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Two men charged following serious incident in Wigston

Photo: Scales of JusticeA man has appeared in court following an incident in Wigston.

At a hearing at Leicester Magistrates Court on November 24th, Dean Bradley, 47, of Earle Smith Close, Leicester, was charged with attempted murder and possession of an offensive weapon and remanded.

John Bradley, 67, of Gloucester Crescent, Leicester, was charged with assisting an offender and bailed to appear at court on Wednesday 9th December.

The charges relate to an incident that took place at around 10.15am, Monday 23rd November on Parvian Road, Wigston.

A 25-year-old man remains in the Leicester Royal Infirmary where his condition is described as stable.

Partners offer a dedicated sports ‘taster day’ in Huncote for people with disabilities

pavilion sportA dedicated sports taster day is being offered for people with disabilities.

Blaby District Council is introducing ‘Have a Go Day’ in partnership with Harborough District Council, Oadby and Wigston Borough Council and Ellesmere College.

The day will be packed full of inclusive activities for adults with physical, mental and/or learning disabilities.

The event will take place on Tuesday 30 June from 10am-3pm at The Pavilion Leisure Centre, Sportsfield Lane, Huncote, LE9 3BN.

Sports on offer will include boccia, walking football and table tennis, as well as information sessions about how to participate in sport and physical activities.

Admission for the day is just £2.

Councillor Sheila Scott, portfolio holder for Health Improvement and Leisure Services, said:

“Our disability action plan is to offer fun activities and new opportunities to residents in the district with physical, mental and/or learning difficulties.

“I’m delighted that along with our partners at Harborough and Oadby and Wigston give people the opportunity to participate in sporting activities.”

For more information contact Eleanor Blackwell on 0116 272 7617 or e-mail eleanor.blackwell@blaby.gov.uk.

Recruiting under way for green-fingered ‘grow-your-own’ enthusiasts

grow your own veg graphicGreen-fingered enthusiasts in the Blaby, Oadby and Wigston area are continuing to try their hand at growing their own food for the first time, thanks to the support of volunteers with the master gardeners programme.

The programme, supported by Leicestershire County Council’s Food for Life programme and run by national charity Garden Organic, brings together enthusiastic gardeners with complete novices to experience the joys and benefits of growing to everyone.

Some people are receiving one-to-one advice and support in their own homes, whether that might be to grow salads on the windowsill of a tiny flat, or to tackle the challenge of a new garden.

Alison McGrath, from Garden Organic, said:

Alison McGrath
Alison McGrath: Helping residents grow their own food

“Our master gardeners in Wigston have been helping residents of Elizabeth Court to grow their own food and they’ve created some raised beds.

“There are also plans for a similar garden in Boulter Crescent in the near future and there’s also been activity at the Brocks Hill visitor centre in Oadby.

“Master gardeners are also spreading the word in Blaby at local events and through talks.”

Garden Organic now wants to hear from people who also have a passion for growing and would like to share it with others.

They are holding courses for volunteers on May 24 and 25 and for further details, and an application pack, contact Alison McGrath on 07584 343847, email Alison at amcgrath@gardenorganic.co.uk or visit their website at www.leicestershire.mastergardeners.org.uk

http://www.gardenorganic.org.uk/ (Garden Organic website)

Three arrested and bailed following death of man in Wigston

Photo: Mark Cookson
Mark Cookson

Police have arrested a third person following the death of a man in Wigston.

The 24-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of manslaughter and has been questioned by detectives.

A 20-year-old man and a 49-year-old woman were arrested on suspicion of the same offence on Monday 30 March.

All three people have since been bailed pending further enquiries.

Officers were called to a property in Leicester Road at about 8.15pm last Wednesday (25 March) where the body of 42-year-old Mark Cookson was found.

A post-mortem examination concluded that he died as result of a head injury which is believed to have been sustained on the weekend of Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 March.

A picture of Mr Cookson has been released and officers would like to speak to anyone who saw him in the area around Asquith Boulevard and Wigston town centre, between 6pm and 8pm on the Sunday evening.

Detectives are particularly keen to speak to a motorist who is believed to have stopped in Welford Road, near to the junction with Hillcrest Road, and spoke to Mr Cookson and a woman at about 6.30pm that night.

This man is believed to be in his 50s and was driving a blue car along Welford Road towards the city.

If you think you saw Mr Cookson on the Sunday evening or were the man in the blue car, call 101 quoting incident number 590 of 25 March 2015.

Home Start seeks volunteers

Home-Start is a voluntary organisation offering support, friendship and practical help to families at home with at least one child under 5.

The first Home-Start scheme was launched in 1973 and there are now nearly 340 schemes with more than 15,700 volunteers visiting families throughout the UK.

Each local scheme is staffed by at least one paid coordinator who is responsible for running the scheme and recruiting volunteers. The service is free, non judgmental and confidential.

Home-Start Blaby District was formed on November 1st 1999 and less than six years later expanded to the boroughs of Oadby and Wigston on April 1st 2005.

We now employ ten staff and we are run by a Board of eight Trustees.  As a registered charity we are dependent on financial support and donations from local organisations and individuals.

Can you make a difference?

For more information on the important work that Home-Start does please see the link below:


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A company limited by guarantee, registered in England & Wales, number 5373629 Charity No. 1108617