Temporary ice skating rink to come to Leicester

By Rhys Shipman

An ice rink will be installed in Leicester’s Jubilee Square on December 8 for a month.

 

The rink, which measures 35 meters by 15 meters, is expected to attract thousands of visitors over the month it is running.

This follows on from the council’s £50,000 purchase of new decorations for this year’s Christmas festivities in the city to accompany the spectacular ice rink.

The Leicester Christmas lights will be switched on on November 23 with many activities and acts of entertainment planned to celebrate the evening.

City Broadcaster talks everything Puel

By Kiran Bedder

A City broadcaster has urged Foxes fans to cut newly appointed football team boss Claude Puel some slack after initial groans of disappointment greeted the Frenchman’s arrival.

Puel took charge exactly a week ago and guided the Blues to a well-earned 2-0 victory against struggling Everton on Sunday.

Mike McCarthy, match day broadcaster for BBC Leicester, says he understands why the former Lille and Southampton boss has garnered mixed views from City fans.

Speaking to Leicestershire Press he said: “Football is all about what you’ve done lately, and looking at the way things ended at Southampton you could think well, maybe that wasn’t the best, but maybe that’s not the reason why Leicester should go for him.”

Puel did manage to get the Saints to Wembley last season in the EFL Cup and also boasts a great record within Europe.

“His record in Europe is pretty good as well,” added Mike. “He’s only ever been knocked out of the Champions League by the likes of Real Madrid and Barcelona and the top teams he’s come up against.”

Puel stepped into the shoes of former manager Craig Shakespeare who was sacked on October 17th.

McCarthy said Shakespeare’s dismissal came as a little bit of a surprise.

“I spoke to him after the West Bromwich Albion game and he didn’t seem like there was pressure coming from above in terms of his position. He didn’t seem like a man who was worried.”

Only time will tell whether Puel can win over the hearts of Leicester’s expectant fans.

Aerosol truck fire shuts M1

By Harry Rogers

The M1 was closed between Junction 20, Leicester, and Junction 21, Lutterworth, on Tuesday when a lorry carrying aerosols caught fire.

The section of road was shut off immediately while emergency services battled the blaze, which engulfed two lanes of the motorway.

The fire was extinguished, but the section of road remained shut for more than five hours while the road was cleared.

It eventually re-opened just before 6pm, only to be shut again at 9pm so repairs could be made to the road surface.

The motorway was opened again just after 4am, more than 14 hours after the the incident was first reported.

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Leicester club celebrates with frightfully good Halloween night

By Harry Rogers

A Leicester nightclub last night welcomed hundreds of clubbers to one of the biggest Halloween events in the city.

MOSH, on the corner of St Nicholas Place, staged its annual spook-filled night across three floors of music from all genres.

A bar tab of £50 was on offer to the clubber with the best fancy-dress costume followed by a £25 and £10 tab for second and third place.

Manager Joe Mills said: “Halloween is a special night as everyone makes an effort and we have a great reputation.

“I don’t find it stressful as we have a detailed plan for every aspect of the club. It’s good to see everyone pull together to make it happen.”

jack-o-lantern-pumpkins-11288879970iUJPThe club welcomed party goers from 9pm, offering a cheaper entry price to those arriving at this time and remained open until 3am.

Mr Mills added: “The team was well drilled, and we had extra staff in to make sure the night ran smoothly.”

MOSH has seen thousands attend its annual Halloween event over the past five years.

Rhiann Tintor, a worker at the club said: “Halloween night at MOSH is one of the best events of the year as it involves all the fun of dressing up.”

She said it was one of the staff’s favourite times of year.

You can find out more information about regular club nights on their Facebook page at facebook.com/moshleicester

 

 

 

 

 

Government cuts stakes on fixed betting machines

By Daniel Siggins

A Leicester-based betting shop worker believes a new cap on fixed odd machine stakes may not be enough to curb gambling addictions.

Recent changes in the law now limit gamblers to spending £100 every bet on the addictive machines found in most bookmakers.

But the proposed changes have been criticised by The Labour party, who argue the measures are not enough.

 

A cashier bookmaker, who preferred not to be named and who has worked across many betting shops across Leicester and the Midlands, believes the measures do not go far enough.

addiction-bet-betting-casinoHe said: “They still can do 36 spins a minute when we worked it out at £2 a spin, most of the players stay there for an hour or two.

“In all honesty people addicted to the machines so they if they want to they can stay all day.”

The source said he believed about 50% of customers in betting shops use the machines. He added that in Leicester, Narborough is a particularly busy area.

 

He also seemed doubtful that reducing the number of spins customers could make a minute would be effective.

“Reducing the amount they could do would just mean they would stay on longer and alternate between different shops,” he said.

“There is nothing a bookmaker can do as it’s down to their self-control and financial security.”

The cashier also felt government intervention was not ideal.

He said: “We don’t force customers to come and we give them notices on the machine if they have played for a long time.

“It’s also a huge help in taxation towards the government which therefore funds other areas, it’s a lot like alcohol, no one has forced you and it is a select few who become addicted.”

However, he does not expect the changes to have a major impact on the daily life at bookmakers.

“It may reduce the amount of people using the machines as individuals will be using them for longer,”  he added.