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Leicestershire Police celebrates 180th anniversary

Leicestershire Police Credit: ITV News Central

A service is being held later today to mark 180 years to the day since the first police patrol set off in Leicester.

On February 11 1836, the first police officers from Leicester Borough Police set off on patrol from the Guildhall in Leicester.

At the time, the force employed just fifty officers. In the years that followed, two other forces were formed to police Leicestershire and Rutland before several mergers finally led to the formation of one force in 1967.

It was known as Leicestershire Constabulary until 2012 when it changed its name to Leicestershire Police.

A service will be held in Leicester Cathedral late today, followed by an event at the old police headquarters in the Guildhall.


Woman charged with manslaughter following death of seven-month-old

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A 30-year-old woman has been charged with manslaughter following the death of a seven-month-old baby.

The charges relate to an incident in Lutterworth, Leicestershire, on 22 March last year, which resulted in the death of the baby girl three days later.

Chuanfang Zheng, of Mortlock Close, Southwark, London, appeared at Leicester Magistrates’ Court yesterday and has been remanded in custody.

She will appear at Leicester Crown Court on 2 March.


Leicestershire-based Brantano footwear goes into administration

Credit: Brantano

The company has 140 stores and 60 concessions across the UK. The head office is based in Coalville, Leicestershire with around 200 of the staff.

Brantano was acquired by Alteri Investors in October 2015 but has experienced difficult trading condition, which has resulted in the company being placed into administration.

Pricewaterhousecoopers (PWC) have today been appointed as joint administrators of Brantano Limited.

The administrators are continuing to trade the businesses as normal whilst we assess the trading strategy over the coming days and weeks. Staff will be paid their arrears of wages and salaries, and will continue to be paid for their work during the Administration.”

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