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Find Madeleine twitter account to close due to 'abuse'

Madeleine McCann went missing in Portugal in 2007 aged three Credit: PA

The Find Madeleine twitter account is to close "within the next few days" because of "continuous abuse and negativity" towards the campaign.

Madeleine McCann, from Rothley in Leicestershire, was three when she disappeared on a family holiday on the Algarve in Portugal eight years ago.

Leicestershire release Redfern and Agathangelou

Dan Redfern (left) and Andrea Agathangelou (right) have been released by Leicestershire Credit: PA

Leicestershire have released batsmen Dan Redfern and Andrea Agathangelou.

Redfern had been with the Foxes for two seasons having signed from Derbyshire, while Agathangelou arrived from Lancashire at the start of the 2015 campaign.

Leicestershire and Rutland cricket chief executive Wasim Khan said: "We'd like to thank Dan and Andrea for their contributions to Leicestershire County Cricket Club and we wish them all the very best for the future."


Play hoping to raise awareness of Child Sexual Exploitation

'Chelsea's Choice' - a play encouraging young people to speak out about child sexual exploitation (CSE) is touring over 50 schools this autumn.

More than 10,000 pupils across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland will watch the play over the next eight weeks which shines a light on the signs of CSE and where to go for help.

A new joint team - made up of police and council staff - has also launched to help and protect children at risk of CSE and victims.

The play seeks to raise awareness about spotting signs of child sexual exploitation Credit: Arne Dedert/DPA/Press Association Images

The rise in CSE reports locally and across the UK shows that awareness is increasing. But, research continues to show that many victims don't realise that they're being exploited so it's important to keep talking to people about CSE.

This is a gritty play dealing with a difficult topic and it has proved an extremely effective way of engaging with young people.

– Paul Burnett, independent chair, Leicestershire and Rutland Local Safeguarding Children Board

To report concerns and seek help more details are available at Leicestershire and Rutland Safeguarding Boards.


Public consultation on Leicestershire fire station closure starts

Two fire stations are earmarked for closure Credit: ITV News Central

A public consultation into plans to close two fire stations in Leicestershire and replace some fire engines with smaller vehicles begins today.

People have until December to comment on the proposals to close Central and Kibworth stations to save money over the next five years.

Richard Chandler, Chief Fire Officer at Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service, says they're open to ideas from the public about how to save money.

Trial resumes of two brothers accused of murdering 34-year-old

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The trial of two brothers accused of murdering Sameena Imam, 34, on Christmas Eve last year has continued after a four day break at Birmingham Crown Court.

David Cooper took the stand for the first time and was asked by his defence council, Nadine Radford QC, to describe his relationship with his brother. He replied: "In a word, forced... I ran away from home at 17 and didn't speak to anyone."

He was then asked if he knew about his brother's secret relationship with Sameena Imam. He replied: "I didn't know her name... We never spoke about our sexual relationships."

David and Roger Cooper, 39 and 41, deny the murder of Sameena Imam on Christmas Eve 2014.

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Sameena was from Cardiff and her body was found in an allotment in Leicestershire.

The case continues.

Weekend Pick: GT & Formula Car Races at Donington Park

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MotorSport Vision Racing visits Donington Park for the second time this year with a selection of single seater and tin top series.

Single seaters are represented by Monoposto Championship, with machines ranging from Formula Fords and Formula Jedis to Formula 3.

The tin top action comes from the Production BMW Championship with Toyo Tires Racing Saloons, and machines from the Volkswagen-Audi Group. More details: MotorSport Vision Racing

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