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Advice ahead of light celebration

Diwali celebrations in Leicester
Diwali celebrates the triumph of good over evil

People living in Leicester have been offered safety advice by police ahead of the city's Diwali celebrations.

Up to 40,000 people are expected to attend the lights switch-on in Belgrave Road on Sunday.

Diwali greetings cards are being sent out by Leicestershire Police to homes in the Belgrave area outlining how to keep homes and belongings safe.

Officers said they did not want opportunist thieves taking advantage of the occasion to blight celebrations.

Insp Steve Riley, from Leicestershire Police, said: "Many people will be out and about visiting friends and family during October.

"We are simply reminding them to make sure all windows and doors are locked and to keep their bags and wallets secure when they go out."

Last year 60,000 people attended the switch-on of the Diwali lights in Leicester.

The city's celebrations of the Hindu festival of light are among the largest outside India.

The word Diwali is an abbreviation of Deepavali, which means cluster of lamps, and the festival celebrates the victory of good over evil.



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