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Three people injured in four-vehicle motorway pile-up

Three people have been injured in a four-vehicle crash on the M1 motorway in Leicestershire this morning.

The crash happened shortly after 8am on the southbound carriageway, near Leicester Forest East services.

The southbound carriageway is likely to stay closed for some time
The southbound carriageway is likely to stay closed for some time Credit: MotorwayCameras.co.uk

Police are warning motorists to avoid the area as the road is closed at junction 21A for Kirby Muxloe, and is likely to stay closed until midday at the earliest.

Diversions are in place.

Speaking from the scene, Det Cons Paul Bingham asked for any witnesses who have not yet spoken to police to call 101.

It is anticipated that junction 21A of the southbound carriageway will remain closed for some time.

Diversions are in place but we would ask anyone intending to travel in this direction to avoid the area and seek an alternative route.

We thank those motorists who are unfortunately caught up in the incident for their patience whilst emergency services deal with the collision.

– DC Paul Bingham, Leicestershire Police

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Global interest for new King Richard III Centre

The City Mayor of Leicester Sir Peter Soulsby has opened the new £4m Richard III visitor centre.

The exhibition called Dynasty, Death and Discovery examines Richard's life and the myths surrounding him, as well as the archaeological dig which uncovered his remains in a Leicester car park two years ago.

The centre has already attracted global interest with people from around the world booking tickets online. Among the first visitors this morning were a family from Holland holidaying in the UK.

Visitor numbers are expected to peak next spring when Richard's remains are reinterred at Leicester Cathedral.

See opening day pictures and video here.

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Medieval entertainment at Richard III centre opening

Knights in armour and medieval music entertained the crowd as Mayor of Leicester Sir Peter Soulsby cut the ribbon on the new King Richard III visitor centre.

Knights in armour and medieval music were among activities on offer
Knights in armour and medieval music were among activities on offer Credit: ITV News Central

A queue of people lined up outside to be the first ones through the door of the new attraction, near the cathedral.

A queue of people lined up outside ahead of the opening
A queue of people lined up outside ahead of the opening Credit: ITV News Central

Delays warning as big summer getaway begins

Drivers are being warned of a busy time on the roads as the summer getaway begins.

Heavy traffic is expected as thousands hit the roads for the summer getaway
Heavy traffic is expected as thousands hit the roads for the summer getaway Credit: PA

The roads are expected to be up to 25 per cent busier than normal on Saturdays throughout the summer, with the M6 between Coventry and Wolverhampton, the M1 through Leicestershire and the A52 through Derbyshire expected to be particularly congested.

Drivers are urged to leave early to allow for delays.

New £4m King Richard III Centre opens to the public

A falconry display, medieval music and knights in armour will herald the opening of the £4 million new King Richard III Visitor Centre in Leicester today.

Hundreds of people are expected to head to the opening of the new centre
Hundreds of people are expected to head to the opening of the new centre Credit: Leicester City Council

Hundreds of people are expected to descend on the centre for its first day.

Activities including free craft workshops, live music and a jester will be in the Leicester Cathedral Gardens nearby, while a story-telling tent will give children the opportunity to learn more about the era of the last Plantagenet King.

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