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Children to experience World War evacuation on railway

The Great Central Railway in Loughborough Credit: ITV News Central

500 schoolchildren from across the Midlands will be experiencing life as a Second World War evacuee at the Great Central Railway.

They will be boarding steam trains from Leicester and Loughborough for a return trip into history.

It is all part of the first day of the Great Central Railway's annual Wartime Weekend event.

Click here to see pictures of last year's evacuation event

Loughborough University hosts European hockey competition

Leicester will take on Royal Antwerp in their match tonight Credit: ITV News Central

Hockey players from across Europe will be at Loughborough University to compete in the Women's Euro Club Trophy.

The competition is being held in the county for the first time and gets underway today. Leicester Ladies' Hockey Club face Belgium champions Royal Antwerp in their first match tonight.

Leicester Ladies' Hockey Club face Belgium champions Royal Antwerp in their first match tonight.

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Michael Piggin and friends made explosive device

Michael Piggin and his friends, who called themselves the Urban Revolutionary Army, attempted to make an explosive device, as mobile phone footage seized by police shows.

Wearing a gas mask, one of the teenagers pours a cleaning product into a tin on a gas camping stove. but the test fails when he can't light the match.

The 18-year-old was today cleared of planning acts of terror in Loughborough, after a jury at the Old Bailey failed to reach a decision.

Mr Piggin denied the charges, claiming he did not intend to use any weapons against anyone, and said he wrote plans in his diary simply to vent his anger.

He did admit possessing a knife, and confessed to possessing parts for an improvised explosive device halfway through the trial. He will be sentenced on 13 June.

Video shows Piggin throwing petrol bombs near creche

The jury at the Old Bailey, who today cleared a teenager from Loughborough of planning acts of terrorism, were shown this video of Michael Piggin making and throwing a petrol bomb behind a leisure centre in Loughborough.

At the time, children were being cared for in a creche

The prosecution in Mr Piggin's trial alleged he was planning a Columbine-style massacre at a number of locations in Loughborough, including his former school - claims he denied.

The 18-year-old said his 'operation', which included making petrol bombs like in this video, and collecting a variety weapons, was simply a way of venting his anger, and that he did not plan to use them.

Diary entries, which the prosecution allege show he planned the attacks, was just Piggin 'retreating into fantasy', according to his lawyers.

Questions over Piggin behaviour warning signs after he is cleared

Michael Piggin's bedroom Credit: Leicestershire Police

Some are questioning whether warning signs about certain aspects of Michael Piggin's behaviour were missed, after it emerged in court that the teenager had a fascination with Nazi memorabilia.

Mr Piggin, who has Asperger's Syndrome, was cleared by a jury of preparing an act of terrorism in Loughborough.

Mr Piggin had newspaper cuttings in his house Credit: Leicestershire

During the trial, the court also heard that he was a supporter of the English Defence League, and that police found a number of articles about the Norwegian right wing extremist, Anders Breivik, who killed 77 people in a mass shooting.

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Teenager accused of plotting Columbine-style massacre cleared

Michael Piggin

A teenager accused of plotting a Columbine-inspired massacre in Loughborough has been cleared by a second jury at the Old Bailey in London, after they could not come to a decision.

Michael Piggin, who is now 18, outlined in his diary plans of deadly attacks on two schools, a mosque, council offices and Loughborough University. The A-Level student wrote about arming himself with guns, bombs and knives.

But he claimed the details he wrote were a way of venting his anger, rather than serious plans.

It is the second time a jury have not been able to reach a decision, and he will not be tried again, as defendants are never tried for a third time. Mr Piggin has therefore been cleared of preparing an act of terrorism, and other terror offences.

He had admitted to possessing a knife, and also confessed to possessing parts for an improvised explosive device halfway through the trial. He will be sentenced on 13 June.

Hunt for three men over sledgehammer raid

High quality CCTV images of three men wanted in connection with an aggravated burglary at a Leicestershire flat have been released by police.

It's thought the men are not from Leicestershire but are from elsewhere in the East Midlands, and investigating officers hope someone will recognise their faces.

The men used a sledgehammer to try to smash their way into the flat
The men used a sledgehammer to try to smash their way into the flat Credit: Leicestershire Police

Video footage shows three men wielding a sledgehammer trying to smash their way in to the flat in Tuckers Road, Loughborough, in a violent raid on December 21 last year.

The trio were forced to leave empty-handed as the resident managed to keep them out.

Police want to speak to these men in connection with the incident
Police want to speak to these men in connection with the incident Credit: Leicestershire Police

Det Cons Steve Briance urged anyone with any information to get in touch.

This was a shocking incident and fortunately the victim wasn’t injured but substantial damage was caused to the front door.

There is a strong possibility that the suspects may not be from the Leicestershire area and we are appealing to people living in the East Midlands region to contact us if they recognise any of these men.

We would also like to speak to anyone who may have any information about the incident, it took place during the weekend just before Christmas and we appreciate this was some time ago but hopefully the footage may jog someone’s memory.

Watch the video here.

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