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Warning over new trend for belt buckle-knuckle dusters

An emerging trend combining fashion with thuggery has sparked a warning from police in Leicestershire.

Officers in Melton say they have dealt with people wearing belts with buckles shaped like knuckle dusters - and warn anyone caught wearing one risks being charged with possession of an offensive weapon.

PC John Goddard said people should not be fooled into thinking that just because the weapon is attached to their belt, they won't be arrested.

Although people may think they are just a fashion accessory the item could still be used as a weapon, so wearing one could result in the person getting arrested.

“We are urging people not to put themselves in this situation by not buying or wearing such items.

– PC John Goddard, Leicestershire Police

Six-year-old boy injured by escaped cows

The scene in Melton earlier Credit: Jonathan McGrady

A six-year-old boy has been injured after two cows escaped from Melton Cattle Market.

James Prothero was hurt when the cows ran out of the market and stormed down Scalford Road.

The boy, from Worcester, was taken to hospital as a precaution after suffering minor injuries.

Inspector John Gray, head of Melton Police, said: “Members of the public were all curious but the problem is that they were unaware of the dangers. If there is cattle on the loose and crowds of people in the way the injury potential is quite high."

Claire Lomas wins Inspirational Women award

Claire Lomas from Eye Kettleby in Leicestershire is paralysed from the chest down and walked the London Marathon in a robotic suit, raising more than £200,000 for the charity Spinal Research. She also lit the Paralympic flame.