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Callous thief steals Military Cross from Cathedral

A Military Cross medal has been stolen from Leicester Cathedral Credit: Leicestershire Police

Police are appealing for the public's help after a Military Cross medal was stolen from Leicester Cathedral.

The theft happened between July 1 and September 20 this year.

The medal was was displayed on a brass plaque on the south outer wall of the Cathedral. It was awarded to Lt Alfred Ernest Chambers, posthumously, for his actions in combat on the Western Front on October 29, 1918.

The medal was was displayed on a brass plaque on the south outer wall of the Cathedral Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Archive/Press Association Images

"How did I feel when I was told my late uncle's Military Cross, had been stolen, from Leicester Cathedral? I felt bereft and cried.

"What a sad world we now live in.

"My late uncle was a Lieutenant, 26th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers and died for our country at 22-years-old in October, 1918.

"Please, on behalf of myself and my family, help the police to catch these undesirable criminals. The medal of this brave soldier should be brought back to Leicester Cathedral, where it has been since 1983.”

– Stefanie Brown, Alfred’s great niece

“Clergy and staff at Leicester Cathedral were saddened to discover that over the last few months someone visiting the Cathedral decided to desecrate the plaque displayed in memory of soldiers killed in battle during the First World War.

"This particular plaque was on the wooden wall which separates the St Georges Chapel from the main Nave and is in full view of the Nave."

– A spokesperson for Leicester Cathedral

Warning to residents as industrial unit goes up in flames

An industrial unit in Leicestershire has gone up in flames this morning.

Around 20 firefighters are currently at the scene in Dixon Road, Melton Mowbray, along with the hazardous area team.

Crews are on the scene damping down after the fire Credit: Leicestershire Fire and Rescue

The fire is now under control, but residents living near the vehicle refurbishment firm are being warned to keep their doors and windows closed due to the smoke as crews damn down the smouldering building.

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Sarah Millican backs Leicestershire mother's silliness campaign for charity

A mother from Leicestershire with terminal cancer has begun a campaign to raise money for charity by encouraging people to do something silly.

Lizzy Strong, 36 and from Market Harborough, started the initiative after she was diagnosed last January.

After two operations and seven months of chemotherapy, she was told the disease had spread and her condition was terminal.

But Lizzy says the news made her even more determined to enjoy life.

She teamed up with Sarah Millican to record a video showing the comedian throwing a plate full of cream into Lizzy's face, and then challenging a number of others to continue the "silliness" with videos of their own.

People are asked to do a silly thing and to make a donation to Leicester's Loros hospice.

My outlook on life is about not forgetting to be human and having a laugh.

And if I can raise some money for Loros while I'm doing it then that's fantastic - I just hope other people give it a go too.

– Lizzy Strong

Man charged with murder of woman in Leicestershire

A 36-year-old man has been charged with murder after the death of a woman in Leicestershire.

Police were called to Rockingham Close in the early hours of Saturday morning. Credit: ITV News Central

The 67-year-old was found stabbed at a house in Rockingham Close in Shepshed on Saturday.

A 33-year-old woman was also taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Man charged with murder after woman was stabbed to death in Leicestershire

A 36-year-old man from Stapleford in Nottinghamshire has been charged with murder and attempted murder after police forced entry into a property and found the body of a 67-year-old woman who had been stabbed.

Police were called to the property in Rockingham Close, following reports that a woman was being held against her will.

Another 33-year-old woman was taken to hospital with non life threatening injuries.

He will appear before Leicester Magistrates Court on Monday 13th October.

Forensic work is taking place after Shepshed stabbing

Forensic work is taking place at a house in Shepshed, Leicestershire after a 67-year-old woman was stabbed to death, in Rockingham close.

A 36-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the incident.

Forensic work is under way at a house in Shepshed, Leicestershire. Credit: ITV News Central
Police were called to Rockingham Close in the early hours of Saturday morning. Credit: ITV News Central
Officers forced entry into the house and found the body of a 67-year-old woman. Credit: ITV News Central

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Miracle twins celebrate birthday together for the first time

Twin brothers who were born prematurely at just 27 weeks, today celebrated their second birthday together for the first time at their home in Oadby, Leicestershire.

They had been apart for sixteen months after one of them was kept in hospital after nearly dying from a serious infection.

Man arrested after 67-year-old woman stabbed to death

Following reports in the early hours of this morning, that a woman was being held against her will, police arrived at an address in Rockingham Close, Shepshed to find a woman had been stabbed to death.

A 36-year-old man was arrested after officers discovered the body of the 67-year-old.

Another woman, aged 33, was taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Leicestershire Police are not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident. Part of the road has been cordoned off to allow a forensic examination.

Film highlights dangers of smoking whilst pregnant

The film premiere will be held today in the New Parks Community Centre Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Leicester City Council and Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust have backed a new film that highlights the dangers of smoking while pregnant.

The film premiere will be held at 10am today in the New Parks Community Centre.

It's in conjunction with Stoptober - the month-long campaign aimed at getting people to quit smoking.

"Smoking during pregnancy reduces the growth and health of babies and increases the risks of a number of complications and illnesses for both the mother and baby."

– Deputy city mayor and chairman of Leicester City’s health and wellbeing board, Cllr Rory Palmer

Police search for woman after Leicester assault

The woman police would like to speak to about an assault in Leicester Credit: Leicestershire Police

Police have released an image of a woman they would like to speak to in connection with an assault.

On August 22, at around 3.45pm, the victim - a woman - was attacked in Humberstone Gate.

The female assailant kicked her victim, leaving her with head injuries and bruising to her legs and arms.

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