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Readership up for the Mercury

The Leicester Mercury is showing a significant increase in readership eight months after launching a major redesign. In March, as reported on HoldTheFrontPage, the Leicester Mercury introduced a new look created by international design guru Lucie Lacava. There were improvements

Robbie Williams – up close

The Leicester Mercury has given a kidney patient the chance to see her favourite pop star – up close. The newspaper gave Jaime Peel two VIP tickets to see Robbie Williams in concert after an appeal from her mother. The

Heard the one about the reporter…?

Page 1 of 3 Ever fancied yourself as a stand-up comic? A reluctant Lee Marlow was persuaded he had what it takes. But when he joined a stand-up course, what followed was more horror than comedy. His article below was

Mercury celebrates the Festival of Light

A 16-page special has been produced by the Leicester Mercury to celebrate the Diwali festival of light. News and views about the Asian celebration, which culminated last night in fireworks and candle celebrations for Diwali Day, were carried in the

A Reds-hot fling is no match for true footy love

Page 2 of 2 They do not realise that teams are not simply chosen by genuine supporters, they are born out of a deeper affection. An attachment with a football club is usually a result of coming from the town

Front page pic helps catch mugger

A judge praised a quick-thinking bystander who snapped a picture of a mugger running off – which later secured his arrest after being published on the front page of the Leicester Mercury. The paper carried a headline “Mugged for £3″

Girl on film

There was a starring role for Leicester Mercury writer Elaine Galloway when she volunteered to be in a new commercial to highlight the city’s shopping centre. But the harsh reality of filming came as something of a shock when compared

Local people to make history

Readers of the Leicester Mercury are being invited to vote on what should go into a Millennium Collection. A collection of items that have shaped the 20th Century and the way we live in the year 2000 is being put

Sex pest targets would-be journalist

Leicestershire Police statistics indicate that indecent exposure is a crime in decline. Reported incidents fell by half last year. But Victim Support believe many women are unwilling to report incidents through embarrassment, or fear that they will be ridiculed. Some

Experts to prowl the Midlands' 'Big Cat' country

The Leicester Mercury’s in-depth coverage of big cat sightings in its county has led a team of specialist investigators to the area. The Bristol-based Exotic Animal Register (EAR) decided to stake out fields in Leicestershire and Rutland after an increase

Homes for 10 most unwanted

The animal-loving Leicester Mercury has been finding homes for some of the city’s most needy creatures. In June, the newspaper highlighted the 10 most unwanted who were all in desperate need of a loving home. These included dogs, goats and

Ukranian visitors at the Mercury

A group of Ukranians, involved in a major environmental project, have visited the Leicester Mercury’s offices to hear about the Turning The Tide initiative. The Leicester project saw the Mercury working in partnership with the city council and Leicester eco-charity

Mercury is a cat believerbut local zoos disagree

The Leicester Mercury has revealed what it called the “best proof yet” of a wild big cat on the loose. It reproduced stills on its front page from a 15-minute home video shot by reader Graham Pearce which appeared to

Safety pins at the ready

Oy! What are you looking at? Why – it’s that nice young reporter from the Leicester Mercury… but what does she look like? Her latest assignment from the newsdesk was to walk through the streets of Leicester dressed up in

After 72 years Arthur Church calls it a day

Arthur Church is to retire as a columnist on the Bucks Free Press 72 years after he joined the paper as a junior reporter. Mr Church spent two years’ training on the newspaper in High Wycombe before joining the Leicester

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