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First tonight, a Leicestershire-based holiday
company has stopped trading, leaving hundreds of holidaymakers
stranded and thousands of future bookings cancelled.
All Leisure Holidays, in Market Harborough,
operates the cruise lines Swan Hellenic and
This is the headquarters of All Leisure Holidays Limited,
one of a group of four travel firms based here in Market Harborough.
It provided holidays on two cruise ships, the Voyager,
the Minerva under the brand names Swan Hellenic and Voyages
of Discovery, sailing around destinations like parts of Europe,
North Africa and the Far East, with many passengers flying
in and out from those destinations. Its collapse has affected 400
passengers, although most of those had finished the cruise part
of their holidays and they flew back on schedule.
They had to cut their holidays short and fly back earlier.
Now, it has also, as you can imagine, affected future bookings.
That equates to around 13,000 passengers.
The work we are doing at the moment is to, on the one hand,
bring people back to the UK, and that is happening
around about now, who have completed their holidays.
And for those 13,000 or so people who have forward bookings,
we are making arrangements for those to get a full refund
Now, 250 people work for the group here.
Three of those other firms that I mentioned earlier were taken
over by administrators at the end of December.
Luckily, a buyer was found and 200 posts here were saved.
100 workers on cruise ships will lose their jobs and a further
That 150, we understand, makes up the majority of the workforce.
An investigation is underway after a fatal house fire in Rutland.
Leicestershire Fire and Rescue were called to a property
They rescued the occupant inside, who was trapped, but that person
The cause of the fire is being investigated by both
2.5 million people have watched a film about the murdered
Leicestershire teenager Kayleigh Haywood, since
'Kayleigh's Love Story' depicts the last two weeks of her life.
The 15-year-old from Measham was groomed, raped and murdered
in 2015 after meeting a man on the internet.
The film, produced by Leicestershire Police,
warns of the dangers of online grooming.
A Leicester primary school is to remain shut for the rest
of this week after dozens of windows and glass roof panels were smashed.
The police say two 11-year-old boys have since been arrested and bailed.
It will mean a very late start to the New Year
for the staff and pupils of Braunstone Community Primary,
Clearing up after a blitz of damage on their school.
The staff were back in today at Braunstone Community Primary
in Leicester after dozens of glass panes in windows, doors and roof
It has left the staff upset at what has happened.
Doors and windows have been smashed, as well as the displays
across the schools that have been damaged, and some of the other
rooms that have been vandalised with spray paint.
It's not just glass that's been broken.
A play area specially created for nursery-aged children has also
We do feel really upset because we worked so hard last year
We made it magical for the children and they love it out
here and it's just been trashed, so it is upsetting.
It's meant the 460 nursery and primary pupils will have a late
I have just learnt that Jewson's have donated some bark and some
soil for us because, obviously, we've had to remove
it all because it had shards of glass in it.
I've also had an e-mail from a local pastor that said
if we need any support, that they are there for us to give
Leicestershire police say two 11-year-olds have been questioned
The school revealed this afternoon that it won't open
A jury has been hearing how a seven month old baby girl
"suffered a catastrophic, and ultimately fatal,
injury" that, experts say, could only be caused
At Leicester Crown Court, Chaunfang Zheng, who is 30,
The prosecution claims she shook baby Phoebe "repeatedly,
Chaunfang Zheng was left in charge of baby Phoebe
on the evening of 22nd March, the year before last.
Within 30 minutes of being left in her sole care, the court heard,
Phoebe suffered a catastrophic, and ultimately fatal,
injury with significant bleeding on her brain,
With the baby in her arms, Chaunfang Zheng ran to the Chinese
takeaway next door where Phoebe's mother and father worked.
They rushed the baby to hospital and there were extensive medical
efforts to save her young life, but the injuries inflicted
were so severe that the baby died four days later.
The prosecution said it would never be possible to establish exactly
When she was left, Phoebe the was in good health, he said.
Chaunfang Zheng must have caused significant and abusive head trauma
known as 'shaken baby', and described by an expert
as being very much at the severe end of the range.
It would have been immediately apparent to Chaunfang Zheng
what she had done, he said, but the court was told she made
a concerted effort to lie about the events which led up to it
She tried to blame the mother's efforts to resuscitate the baby
Chaunfang Zheng denies manslaughter and the trial is continuing.
It is being claimed the Government is failing to follow its own
guidelines by creating a new garden village in South Derbyshire.
A local councillor says the Infinity Garden Village
on the outskirts of Derby won't be a new village at all,
At least 2,000 homes are planned to be built on this land,
creating what the Government has named Infinity Garden Village.
Garden villages are one of the ways it is trying to ease
This one, off the A50 between Sinfin and Stenson Fields,
will be one of 14 nationally, but one local councillor here says
the Government has already failed to meet its criteria
for what a garden village is supposed to be by
All of the news houses at the northern end will be facing,
over more than a mile, the existing houses.
You are going to pretend that that somehow is a distinct community?
It doesn't meet the criteria on that ground and it doesn't meaet the ones
saying that the land should perhaps be in public ownership,
not a blade of grass round here is in public ownership,
and that it should be brownfield land.
Well, again, this has been farmed from time immemorial.
So, at first sight, this area doesn't seem to fit the bill
for a garden village, but the Government has also said
that it doesn't consider there to be a single template for a garden
village and doesn't want to impose a set of development
That responsibility lies with the local authorities
and the proposal to build what is being described
as "high-quality homes" here has been defended as essential
This commitment here is to provide quality homes because we need
to have in this area people who are going to support
the industries - they need quality homes to live in.
But the plans have received a mixed reaction from local residents.
It's just adding on to Derby and Derby's problems.
You are going to lose all the countryside.
Work on the project is expected to begin at the end of next year.
Meanwhile, 130 homes already confirmed for this site will start
It is being claimed the Government is failing to follow its own
A photography student has captured rare scenes of an almost
Dean Saunderson spent three hours taking pictures on Christmas morning
The eerie images show the normally busy and bustling city
Dean says it was a magical experience.
So, it's goodbye from me, but with your weather now, here's Kaye.
Lovely spells of sunshine tomorrow. Those clear skies towards the end of
today mean that tonight really will get very cold indeed. A widespread
frost for tomorrow morning, but a gorgeous day, much like bank holiday
Monday, lovely spells of sunshine. We did have a milder air, but the
dragon the cold northerly territory tomorrow. The mild air will return
as we get near the weekend. Back to the here and now and it is dry, the
winds are light and there are plenty of clear skies. The butchers are
already down below freezing. For many of us who will get down to -1
or two, but in the countryside it could get down to -5. No warnings
for ice, but bear in mind that there could be some slippy surface is
first thing. A gorgeous day, dry and fine, lengthy spells of sunshine
with light winds. The temperatures will only get up to three degrees,
so make sure you wrap up warm. For Friday, the milder air starts to
come back in but the wind will strengthen and there is some rain in
the forecast. That pushes down to the south and that leaves us with a
milder, settled weekend, mostly dry with a few bright spells at times.
Here is the Temperatures creeping up a notch or
two and turning milder into the weekend.