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Pitches at former Hinckley Utd ground secured

A campaign was launched to secure the pitches for community use Credit: ITV News Central

Training pitches at the former Hinckley United football ground have been secured for the local community, following a campaign by people in the town.

A bid by a consortium made up of businesses and schools has been accepted by auctioneers.

The bid was backed by the borough council.

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Plans to support breastfeeding mothers announced

Plans to create more specialist roles to support breastfeeding mothers in Leicestershire have been announced.

Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust says it's working on doing more for breastfeeding mothers Credit: ITV News Central

More than 1,000 people had signed a petition fearing potential cuts to breastfeeding services.

Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust says it's working towards increasing local support, following a consultation into parents needs.

Nancy Cole reports:

Historic Leicester cottages saved from demolition

A group of historic buildings in Leicester have been saved from demolition Credit: Google Maps

A group of historic buildings in Leicester have been saved from demolition.

The City Council stepped in to protect several 19th-Century properties in Garden Street. They are thought to be one of Leicester's last remaining 'one-up, one-down' cottages.

The properties escaped demolition during the city's programme of slum clearance in the 1930s, but the current owner of the land recently applied to the council for permission to demolish the buildings.

But the city council has applied what is known as an 'article 4' direction, which will allow more time for councillors to consider the houses' historical significance. The owners will now need to apply for full planning permission if they want to demolish the buildings, which would then be considered through the council's planning process.

Sir Peter Soulsby, Mayor of Leicester Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Archive/Press Association Images

"Although these buildings are in a poor state of repair, they are an important part of our city's social history.

"They're a rare example of 19 century working-class houses within the city, and they provide an important link with our past.

"I'm pleased that people will now get the chance to air their views about what they would like to see happen next."

– City mayor Sir Peter Soulsby

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Snibston Museum will close to cut council costs

Snibston Discovery Museum Credit: ITV News Central

Leicestershire County Council has confirmed that the Snibston Discovery Museum will be closed to cut costs.

The news will come as a blow to campaigners who have been protesting outside County Hall.

The council needs to make more than £80 million of savings over the next four years. Councillors had been locked in talks for several hours today over the proposals, which would include hundreds of job losses.

Nick Rushton said: “We cannot afford to keep running Snibston Discovery Museum in its current form, at a time when we have to save £120 million by 2019.

“Over the last year, we’ve given the Friends of Snibston ample time and information to progress their alternative proposals but, despite three attempts, their proposals remain financially unviable. This judgement is supported by an independent assessor.”

The supporters group Friends of Snibston will be bitterly disappointed by the news Credit: Facebook / Friends of Snibston

“We cannot afford to keep running Snibston Discovery Museum in its current form, at a time when we have to save £120 million by 2019.

“Over the last year, we’ve given the Friends of Snibston ample time and information to progress their alternative proposals but, despite three attempts, their proposals remain financially unviable.

"This judgement is supported by an independent assessor.”

– Council Leader Nick Rushton

He refuted claims from Dr Terri Eynon in the local press, that the council is guilty of 'creative accounting' and claims by the chairman of the Friends, that Snibston made a profit. He claimed that Snibston made a loss of £331,000 last year.

Driver killed in two-lorry crash named by police

A driver who died after two lorries collided in Rutland has been named by police Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire/Press Association Images

A driver who died after two lorries collided in Rutland has been named by police.

Lee Eudale, 43, from Peterborough, was one of the lorry drivers involved in the incident in Little Casterton on Monday.

He was taken to hospital where he later died. The driver of the second lorry sustained minor injuries.

Police enquiries into the incident are continuing and officers are asking anyone who may have witnessed the collision or saw the lorries beforehand to call DC Kath Orr on 101.

Concerns grow for missing Leicester 20-year-old

Abdirahman Adam Credit: Leicestershire Police

Police are growing concerned about a 20-year-old man who has not been seen since the morning of January 27.

Abdirahman Adam of Kashmir Road in the Highfields area of Leicester was reported missing on Sunday February 1 by his family.

Abdirahman - a former student in Birmingham - has been away from home before but it's unusual for him to be away for more than one night.

He has been described as a black man, 5’5” tall, of slim build, with short black hair and brown eyes.

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