Storm Dennis causes heavy flooding in Barrow-Upon-Soar

By Adam Dutton

Residents of Barrow-Upon-Soar and other villages in Leicestershire have been heavily hit with flooding this weekend (FEB14-FEB17)

Barrow-Upon-Soar was hit especially hard by the flooding, leaving some people in the area unable to safely travel elsewhere.

Julie Morris, 55, who lives in Leicestershire, was staying overnight in her motor home at a campsite in Barrow when the floods hit. She was unable to leave.

She said: “The flooding is very bad, I’ve not been able to go into work today so I’ve lost a day’s pay.

“I have a small car too, I can’t move it because the water is too deep. I just don’t know where this much water has come from.”

The flooding has forced many main roads in and around the town to close until the water has cleared.

Residents have been forced to plan routes in order to avoid the roads most affected. The residents have been forced to use Facebook community pages to inform each other of road closures.

 

An area of land in Barrow-Upon-Soar heavily affected by the flooding

Helen Macauley, 48, a resident of Barrow-Upon-Soar of 11 years, found her morning dog walking route underwater.

She said: “My usual dog walk across The Slabs to Quorn was completely underwater.

“The traffic in the village was also very heavy, with people in the neighbouring villages having to go through Barrow to get onto the A6 because of flooding closing their usual access routes.

“Barrow Road, going out of Barrow, was underwater. This was made worse by the fact that there were no warning signs in place on Bridge Street at the top of the hill. Vehicles had to turn around once they got down the hill. I walked back up the hill telling drivers they would have to turn around because of the flooding. It was chaotic.”

Water was able to rise over the flood banks and cause damage to homes and disrupt the local traffic in the area.

Roads are beginning to slowly open again.

The Crow’s Nest to host “one of the biggest” Fireworks Night displays in Leicester

By Ben Sanderson

There will be a fireworks display at The Crow’s Nest pub to commemorate Guy Fawkes Night tonight.

The display will start at 6pm and will last for an hour.

It will be a large display, taking place in a car park outside the pub in Glenfield Road, Leicester, which shall be emptied of cars for the event, so that traffic can be blocked from the area of the display.

The Crow’s Nest pub

 

The Crow’s Nest has decided to press ahead with its fireworks display because the weather forecast for the afternoon is clear, despite numerous cancellations of other displays scheduled for tonight due to earlier forecasts of bad weather.

Manager Ray Cooper said: “I’ve spent thousands on this.

“There will be a barbecue and two DJs for entertainment.”

Admission for the event is free and customers will be sectioned off from the large fireworks display for safety reasons.

Glenfield Road, where The Crow’s Nest is

Mr Cooper revealed: “This is one of the biggest fireworks displays in the whole of Leicester. We’re expecting a lot of people to attend.”

A number of other Bonfire Night events were cancelled due to forecast bad weather owing to heavy rain this morning, but Mr Cooper and his staff believe theirs can go ahead because the weather was supposed to be clear from 3pm onwards.

The Wishes 4 Kids charity event scheduled to be at Ilston-on-the-Hill tonight was one such event that has been cancelled, with people particularly disappointed because of how much money the event was expected to raise for charity.

According to the Leicester Mercury, last year’s event raised £17,500 for charity.

The fireworks display is the main event at The Crow’s Nest tonight, which also is offering entertainment from 5pm until late.

The Crow’s Nest is at 1 Glenfield Road, Leicester, LE3 5QW. Follow @thecrowies on Facebook for more details.

Media Employers come to DMU

By Alexandru Voda and Amanjeet Heer

BBC Asian Network radio presenter, Bobby Friction and Kamlesh Purohit, Deputy Managing Editor, for BBC Radio Leicester were two of a number of guest speakers who participated at De Montfort University’s first employability event for students studying Media, Computing and Engineering subjects.

Three former DMU alumni John Jackson a presenter at talkRADIO and talkSPORT, Ryan Arnold, DJ and music producer at Capital Radio and Jake Clifford, TV Production at 7Wonder also participated in a Q & A with students.

Kamlesh Purohit spoke to students about his job at BBC Radio.

 

The event was organised by the Careers and Placement Team. Davina Patel explained why they did it.

Former Leicester boss Ranieri pays homage to missing footballer Emiliano Sala

By Luke Smith

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Former Leicester City boss Claudio Ranieri says Emiliano Sala is a “wonderful character” and a “fighter”.

The Cardiff City record signing was on the light aircraft that went missing over the Channel Islands on Monday. He was travelling from Nantes to Cardiff to begin training with his new club, having joined on Saturday.

The search for Sala and aircraft pilot David Ibbotson has now been called off, with Guernsey police tweeting that rescuers were “no longer actively searching” for the plane.

Harbourmaster Captain David Barker, who made the statement, said the chances of survival “are extremely remote”.

Ranieri, now Fulham manager, worked with Sala at FC Nantes throughout the 2017/18 season, with the Argentine ending the campaign as the club’s top scorer.

In a statement on the Fulham FC official website, Ranieri said: “Like everyone else, I was devastated to hear the news that Emiliano was on board the aircraft. Emiliano is a wonderful character. Knowing him as a person, he’s a fighter.

“He’s a fantastic footballer who always gave his best when we worked together in France. The world of football will be united in wishing and hoping for some positive news. In the meantime, I – along with the Nantes and Fulham families – pray for Emiliano and his family.”

Leicester Christmas lights switch-on draws record crowds

By Conor de Smith

Leicester’s annual Christmas lights switch-on saw record crowds as the city got the festive season underway last Thursday night.

About 22,000 people attended the event in Humberstone Gate and the area surrounding the Clock Tower to witness the illuminations.

The on-stage entertainment was headed by ITV Central News presenter Matt Teale and featured a host of celebrity guests including X Factor winner Sam Bailey, BBC Radio Leicester’s Martin Ballard, and band the Simpletones.

The switch-on itself was conducted by Leicester Lord Mayor Cllr Ross Grant and ‘Santa Claus’ before a rendition of White Christmas was performed by Bailey, who won the X Factor in 2013.

How Leicester City Council decorated the city.

Leicester City Council has spent an extra £50,000 on festivities having updated the stock of decorations over the last three years. The £170,000 comprehensive budget was distributed between 16,000 lights across 15 city centre streets, a 14m Christmas Tree by the Clock Tower, the Wheel of Light, and an Alice in Wonderland themed tableau, amongst other activities.

The giant ice rink, which will be 50 per cent larger than last year, opens on Saturday, December 8, while there have been decorations erected in St Martins for the first time due to extra funding.

Sarah Harrison, City Centre Director for Leicester City Council, said: “It’s really nice for people to come together. It’s the start of the Christmas season and we get more and more people every single year so we must be doing something right.

“We start planning in February. It is a very long process because there is so much to organise like the ice rink, ordering the Christmas tree, refurbishing the lights, changing the old lights to LEDs, and building the table. It takes a good six months to get Christmas organised.

“With the amount of time and investment we put into Christmas, the city centre looks fabulous to the point where even the most ‘bah humbug’ of people can’t help but smile. We now have these wonderful new public spaces which is why we have so many activities this year.”

Leicester tree lights up sky.

A street food event managed by Canteen UK was also held in New Market Square, allowing the public to enjoy an array of foods such as gourmet burgers, hot dogs, curry, and cheesecake.

Sarah Ventre, owner of curry stall Full of Chaat, said: “We were on board as soon as Canteen UK asked us to do it. We love Leicester and there is a really nice atmosphere here. We have been here since 10.00am and we have really enjoyed it.

“The community feel is another reason why we chose to take part. We’re from Birmingham and do a lot of local events which we enjoy doing, such as our city’s own Christmas lights, and this is very similar.”

The ever-improving event seemed to be a hit with crowds. Christina Allan, 20, a Leicester resident, said that this year’s spectacle has been the best yet.

“I really enjoyed the Christmas lights switch on,” she said. “My favourite bits were the Alice in Wonderland display and the reindeer in St Peter’s Square. It was much better lit than last year and it looked as though they made much more of an effort with the decorations this time around.

“The turnout was a lot larger for the switch-on itself which made for a better night and a much better atmosphere, even if it did take a while to leave the city centre after it had all ended.”