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Shakespeare's Richard III was 'complete fabrication'

Paul Daneman asShakespeare's Richard III
Paul Daneman played Shakespeare's Richard III in a 1960 BBC adaption. Credit: PA

Enthusiasts of Richard III have said a study examining his spine has shown the Shakespearean description of him as a "bunch-backed toad" is a "complete fabrication".

Scientists from the University of Leicester's School of Archaelogy and Ancient History produced a 3D reconstruction of the king's spine after his skeleton was found beneath a Leicester car park.

Dr Phil Stone, chairman of the Richard III Society, said it is "yet more proof that, while the plays are splendid dramas, they are also most certainly fiction not fact."

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Leicester 'proud' to bury Richard III

Leicester Cathedral where Richard III will now be buried.
Leicester Cathedral where Richard III will now be buried. Credit: PA

Nick Rushton, leader of Leicestershire County Council, said: "I'm glad the waiting is over and the issue is finally settled.

"It has been a very undignified time as you must remember this is the body of a man - and a king of England. He deserves to be buried with dignity and honour in Leicester Cathedral.

"Next year it will be 530 years since Richard III died at Bosworth - the last King to die in battle - and it will be with great pride that the people of Leicestershire will be part of the ceremony."

Woman dies following motorway crash near Leicester

One of two people injured in an accident which closed the M1 in both directions has died in hospital.

Leicestershire Police confirmed that Tracy Maria Walters, 48, died at Coventry's University Hospital today following a single-vehicle accident on Friday.

Mrs Walters, from Swindon, was seriously injured at about 12.40pm when a Mitsubishi L200 4x4 crashed off the southbound M1 near junction 22.

A second casualty from the vehicle, a man whose identity has not been released, remains in a serious but stable condition in hospital.

Leicester patient helpline launched

General view of the Leicester General Hospital.
A helpline for concerned patients has been launched. Credit: Rui Vieira/PA

Dr Kevin Harris, Medical Director at the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust said:

“There are no concerns about the current mortality rates in liver resection procedures carried out at the University Hospitals of Leicester.

" However, if as a result of the coverage from Wales any patients or relatives would like to talk to us they should call (free phone) 0808 178 8337."

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Trust commissions independent review into surgeon

University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust has commissioned an independent review into work of a suspended liver surgeon in Wales who previous worked at its hospitals.

In a statement, it said some of Professor David Berry's results were "lower than expected."

This is specialist surgery and there are a number of reasons why this might be the case, so rather than speculate we have asked the Royal College of Surgeons to carry out an independent, impartial review of Professor Berry’s cases and once that review is complete we will report back

– Dr Kevin Harris, Medical Director at the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust

Professor Berry was suspended by Cardiff and Vale University Health Board after a review found the deaths of eight patients he operated on were "avoidable."

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Father's family 'still with him all the time'

The father and husband of four people who died in a house fire in Leicester has said his family are "still with him all the time".

Dr Taufiq Al Sattar spoke at the funeral of his wife, Shehnila, daughter Zainab, and sons, Bilal and Jamil. They were buried in a cemetery in Dublin, Ireland, where the father worked.

He also added that he believed they were 'waiting for him in paradise'.

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