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Leicester businesses sing to raise money

Business members ready to sing Credit: Mencap

People from the business community in the midlands are hoping to raise tens of thousands of pounds tonight for charity.

Hundreds of people are due to pack into the O2 Academy at Leicester University to watch members of the business community sing and perform as they attempt to be crowned Leicestershire Y Factor 2013.

The event will be hosted by local sports legends Paul Nixon from Leicestershire Cricket Club and Leicester Tiger’s George Chuter.

Paul Nixon will judge the event Credit: PA

Twelve acts will be critiqued by X Factor’s Andy Abraham and Lord Digby Jones with members of the audience being able to vote for their favourite performers.

Organisers hope to raise about £30,000 which will be divided between Mencap and the Lord’s Taverners, the UK’s leading disability sports charity.

The Y Factor is in its sixth year.

Police praised for "best practice" in tackling hate crime

Leicestershire Police has been praised for its contribution to a best practice guide to committing a campaign tackling hate crime.

The Stand By Me campaign by MENCAP lays out the ways in which police forces can do more to tackle disability hate crime. It also documents a celebration of achievements made by police forces since the campaign was launched 11 years ago.

“I am delighted to hear that over 30 police forces have now taken the step to commit to what is a very important promise. It is vital that police forces listen to local people and deal with the issues facing people with disabilities and make sensible adjustments to their policing services to ensure an equal service is accessible to all.”

– Chief Constable Simon Cole