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Princess Royal opens equine rehabilitation centre

The Princess Royal arrives at Brooksby Melton College Credit: ITV News Central

A state-of-the-art equine rehabilitation centre has been officially opened by the Princess Royal at Brooksby Melton College in Leicestershire today.

Along with unveiling a commemorative plaque to mark the opening of the facility, Princess Anne was given a demonstration of some of the site's new specialist equipment.

Students from the college said it was great to get the Royal seal of approval.

Princess Anne unveiled a commemorative plaque Credit: ITV News Central

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Spate of broad daylight intrusions while homeowners in the house

Police are investigating a spate of broad daylight burglaries Credit: PA

Police are investigating a spate of broad daylight burglaries which happened while the homeowners were inside the house.

Yesterday evening, a woman in Knipton - a village in Leicestershire - walked into her kitchen to find a stranger in his 30s in the room. When she confronted him, the man said he was looking for a blue ball.

While the woman went to fetch her husband from the garden, the man walked into the sitting room. He then left the house with two other men - one in his 30s and one older man with an Irish accent - in a dark blue car.

The shaken couple called the police, and when officers had left, they went upstairs to find their bedroom had been ransacked and jewellery and family heirlooms had been stolen.

Police are now investigating two identical incidents - one also in Knipton and one in Scalford, a village nearby.

In Scalford, the burglar was heard upstairs. The woman inside the house thought that it was her husband on the first floor, until he came in from the garden.

When her husband went upstairs, the intruder concocted a story about his boss working just up the road and also ‘checked’ the oil tank, pretending it was part of his job. He then left and met up with a pair of other men.

When the homeowners checked upstairs, the rooms had been ransacked and all the cupboards and drawers emptied.

Pakistan batsman Akmal joins Foxes for T20 blast

Leicestershire have signed Pakistan batsman Umar Akmal as cover for part of this summer's NatWest T20 Blast.

Pakistans Umar Akmal plays a shot during the one day international (ODI) match between Afghanistan and Pakistan in February 2014 Credit: PA

Akmal has come in to cover for overseas signing Grant Elliott during New Zealand's one-day international series against England and will play four games in June - including a possible meeting with his international team-mate Shahid Afridi when Northamptonshire visit Grace Road on June 12.

Akmal was part of Pakistan's World Cup squad and has a prolific record in Twenty20 cricket, with a top score of 94 and a strike rate of 128.65.

The 24-year-old said: "This will be my first time playing T20 for a county and I am very excited to be handed this opportunity. The club have put their trust in me so I will give my 100 per cent efforts to repay their faith."

Leicester head coach Andrew McDonald said: "It is brilliant that we are signing a player of Umar's quality for when Grant is on international duty with New Zealand. We are all looking forward to him showcasing his skills over the course of the four games."

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