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Weekend Picks: Simon Says Festival

Simon Says Festival: Sat 23rd - Sun 24th July (De Montfort Hall & gardens, Leicester)

Simon Says 2015 Credit: Leicester City Council

More than sixty acts are set to perform at the two day festival 'Simon Says’, this weekend in Leicester.

Alongside music entertainment there’ll also be a range of bars and food stalls at the festival.

“With Simon Says... it is the full package that people love! The music is brilliant, but so is the food, the beer and the chance to just hang out with your friends at the same time.

For 2016 we will build on this great formula and try and make it the best Simon Says… yet.”

– Matt Kirk, Firebug, Official Partner

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Weekend Pick: Proms Spectacular

Proms Spectacular: Sat 16th July (Bradgate Park, Leicestershire)

The event will start at 8pm and finish in a light show and wildlife friendly pyrotechnics. Credit: Bradgate Park

Bradgate Park is celebrating another milestone in its history with its first ever Proms event taking place this Saturday.

The Ruins of Bradgate Park House, in the centre of Bradgate Park will be welcoming the nationally acclaimed local Bardi Wind Orchestra for a night of popular pomp and ceremony.

The evening of popular and traditional music will keep the whole family entertained, claims organisers.

Bradgate House is steeped in history, being the first unfortified great house built in England and the childhood home of the Nine Day Queen, Lady Jane Grey.

Its ruins are a wonderfully evocative setting in which to enjoy an evening of music".

– Peter Tyldesley

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What the youngsters can and can't do

Countesthorpe village Credit: Google Street View

A ban on young people gathering in a village in Leicestershire comes into force today after 95 per cent of villagers supported the move.

It is in response to an increase in incidents of anti-social behaviour in Countesthorpe.

The restricted areas will prevent young people aged 10-17 from:

  • Gathering in groups of more than four people (Restrictions will not apply where crowds are unavoidable, including school journeys or at a bus stop)
  • Behaving in a way that is likely to cause harassment, alarm and distress
  • Being in the possession of, or consuming alcohol
  • Using, possessing or supplying any intoxicating substances including psychoactive substances

Doctor seeks to appeal against conviction over death of six-year-old

Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba (L) and Jack Adcock (R) Credit: ITV News Central

A doctor found guilty of gross negligence after the death of a six-year-old boy is seeking to appeal against her conviction.

Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba, 38, was given a suspended sentence at Nottingham Crown Court last December after being found guilty of the manslaughter of Jack Adcock.

A month-long trial heard that Jack, from Glen Parva, Leicestershire, died in 2011 after going into septic shock while being treated at Leicester Royal Infirmary.

A spokesman for the Crown Prosecution Service said: "Dr Bawa-Garba has sought leave to appeal the conviction.

"A judge will need to decide whether or not to grant permission and if that happens, it will go to the Court of Appeal."

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