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Volunteers needed to run Leicestershire's libraries

Volunteers are key to keeping local libraries alive. Credit: ITV News Central

People are being encouraged to register their interest to run Leicestershire's libraries.

Volunteers are needed to manage 36 community libraries with support from the county council.

Last year following a consultation in May, the county council agreed to a series of measures to save eight hundred thousand pounds from its £5.6m library budget.

Call for locals to show interest in running libraries

Communities are being encouraged to register their interest in running libraries in Leicestershire.

Community groups and organisations are being encouraged to manage their local library Credit: PA

The county council wants to hear from groups who want to run any of the 36 community libraries, with support from the authority.

After listening to the public during our major public consultation over the summer, we've developed a package of support measures that will enable us to work in partnership with local communities in running rural libraries.

We're encouraging groups to come forward and register an interest, so we can start to identify the first community-run libraries next spring.

– Richard Blunt, cabinet member for libraries

Community groups and organisations are being encouraged to manage their local library, supported by the county council. The library would be staffed and managed by volunteers with support, such as book stock, training and IT maintenance, provided by the county council.

Earlier this year, the council agreed a series of measures to save £800,000 from its current £5.6 million libraries budget, as part of the authority's overall £120 million savings.


Four people assaulted in pub on Boxing Day

Four people were assaulted at a Braunstone pub on Boxing Day Credit: Press Association

Four people were assaulted at a Braunstone pub on Boxing Day.

The incident happened at Bees Knees on Meridian Way between 7.45pm and 8pm.

A woman began arguing with the suspects in the porch area of the pub. She was then assaulted and moments later, three people she was with were also assaulted.

Three of the victims required hospital treatment for minor injuries.

Two women, aged 48 and 28, and a 23-year-old man have been arrested in connection with the incident and released on police bail pending further enquiries.

Escaped prisoner found in Leicestershire

Leicestershire Police. Credit: PA Images

A 20-year-old prisoner who escaped from a security van has been located and arrested today in Coalville, North–West Leicestershire.

An 18-year-old woman has also been arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender.

An appeal was issued for the man after he escaped from the van on Friday at the junction between Highcross Street and Vaughan Way in Leicester.


Leicestershire County Council seeks views on budget proposals

Leicestershire County Council Credit: ITV News Central

People in Leicestershire have until January 12 to tell the council what they think of the latest budget proposals.

The authority says it needs to save £91 million over the next four years and is considering cutting bus subsidies, household waste sites and community museums.

A final decision on the budget will be made in February.

Hinckley councillor asks County Council to scrap Santa's sleigh parking ticket

A Hinckley councillor has asked Leicestershire County Council to scrap a parking ticket given to Santa's sleigh.

Chris Uttley was towing the sleigh when he got the ticket Credit: BPM Media

Volunteer Chris Uttley was towing the Hinckley Round Table sleigh when he stopped on zig-zag lines.

He said he only stopped for 30 seconds, but was given the £35 fine by a 'smug' traffic warden.

A Leicestershire County Council spokesperson had said they were reviewing the ticket.

But Michael Mullaney, who is the county councillor for Hinckley, has called for the ticket to be scrapped.

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