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11 people to be questioned over Madeleine McCann

Madeleine McCann was snatched while on holiday in Praia da Luz in 2007.

Eleven people are to be questioned over the disappearance of Madeleine McCann in a fresh investigation by British police.

They include seven potential suspects and four who will be spoken to as witnesses.

British ex-pat Robert Murat, who was the first "person of interest" when three-year went missing in Portugal seven years ago, is one of those police want to re-interview.

His wife, Michaela Walczuck, and her former husband, Luis Antonio, are also understood to be on a list of people identified to give statements to the inquiry run by British police.


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Three tonnes of lead stolen from church roof

Villagers have been left angry after around three tonnes of lead was stolen from the roof of their local church.

Gravestones were also smashed and knocked to the ground.

It happened at St. Mary's Church in Cotesbach near Lutterworth in Leicestershire.

Volunteers are now working to make temporary repairs to the roof. They say permanent ones will cost thousands.

James Clark reports.

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Police investigation after lead burglary from church

Police are investigating after three tonnes of lead was stolen from the roof of a church in Leicestershire.

St. Mary's Church in Cotesbach Credit: ITV News Central

It happened at St. Mary's Church in Cotesbach near Lutterworth in Leicestershire sometime between 10:00am on Sunday 16th November and 4:00pm yesterday afternoon.

Volunteers have today been working to make temporary repairs to the roof Credit: ITV News Central

"If you saw anyone acting suspiciously around the area or saw any vehicles not usually seen in the village between the times of the incident then we would urge you to contact us.

Even if you're not sure it relates to the incident we would still like you to contact us as we can quickly eliminate any information received from our enquiries."

– Inspector 1648 Phil Durrant of Harborough local policing unit

Controversial housing plans approved in Shepshed

Stock photo of a housing estate in Burton-on-Trent Credit: PA

Officials have approved plans to build 560 new homes in Shepshed in Leicestershire.

Some of the properties will be built on a site off Ticklow Lane in the town.

Residents are concerned about increased traffic and pressure on local services.

Charnwood Borough Council has previously said the area needs more housing and that consultations with residents have taken place.

Hundreds of houses to be built in Shepshed, Leicestershire

Controversial plans to build several hundred houses in Shepshed in Leicestershire are expected to be approved tomorrow.

Map of Shepshed in Leicestershire Credit: ITV News Central

Planning Officers have recommended that the plans, which include building on this site in Tickow Lane, should go through.

However, residents are concerned about increased traffic and the pressure on local facilities.

Protesters in Shepshed Credit: ITV News Central

Charnwood Council has previously told ITV Central the area needs housing and that consultations have taken place for residents to have their say.


Inner city fast-food outlets 'fuelling' obesity

A new report by experts at Leicester University has linked diabetes and obesity rates to the number of fast-food outlets in inner cities.

Researchers have described the results as 'alarming'. Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The study of 10,000 people in the UK found there twice as many fast-food outlets within 500 metres of homes in non-white and socially deprived neighbourhoods.

They also claim how close you are to fast-food outlets may be linked to your risk of Type-2 diabetes and obesity.

Researchers say the results have 'important implications' for councils when they are granting planning permission for fast-food outlets.

Our study suggests that for every additional two outlets per neighbourhood, we would expect one additional diabetes case, assuming a causal relationship between the fast-food outlet and diabetes.

– Professor Kamlesh Khunti

The report comes on the day that MP Keith Vaz officially opens a new Diabetes Out-Patient Centre in Leicester General Hospital.

Video of thieves using digger to steal cash machine

Police have released CCTV of a digger being used to steal a cashpoint in Leicestershire.

The incident happened at the Co-operative Food shop in Leicester Road in Sapcote at 1:15am on Wednesday (November 12).

The cashpoint was put into the back of a Toyota Hi-Lux which drove off.

Detectives say similar incidents have happened at stores in Whetstone, Newbold Verdon and Ashfordly over the last couple of weeks.

Robbers rip cash machine out of wall with digger

A cash machine has been ripped out of a shop wall with a digger by robbers in Sapcote.

The robbery took place outside of a Co-operative Food shop on Leicester Road. Credit: ITV News Central

It happened at around 1.15am this morning, outside of a Co-operative Food shop on Leicester Road.

After using a digger to extract the machine, it was then placed in the back of a car and driven away. The digger was abandoned at the scene.

Police are also investigating three similar incidents at Co-op stores Credit: ITV News Central

Police are also investigating three similar incidents at Co-op stores in Whetstone, Newbold Verdon and Asfordby.

It’s obviously a great concern to us that thieves are targeting shops and cash machines, we are working closely with the premises that have been affected and studying CCTV footage from all of these incidents."

– Detective Constable Stu Palmer, Leicestershire Police
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