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Weekend Picks: Summer Food and Drink Festival

Summer Food and Drink Festival: Sun 29 May (Leicester Market)

There’ll be street food from local producers and farmers Credit: Rui Vieira / PA Archive/PAImages

A Summer Food and Drink Festival will take place at Leicester market this weekend.

There’ll be a host of street food from local producers and farmers, a licensed drinks zone, cooking demonstrations and live music to keep visitors entertained.

TV chef and actress Rustie Lee will also be attending the Festival as a special guest conducting cooking demonstrations throughout the event.

There’ll be delicacies from around the world as well as local treats including burgers, gourmet hot dogs, American-style smoked meat, cupcakes and baked goods.

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Weekend Picks: Ashby Gusto Festival

Ashby Gusto Festival: Sat 28th - Sun 29th May (Bath Grounds, Ashby de la Zouch, Leicestershire)

Ashby Gusto Festival takes place this weekend Credit: General / Topham Picturepoint/PA Images

There’ll be over 60 exhibitors showcasing food and drink from around the region this weekend at the Ashby Gusto Festival.

Take a look around the stalls selling meat, cheese, artisan bread, jams, pickles and patés. Visitors can also watch demonstrations, get involved with wine tasting and enjoy entertainment and live music.

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Leicestershire fire chief leaves post in mysterious circumstances

The Chief Fire Officer for Leicestershire is leaving his post after little more than a year, in mysterious circumstances.

Richard Chandler. Credit: ITV News Central

Fire officers at the service's headquarters were told about Richard Chandler's departure this morning.

The Combined Fire Authority said Mr Chandler was leaving by mutual agreement, but couldn't give any more details for legal reasons.

Man suffers 'life-changing' injuries after being stabbed

Two men arrested on suspicion of affray and assault after a stabbing in Leicester have been released on police bail.

Credit: PA

Emergency services were called to the address at 6.30pm on Monday evening where two men, aged 52 and 35, were found injured.

Both were taken to the Leicester Royal Infirmary for treatment. The 52-year-old had a minor head injury and has since been discharged.

The 35-year-old has life changing injuries after sustaining a stab wound to his leg in the incident and remains in hospital.

Two men were arrested on suspicion of affray and assault and have been released on police bail pending further enquiries.

The investigation into the incident are ongoing and police are not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident.

Officers would like to speak to anyone who was in the area and saw what happened on Monday evening. Contact 101 with information, quoting incident number 16*129491.

Two lanes blocked on the M1 Northbound due to overturned car

There are delays with two lanes blocked on the M1 northbound in Leicestershire due to debris on the road and an overturned car between J23 A512 (Loughborough) and J23A A42.

Lanes one and two (of three) are blocked. Reports have been recieved saying some lorries may be involved in the incident, and there is some barrier damage.Traffic is queueing past the J23 exit.


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Weekend Picks: BioBlitz Leicester

BioBlitz Leicester: Friday 20th - Sat 21st May (Welford Road Cemetery, Leicester)

Events run from 7pm - midnight on Friday and 7am-3pm on Saturday Credit: Leicester City Council

Help search for 500 species in just two days at the annual Bioblitz event in Leicester.

Families of all ages are invited to record the diversity of plants, birds and mammals in less than 24 hours.

There is something for everyone to get involved in, either joining in on a single activity or getting involved in as many surveys over the two days.

People can take part in some bat detecting or a night-time moth safari or join an early morning ‘dawn chorus’ bird walk. On Saturday visitors can follow a number of nature trails through the wildflower meadows and woodlands.

“Every BioBlitz throws up some surprises in the wildlife that the volunteers find living on the city’s parks and green spaces. It’s a wonderful reminder that you don’t need to travel far to enjoy a huge range of wildlife – it’s right here on our doorsteps.” - Cllr Adam Clarke, Assistant City Mayor for Sustainability

“BioBlitz has something for all ages and we welcome hundreds of budding nature detectives at the events each year”.

– Helen O’Brien, City Council Nature Conservation Officer

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Body found in search of missing Leicester man

Officers searching for a missing Leicester man have found a body believed to be of Andrew Machin.

Andrew Machin Credit: Leicestershire Police

Formal identification of the deceased has not yet taken place but it is believed to be missing man Andrew Machin.

At around 6.45pm on Tuesday evening officers searching an area off Coal Pitt Lane in Warwickshire discovered a body.

Coal Pitt Lane in Warwickshire. Credit: ITV News Central

Andrew, 45, was reported missing by his partner at 1pm on Tuesday. He last spoke to her at 8pm on Monday evening.

Man charged over Samuel Garner death appears in court

A 19-year-old from Leicester has appeared in court charged with causing the death of another teenager by dangerous driving.

Samuel Garner. Credit: Leicestershire Police

Samuel Garner, 17, died from head injuries in the evening of May 1 after being hit by a BMW on Welford Road in Leicester, as he was on his way to celebrate a friend's birthday.

In tributes following his death, Samuel's family said he was the "perfect son, grandson and friend".

Reece Webster from Wensley Rise appeared this morning at the city's magistrates' court via videolink, charged with causing death by dangerous driving, driving whilst disqualified, failing to stop after a road accident, having no insurance and handling stolen goods.

He is also charged with possession of cannabis.

Webster was remanded in custody and will next appear at Leicester Crown Court on June 7.

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