I never spoke out until I was 40. It was taboo. Men aren’t victims of abuse

Tony Magee is searching for the right words as he absently taps his fingers on the table in an airless conference room at Mercury headquarters. “What do you call it when something is like something else?” asks the grey haired 55 year old, his accent a disarming patter of Midlands-softened…

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The future of Leicester Central

PICTURE ALEX HANNAM - inside of part of the old Great Central Station with plans to turn it into 100 bed hotel - STORY CAT TURNELL

It’s one of Leicestershire’s unofficial tourist destinations. Tucked away down a side street, removed from the bustle of the city centre. “I get plenty of visitors,” nods Mukhtar Shah, who has a car workshop in Great Central Street. “Sometimes 10, 15 people come a month, a lot of people who…

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Images from LE1 and elsewhere

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Currently on display in Dover Street, Leicester. Just excellent.   Walkers. Best pies. No contest. Leicester Market vinyl stall.   Leicester Fridge do Naked Comedy at Manhattan 34. Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival on Friday, February 5. Leicestershire love god drops by the Mercury offices and visits the newsfloor. Pre-Eurovision. Nicely…

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46 interesting facts about Leicestershire…

Heads up...centre chairman of Hallaton bottle kicking Phil Allan gets ready to start last year's event off.
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    Leicester City FC won the league in 2015/16. But what do you know about the city and county which spawned them?   1. Leicestershire is the Spiritual Home of Rock Music. It started back in 1980 with the first Monsters of Rock at Donington Park. It continues today…

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The Anchor Centre

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John Chalmers thinks for a moment about what time would be best for a visit. In the morning, he says, there might be nobody there, but in the afternoon, they might be too far gone to make sense. In the end, he suggests coming along at noon. “Welcome to the…

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Letzgo Hunting – the Leicestershire dads bringing hebephiles to justice

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Fingers clatter across an iPad and up goes the internet chat room profile of 14 year old Jess. A couple of seconds pass and the phone vibrates to indicate a message. The date is December 14, 2014 and this is the first contact from Peter Hyam in Essex. “Hello Jess…

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