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One Direction to split? Bookmaker suspends betting

A bookmaker has suspended betting on One Direction splitting up amid speculation that Harry Styles is preparing to embark on a solo career.

Coral received a rush of bets following reports Harry Styles (right) was to pursue a solo career. Credit: Ian West/PA Wire

Coral was forced to close the market after punters took a "major gamble" late last night on the world's biggest boy band breaking up.

Before betting was suspended, the firm offered odds of even money on the five-piece calling it quits, while Styles was the 2/1 favourite to be the first member to leave.

The odds on any band member releasing solo material this year were 5/1.

A Coral spokesman said there was "no smoke without fire", adding "a rush of shrewd bets on One Direction splitting up raised the alarm and forced us to close betting until further notice".

9-year-old devastated after "scam" website fails to deliver One Direction tickets

Watch the video to see the moment when 9-year-old Denver found out that she would be going to a One Direction concert.

The tickets were bought as a present: except they have failed to arrive and the concert is tonight. In total 9 tickets were bought by a group of friends for their children at a cost of £80 each.

Staffordshire Trading Standards has branded the website a "scam." ITV News Central contacted the website by phone and email to ask where the tickets are but has received no response.

One Direction fans left disappointed after website fails to deliver tickets

A group of people from Rugeley in Staffordshire have been left disappointed after the One Direction concert tickets they bought online last year, failed to arrive. Myra Wilson and her friends bought the tickets for their children as Christmas presents.

The One Direction tickets the fans ordered have failed to turn up. Credit: PA Wire

The concert is tonight and the tickets cost £80 each. ITV News Central has tried to contact by phone and email to ask where the tickets are but we have received no response.

One girl who was given the tickets as a present pulled down all her One Direction posters when her parents told her they had not turned up.


1D's Niall Horan urges fans to head to Leicester

One Direction's Niall Horan has urged fans to head to Leicester's King Power Stadium for his charity football match.

All proceeds from the event, called the Niall Horan Charity Football Challenge, will go to Irish Autism Action (IAA) and UK Heart and Minds Challenge.

Niall's bandmates Liam Payne and Louis Tomlinson will be joined by other stars including Olly Murs, Rod Stewart, and Robbie Fowler on the pitch.

Mobile battery drain concerns for fans at 1D match

A warning has been issued to fans headed to Leicester City’s King Power Stadium today for the Niall Horan Charity Football Challenge, urging them to devise a back-up plan in case their mobile phone runs out of charge.

Police in the city have been liaising with organisers of similar events - and said one of the major problems has been people draining their phones of battery by taking pictures and posting them online.

Police are warning fans to have a back-up plan for contacting friends and family in case their phone runs out of battery Credit: PA

This means they have no way of contacting friends or family if they get separated or when arranging travel home.

Officers are advising people to write down important contact details on a piece of paper, so if their phone dies they can still call their loved ones.

Traffic warning to fans heading for 1D charity event

Police and football bosses in Leicester are appealing to fans headed for One Direction star Niall Horan’s charity football match today to plan their travel carefully.

Three of the One Direction boys will be in Leicester for the charity match, with bandmates Louis Tomlinson and Wolverhampton's Liam Payne joining organiser Niall Horan for the event.

Three of the One Direction boys will be in Leicester for the charity match Credit: Ian West/PA

With thousands expected to flood through the gates of the King Power Stadium, heavy traffic is expected in the surrounding area.

In addition, Rawdykes Road will be closed before the match and afterwards.

The charity football match will be held at Leicester's King Power Stadium Credit: ITV News Central

Police match commander, Ch Supt Geoff Feavyor, said many people attending will be strangers to the area.

It isn't realistic to expect to be able to drop people outside the stadium and then pick them up again afterwards - 10,000 car drivers will have had the same idea.

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