It’s been another busy day in the Leicester newsroom as life continues under varying degrees of lockdown in the city and county.
Kasabian, who had been due to play a much-heralded homecoming gig in Victoria Park this summer, have left fans shocked by the announcement that singer Tom Meighan is stepping down.
Textile firms in Leicester are also under the spotlight as the row over the source of the city’s coronavirus spike rumbles on.
Of course, we realise it’s not always easy to stay on top of the latest developments.
So to make it a little more straightforward, here is a selection of some of the top stories on our Leicestershire Live website today.
Tom Meighan leaves Kasabian after ‘struggling with personal issues’
Frontman Tom Meighan has been a part of Kasabian since it was created over two decades ago in 1997 when its members, Serge Pizzorno and Chris Edwards attended Countesthorpe Community college.
A statement was released by Kasabian today citing personal reasons for the split.
The statement said: “Tom Meighan is stepping down from Kasabian by mutual consent.
“Tom has struggled with personal issues that have affected his behaviour for quite some time and now wants to concentrate all his energies on getting his life back on track. We will not be commenting further.”
3 Leicester textile firms under investigation over coronavirus concerns
Health and safety inspectors have ordered a Leicester textile firm to take action to protect its staff from coronavirus.
Officials from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) say the company, which it has not identified, is one of three in the city it is investigating following a series of visits they have carried out over recent days.
The city’s textile trade, which has more than 1,000 manufacturers, is in the spotlight at the moment after suggestions that conditions in small workshops could be a factor in the recent outbreak of coronavirus that led to Leicester becoming the first area in the UK to be put into a local lockdown.
Campaigners have suggested employees are being forced to work in non-covid- secure conditions where social distancing is not being applied.
New map shows the parts of Leicestershire that would be affected worst by a second Covid-19 wave
A new map released by Oxford University has been made to identify coronavirus hotspots that could flare up in Leicester and Leicestershire.
The map outlines at-risk regions based on the number of vulnerable people and available hospital resources to handle outbreaks.
And in Leicestershire, the data suggests the county would be one of the least at-risk areas in the country if a second wave breaks out.
The data can be broken down into regions, counties and clinical commissioning groups (CCGs).
Leicester Highcross Café Rouge among restaurants to permanently close as owner enters administration
The Leicester Highcross branch of French restaurant chain Café Rouge is now permanently closed, along with the Loughborough branch of Italian restaurant chain Bella Italia.
They are among 91 UK restaurants, out of a total of 250 owned by the Casual Dining Group, which have shut for good.
The Casual Dining Group – which owns Las Iguanas as well as Bella Italia and Café Rouge – last week entered administration, saying that given the “extreme operating environment” it was in the best interests of all stakeholders to enter administration to allow the company to conclude negotiations with landlords over its estate.
Driver spat at and racially abused 5 officers during coronavirus lockdown spot check
A man racially abused and spat at police officers who stopped his car during lockdown.
Collis Pegg accused them of targeting him because he was black – and hurled a tirade of race related insults the officers.
The 36-year-old spat at them, getting one constable in the eye.
It took five officers, and CS spray, to restrain him, Leicester Crown Court was told.
Officers saw a blue BMW being driven on London Road and were interested to know why the driver was out so late.
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