Leicester gym that defied lockdown launches new mental health service to help combat suicide

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A Leicester gym that defied coronavirus lockdown rules has launched a new mental health service to help combat depression and suicide.

The Warehouse Gym - in Lunsford Road, Humberstone - said that two of its members had taken their own lives within the last four months.

The gym, which is the largest independent venue in the city, was forced to close its doors after England's second national lockdown was introduced on November 5.

It followed an ultimatum issued by Leicester City Council, supported by Leicestershire Police, threatening it with a 90-day closure order if it did not comply with the rules.

Owner Lynton Dell had challenged regulations insisting that gyms, leisure centres and sports clubs closed their doors along with other "non-essential" businesses, claiming it was vital it be allowed to stay open to help support its members' mental health - and even "'prevent suicides".

Mr Dell, who managed to

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