Relatives of Richard III, whose body was unearthed in Leicester, have won the right to challenge plans to rebury his remains in the city.
A facial reconstruction of King Richard III is on display today in Leicester's Guildhall on the first stop of a nationwide tour.
Members of the Richard III Society and other dignitaries held a rose-laying ceremony today at Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre.
A charity has given a cautious welcome to the development of a 'promising' potential treatment for degenerative brain diseases, developed by a team at the University of Leicester.
An expert from the Alzheimer's Society said while the possibilities were exciting, there is still a "long way" to go before a drug suitable for use by humans will be produced.
This is a promising development as it shows this biological pathway is a potential target for new treatments.
However, it is important to note that this study was carried out on mice with prion disease and so it is not clear how applicable it is to humans with diseases such as Alzheimer’s.
– Dr Clare Walton, research communications manager, Alzeihmer's Society
What we need now is further research into potential drugs which can target the same pathway.
Whilst the ability to stop neurodegeneration in its tracks would be hugely exciting, we are still a long way from seeing a drug which is suitable for human use.
An experimental drug shown to help treat degenerative diseases such as Alzeimer's and Parkinson's by preventing the death of brain neurons will be seen as a 'turning point' in medical history, experts claim.
The study, by the Medical Research Council's toxicology unit at the University of Leicester, saw the drug injected into the stomachs of mice to "flip" a cellular switch from 'off' to 'on', preventing the neurons from dying.
The findings have been welcomed by other experts in the field.
– Prof Roger Morris, King's College London
This is the first convincing report that a small drug, of the type most conveniently turned into medicines, stops the progressive death of neurons in the brain as found, for instance, in Alzheimer's disease.
This finding, I suspect, will be judged by history as a turning point in the search for medicines to control and prevent Alzheimer's.
A landmark study by experts at the University of Leicester has raised the prospect of a pill that can treat brain diseases such as Alzheimer's by halting the death of neurons.
The research, performed on sick mice, is at a very early stage and currently the compound has "harmful" side effects, but experts say it provides the "real possibility" of developing a medicine in future.
It could be a decade or more before any such medicine suitable for human patients is developed.
Taxpayers should not have to foot the bill for a High Court battle over whether the remains of King Richard III should be reburied in York or Leicester, lawyers for the Justice Secretary have argued.
In a move which could stop the case, the lawyers challenged moves to shield relatives of the monarch from legal costs.
A judge sitting in London said he would give his ruling on the costs issue as soon as he could.
Richard's remains were discovered buried under a council car park in Leicester last year and the plan is for them to be re-interred at the city's cathedral.
But the relatives have formed the Plantagenet Alliance Ltd to fight for the remains to be buried at York Minster, claiming it was the King's wish.
Money pledged towards funding Richard III's final resting place in Leicester is being withdrawn after a row over how his tomb should look.
The design of the raised stone tomb for the last Plantagenet king, which is to be installed at Leicester Cathedral, has caused a row in the society who campaigned to find the location of his forgotten grave.
Now, some supporters of the Richard III Society say they will not contribute funds towards the tomb's construction, after the new design was revealed last week.
Final approval for the tomb's design lies with the Cathedrals Fabric Commission for England, which is expected to make a decision by late October.
Leicester Cathedral chiefs have announced the proposed tomb of Richard III will be made of Yorkshire limestone.
The stone was chosen to reflect the last Plantagenet King’s links to York.
The raised tomb will be carved out of finely worked Swaledale fossil limestone, which is quarried near to Middleham, where Richard III underwent his boyhood training, and later lived.
The plans are to be reviewed by the Cathedral Fabric Commission for England, with a decision expected later this month.
Leicester Cathedral has released details of the design of the tomb where it's hoped Richard III will be laid rest. It's a year since his remains were dug up and made headlines around the world.
However, a judicial review into a decision to bury his remains in Leicester could threaten those plans. The King's ancestors want him returned to York.
Rajiv Popat has spent the day at the Cathedral and has all the details.
The first images of what King Richard III's tomb will look like at Leicester Cathedral have been unveiled.
Examples of the stone which will be used to build the tomb were shown to the media today.
Plans for the designs of the new cathedral gardens were also on display.
King Richard III's remains were unearthed in a council car park in Leicester earlier this year.
Plans for how King Richard III's tomb will look at Leicester Cathedral will be unveiled later, after his remains were found under a car park in the city earlier this year.
Examples of the stone which will be used will be shown and there will be a chance to view designs for the new Cathedral gardens.
Mayor of Leicester Sir Peter Soulsby has welcomed the judicial review into the final resting place of King Richard III.
He says he's confident the outcome will be a 'sensible one', as the monarch's skeleton has been buried in the city for more than 500 years after his death at the Battle of Bosworth in Leicestershire.