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Bishop of Leicester defends Church's politics letter

The Bishop of Leicester, Tim Stevens has said that the Church of England's letter is meant to encourage politicians to "take their vocations seriously."

Responding to comment from David Cameron he told ITV News: "There are many things that have gone well, we acknowledge that unemployment has come down but we also notice that inequalities between the wealthy and the poor remain unhappily wide."

Mr Cameron has urged the Church to recognise improvements his Government had made, outlining efforts to create jobs, cut taxes and develop the economy.

Leicester 0-1 Crystal Palace

Ledley scored the only goal of the game. Credit: PA

The Crystal Palace revival under Alan Pardew rolled on as Joe Ledley's winner sunk rock-bottom Leicester.

Ledley's second goal of the season in the 55th minute was enough to give Palace their fifth victory in six matches since Pardew took up the reins and move them six points clear of the relegation zone in the Barclays Premier League.

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Leicester defender Huth missing after Twitter blunder

Robert Huth is suspended so cannot make his Leicester debut against Crystal Palace on Saturday.

Huth will have to wait for his Leicester debut. Credit: PA

The defender, who signed on loan from Stoke on deadline day, was banned for two games and fined £15,000 by the Football Association after breaching rules in relation to social media comments, and is halfway through the suspension.

Matty James is available after suspension, Riyad Mahrez is back following Algeria's African Nations Cup campaign and Matt Upson is available after a long-term foot injury, but goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel (foot) and striker Chris Wood (ankle) are out.

Leicester squad: Schwarzer, Hamer, Simpson, De Laet, Moore, Konchesky, Upson, Morgan, Wasilewski, Schlupp, Cambiasso, James, King, Drinkwater, Mahrez, Albrighton, Vardy, Ulloa, Kramaric, Nugent.

Man kills ex-girlfriend's goldfish but spares his own

A man killed his ex-girlfriend's five goldfish by poisoning them with bleach in revenge after they split up, a court was told.

Prosecutors told Leicester Crown Court that the victim was "in shock and disbelief" when she found her goldfish were all dead, but the man’s fish, which had been in the same tank, was missing.

A man killed his ex-girlfriend's five goldfish but sparred his own, the court heard. Credit: PA

Julian Inchley, 25, broke into his former partner's home after taking a spare key and the court heard he also poured bleach into a pair of training shoes he'd bought for his ex partner and stole computer equipment.

Inchley, from Braunstone, was given an 18-month community order and told to do 120 hours of unpaid work for admitting burglary and two counts of criminal damage.

But the court heard that the victim, who has a 14-month-old daughter with Inchley, did not want a restraining order preventing him from contacting her and no order was made.

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Two jailed for life for Leicester house fire murders

Tristan Richards, 22 (left) and Kemo Porter, 19 (right) have been jailed for life. Credit: Leicestershire Police

Two men have been jailed for life for murdering a mother and her children in Leicester, who died when their home was mistakenly set alight in a botched revenge attack.

Tristan Richards, who is 22, and Kemo Porter, who is 19, have been sentenced to life in prison with minimum terms of 35 years and 25 years respectively at Nottingham Crown Court.

The pair had intended to target a different house in Wood Hill, as they sought to avenge the fatal stabbing of a friend hours earlier.

Father pays emotional tribute to his murdered family

The husband of Shehnila Taufiq and father of her three teenage children, who were all murdered in a house fire in Leicester, paid tributes to his family, saying they were "four amazing human beings."

"They were really extraordinary people," Dr Muhammad Taufiq Al Sattar said.

Shehnila Taufiq, 47, her 19-year-old daughter Zainab, and sons Bilal, 17, and Jamal, 15, all died when a fire engulfed their house in Leicester in the early hours of September 13 last year. Two men have been found guilty of murdering them in a botched revenge attack.

Six other defendants were found guilty of manslaughter, but cleared of four counts of murder.

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Police: Victim's husband 'central' to investigation

Police officers investigating the murder of mother and three children in house fire in Leicester have praised the husband of the victim for his strength and "ongoing support."

"I would like to pay tribute to Dr Taufiq who has been central and a really important part of our investigation in terms of ongoing support," Assistant Chief Constable Roger Bannister, Leicestershire Police, said.

"Dr Taufiq has attended court throughout the trial and shown what I think is amazing strength at what has understandably been some very difficult times," he said.

Shehnila Taufiq, 47, her 19-year-old daughter Zainab, and sons Bilal, 17, and Jamal, 15, all died when a fire engulfed their house in Leicester in the early hours of September 13 last year

'He's only a baby!' heard as 17 year old's verdict read out

There were tears in the public gallery as 17-year-old Cairo Parker's manslaughter verdict was read out as someone cried out, "He's only a baby!"

Cairo Parker, 17, was found guilty of manslaughter but not four counts of murder. Credit: Leicestershire Police

The judge Mr Justice John Griffith Williams lifted restrictions on naming Parker and said he would hear mitigation tomorrow afternoon before sentencing the defendants on Wednesday morning.

Eight men found guilty over Leicester house fire deaths

Kemo Porter, 19, and Tristan Richards, 22 were found guilty of murdering a mother and her three children in a botched revenge attack.

Six other defendants were found guilty of manslaughter, but cleared of four counts of murder. They are:

  • Shaun Carter, 24
  • Nathaniel Mullings, 19
  • Jackson Powell, 20
  • Aaron Webb, 20
  • Akeem Jeffers, 21
  • Cairo Parker, 17
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