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Weekend Picks: Marvellous Imaginary Menagerie

Marvellous Imaginary Menagerie: Sat 20th Feb (Town Hall, Loughborough)

The Marvellous Imaginary Menagerie team Credit: Les Enfants Terribles

This weekend the Marvellous Imaginary Menagerie travelling circus arrives in Loughborough.

There’ll be puppets, theatre, music and magic at the Town Hall. Visitors will also be invited inside the caravan of curiosities and be entertained by its crew of ‘mysterious misfits’.

"Packed full of puppetry, physical theatre, music and dance, we are looking forward to welcoming Dr Longitude and his characters for an entertaining afternoon of family theatre here at Loughborough Town Hall."

– Simon Gibson, Marketing Manager, Loughborough Town Hall

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Police appealing for 'good samaritans' after Loughborough assault

Leicestershire Police are trying to find three men who ran to the aid of another man being assaulted in the street in Loughborough.

The assault happened at about 2.50pm on Sunday 27 December in a pedestrian area between High Street and Market Place.

The 36-year-old victim was walking towards Baxtergate when the suspect walking in the same direction but on the opposite side, ran across, grabbed him by the collar and punched him several times in the head.

He was not injured but left shaken by the ordeal.

Three people described as young, white men, ran to the victim’s aid and separated him from the suspect.

The suspect has been described as Eastern European appearance, in his mid 40s, 6ft tall and of large build.

Police would like to trace the three men who assisted the victim as they will have valuable information that can assist with our enquiries.

If this is you or you know who the good samaritans were then call 101.

Police appeal to find missing girl

14-year old Jade was last seen on Christmas Day Credit: Leicestershire Police

Police are appealing for help in finding a 14-year-old girl who was last seen at about 1.30pm on Christmas Day.

Leicestershire Police and her family want to know the teenager is safe and well and are urging Jade, or anyone who knows where she is, to get in touch.

Jade, from Loughborough, is white, about 5ft 6ins tall, of slim build, and has long blonde hair and was last seen wearing a black leather jacket with a fur collar, black skinny jeans and black Nike trainers.

Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to call PC 856 Craig Downward, from the Missing Person Team, on 101.


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MH17: 'Persons of interest' identified by prosecutors

"Persons of interest" have been identified in an international criminal investigation into the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17.

After a report by the Dutch Safety Board found that a Russian-made Buk missile filed from rebel-held eastern Ukraine was likely to have caused the disaster, prosecutors said findings from their separate criminal probe "point in that same direction".

The Dutch-led team of investigators did not name any of the suspects said to have been identified.

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MH17: Some 'may have remained conscious before crash'

Debris from the MH17 crash lies in eastern Ukraine. Credit: Reuters

Some passengers on board flight MH17 may have remained conscious during the short period between it being struck by a missile and crashing to the ground.

However, Dutch investigators said it was likely that those on board were "barely able to comprehend the situation in which they found themselves" during the 60-90 seconds in which the plane came down.

The report said passengers would have been exposed to "factors that had an extreme impact on the body" such as the noise of the impact, the abrupt change in speed of the aircraft, the decompression and extreme cold.

As a result, it found that passengers were unlikely to have "performed conscious actions" during the short period, and no photographs or text messages were found on devices such as mobile phones aboard the plane.

All 298 people on board were killed in the disaster.

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Investigators release animation of the route of MH17

Dutch investigators have released an animated report showing the route MH17 took up to the moment the airliner disappeared from radar.

The Dutch Safety Board have questioned why civilian airlines were flying over an area of armed conflict.

A Dutch investigator said: "Nobody gave any thought to the possible threat to civil aviation."

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Airlines and Ukraine blamed over MH17 crash 'failures'

The rebuilt fuselage is displayed at the Dutch Safety Board press conference.

Dutch investigators have criticised both the Ukrainian authorities and airlines for flying over the country during a period of conflict in which flight MH17 crashed.

The Dutch Safety Board said airlines flying over the area should have recognised the dangers of flying over the east of the country amid fighting between Ukrainian loyalists and pro-Russian separatists.

The investigators also said Ukraine should have closed airspace in the region before the plane was brought down.

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