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Filbert Street ground demolished
demolition at Filbert Street
It will take 10 weeks to clear the ground completely
A famous East Midlands football ground has been demolished to make way for luxury flats and a student village.

Leicester City's old Filbert Street ground was used by the club for more than 110 years.

But bulldozers arrived on Tuesday to raze the stands and contractors say the site should be cleared within 10 weeks.

Some supporters who watched the former ground get flattened had mixed emotions.

New home

"The glory days are over for Filbert Street and soon all of this will be reduced to rubble," one bystander said.

"It is a very sad day in some ways, it is very emotional, but we have a new stadium and it is time to move on."

Ann Lodge of Downing Developers said: "It is very exciting for us and it is going to create a huge regeneration in the area."

The Foxes have already moved to their new home, the 32,000-seat Walkers Stadium, built on the site of a former power station.

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