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Summary

  1. Updates for Thursday 21 April 2016
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Friday

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By Amy Woodfield

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That's all from Leicestershire Local Live today. Updates will start again on Friday at 08:00.

Weather: Frost-free night

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

Remaining dry this evening and overnight. Cloud will gradually increase and with an easterly breeze it will be a frost free night with lows of 6C (43F).

Weather
BBC

Latest Leicestershire headlines

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

  • A series of beacons will be lit across Leicestershire this evening in Her Majesty's honour
  • Plans for hundreds of new homes and a bypass in Melton could be given the go-ahead later
  • Leicester City midfielder Andy King says they one of their strengths in the Premier League title race is their ability to ignore what's being said outside the club

Betham on Tuilagi partnership

BBC Leicester Sport

Could the secret to Leicester Tigers' recent success be down to the partnership between Peter Betham and Manu Tuilagi?

The pair have started together in each of Tigers last three matches, all of them ending in wins. 

Peter Betham and Manu Tuilagi
Getty Images

Betham says they work well together because they're inter-changeable in midfield.

He said: "We're trying to get our combinations right and I think the best thing with myself and Manu is that we can change and vary it up each week so he can distribute, I can ball-crash, or vice-versa.

"The dynamics of our partnership change but it's for the better for our team."

Your comments: Last PG Tips chimp dies

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You've been talking about the death of the last PG Tips chimp, Choppers, on our Facebook page.

Choppers
Twycross Zoo

Mandy Windram says: "Awwww rest in peace Choppers. Happy childhood memories x."

Lesley Field says: "What a shame remember them well."

Bid to bulldoze St Christopher’s Church Hall

Hinckley Times

Revised plans to demolish a former church hall and build four new homes in Barwell have been submitted.

Burbage woman born hours after the Queen

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

The Queen isn't the only one celebrating a big birthday this year...

Lilian Ibotsen from Burbage was born shortly after midnight on 22 April 1926, making her just one day younger than Her Majesty.

Lilian Ibotsen and her daughter Julia Booth
BBC

Lilian missed out on a commemorative silver spoon for sharing the same birthday as the Queen, but she will be treated as a guest of honour at a local street party this summer. 

Parade in Wilbarston

Helen McCarthy

BBC Radio Leicester Reporter

Villagers in Wilbarston, near Market Harborough, have decorated the village with red, white and blue bunting ahead of this evening's festivities.

Helen McCarthy and Sam Perkins
BBC

I met Sam Perkins, manager of The Fox Inn, as he got the Victorian village drum out of storage ready to lead a parade through the village towards the playing fields where a beacon will be lit tonight.

Choppers was 'mixed up'

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Choppers didn't live a life like most chimpanzees. She got too used to being around humans and struggled to fit in with her own kind.

Twycross Zoo's chief executive Sharon Redrobe said last year that Choppers was "mixed up" but that in old age she was learning how to be a chimpanzee.  

Chimpanzee's
Getty Images

She said: "It's not a good start in life to be treated like a human because they don't learn ape behaviour and are not very good at being with other chimps."

The Queen of Earl Shilton

Helen McCarthy

BBC Radio Leicester Reporter

A sea of red, white and blue greeted me at Age UK in Earl Shilton where around 100 people from Earl Shilton, Barwell and Hinckley gathered to celebrate the Queens 90th birthday.

There was a cardboard cut out of the Queen, which you can just see photobombing my selfie with Peggy Reed. 

Helen McCarty and Peggy Reed
BBC

Peggy was chosen to be Queen for the day because of her regal attitude!!!

Visitors and staff curtseyed to her and called her ma'am which she took in her stride.

The gold sceptre, cloak and crown were especially made for Peggy who only let her crown slip once during the whole time I was there.

Much-loved chimpanzee was put down

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Twycross Zoo wrote on their Facebook page earlier that they were "saddened" to announce the death of Choppers.

She died yesterday, aged 48, after recently became ill with signs of heart and liver failure. The zoo's veterinary team had to put the chimpanzee down.

Choppers dressed as Ada in one of the PG Tips adverts
Pg tips/unilever

They say she will be sadly missed by all staff at the zoo, as well as her numerous fans.

'Nobody does a street party better than Burbage'

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Street parties are also back for the Queen's birthday...

People having one in Leicestershire are being let off paying the usual administration fees. It would normally cost about £400 to close a road.

Street party in Burbage
Burbage Parish Council

Pat Armstrong in Burbage is one of those organising an event.

He says:"We actually love street parties in Burbage. We say that nobody does a street party better than Burbage Parish Council.

"They've been huge successes in the past and people are always asking 'when we can have the next one?' so we look for any excuse and the Queens 90th was an obvious one."

Marco Pierre White 'backing the blues'

Leicester Mercury

Celebrity chef Marco Pierre White says he will cook a celebration meal for Claudio Ranieri and the Leicester City team if they win the Premier League.

Foxes squad making high-spending managers think twice

BBC Leicester Sport

A former Leicester City manager thinks Premier League teams will be sending more scouts to non-league clubs following the Foxes' remarkable season. 

Leicester's success has come without spending the huge amounts some of their title rivals have.

Leicester City
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Brian Little says: "We all were absolutely gobsmacked with their form at the end of last season when they stayed up.

"To have carried it on for a whole season since then is magnificent, and to have done it in such a way that makes one or two of the high-flying, big spending clubs just look and think 'crikey what are we doing?'"

RIP Choppers

Here's Choppers playing the tea lady in the classic "Mr Shifter" advert, which was broadcast in the 1970s.

Last original PG Tips chimp dies

Sad news. Choppers the chimpanzee has died at Twycross Zoo.

The last of the original PG Tips chimps, she played the "tea lady" in the classic adverts.

Chopper
Twycross/PG Tips

Your comments: Dog abandoned in Thurmaston

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On Facebook you've been commenting on the sad story of a dog abandoned in Thurmaston.

Abandoned dog at the vets
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David Hill says: "There are people who are afraid of dogs, but it's dogs who should be afraid of people. There are good people, but far too many disgusting humans, capable of this sort of thing."

Wendy Cartwright Grant says: "I can't stand this, the pain she must of been in, its the saddest thing."

Age UK celebrate Queen turning 90

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

So, this has been happening in Earl Shilton today...

Age UK put on a "glad rags ball" to celebrate the Queen's 90th birthday.

There was a quiz, hat making and a British roast dinner. 

A local lady, who is also turning 90 this year, got dressed up as the Queen.

Fan discuss Vardy red card

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Leicester City fans have been on the Victoria Derbyshire show this morning talking about Jamie Vardy's reaction to the referee who send him off last weekend...

Latest Leicestershire headlines

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

  • People across Leicestershire are marking the Queen's 90th birthday with parties, street celebrations and beacon lighting
  • A veterinary nurse has stressed the importance of the new microchipping law after a dog abandoned in Thurmaston had to be put down
  • England manager Roy Hodgson says Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy shouldn't have been sent off for diving at the weekend

Dog was in an 'appalling' condition

A veterinary nurse says the sad case of the abandoned dog show why microchipping is so important. 

Louisa Dovey says had the dog been chipped, they might have been able to track down those responsible. 

She describes the condition the dog was in when she was brought her to the surgery...

Dog found in ditch in Thurmaston

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

A sad one now, especially for anyone like me who loves dogs...

Bull Mastiff
Other

This poor Bull Mastiff was discovered in a ditch in Thurmaston last week. She was paralysed and suffering from hypothermia and had to be put down by a vet.  

Tree caused traffic chaos

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

The fallen branch on St Augustine Road caused traffic to build up on Leicester's inner ring road earlier - it seems to have settled a bit more now.

Tree being removed

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Workmen are in the process of removing the branch blocking St Augustine Road.

The road has been closed off making traffic around St Nicholas Circle much busier that usual.

Tree being cut down
BBC

Police say the large branch fell gradually and didn't land on a car. The driver nearest stopped and used his hazard lights to alert others.

Tree falls into the road

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Here's a picture of that fallen tree causing some problems on the roads around St Nicholas Circle...

Fallen tree
BBC

College to 'back the blues' with balloons

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Leicester College have told us they will be "backing the blues" with us next Friday.

It's a campaign by BBC Leicester and the Leicester Mercury to show support from Leicester City who are just a few games away from potentially winning the Premier League.

Backing the blues poster
Other

The college is planning to release 800 blue balloons across its three city campuses on 29 April.  

Tree branch blocks road

BBC Travel

Man in court after canister set off in McDonald’s

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

A 23-year-old man from Leicester has been charged by police after a canister was set off at a McDonald’s in Stafford.

Twelve people inside the restaurant at the time had to be examined by paramedics after "suffering varying degrees of respiratory and stomach irritation". Two teenage girls had to go to hospital.

Emergency services outside McDonald’s
West Midlands Ambulance Service

Spencer Benham, from Wilberforce Road in Leicester, will appear before a magistrates this morning along with another man.  

Is this an opportunity Melton can't miss?

Helen McCarthy

BBC Radio Leicester Reporter

For more than a decade the people of Melton have wanted a bypass for the town.

Now they have a chance with a developer offering £4.5m towards it in return for planning permission to build 520 houses on land outside the town.

Melton Mowbray
BBC

I spoke to Stephen Hallam who's MD of Dickinson and Morris Pork Pies and chairman of Melton Promotions.

He firmly believes this is an opportunity the town can't miss. A chance to relieve the inner ring road of traffic which clogs it up.

Vardy FA charge: Deadline tonight

BBC Leicester Sport

Leicester City and Jamie Vardy have until 18:00 this evening to respond to charges brought about by the FA on Monday. 

Vardy was charged with improper conduct for his behaviour towards the referee, Jon Moss, after he was given a red card in Sunday's 2-2 draw with West Ham.

Jamie Vardy reacting to Jon Moss
Getty Images

The club have also been charged for failing to control their player when West Ham won an 83rd-minute penalty.

Traders in favour of bypass

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

More now on those development plans for Melton Mowbray that are being discussed tonight.

The application is for 520 "new dwellings" in the South-West of Melton. These will mainly be homes but will also include a convenient shop and a play area.

One of the key elements of the development though is the opportunity for a new bypass. The developers have offered to help fund the road if the housing development is approved.

Melton Mowbray
Google

Stephen Hallam is from the town's famous Old Pork Pie Shop, and says: "The group travel industry and coach operators sometimes shudder at the impact of how long it's going to take them to travel through Melton that nothing can be run to a timetable because we do get so much congestion.

"It's got to happen - the sooner the better."

Hodgson: Vardy was 'very, very unlucky'

BBC Leicester Sport

Roy Hodgson is now wading in on the dispute between Jamie Vardy and the FA.

The England Manager has shown his support for the Leicester City striker.

He says he felt the referee's decision to give Vardy two yellow cards and a sending off in the game against West Ham last weekend was harsh.

Roy Hodgson with Jamie Vardy in training
Getty Images

Hodgson told media: "I will go out on a limb. I don't see that as a dive. I don't think it was a penalty either.

"There was a very slight contact with the defender. He (Vardy) went down because he was unbalanced. I don't think he was trying to dive. I sympathise with him. He was very, very unlucky."

Chemical involved in fire in Loughborough

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Fire fighters have been in Loughborough this morning where there was a fire involving an acetylene cylinder.

It was at a factory unit on Falcon Industrial Park.

A specialist hazmat officer had to be there because it involved a toxic chemical.  

It's thought the fire was caused by a spark from a grinder.

Latest Leicestershire headlines

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Council meet to decide on hundreds of new homes

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Today could be a huge day for people in the Melton area as plans for 520 new homes could get approved tonight.

Site plans
Gladman Developments Ltd

As well as the new homes, this would mean the borough council gets money towards a bypass to go around the town. 

Weather: Some cloud building later in the day

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter