have always enjoyed from our librarians - we hope users will hardly notice any difference.

“One thing we do want to introduce early on is space for meetings, activities or events and we hope village organisations will want to set up exhibitions and displays in the library.”

– Retired teacher Judith Rodgers, chair of the Barrow-upon-Soar Community Association (BUSCA)

I’m delighted that Judith and the Barrow residents are now running their village library and have lots of ideas to make it even more popular and well-used.

“The council has been carrying out further work with other communities which need more help with their plans. I hope that groups can come forward to run all 36 libraries.”

– Richard Blunt, the county council’s cabinet member for libraries

The council has invited 36 communities to manage their libraries, as part of the library service’s £800,000 savings.

Detectives investigate stabbing in Leicester

Detectives are investigating the stabbing Credit: David Cheskin/PA Archive/PA Images

Detectives are investigating after a man was stabbed in Leicester on 26 July, near Charles Street.

After the incident, he managed to walk into a city centre hotel.

The man, 46, has been taken to hospital.

As a result of the incident, an area within the hotel and just outside has been closed off to allow for forensic examination.

Enquiries are at the very early stages, however, if anyone has information about the assault, they should contact the police on 101.


Police investigate stabbing in Leicester

Credit: ITV News Central

Police are investigating after a man was stabbed in Leicester and then walked into a city centre hotel.

Officers were called to Charles Street just after 7:00 this morning after the injured man walked into a hotel - believed to be the Ramada Encore.

The 46-year-old has been taken to hospital. Police have not given any information about his condition.

The area around the hotel has been cordoned off as well as part of nearby Halford Street while police carry out forensic examinations.

Anyone with information should contact police on 101.

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