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Two men jailed for violent robbery and wounding

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Two men have been jailed for their part in the robbery and wounding of a man. The 49-year-old victim was attacked and had his bank card taken from him in the incident on May 24. Shaun Astill, 40, (pictured left) attacked the victim with a knife while the Alexander Dawson, 23, on the right, took the victims’ bank card to gain access to his account.

Astill, of Bonney Road, Leicester, pleaded guilty to wounding with intent to cause GBH and received a five year, four month jail sentence. Dawson, also from Leicester, pleaded guilty to robbery and was sentenced to three years and seven months. Detective Constable Vicki Hudson, the officer in the case, said:

“This was a horrific attack and one which has left the victim with life-long injuries, which he is still struggling to come to terms with.Both the offenders are well known to the police and I hope that their prison sentences show that the community will not put up with their criminal activities, risking the lives of others.”

– Detective Constable Vicki Hudson.

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Project to save local wildflowers from extinction

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A new project at the University of Leicester hopes to save rare and threatened local wildflowers from across Leicestershire and Rutland from extinction. The university has built a deep freeze container, named 'Genebank55,' to store and protect rare wildflower seeds in case of a requirement for repopulation.

Changes in agricultural methods and how the land has been used have endangered some species of wildflower. Some of the species have a scant few individual populations remaining. The University are hoping that Genebank55 will be up and running by 2017.

Weekend Picks: Winter Food & Drink Festival

Sun 20th Nov, (Leicester Market)

Cooking demonstrations will be on show throughout the day, including a special appearance from Jean-Christophe Novelli. Credit: Leicester City Council

Leicester’s Winter Food & Drink Festival returns this weekend with more than 150 food and drink stalls stalls selling handmade chocolates, homemade fudge, cheese, bread, jams, pork pies and homemade cakes. The festival brings an array of traditional and world cuisines, from hog roast and organic burgers to crepes, paella, Thai and Indian specialities.

Cooking demonstrations will be on show throughout the day, including a special appearance from Jean-Christophe Novelli. Now in it’s eighth year, organisers say this year’s festival promises to be bigger and better expecting to attract over 20,000 visitors. For times, prices and more information: www.visitleicester.info/christmas

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Leicestershire police knife amnesty a success

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Leicestershire Police's knife amnesty campaign to retrieve lethal weapons from the streets has been hailed a success. The force took to spreading the word online using the hashtag #LivesNotKnives, urging people to hand in any potentially dangerous objects. Over 100 weapons have already been handed in ranging from kitchen knives to katanas.

Chief Superintendant Andy Lee of the Leicestershire Police, the driving force behind the campaign, has urged anybody with a dangerous weapon to hand them in and “be free from fear.” Earlier this year a knife amnesty campaign in Derby yielded over 400 potential weapons.

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