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Trial begins over death of Leicester football coach

Antoin Akpom was the father of a one-year-old son and coached a youth football team in Leicester. He died on the 12th September last year. The prosecution at Stafford Crown Court alleges he was killed by 19-year-olds Abdul Hakim and Hussain Husain.

The prosecution said in court today that there was 'some sort of bad blood' between Antoin Akpom and Abdul Hakim which had been going on for a year.

The jury heard how Mr Akpom and a friend had been holding a dance and fitness class at a school in Highfields before he was stabbed.

Richard Latham QC told the court that, after leaving the class, an eyewitness saw Mr Akpom get in to an altercation with the two defendants where all three men threw punches at each other.

It is claimed the witness saw Hussain Husain 'go to the back' of Antoin Akpom as he was facing Abdul Hakim. Moments later, it is alleged, the witness saw 'a red substance' on the back of Mr Akpom's shirt, which appeared to be growing in size.

The prosecution says this is when Antoin Akpom was stabbed. The trial continues.


Policeman's widow horrified at killer's second appeal

The widow of a former Leicestershire policeman says she is horrified that her husband's killer is appealing against his conviction for a second time.

Ameen Jogee was sentenced to 20 years in prison in 2012 for encouraging an accomplice to stab 47-year-old Paul Fyfe. That sentence has since been reduced to 18 years.

Tracey Fyfe has already sat through one retrial, and she told our reporter Jane Hesketh, she can't face the thought of another one.

Policeman's widow can't face appeal process again

Tracey Fyfe says listening to the evidence at the trial into her husband's murder, then again at appeal, was horrendous, and she doesn't want to relive it all again..

Forty-seven year old Paul Fyfe from Old Dalby near Melton Mowbray was stabbed in the chest at a house in Rowletts Hill in Leicester in June 2011.

Ameen Hassan Jogee, was given 20 years in prison and had a previous appeal dismissed, but has now applied to appeal for a second time.

Mrs Fyfe has launched an online petition to stop convicted murderers from appealing their sentences more than once.

Laptop donated to 10-year-old stolen

Lydia is "terribly upset" by the theft of her laptop Credit: Leicestershire Police

Leicestershire police are appealing for information to trace a laptop stolen from a young girl. She had been donated it by a local charity.

The burglary happened between 7.50pm on Friday February 14 and 3.10am on Sunday February 23, 2014 at a property in Bradgate Road, Leicester.

One of the stolen items was a pink Toshiba laptop given to 10 year-old Lydia by the charity Wishes 4 Kids. She borrowed it whilst seriously ill at Glenfield Hospital in Leicester and was "very thankful" to the charity when they donated it for her to keep.

Other items stolen from the house included mobile phones, another laptop, jewellery and a fire service helmet.

A purple and black swimming bag also stolen was later found abandoned in Belgrave Avenue, Leicester.

Lydia's pink laptop Credit: Leicestershire Police


Three men arrested after incident in Leicester

Three men were arrested and taken to hospital after police responded to an incident in Leicester Credit: PA

Police in Leicester have arrested three men after responding to reports of a disturbance in Rowan Street, near Fosse Road North, on Saturday.

The three men, aged 24, 28 and 38, were arrested and taken to hospital after the 'incident' took place at around 10:45pm last night.

Two of the men are believed to have been admitted to hospital after suffering stab wounds, whilst another suffered a fractured rib.

One man remains in hospital, whilst the other two were discharged after receiving treatment and remain in police custody.

Police are continuing their investigation.

Police appeal for witnesses after two nightclub attacks

Leicestershire police are appealing for witnesses after two attacks took place in a Leicester nightclub in the early hours of this morning.

After a 33-year-old man was attacked at around 4am and a 21-year-old man was arrested, police have revealed another assault took place an hour earlier.

A 23-year-old man has been arrested after two people were assaulted with a glass bottle at around 3am at the same venue.

Both men remain in Police custody, but the incidents are not being linked.

Detective Sergeant Mark Stinson said:

We would appeal to anyone who may have witnessed either incidents to contact us, at this stage there is no evidence to suggest that both incidents are linked however if anyone has any information that may assist with our enquiries they are urged to contact us.

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