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Hinckley councillor asks County Council to scrap Santa's sleigh parking ticket

A Hinckley councillor has asked Leicestershire County Council to scrap a parking ticket given to Santa's sleigh.

Chris Uttley was towing the sleigh when he got the ticket Credit: BPM Media

Volunteer Chris Uttley was towing the Hinckley Round Table sleigh when he stopped on zig-zag lines.

He said he only stopped for 30 seconds, but was given the £35 fine by a 'smug' traffic warden.

A Leicestershire County Council spokesperson had said they were reviewing the ticket.

But Michael Mullaney, who is the county councillor for Hinckley, has called for the ticket to be scrapped.


M25 crash: Man in care of mental health professionals

A man arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving following a crash on the M25 in which a man from Leicester died, has been transferred into the care of mental health professionals.

The pile-up involved four lorries Credit: ITV News

The crash, which killed a 39-year-old man from Leicester and injured four others, happened in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

The 25-year-old man was arrested at Princess Alexandra Hospital where he was being treated for injuries he had sustained during the collision.

He will be interviewed at a later date pending the advice of doctors.

FA charge Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson

Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson Credit: Nick Potts/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The Football Association has charged Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson following an apparent spat between him and a fan at his side's game against Liverpool at the King Power Stadium last week.

It is alleged the Foxes boss used abusive language towards a spectator.

Mr Pearson has until six o'clock on Tuesday evening to respond to the charge.


Leicestershire County Council to meet to discuss savings

Leicestershire County Council is meeting today to discuss how it can save around £120 million over the next five years.

Leicestershire County Council Credit: ITV News Central

Cuts to bus subsidies, household waste sites and community museums are the options being talked about.

The council also says it is proposing a 1.5% rise in Council Tax.

"This is our fifth year of austerity savings. By the end of this year, we'll have saved £103 million but we've still got a long way to go.

That will mean very tough decisions, unless we receive extra Government grant. We are the lowest funded county council - if we received the average level, we'd get an extra £37 million per year.

After four years of Council Tax freezes, we're proposing a 1.5% rise for each of the next four years. We've reached the point where we have to consider this and we'll be asking the public during our budget consultation."

– Council leader Nick Rushton

Once the budget proposals have been considered they will go out to public consultation.

Two men to be questioned over death in major crash on M25

Police are due to question two men on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving following a man's death on a motorway.

CCTV image of the crash scene on the M25 Credit:

The 39-year-old from Leicester was killed in a major crash on the M25.

The collision in the early hours of yesterday morning involved a car and four lorries.

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Six Madeleine witnesses still to be identified

The identities of six of the 11 potential witnesses being interviewed in Portugal over missing Madeleine McCann have yet to be made public.

Those we do know include Robert Murat, a Brit who was the first person to be declared a suspect but was never arrested or charged, his wife Michaela Walczuch and her ex-husband Luis Antonio.

Joaquim Marques was today interviewed for the third time while British police sat in.

While Mario Marreiros, who worked at the Ocean Club hotel where Madeleine's family were staying, claims he saw a man acting suspiciously.

ITV News reporter Rebecca Barry has this report:

Battle of Britain war hero remembered at ceremony

A Battle of Britain war hero was remembered at a ceremony today when the remains of the Spitfire he flew in were brought to his former school in Leicestershire.

Paul Baillon was killed in a dogfight over the English Channel in 1940.

Today his daughter Rosemary said her father would have been very proud and amazed that parts of his plane will now be kept at the school forever.

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