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Woman attacked because of sexuality to join police in Leicester's Pride parade

The attack left Kerry Byrnes with a black eye and a fractured cheek bone Credit: ITV News central

A woman who was beaten unconscious because of her sexuality will join police on Leicester's Pride parade today.

Kerry Byrnes will walk alongside members of Leicestershire Police's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) network in the event's centrepiece parade through the city centre.

It takes places a fortnight after two men taunted the 23-year-old about her sexuality before punching her in the head until she lost consciousness in her home town of Oakham.

Kerry, who is recovering from injuries including a fractured cheekbone, took up an invitation to take part from Assistant Chief Constable, Phil Kay.

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Soldiers parade through Oakham

Royal Artillery parading through Dundee Credit: PA

Soldiers from the 16th Regiment Royal Artillery will march through the streets of Oakham in Rutland today.

The Regiment will be presented with Freedom of Entry to the town. Up to 250 soldiers will take part in recognition of the barracks' military history.

The 16th Regiment Royal Artillery was part of the 2012 London Olympics Air Security Force.

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Rutland homecoming for soldiers

A homecoming parade for soldiers returning from their latest tour in Afghanistan has taken place in Rutland.

Soldiers of 32 (Minden) Battery, 16th Regiment Royal Artillery marched through the streets of Oakham lined with well-wishers welcoming them home.

They were accompanied by the Band of the Gurkhas.

The march ended in Oakham Castle where the Op Herrick Campaign medals were presented to the soldiers.

Soldier's Rutland homecoming parade - in pictures

Soldiers of 32 (Minden) Battery, 16th Regiment Royal Artillery marched through the streets of Oakham Credit: ITV Central
Crowds lined the street in Rutland to welcome the soldiers home Credit: ITV Central
After six months in Afghanistan the people of Rutland brought out the flags to welcome the troops home Credit: ITV Central
The Op Herrick Campaign medals presented to the soldiers today Credit: ITV Central
The march ended in Oakham Castle where the medals were presented to the soldiers Credit: ITV Central

Soldiers describe how it feels to be home

"The people of Rutland particularly have really taken us to their hearts and it's nice to be giving them a bit of a show today, so they have something to come out and cheer for."

  • Lionel Robinson, 16th Regiment Royal Artillery

"It's good to see the people come out and support us, it gives us a good feeling inside that we're actually doing a worthy cause and that the community are behind us."

  • James Philips, 16th Regiment Royal Artillery

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Home coming parade in Rutland underway

The march ends in Oakham Castle Credit: ITV Central

A homecoming parade for soldiers returning from their latest tour in Afghanistan is underway in Rutland.

They are marching along Station Road and Melton Road onto the High Street continuing to Oakham Castle where the soldiers will be awarded their Op Herrick Campaign medals.