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.
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A606 Melton Road in both directions blocked, stationary traffic due to accident near A46. An air ambulance was in attendance, and has now left the scene. The police say the road may remain closed for a considerable time yet. Affecting traffic between Nottingham and Melton Mowbray.
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A dog that suffered serious injuries whilst serving in Afghanistan has received a military award.
Jay Jay, a labrador retriever, helped to save the lives of soldiers whilst working as part of a bomb detection unit.
He retired earlier this year, at the age of five, and is now at a home near Melton Mowbray.
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
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.
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!”
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.
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.