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Two men to be sentenced for murder of mother-of-two

Two men convicted of murdering a mother-of-two from Coventry will be sentenced today.

Hayley Pointon Credit: ITV News

Hayley Pointon was shot dead on the doorstep of her boyfriend's house in Hinckley in 2013.

Aaron Newman and Aaron Power were convicted of her murder on Friday. They denied killing her.

Aaron Newman and Aaron Power Credit: Leicestershire Police

Another man, Dylan Whitty, who was found guilty of assisting an offender, will be sentenced in September.

Read: Hayley Pointon murder - Timeline of how it happened


Jury out in Hayley Pointon murder trial

The jury in the trial of murdered Hayley Pointon has retired to consider its verdict.

Hayley - a mum-of-two from Coventry - was shot while she was visiting her boyfriend Nigel Barwell at a house in Sunnydale Drive, Hinckley.

Two men deny murder and four others deny charges of assisting an offender.

Disruptions expected in Leicestershire this weekend due to Caribbean Carnival

Police are reminding motorists and shoppers that there will be disruption on the roads around the city centre this Saturday (August 1 2015) during the Caribbean Carnival.

The Caribbean Carnival in Leicestershire. Credit: Leicestershire Police

Approximately 80,000 people are expected to join the celebrations along the parade route.

There will be three music stages plus a variety of art, craft and food stalls from the Caribbean, Africa, Asia, children's village and funfair.

The official opening ceremony begins at 12.30pm followed by the street carnival. The procession will set off from Victoria Park, travel down London Road and Charles Street before returning to the park via Gallowtree Gate, Granby Street and London Road arriving back at the park at about 4.30pm. The carnival ends at 8pm.

Original home of Ladybird books to be honoured

This year marks 100 years of the publication of the books Credit: ITV News

The original home of Ladybird books in Loughborough is being honoured with a Green Plaque today.

The public voted for the site in Angel Yard off Market Street to be recognised as part of the Leicestershire County Council awards scheme.

This year marks the centenary of the publication of the famous children's books.


4,500 litres of red diesel leaked into river by vandals

The impact on wildlife was considerable Credit: Environment Agency

An act of vandalism to a Red Diesel storage tank led to an emergency response from the Environment Agency after 4.500 litres of Red Diesel leaked and threatened the River Sence.

The potential environmental impact was considerable and thanks to the early warning from Leicestershire Police, the Environment Agency was able to contain the spill and start to soak up the oil.

The diesel had a huge impact on the river Credit: Environment Agency

The damaged fuel tank which contained 5,000 litres of Red Diesel was on a farm in Kibworth Harcourt.

We are currently cautiously optimistic that we have stopped the Red Diesel spreading into the River Sense, and are fighting to soak up as much oil as we can.

We attempted to save a Kingfisher that we found covered in oil, but unfortunately it didn’t last through the night.

It is early days and once the clean-up has finished, the overall impact of the damage will be assessed, but it is likely that major excavation work to the damaged land will be required.

– Paul Reeves, an Environment Officer

If anyone has information that could help the police investigation they should contact 101.

Workmen find object suspected to be a bomb in Leicester

Police have evacuated the area. Credit: Google Maps

Police have evacuated an area around Barkby Road, Leicester after receiving a report at 9.17am today (Monday 27 July) from workmen that they have unearthed a suspicious object.

In the interests of public safety, and as a precautionary measure, police have evacuated some businesses in the nearby area and a cordon and diversions for traffic are currently in place.

The Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) unit have been called to the scene.

The scene in Leicester. Credit: ITV News Central
The scene in Leicester Credit: ITV News Central
The scene in Leicester Credit: ITV News Central

Leicester community library opens today

Leicestershire’s first community partnership library will open its doors today.

Leicester library has been taken over by the community. Credit: Hannah McKay/PA Showbiz/Press Association Images

For our community to take it over is a magnificent opportunity to make the library Barrow’s hub.

“We owe it to everyone to maintain a service that can be life changing. We hope our volunteers will give as good a service as we have always enjoyed from our librarians - we hope users will hardly notice any difference.

“One thing we do want to introduce early on is space for meetings, activities or events and we hope village organisations will want to set up exhibitions and displays in the library.”

– Retired teacher Judith Rodgers, chair of the Barrow-upon-Soar Community Association (BUSCA)

I’m delighted that Judith and the Barrow residents are now running their village library and have lots of ideas to make it even more popular and well-used.

“The council has been carrying out further work with other communities which need more help with their plans. I hope that groups can come forward to run all 36 libraries.”

– Richard Blunt, the county council’s cabinet member for libraries

The council has invited 36 communities to manage their libraries, as part of the library service’s £800,000 savings.

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