Live updates

Leicester Mela takes place in city centre

Thousands attended the Mela in 2012
Thousands attended the Mela in 2012 Credit: ITV News Central

The Mela in Leicester is taking place today in the city centre, as part of this year's city festival.

It is a celebration of Indian culture, and features music, dance, fashion, food, entertainment and art.

'Safari-style' large street sculptures will be used at the event, including a penguin, rhino, gorilla, panda and a giant elephant.

Artists have been decorating the sculptures this week
Artists have been decorating the sculptures this week Credit: Leicester City Council
National

Kingsley on Attenborough: 'I will miss him dearly'

Richard Attenborough, the director of Gandhi, Ben Kingsley and John Mills ahead of the premiere for Gandhi in 1982.
Richard Attenborough, the director of Gandhi, Ben Kingsley and John Mills ahead of the premiere for Gandhi in 1982. Credit: PA

Sir Ben Kingsley, star of Richard Attenborough's Oscar-winning epic Gandhi, has revealed his sadness at the death of the filmmaker.

"He placed in me an absolute trust and in turn I placed an absolute trust in him and grew to love him," said Sir Ben.

"I along with millions of others whom he touched through his life and work will miss him dearly."

Advertisement

National

Spielberg: Attenborough 'passionate about everything'

Spielberg and Attenborough at the premiere of Jurassic Park.
Spielberg and Attenborough at the premiere of Jurassic Park. Credit: PA Wire

Steven Spielberg says Richard Attenborough was "passionate about everything in life" after his fellow filmmaker died aged 90.

The Jurassic Park director, who chose Lord Attenborough to be "the perfect ringmaster to bring the dinosaurs back to life" in the films, said he is just one person in a long line of "Dickie's" fans.

Dickie Attenborough was passionate about everything in his life - family, friends, country and career.

He made a gift to the world with his emotional epic Gandhi and he was the perfect ringmaster to bring the dinosaurs back to life as John Hammond in Jurassic Park.

He was a dear friend and I am standing in an endless line of those who completely adored him.

– Steven Spielberg
National

'We need heroes': Academy tribute to Attenborough

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, which awarded Lord Richard Attenborough as Best Director for his epic film Gandhi, has paid tribute to the late star on Twitter.

Pzh8kdnn_normal

"I believe we need heroes...we need certain people who we can measure our own shortcomings by." - Richard Attenborough

National

Attenborough 'believed passionately in social justice'

Labour has released a full statement in tribute to peer Lord Richard Attenborough, who was a supporter of the party for most of his life.

Lord Attenborough made an enormous contribution to our country and to the film industry both as an actor and a director. His films will be loved for generations to come.

He believed passionately in social justice and the Labour Party and was a vocal campaigner against apartheid.

He will be sadly missed.

Our thoughts are with his family and friends.

– The Labour Party
National

Attenborough: From Pinkie Brown to Gandhi

British actor and film director Lord Richard Attenborough has died at the age of 90, according to the BBC.

Lord "Dickie" Attenborough championed the British film business through its triumphs and trials for more than 50 years as actor, Oscar-winning director and prolific movie-maker.

Richard Attenborough
Richard Attenborough as spiv gangster Pinkie Brown with Carol Marsh in a Brighton Rock. Credit: Topham/Topham Picturepoint/Press Association Images

His career highlights included directing 1982 film Gandhi and appearing in 1993 blockbuster Jurassic Park.

Richard Attenborough
Richard Attenborough with the Oscars he won for his film Gandhi. Credit: PA/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The 1982 biographical film won eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director.

Richard Attenborough
Richard Attenborough as John Hammond in Jurassic Park. Credit: United Archives/IFTN/DPA/Press Association Images

Advertisement

National

BFI 'deeply saddened' by Lord Attenborough's 'death'

The British Film Institute has said they are "saddened" by news of legendary British actor Lord Richard Attenborough, who was reported to have died aged 90.

Wfh088gwk95ryyhauphu_normal

We are deeply saddened to hear that the great Richard Attenborough has passed away. RIP http://t.co/i9vU8O8g0J http://t.co/FCjRWsfix0

Bv1t4m6iiaeowyf

Major recovery operation to bring back diver's body

Stock image of an RAF Sea King helicopter.
Stock image of an RAF Sea King Search & Rescue helicopter. Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire/Press Association Images

During the early hours of this morning, the body of a man believed to be from Leicestershire, was recovered from a disused quarry in Wales.

North Wales Police have released a statement regarding the recovery operation:

We along with the Mountain Rescue Teams, including Ogwen Valley Mountain Rescue Organisation and North East Wales Search and Rescue attended.

The expertise of the North Wales Cave Rescue Organisation was also used along with divers from the Cave Rescue Organisation who are based in North Yorkshire.

The latter were transported to the scene by a Sea King helicopter from 202 Squadron RAF Search and Rescue.

– Temporary Chief Inspector Siobhan Edwards - North Wales Police

Diver's body recovered from disused quarry

The body of a man was recovered from a disused quarry.
The body of a man was recovered from a disused quarry. Credit: PA

The body of a man believed to be from the Leicestershire area, was recovered from a disused quarry in the Llangollen area this morning.

The man, has not been formally identified, was diving yesterday with two others at Aber Las, a disused quarry in the Nantyr area of Llangollen.

It is believed he got into difficulties and the incident was reported to the police at 1.52pm, after fellow divers raised the alarm.

Load more updates

Advertisement

Today's top stories