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Police concerned for welfare of missing teenage girl

Molly Dawes Credit: Leicestershire Police

Police are asking for the public's help in tracing missing teenager Molly Dawes.

The 16-year-old was last seen in Coalville at about 2:15pm on Thursday. Her family is increasingly concerned for her welfare.

Molly - who is from the Coalville area in North Leicestershire - is about 5ft 4ins tall, of slim build, and has long wavy brown hair.

She was last seen wearing a dark blue bomber jacket, light blue jeans and trainers.

Richard III discovery has sparked Leicester tourism boom

When the remains of King Richard were found buried in a car park, the city of Leicester became big news.

Since that day, it has worked hard to capitalise on the attention, with various tourist attractions and visitor centres, as well as this weeks series of events to mark the reburial. As a result, the city has seen a boom in tourism.

Rajiv Popat reports on the financial impact King Richard III has had on the region.

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A dawn vigil near to where King Richard lost his life

A dawn vigil at Fenn Lane Farm, near to where King Richard lost his life Credit: ITV News Central

A dawn vigil and a re-enactment marked the start of a special day for Leicestershire, as the region prepares for the re-burial of King Richard.

Staff from the Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre gathered at Fenn Lane farm, an area thought to be the closest point to where the King lost his life in battle.

It was in this area that the 'Bosworth Boar' was found, a solid silver, gilded badge worn by someone of high rank, such as a knight from the King's household.

This badge was found on the edge of the only dated medieval marsh, suggesting that this could be the site where Richard III lost his horse in that final melee, before losing his life on August 22nd 1485.

Thousands are expected to turn out today with the King's cortege travelling around key historical sites, before arriving at Leicester Cathedral.

The King's journey will include a private ceremony at 12:30pm at Fenn Lane Farm, where there will be the blessing of a casket of three different soils.

The coffin will also be dressed by staff from the Bosworth Battlefield Centre before it travels through the local villages on its way back into the City of Leicester.

Midlands servicemen who died in Afghanistan to be honoured at memorial service

Flight Lieutenant Rakesh Chauhan Credit: Ministry of Defence

The family of two Midlands servicemen who died in combat in Afghanistan are due to attend a memorial service at St Paul's Cathedral later to mark the end of military operations there.

Flight Lieutenant Rakesh Chauhan from Leicester was killed in a helicopter crash in April last year, alongside Lance Corporal Oliver Thomas from Hereford.

Lance Corporal Oliver Thomas Credit: Ministry of Defence

Council votes to expand Mountsorrel Quarry

The quarry in Mountsorrel has been used to extract granite since the 1850s Credit: ITV News Central

Campaigners have lost their fight against proposals to expand one of the largest granite quarries in Europe.

Leicestershire County Council has voted to approve plans to extend Mountsorrel Quarry.

Some residents had opposed the proposals on grounds of noise and increased dust pollution.

LaFarge Tarmac, which runs the Quarry, says that new stone is running low at the 150-year-old quarry. Currently, the site produces and distributes around four million tonnes of crushed granite each year, which is used in construction projects throughout the East Midlands, as well as nationally thanks to its rail freight link at nearby Barrow-upon-Soar.

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