Lawrie Simpkin is about to take over as chairman of the Leicestershire Crimestoppers board of the directors. He is a retired executive editor of the Leicester Mercury and public relations consultant and a former member of the County Crime Prevention
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Readers of the Leicester Mercury have proven they can rise to the challenge, after helping to turn an empty house into a sheltered place for child victims of crime and abuse. Four months ago the newspaper launched its St Bernard’s
Readers of the Leicester Mercury have been given a comprehensive insight into hospitals and the services they provide, in a free publication produced by the paper. Your Hospital is a 36-page supplement put together in partnership with the Dr Foster
One of the first rules of journalism is to read the small ads in your own paper. So when a Leicester Mercury features writer decided to take this rule on board, it came as no surprise to find him writing
Football correspondent Bryon Butler, who died this week, learned his trade in the regional press. Bryon, (66), achieved national recognition as the BBC Radio football correspondent between 1968-1990 and wrote the popular Talking Football column in the Daily Telegraph. But
The Leicester Mercury is backing the annual ‘Rainbows Walk of Life’ event, in a bid to fill the pot of gold at the end of it even more than last year. Around £96,000 was raised for the Loughborough-based Rainbows Children’s
The hit Oscar-winning film Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon has sent crowds flocking to the cinema in a way not seen since Bruce Lee’s heyday. It may be coincidence, but the Midlands’ first dedicated martial arts video and DVD store has
Tributes have been made to a former deputy editor of the Rugby Advertiser who has died at a nursing home in Daventry. Len Archer, (68), retired in 1995. Before that he had worked at the Advertiser for most of his
How do you cope with having the same name as a famous person? Do you hide away or come out and tell the world? Inspired by their very own editor Nick Carter, Leicester Mercury staff have been speaking to locals
A scheme which aims to give individuals the cash and advice they need to start up new projects to benefit themselves and their community has been launched at the offices of the Leicester Mercury. The Positive People Millennium Award Scheme
There could be major changes in the way sports writers gain access to football ground press boxes next season – but sports departments seem to know little about it. The Premier and Nationwide leagues are having talks about a new
Criminals in Leicestershire could find their faces in print as the Leicester Mercury runs a “rogues’ gallery”. The regular page will include CD-fit images drawn up by witnesses and crime victims as well as still pictures taken from CCTV cameras.
Coverage of the devastating earthquake in the Indian state of Gujarat has dominated the news. One journalist who has experienced the devastation first-hand is Nic Ridley of the Leicester Mercury, who has been heading the paper’s coverage of the disaster.
George and Anthony need someone to give them a secure long-term future in a loving home. The boys, aged two and three, are being looked after by foster mum Jayne while the search goes on for someone to adopt them.
Ex-Leicester Mercury staffman Jonathan Smith is finding life is a lot different in his current job with a research consultancy in Oxford. Jonathan works as a project manager/business analyst for Fast Track 100, which currently puts together two supplements for