Crowds go crazy for Kieran

screen-shot-2016-12-06-at-18-44-23X Factor’s 5 After Midnight greeted a screaming crowd when they pulled into Leicester in their Promotional bus ahead of Saturday’s final this evening.

Leicester lad Kieran Alleyne, one of the trio who are trying to drum up support ahead of the live vote in the final, got the loudest screams from fans.

Leicestershire Press reporters Molly Barham and Alice Warner braved the crowds to sample the atmosphere as the bus pulled up in St Peter’s Square in Leicester city centre.

The pair got an exclusive interview with Kieran’s mum Sue, who was there with other members of his family.

Watch their video produced back at HQ by DMU Investigative Journalism MA student Rachel King and first year Journalism student Tyler Arthur.

Kieran Alleyne one-third of the popular trio 5 After Midnight came home yesterday evening.

The boys, the bus, and Louis Walsh ventured to Leicester for their visit home before the X Factor final.

We, at Leicestershire Press, got a chance to meet his mum Susan and asked her how proud she was of Kieran for getting this far.

Sue said: “I am extremely proud of him, I could not be prouder. He’s worked really hard to get to this position.

“Leicester are so proud to have my boy in the final of X Factor.”

We also asked her about Kieran’s baby to be, with girlfriend of 11 months Sophie, she said: “I am very excited to have a new baby in the family, I love children. I’ve got lots of grandchildren already, so this is a new one to add to my little pack”

Kieran’s family were all there to support him and were ecstatic for him to come home, if only for half a day.

Leicester are extremely excited to see Kieran in the final on Saturday night and are all backing the boys to win.

Beef fat in £5 note angers temples

By Olivia Mumby, Yousuf Ali, Ollie Churm, Gideon Umunna and Liam Connell

Two Hindu temples in Leicester have taken a stance against the new £5 note on religious grounds.

The Shree Hindu Temple and Community Centre, in St Barnabas Road, and the Shree Sanatan Mandir Temple, in Weymouth Street, are urging people not to make donations using the new note.

Nor do they want worshippers to use it inside their buildings as it may contain cow products, an animal seen as being holy.

The new £5 note has been revealed to contain tallow, an animal product, which has caused widespread controversy.

The furore began with vegetarians and vegans complaining about the unnecessary use of tallow and saying they do not want to carry money containing animal fat.

Kiranbhai Padhva, a priest at the Shree Hindu Temple, said: “Because we are vegetarian and we put vegetarian food in front of God in these ceremonies, we don’t want any sort of animal fat to go in front of God.”

He added: “I strongly believe that there should be no use of animal fat or animal meats [in places of worship].”

Shri Satish K Sharma, General Secretary of the National Council of Hindu Temples UK, said: “Hindu temples do not want animal fat inside their temples. We believe in non-violence, so when you think about animal fat being put in money, that is against our principles of non-violence.”

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Barclays Bank, on its website, said: “We are aware of some people’s concerns about traces of tallow in our new £5 note.

“We respect those concerns and are treating them with the utmost seriousness.

“This issue has only just come to light, and the Bank did not know about it when the contract was signed.”

The Bank added there is only a trace of tallow in each note and it has not been specified what animals the tallow is derived from.

Tallow is a hard fatty substance made from rendered animal fat, used to make many common products such as candles and soap.

It is used as a “slip agent” which is essentially a grease, that stops the plastic from sticking to other things during production and also gives the material its final consistency and appearance.

Many say it is not necessary as vegetable oil can be used, and during the BSE crisis of the 1990s and early 2000s, manufacturers sought to replace beef tallow with other products.

The Bank of England said its supplier is working on “potential solutions” after more than 100,000 people signed a petition calling on them to remove a derivative of animal fat.

In the meantime, both Shree Sanatan Mandir temple and Shree Hindu temple said they would reluctantly agree to accept the new £5 note in donations.

Leicester hate crime rises after Brexit but still below national average

By Conor de Smith, Ruairi O’Connor, Sophie Sandberg, Luke Smith, Danial Nash and Matthew Knight

Race related hate crime in the Leicestershire area has risen by 22% following the Summer Brexit vote, however this figure is still well below the national average.

Statistics have shown a nationwide rise in race related hate crime of 41% in the immediate aftermath of the vote, where the United Kingdom elected to leave the European Union (EU).

Despite the upward trend throughout the country, Leicester’s figures, although increased, still show the accepting nature of the city.

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As shown in the graph, the outcome of Brexit did affect the amount of racial hate crime in Leicester quite significantly, with 22 more offences recorded in the month following the crucial vote (July).

 However, it does not appear that the local community feels as much of an affect as the stats would suggest.

Ajaib Singh, main spokesperson of the Guru Nanak Gurdwara Temple in Leicester, stated:

“Leicester is a very multicultural city. The people are very integrated in most areas – apart from some specific areas between specific religions.

He continued to say, “I have not seen any hate crimes for a long time.”

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Although, on the surface multiculturalism seems to be thriving in the area, there are some people who are uncertain how it could develop in the near future.

Kamaron Mostapha, 40, said that “I think the hate between the Brits and the foreigners will grow and create safety problems in the city. Nobody knows what’s going to happen, but I hope that nothing will change.”

X Factor’s 5 After Midnight on stage in Leicester

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REPORTING TEAM: Alice Warner, Molly Barham, Tyler Arthur, Liam Smalley, Alex Murray, Alex Leadbitter, Ollie Heppenstall and Devanshi Lodhia 

X Factor boyband, 5 After Midnight, are in Leicester today for the finalists’ homecoming.

The three piece group is made up of Kieran Alleyne, 21, Jordan Lee, 20 and Nathan Lewis, 23, who formed the band just five weeks before auditioning for the X-Factor.

Kieran Alleyne, who was born and bred in Eyres Monsell, Leicester, has come home with fellow bandmates to perform at The Athena before their last show on The X Factor final.

The trio are singing in St Peter’s Square at 4pm, and will then move onto the Athena for a live performance at 7pm. 1,600 tickets for tonight’s concert at the Athena were free to the public on a first come first serve basis.

The high demand for the tickets show Leicester’s support for the group as all tickets were gone within two and half hours.

Leicester locals are confident that 5AM will win the competition

Georgia Mahy, 20, told us “I really hope they win because I love them, they are definitely my favourite.”

Lauren Marshall, 18, said that “I think they’re the best. They are very talented and I like their voices.”

Joshua Findley, 20, said “I hope that 5 after Midnight win the X-Factor, because I love their dancing.”

Leicester are hoping to keep its success streak running with another X Factor win.

The city has had some luck with Sam Bailey’s X Factor win in 2013 and the Foxes’ Premier League win last season.

The boys will be performing live on ITV this weekend from London’s Wembley Arena.

 

De Montfort prepares for Annual General Meeting in light of recent construction of new SU offices

By Muhsin Cabdi

Students of De Montfort University are awaiting tonight’s (TUE DEC 6) general meeting in the hopes of learning what the student union has been up to in the past year.

The Annual General Meeting, hosted by De Montfort Student Union, is held so that the university’s trustee board can make sure the Student Union has acted within the standard of ethics set for them.

Keira Rounsley, DM SU’s Vice President of Welfare and Community, called it the university’s “biggest democratic meeting all year.”

She said that the meeting serves “to hold the organisation to account” and that “all students are welcome.”

The General Meeting also serves to enable the Trustee Board to approve future plans and discuss Ten Big Questions that can be raised at the meeting.

The meeting, which is held as an evaluation of the past year, takes into account the actions of the Student Union of the past year, paying special attention to any money that was spent on projects.

Keira also said one such topic that may arise at the AGM could be the construction of the new Student Union building.

She went on to say that a primary topic would most likely be “finance with regards to the new building.”

The General Meeting enables students to provide feedback to the De Montfort Student Union.

The General Meeting commences at 4.45pm and continues to 6.30pm in room 4.05 of the Vijay Patel building.