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Ceremony to honour Suez Canal conflict veterans

A number of veterans from Leicestershire who served in Egypt 60 years ago are taking part in a special ceremony to honour those involved in the Suez Canal conflict.

The Suez Canal in Egypt Credit: /Eye Ubiquitous/Press Association Images

The men are all members of the Suez Veterans' Association and now in their late 70s and 80s.

Around 50 will be attending a service to mark the 60th anniversary of the signing of the 1954 Anglo/Egyptian Treaty, which led to the withdrawal of British troops.

It is being held at the County Hall in Glenfield this morning.


Thousands expected for annual Diwali celebrations

The parade culminates with a spectacular fireworks display Credit: ITV News Central

Around 35,000 people are expected for Leicester's annual Diwali parade and fireworks display this evening.

The event is widely credited as being the largest of its kind outside of India.

The annual Diwali parade down Leicester's Belgrave Road Credit: ITV News Central

Police however have been warning people attending the Hindu festival to be aware of those intent on committing crime.

Asian gold is particularly attractive to pickpockets and muggers, as it has a higher carat level than other kinds of jewellery.


Film highlights dangers of smoking whilst pregnant

The film premiere will be held today in the New Parks Community Centre Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Leicester City Council and Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust have backed a new film that highlights the dangers of smoking while pregnant.

The film premiere will be held at 10am today in the New Parks Community Centre.

It's in conjunction with Stoptober - the month-long campaign aimed at getting people to quit smoking.

"Smoking during pregnancy reduces the growth and health of babies and increases the risks of a number of complications and illnesses for both the mother and baby."

– Deputy city mayor and chairman of Leicester City’s health and wellbeing board, Cllr Rory Palmer

Police search for woman after Leicester assault

The woman police would like to speak to about an assault in Leicester Credit: Leicestershire Police

Police have released an image of a woman they would like to speak to in connection with an assault.

On August 22, at around 3.45pm, the victim - a woman - was attacked in Humberstone Gate.

The female assailant kicked her victim, leaving her with head injuries and bruising to her legs and arms.

Seven Louis Vuitton Handbags snatched in burglary

Leicestershire Police are appealing for witnesses Credit: PA

Police are appealing for witnesses to a burglary from a Leicestershire home late last night.

Thieves gained access to the house in Flaxfield Close in Groby between 8.30pm and 12 midnight.

They took cash and seven designer handbags.

“I would appeal to anyone who has suspicions of someone recently having come into a large amount of money, or if someone has been offered a Luis Vuitton handbag for sale. Please come forward and speak to me.”

– DC Mat Wiggins
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