Struggling snooker star and murder probe in today's top stories

It's been a busy day in lockdown Leicestershire so we've rounded up some of the stories that have made the LeicestershireLive headlines in one neat place. These are the stories written by our reporters which have reached each corner of the county - and further afield. Our top stories today is a devastating fire at resource centre MIRA, and the launch of a murder investigation. 

Sadly, we begin with Leicester snooker hero Willie Thorne and a deteriorating health condition.
Snooker star Willie Thorne 'unable to move his arms and legs and can't feed himself' Leicester snooker legend Willie Thorne is having a difficult time of it.

The 66-year-old has left hospital in Spain after having treatment for leukaemia but is still struggling with his health. A close friend says his condition has deteriorated so badly he is unable to move his arms and legs and he cannot feed himself.

Willie was diagnosed with cancer in March

An online fund-raising page has now been set up by friends to help the star with a GBP30,000 target.

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Murder investigation launched after man dies at flat in Mountsorrel Police have launched a murder inquiry after the death of a man at a flat. Police were called by East Midlands Ambulance Service at 10.47am on Friday to a flat in Chestnut Court, off Leicester Road, in Mountsorrel.

Officers believe the man was assaulted before he died.

Struggling snooker star and murder probe in today's top storiesBalmoral Road, Mountsorrel

Two men, aged 41 and 39, both of Loughborough , were arrested on Friday on suspicion of murder. They both currently remain in custody where they are being questioned. Massive fire at Mira fills the skies with smoke

Thick plumes of smoke were visible for miles around as a huge fire took hold of part of a Leicestershire research complex. Fire crews were called to Mira Technology near Hinckley Park this afternoon. A temporary storage building was engulfed by fire and fifteen cars, two trailers and a fork lift truck were destroyed.

More than 40 firefighters battled the blaze for hours, amid concerns about petroleum on the site, before bringing the flames under control then extinguishing them.

Struggling snooker star and murder probe in today's top storiesThe fire at Mira

Fortunately nobody was hurt during the major incident and the cause of the fire is now being investigated. Mira is a research centre for the motor industry. Leicester to Burton Ivanhoe railway line re-opening takes a step forward

The potential re-opening of the Leicester-to-Burton railway line, via Coalville and Ashby, as a passenger route has moved a step closer. The Government has announced a GBP500,000 fund, split 10 ways, to look at ways of restoring and re-opening railway lines sacrificed in the 1960s and 1970s as part of the Beeching cuts. The cuts saw thousands of stations close and hundreds of branch lines cut by Dr Richard Beeching, who was recruited by the then Government to make railways profitable again.

Struggling snooker star and murder probe in today's top storiesThe Ivanhoe Line in Coalville

The 31-mile Ivanhoe stretch is one of the routes that could be returned to use, with stations proposed in Ashby, Coalville and Moira.

The Department for Transport cash, from the Restoring Your Railway Ideas Fund, will pay for three quarters of a feasibility study into restoring the line.

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