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Over 150 exhibitors showcase local produce at food festival

11th annual food festival taking place in Melton Mowbray. Credit: ITV News Central
It is one of the UK's largest regional food festivals. Credit: ITV News Central
Both food and drink are available to sample. Credit: ITV News Central
Local produce is on offer for over 10,000 visitors. Credit: ITV News Central

Memorial for victims of Wellington Bomber crash

A Wellington Bomber and crew during the Second World War Credit: Melton Mowbray Wellington Bomber Memorial Appeal

A memorial will be unveiled today to the crew of a Wellington Bomber which crashed in Melton Mowbray 70 years ago.

The plane came down in a field and burst into flames off Saxby Road, during a training fright from Market Harborough on August 13, 1944

Victims of the Melton Mowbray Wellington Bomber crash Credit: Melton Mowbray Wellington Bomber Memorial Appeal

The accident resulted in seven out of the eight crew losing their lives, with the eighth crew member receiving severe burn injuries. Several local people from Melton were also injured in the rescue.

The unveiling follows a public fundraising appeal to raise £2500 pounds for the memorial, by the Melton Mowbray Wellington Bomber Memorial Appeal.

The dedication service will take place from 2pm outside CE Turners (Engineering) Ltd, Hudson Road, Saxby Road Industrial Estate.

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Police officer in 13,000ft charity skydive attempt

PCSO Liam Palmer taking part in the sponsored skydive yesterday Credit: Leicestershire Police

A Community Support Officer for Leicestershire Police has taken part in a skydive to raise money for the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

PCSO Liam Palmer from Melton Mowbray local policing unit completed the sponsored jump from 13,000ft yesterday, as part of a tandem dive that took off from Sibson airfield near Peterborough.

PCSO Palmer said:

I am very proud to have been able to help the charity by taking part in the jump. It was a nerve wrecking but amazing experience!

The charity is very close to my heart after losing a very close family friend to the condition in 2011 and also with my colleague Sergeant Sparling suffering from the disease.

So far I have raised about £950 for the charity and I hope that I can break £1000 very soon!”

British Pie Awards take place in Melton Mowbray

Melton Mowbray contributes significantly to Leicestershire's economy Credit: Jonathan McGrady

The food minister, George Eustice has been visiting Leicestershire to promote rural food businesses.

He also visited the British Pie Awards which are taking place today in Melton Mowbray.

Judging takes place Credit: Jonathan McGrady
Hundreds of pies were under scrutiny today Credit: Jonathan McGrady

Meet the Wright family... they could be the oldest in the world

The Wright family have a combined age of 1,115 years Credit: ITV News Central

Meet the Wright family....

16 siblings (10 sisters, 6 brothers)...

They have 44 children, 46 grandchildren an 5 great grandchildren between them....

And have a combined age of 1,115 years.

*But are they the oldest siblings in the world? *

The family who live in Long Clawson near Melton Mowbray think they might be.

The 16 siblings were born between 1934 and 1952 to James Wright and his wife Florence. Their first child died aged six months.

Ken (80), Marion (78), Joyce (77), Leslie (75), Joan (74), Malcolm (73), Margery (72), Kathleen (69), Barbara (68), John (67), Pat (66), Ellen (65), David and Sylvia (twins, 64), Janet (62), Clifford (61).

They family have now been invited to apply for a Guinness World Record.

Caught on CCTV: Suspect wanted over alleyway robbery

A CCTV image of a man wanted in connection with a vicious attack on a pensioner has been released by police.

The man was spotted on camera just moments before the woman was dragged into an alleyway and robbed as she walked down the street with friends.

This is the man wanted in connection with the brutal attack on the pensioner Credit: Leicestershire Police

The attack happened shortly before 8pm on December 22.

The woman suffered minor injuries in the attack, and was robbed of her bag which contained a Radley brown leather purse, Kia car keys which were on a ballet shoe keyring, bank and personal cards and a Samsung mobile telephone.

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Shocking CCTV of 75-year-old woman being dragged into alleyway

Shocking CCTV of the moment a 75-year-old woman was dragged into an alleyway and robbed in a Leicestershire street has been released by police.

The lady was walking with friends along Sherrard Street, Melton Mowbray, when the man grabbed her from behind, dragging her to the ground and into a nearby alleyway.

Detectives say the woman escaped serious injury in the attack - which happened just three days before Christmas - but her phone, personal bank cards and keys were taken.

Anyone with information on the man seen in the CCTV is urged to call police on 101.

Police: 'Two lives torn apart by events that night'

Leicestershire Police has issued the following comment after 18-year-old Jack Buckley admitted the manslaughter of his best friend Ryan Morrell, whose car was torched after a music festival in July.

Detective Superintendent Matt Hewson, who led the investigation said:

“The consequences in this horrific incident are that a person has lost his life.

“Two families have been torn apart by the events that night - not just the family of Ryan, who have to face life without him, but also the family of Buckley.

“I hope today’s plea will go some way to helping Ryan’s family to move forward and start to rebuild their lives.”

Teen admits killing best friend after torching his car

18-year-old Ryan Morrell from Melton Mowbray died in July 2013 Credit: Leicestershire Police

A teenager has admitted killing one of his best friends after setting fire to a car in which he was sleeping.

The body of Ryan Morrell, who was 18, and from Melton Mowbray, was found inside the burnt out vehicle in the village of Frisby-on-the-Wreake by firefighters in July last year.

The scene where the burnt-out car was found Credit: ITV News Central

The teenager had earlier attended the Fristock Music Festival with friends.

Jack Buckley today admitted the manslaughter of his best friend Ryan Morrell Credit: Leicestershire Police

Jack Buckley, who is 18 and also from Melton Mowbray, admitted manslaughter at Lincoln Crown Court today.

He is due to be sentenced later this month.

Police presence in Frisby on the Wreake Credit: ITV News Central

Best of British for Leicestershire cheese

A cheese produced in the East Midlands has been named as the Best in Britain.

Colsten Bassett Dairy's Stilton Cheese, has been voted the Best Cheese in Britain... Credit: Tim Ireland/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Colston Basset Dairy, near Melton Mowbray, is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year and capped it off by claiming the the prize for their Stilton Cheese, at the 2013 World Cheese Awards.

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