LIVE BLOG: Private social network for schools to launch in Leicestershire

11:52 Collate Loop to further support schools in South Leicestershire.

The company Collate Loop is an engagement platform which helps ease financial pressures, improve education and develop social communication in schools.


After it was revealed multiple schools in the area have funding of £3,000-£5,000 per pupil,  Collate Loop decided to step in and help with savings.

The Collate Loop set to offer support to local schools in Blaby and South Leicestershire

11:28 Uncle Sam’s Great American Circus comes to Hinckley once again

Uncle Sam’s Great American Circus has returned to Hinckley until March 24.

The circus features new acts for 2019 including a Mary Poppins-esque act and The Thunderball Riders.

The experience is set to feel like a true American circus.

Great American Circus comes to Hinckley

11:21 Here is a full report about this morning’s lorry crash

The M1 northbound has been closed since the early hours this morning following a lorry crash resulting in a fire.

Full updates here: M1 northbound closed after lorries burst into flames

11:12 CEM will hold a second talk to help DMU students secure placements

The DMU Faculty of Computing, Engineering and Media’s Placement Team are hosting a second talk for first year students to help navigate securing 12 month placements.

The second talk will be held on March 27 from 2-3pm.

There is also the offer of nine exclusive paid opportunities and many of them are exclusive to DMU students.

To get involved with improving your future employability book a spot on My Gateway.

Second CEM Placement Team talk scheduled after full booking

10:56 Leicester students protest against climate change

Last Friday (March 15) students across Leicester left school to protest against a lack of governmental action tackling climate change.


To understand 16 year-old Greta Thunberg’s reasons for initiating the strikes read here: Leicester students walk out of schools to protest climate change




10:40  Holi festival returns to Leicester

The annual Holi festival returns to Leicester this weekend and it’s set to be a fun filled family day out.

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More information can be found by emailing

Expect colour-throwing, story-telling and children’s activities.

Find out what to look forward to here: Holi festival returns to Leicester




10:30 Lecturer features in Madeleine McCann documentary

DMU Journalism lecturer Lee Marlow features in the hit Netflix series telling the tale of Madeleine McCann’s disappearance in 2007.


He interviewed the 3 year-olds parents, Gerry and Kate McCann soon after they returned to England following her disappearance.

Catch his fascinating insights into what it was like to become embroiled in a news story that captured the world’s attention.

Madeleine McCann documentary receives criticisms, despite thorough research and production

10:15 Traffic Update

The M1 Northbound is completely closed until further notice.

The M1 Southbound is currently open.

Highway England have instructed divers to allow more time to complete their journey.

More details soon.

10:10 Weather Update

Today: Cloudy currently.

The high will be 14°C. The low will be 6°C.

10 per cent chance of rain.

10:00 Welcome

Good morning Leicestershire and welcome to today’s live news blog from the Leicestershire Press.

We’ll keep you posted on what’s happening in the area today.

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