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Leicestershire maze inspired by the Rugby World Cup

An aerial view of Wistow Maze and its rugby player scoring a try. Credit: ITV News Central

With England playing host to the Rugby World Cup this year, the Wistow Maze in Leicestershire has been inspired to create its own sporting tribute.

Open to the public for the first time this weekend, the new maze design has been created in the shape of a Rugby player scoring a try, with the trophy in the top left hand corner.

It's more than three miles long and the winding pathways snake through eight acres of corn plants.

It's estimated that up to 15,000 people visit the tourist attraction in the area each year.

Rugby World Cup on tour

Former World Cup winner Jason Leonard gets his hands on the trophy he won in 2003 Credit: ITV News Central/Michael Sibert

As England prepares to host the Rugby World Cup, the Webb Ellis Trophy is on tour in the West Midlands.

Former World Cup winner Jason Leonard, at Hereford Cathedral, gets

his hands on the trophy he won in 2003 as part of England's winning

side.

Fans will also have the opportunity to have their photograph taken with the Cup at Sixways in Worcester this afternoon and at a party in Telford at 6pm this evening.

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Wistow Maze takes on Rugby World Cup design

With England hosting this year's Rugby World Cup, Leicestershire's famous Wistow Maze has been created in the shape of a Rugby Player (scoring a try) this year.

It opens to the public tomorrow and features over three miles of intricate pathways carved through 8 acres of living corn.

The maze has been designed to celebrate England hosting the 2015 Rugby World Cup. Credit: Wistow Maze

Leicester's King Power Stadium and Villa Park will host games during the tournament which gets underway in September.

Rugby World Cup trophy arrives in Midlands

The Webb Ellis Cup Credit: Anwar Hussein/Anwar Hussein/EMPICS Entertainment

The Rugby World Cup Trophy tour arrives in the Midlands for the first time today. The Webb Ellis Cup will be at Kingsholm in Gloucester, home of Gloucester Rugby Club and one of three grounds in the Midlands to host games during the tournament later this year.

Find out when the trophy is coming to your area here.

Woman says she was raped by suspected police impersonator

A woman has reported being sexually assaulted on a road near to Rugby at around 11.30pm on Friday 26 June.

The woman driver was travelling in the direction of Rugby on the B4453 Credit: PA

The woman driver was travelling in the direction of Rugby on the B4453, when a black Audi A4 with a '59' registration plate indicated her to pull over.

A man got out of the Audi and then raped the woman who is in her 30s.

A full investigation has launched and initial lines of inquiry suggest that this man was not a police officer.

We appreciate the alarm that this may cause to both drivers and people living in the Warwickshire area, however our initial lines of inquiry suggest that this man is not a police officer."

– Detective Inspector Neil Candelent

Anyone who was in the area at this time or who may have seen a vehicle being stopped by a black Audi, should contact police immediately on 101 quoting reference 508 of 26 June.

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Dylan Hartley dropped from England squad

Dylan Hartley has been dropped from England's Rugby World Cup training squad following his ban for headbutting, the Rugby Football Union has announced.

Hartley was handed a four week ban on Wednesday. Credit: PA

England have dropped combustible hooker Hartley from his squad after his latest misdemeanour, a headbutt on Jamie George.

Northampton front-rower Hartley was handed a four-week ban on Wednesday night after pleading guilty to headbutting George in last weekend's Premiership play-off defeat to Saracens, taking his career suspensions tally to 54 weeks.

Dylan Hartley set to be axed from World Cup squad

England are expected to announce they have dropped Northampton Saints star Dylan Hartley from their Rugby World Cup training squad today, after his latest ban for headbutting Jamie George.

Dylan Hartley's World Cup hopes look like they're over Credit: PA

It's understood England head coach Stuart Lancaster will confirm he has dropped combustible hooker Hartley from his squad when announcing the team to face the Barbarians in Sunday's Twickenham clash.

Hartley was handed a four-week ban on Wednesday night after pleading guilty to headbutting George in last weekend's Premiership play-off defeat to Saracens, taking his career suspensions tally to 54 weeks.

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