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Central England Co-op is today (Fri) calling on the Government to introduce new legislation to better protect key workers in its stores following a spike in threats and abuse - including incidents in Rutland.

The retailer, which has over 260 stores across 16 counties, is joining forces with co-operatives up and down the country following a continued spike in colleagues working to provide their communities with vital food and essentials during these uncertain times being faced with unacceptable threats of verbal and physical abuse.

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An innovative coronavirus 'rainbow trail' to support the health and wellbeing of older, vulnerable and disabled people has been given the green light by Rutland County Council.

Dr Mary Hardwick, founding director of Manton's Inspire2tri, has been given the go-ahead to turn a section of field next to the not-for-profit community interest company's headquarters in St Mary's Road into the special exercise area.

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Police watchdogs have commended the Leicestershire force for its effective approach to enforcement during the coronavirus pandemic.

In a virtual meeting, members of Leicestershire and Rutland Police and Crime Commissioner Lord Willy Bach's Ethics and Complaints Committee praised officers for the way they had handled new powers to stop the spread of the virus and their resilience in the face of unprecedented demand.

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A film-maker who relocated to Oakham to be closer to his family has set up a business helping families preserve their special video memories for the digital age.

Tony Lane launched Rutland Memories to convert old video footage into modern digital formats and storage options - a skill he acquired when making a documentary of the rock band Wheatus, of 'Teenage Dirtbag' fame.

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Oakham's The Captain Noel Newton will be back in business early next month as JD Wetherspoon confirms its pubs will reopen in England on 4 July.

But although the popular High Street pub will be open its usual hours, it will be very different from pre-coronavirus - with a host of measures being put in place to ensure the safety of staff and customers.

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