Video: Jump to raise £3000 for Flipout’s charity appeal

By Emily Barker, James Cannell, Casey Whiting, Annabel Easton, Rakeem Omar

A trampoline centre in Leicester is hoping children will be bouncing with joy after their fundraiser.

On Friday 15th December, trampoline park Flipout will be trying to raise as much money as possible for Leicester Hospitals Charity. The entry price for the day is free, but a Christmas jumper and a £3.00 donation is required. This event does not have to be booked in order to gain entry.

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Director of the Leicester Flipout, Mo Patel, hopes that the day will raise around £3000 for the children’s charity. Mo said: “In order to push the fundraising even further, all of our staff at Flipout will donate their wages for the day and all the items that are bought from the café will be put in the charity box. We’re expecting to get really busy from 4pm. Overall we’ll have more than 300 people throughout the day.”

In addition to the Flipout social media pages promoting the fundraiser, the Leicester Mercury will be advertising the run up to the event.

Kamlesh Mistry, 38, who works at the charity said: “Flipout got in touch with us via the website, and they’re doing a trampoline day to raise money for the children’s wards at the Leicester Infirmary. It will be used for all sorts of things, like buying toys and equipment.”

If you want to donate to the charity, you can do so through their website.

Video: Is Leicester’s fear of crime justified?

By Jade Lyons, Sam Ellison, Stuart Spray, Erik Dawson, Jacob Moseley and Rosie Vacciana-Browne.

 

The fear of serious crime is rising across the UK. For the people of Leicester, this is no different. The publicity given to crime in the media, both on television, radio, and social could be a factor. Tom, from Leicester, commented “I don’t watch the news, however I think crime has increased a little because there are less police around.” However, statistics show that the rate of serious crimes in the UK and Leicester itself, have actually gone down.

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IPSOS Mori found in a recent study about the “perils of perception”, the general public tends to believe everything is worse than in reality. This includes, major crime such as murders, sexual assault, and robberies. IPSOS claims that crime rates have dropped by 29% in recent years.

The security company Verisure has recently published statistics regarding the crime rates in Leicester. The figures show that reports of serious crime have dropped by around 10,000 since 2011.*

Graham, also a local resident said “the falling crime rate is surprising considering the recent cuts to the police”

In the past year, the rate of homicide has decreased by 2%, with the police force continually working to reduce the crime rate of all crimes across the city. Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary’s (HMIC) most recent police effectiveness, efficiency and legitimacy (PEEL) assessment rated the Leicestershire Police force as ‘good’, in the extent to which the force is efficient and legitimate at keeping people safe and reducing crime.

What do you think? Do you believe these statistics? Is crime decreasing in the UK? Or is this an ever-growing issue?

*https://www.verisure.co.uk/advice-and-help/crime-statistics/leicester-crime-statistics

Video: Stonegate’s student takeover continues to sweep Leicester

By Chanell Wallace, Ollie Gibbs, Perry Johnson, Callum Faulds and Bethany Spence

The UK’s largest private pub company is steadily making its mark on Leicester’s night scene, and you probably don’t even know who they are.

With Slug and Lettuce, Yates, Common Room and a variety of free houses throughout the nation under their belt, the chances are you’ve drunk in a Stonegate pub.

Now here in Leicester, the Walkabout bar is back from a two-year hiatus.

Set up in Belvoir Street, the company has removed its former Yates site in favour of Walkabout, which hosts it’s VIP launch party this Friday (DEC8).

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The Walkabout bar in Leicester targets students with its urban interior

The site’s general manager Anna Winterton hopes to “push more towards the student clientele” in this branding transition.

However, there is a question on how this move will have an impact on the street’s antisocial behavioural problems late at night.

“Most of the pubs here let out at three, and every time, it’s absolute carnage, but we have a really good relationship with the police so we work together to make sure things don’t get too out of hand,” said Winterton.

Belvoir Street is currently bound by a Cumulative Impact Licensing Policy issued by Leicester City Council, preventing more licences from being granted in the area, which also includes Granby Street.

The bill aims to combat ‘crime, disorder and public nuisance’ and to protect businesses in the area.

Stonegate, which owns Walkabout, aims to reach a more student clientele, compared to its predecessor, Yates.

The company had made moves to buy the Revolution Bars chain but this was turned down by its shareholders a few weeks ago.

After falling through in the bidding war over the popular student bar chain, Stonegate is still pushing forward to establish itself as the UK’s leading drinking retailer…and hoping public nuisance and street drinking will not tarnish its image.

 

Video: Leicester Toys ‘R’ Us to close – “The uncertainty is the worst part”

By Naomi Dann, George Picton-Clark, Aaron Wilson, Alice Gibbs and Hamza Syed.

One of Leicester’s Toys ‘R’ Us branches is on a list of stores scheduled for closure, with 26 larger stores nationwide to be closed throughout the spring of 2018.

An employee at the Leicester store, said: “We only found out two days ago, and we don’t know how they decided [which stores would be closed]. They haven’t told us when it will close either.

“It is a really tough time of the year for us. The uncertainty is the worst part.”

Although modern and interactive stores may be improving sales figures, the “difficult decision” to close nearly a quarter of the UK stores will put nearly 800 jobs at risk.

Rima Ali, 31, a shopper at the St. George’s retail park store added: “It’s sad that the store is closing down, however I am glad that there are options to shop online.”

Julie Harwood, 28, another Leicester customer of the retail giant, said: “Toy ’R Us is somewhere I visit every year to do my Christmas shopping especially this particular branch, so it’s sad to see it go,”

However, she insisted that she will use the new smaller store in Highcross Shopping Centre.

The US company, currently valued at over £428m, saw a dip in sales in their most recent full year records – but are still recording record pre-tax profits overall.

Managing director Steve Knights said that the chains older “warehouse style” stores had become “too big and expensive to run in the current retail environment”.

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“Newer, smaller, more interactive stores are in the right shopping locations and are trading well, while our new website has generated significant growth in online and click-and-collect sales”.

The UK spends more online than any other nation in the world, with a yearly average of £4,611 per person (BBC 2017).

Despite not knowing an exact closure date, Toys ‘R’ Us released a statement saying “there will be no disruption for customers shopping through the Christmas and New Year period.”