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Belgian soldiers killed in WW1 remembered in Leicester

Today's memorial is one of a series across Leicester to mark the centenary of the First World War.
Today's memorial is one of a series across Leicester to mark the centenary of the First World War. Credit: PA

Belgian soldiers buried in a cemetery in Leicester during the First World War are being remembered at a special memorial event this morning.

Nine Belgian servicemen, including one unknown soldier, were buried at the Welford Road Cemetery after they died in the nearby 5th Northern General Hospital, which is now the University of Leicester's Fielding Johnson Building.

The service will take place at 11:00am and will include a minute's silence and wreath laying, giving each soldier his own poppy cross, which will also be witnessed by a member of the Belgian consulate.

Last Bosworth battle before Richard III's reburial

Archers during last year's reenactment
Archers during last year's reenactment Credit: ITV News Central

Today will be the last Battle of Bosworth reenactment before King Richard III will be reburied in Leicester.

This year marks the 529th anniversary of the famous battle which saw the death of Richard III and the birth of the all-powerful Tudor dynasty under a new king, Henry VII.

It was a mystery what happened to the king's remains after the battle, until in 2012 his bones were unearthed underneath a council car park in Leicester city centre attracting worldwide media attention.

His remains will now be reinterred at Leicester Cathedral in March 2015.

Richard Blunt, Leicestershire County Council's cabinet member for heritage, said:

"We've extended the battle arena this year as there has been a terrific demand from re-enactors to take part. It should be a spectacular sight as there's a lot more going on - but we've also frozen prices for another year."

– Richard Blunt, Leicestershire County Council

The reenactment will take place on today and tomorrow at the Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre and Country Park, Sutton Cheney.

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Soldier, 23, has home burgled while at rehab centre

A 23-year-old soldier from Leicestershire who lost both legs in a bombing in Afghanistan has had his home burgled while he was away at a military rehabilitation centre.

Chris Middleton's flat in Syston was ransacked as he was learning to walk on new prosthetic legs.

He says it is another setback he did not need.

Cricketers to learn life-saving skills in Loughborough

Photo of Joe Humphries.
The Joe Humphries Memorial Trust was set up in memory of the 14-year-old to raise awareness about SADS (sudden arrhythmic death syndrome) Credit: Family photo

England's under-19 cricket players will be at Loughborough University today learning some vital life-saving skills.

They will be taught how to put someone in the recovery position, CPR, what to do if someone has a cardiac arrest and how to use a defibrillator.

The skills will be delivered by the local charity Joe Humphries Memorial Trust.

Consultation in Leicestershire over meal-on-wheels charges

The consultation into plans to charge for meals-on-wheels ends on Monday
The consultation into plans to charge for meals-on-wheels ends on Monday Credit: ITV News Central

People in Leicestershire are being urged to take part in a consultation over plans to charge for meals-on-wheels.

The county council wants to remove subsidies for the service, helping it to save £300,000 a year.

The consultation ends on Monday.

Passengers warned of travel detour for East Midlands Airport

Passengers are being warned of travel delays getting to East Midlands Airport on Monday
Passengers are being warned of travel delays getting to East Midlands Airport on Monday Credit: ITV News Central

Drivers will have to make an eleven-mile detour to get to East Midlands Airport from Monday because of roadworks.

The junction of the M1 and A453 - which leads to the airport - will close between 8pm and 6am each night while a new carriageway is built.

It's expected to last for seven weeks. The Highways Agency says diversions will be in place but drivers should allow an extra thirty minutes for their journey.

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Review shows 'unacceptable' healthcare levels in Leicestershire

A review into levels of healthcare in Leicestershire has found 89 patients received 'unacceptable' care in hospital or the community in the days before they died.

The review looked into 381 cases dealt with by the NHS in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland, and found care was not good enough for 89 patients. The review said 30 of them were admitted to hospital when other types of care should have been given.

Most of the issues related to patients who were on the Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland emergency care pathway, finding that communication between different parts of the health system was poor.

Of the 292 patients that were found to have had acceptable levels of care, in 119 of those instances, there were lessons to be learned.

Doctors have written to the patients and relatives involved in the review, to apologise for the care they received.

We take this report very seriously. As doctors we want to do much more for our patients and it is essential that we have a high quality local joined up health care system.

On the evidence of this review, we have let some people down. For this, we want to apologise to the families of all 89 patients whom the review found to have received substandard care and assure them that we are going to work tirelessly with our colleagues to make substantial and lasting improvements to the local health system.

– Dr Kevin Harris, UHL Medical Director, and Professor Mayur Lakhani, GP Chair of West Leicestershire CCG

The review, which was carried out by Local Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), the Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust (LPT) and University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust (UHL), did find that end of life care had seen improvements.

85% of patients since April 2013, who had a care plan for the end of their life, died in their place of choice and their wishes were carried out, which is almost double the national average of 45%.

And to ensure this care to continue to improve, the local NHS community will be holding a series of listening events across Leicester and the surrounding counties.

12-year-old boy dies in car crash in Leicestershire

It happened on Bosworth Road in Wellsborough in Leicestershire.
It happened on Bosworth Road in Wellsborough in Leicestershire. Credit: ITV News Central

A 12-year-old boy has died after being involved in a car crash while he was riding his bike in Leicestershire.

He was rushed to hospital around midday yesterday following the accident involving a white Nissan Quashqai on Bosworth Road in Wellsborough.

He died later that afternoon.

Drivers cheat death as petrol station collapses on cars

The massive BP roof in Coalville caved in on Sunday
The massive BP roof in Coalville caved in on Sunday Credit: Caters news agency

Shocking images have been released of the moment drivers in Leicestershire cheated death after their cars were crushed as a petrol station canopy collapsed.

The massive BP roof in Coalville caved in on Sunday afternoon following this weekends extreme weather.

Shattered glass was left all over the forecourt after it crashed down onto two cars which were left crumpled.

No-one was in either car when the accident happened.

Shattered glass was left all over the forecourt
Shattered glass was left all over the forecourt Credit: Caters news agency
No-one was in either car when the accident happened.
No-one was in either car when the accident happened. Credit: Caters news agency

Shocking video: Shopkeeper wrestles robbers armed with knives

Dramatic CCTV footage has been released of the moment a shopkeeper wrestled armed robbers who were targeting his store in Hinckley.

It happened in February but the footage has only been released after his attackers were jailed over the brutal attack, which was caught on camera in his shop.

37-year-old Raj Rathod initially confronted one of the robbers who ran behind the counter and pulled out a knife.

You can see what happened next here:

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