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Leicester businesses hit out after city placed in extended lockdown amid surge in coronavirus cases

Leicester business owners have criticised the Government’s extension of the city’s lockdown, saying the measures “won’t make a difference”.

The Health Secretary said the national lockdown easing would not be happening in the area, meaning pubs, hairdressers and restaurants will not be able to open as planned.

Non-essential shops in Leicester must close from today and schools will close to most pupils from Thursday.

PM pledges to ‘build, build, build’ with £5bn plan to boost economy after pandemic

Boris Johnson is promising to “build, build, build” by injecting billions of pounds into public projects to ease the UK through the aftermath of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Prime Minister will use a keynote speech to say he wants to follow in the footsteps of president Franklin D Roosevelt, who led the US out of the Great Depression in the 1930s.

Mr Johnson, speaking in the West Midlands later today, will say the Government intends to spend £5 billion “to accelerate infrastructure projects”.

Some £1.5 billion is to be allocated this year to hospital maintenance and more than £1 billion for a 10-year school rebuilding programme.

Serial rapist Joseph McCann freed from jail following ‘major failings’ by probation staff

Serial rapist Joseph McCann carried out a series of sex attacks after being freed from prison following “major failings” by an “unstable” team of inexperienced probation staff, inspectors have found.

He was handed 33 life sentences with a minimum term of 30 years in December for the attacks on 11 women and children last year.

But officials were warned years earlier that he had the hallmarks of a sex offender, with probation officers later missing eight chances to keep him behind bars.

Justice Secretary Robert Buckland asked Chief Inspector of Probation Justin Russell to carry out an independent review of the case, which highlighted a string of troubling findings.

China passes national security legislation for Hong Kong

China’s parliament has passed new national security legislation for Hong Kong that critics warned would rob the territory of its autonomy.

The move sets the stage for the most radical change to the former British colony’s way of life since it returned to Chinese rule in 1997.

It pushes Beijing further along a collision course with the US, Britain and other Western governments, which have said it erodes the high degree of autonomy the global financial hub was granted at its 1997 handover.

Weekend could be busiest of year on roads as lockdown eased

This weekend could be the busiest of the year so far on England’s roads as coronavirus lockdown rules are eased, a new survey has suggested.

From Saturday, people in England will be permitted to spend the night away from their home for the first time in more than three months.

Some 31 per cent of drivers – equivalent to 10.5 million – will be using a car for an overnight trip, the RAC poll indicated.

On this day…

1520: Montezuma II, last Aztec ruler, was killed in Mexico City during the Spanish conquest of Mexico under Cortez.

1800: The Glasgow Police Act, the first such Act in Britain, was finally passed through the persistence of Glasgow city authorities. This allowed the formation of the City of Glasgow Police.

1837: A British Act of Parliament abolished punishment by pillory.

1859: The great tightrope walker Blondin crossed Niagara Falls from the US to Canada in just eight minutes. The rope was stretched 1,100ft and suspended 160ft above the Falls.

1894: London’s Tower Bridge was officially opened to traffic by the Prince of Wales.

1934: Hitler’s rival Ernst Rohm and hundreds of influential Nazis were murdered by the SS in what was dubbed “The Night of the Long Knives”.

1936: Margaret Mitchell’s Gone With The Wind was published.

1940: German forces occupied the Channel Islands.

1960: Norman Bates was unleashed onto an unsuspecting world when Hitchcock’s classic chiller Psycho was premiered in New York.

1974: Mikhail Baryshnikov, Soviet-born ballet dancer, defected while on tour in Canada with the Bolshoi Ballet.

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