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Summary

  1. Updates for Thursday 31 March 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 Friday

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By Amy Woodfield

All times stated are UK

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

Weather: More sunny spells tomorrow

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

There’ll be the odd shower in the early evening. Later any scattered cloud will disperse leaving a clear night with a frost expected, especially in rural areas. 

Lows of 3C (37F) in towns and cities but it’ll be cooler in rural spots.

Weather
BBC

Cloud will increase over the course of tomorrow, interspersed with some sunny spells. Highs of 11C (52F).

Venues announced for European Champions Cup

BBC Leicester Sport

Leicester Tigers could play a European Champions Cup semi-final in Nottingham or Nice. 

The locations of the semi-finals have been announced today, but the venue will depend on who wins the quarter-final ties.

Leicester Tigers fans
Getty Images

If Tigers beat Stade Français in the quarter-final, and play Racing 92 in the semi-final, the match will be at Nottingham Forest's City Ground. 

But if Toulon beat Racing 92 they would get a home country advantage meaning a semi-final involving Tigers and Toulon would be at Nice's Allianz Riviera stadium.

How leaving the EU could affect football

BBC Sport

There's a lot of talk about the upcoming EU Referendum but you might not have heard how it could impact on football.

Some fear leaving the EU could lead to more than 400 players losing the right to play in the UK.

N'Golo Kante
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The list of players potentially at risk of being able to play includes Leicester City's N'Golo Kante who played and scored for France this week.

You can read more about this here.

Arrests made after crash and fight

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

I told you yesterday about a crash in Loughborough that then led to a fight breaking out...

Well, police have now arrested five people.

It happened on Gladstone Avenue on Tuesday afternoon, two people inside one of the vehicles involved picked up some minor injuries.

Gladstone Avenue
Google

A 54-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted grievous bodily harm and possession with intent to supply Class A drugs. 

A 60-year-old woman and three men, two aged 19, and one 18, have also been arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply Class A drugs.

Latest Leicestershire headlines

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

  • A paedophile from Market Harborough has been jailed for more than 14 years
  • Leicestershire fire service has had its website hacked by a person or group claiming to be "Arabic Hackers"
  • If Leicester Tigers make the European Champions Cup semi-finals they'll play in either Nottingham or Nice

Robin Maughan jailed: Police plea for more victims to speak out

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Police believe there may be more victims of Robin Maughan.

Det Con Rob Waddington, the investigating officer, said: “We have specially trained officers here to help, who will speak sensitively to any victim of this type of crime.

“If you have been a victim, please come forward. Officers are here to help and will take all reports seriously, no matter how long ago the offences took place.”

No-one owning up to hacking website

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

The fire service says it hasn't received any messages from a person or group claiming to be behind the website hack.

Right now, a company used by the fire service to look after their website is figuring out how the hack happened so they can improve security and get the website back online again.

Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service logo
Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service

Harborough paedophile jailed

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

A paedophile from Market Harborough has been sentenced to more than 14 years in prison.

Robin Maughan, from Western Avenue, pleaded guilty to possession, distribution and taking of indecent images of children.

The 34 year old also pleaded guilty to 11 counts of sexual activity with children.

Robin Maughan
Leicestershire Police

Other offences he admitted were grooming and inciting others to send images to him.

Hacker replaced images with cartoons

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Another update now from the fire service about their website being hacked...

Last night the hacker removed some of the images on the website and replaced them with cartoon images.

One was of a hooded figure with an eye showing. The others were emoji images of a laughing face.

Google search
Google

They had also written abuse about the security of the website.

Council pays price over land fight

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Not only will the council now have to pay the price of losing their green land, but they also have to pick up the bill from court.

Appealing against the Planning Inspectorate's decision and applying for a judicial review will cost them more than £6,000.

Walkers: 'Public opinion doesn't seem to matter'

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

It's not just people living in the area that are upset by the news of more development. The area is also very popular with walkers.

One family just getting back from a walk at Bardon Hill yesterday said: "I think it's a shame because it's quite a beauty spot. To build on somewhere as pretty as this is just the last straw - they can build anywhere they like now, public opinion doesn't seem to matter. Where does it stop?"

Fire service 'working to restore' hijacked website

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

We've just had this update from the fire service after their website was hijacked last night...

Our official website was compromised at approximately 11.30pm yesterday and has been taken down whilst our website team investigate what happened and how this can be resolved and a reoccurrence prevented. We are working to restore the working site as quickly as possible and appreciate your patience during this time. This incident involving our website does not compromise our operational activities."

Steve BallingerLeicestershire Fire and Rescue Service

Council leader 'understands' fight for field

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Richard Blunt, leader of North West Leicestershire District Council, says they are serious about protecting the countryside.

He says: "Houses do have to go somewhere, our job is to decide where they go.

"I drive along this road many times a week and when you come up the hill and you see that field on the right and you feel like you're hitting the forest and it feels really special so for me personally I understand why people wanted to fight for that field.

"It doesn't mean we won't fight other applications coming up. We're at the mercy of these inspectors and they have a power far greater than us."

Fear of flooding from more building

People living in that part of Coalville say they're devastated by the news they'll get more development in the town.

One person said: "I'm disgusted by it because I've been fighting this development for a long time now. We do get flooding here and that's been one of my major concerns. There are traffic problems as well but flooding has been an extreme problem for us."

Building at Abbots View Estate
BBC

Several people told BBC Radio Leicester the council should never have approved the Abbots View Estate currently under development saying they set a precedent that any free land can be built on.

Houses will add to existing development

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

So this is where it gets complicated...

The development will be on Greenhill Road, close to Charnwood Forest. If you know the area you'll know houses are already being built there.

Development are in Coalville
BBC

This application relates to a separate piece of land (on the right of the photo) that's opposite the development already going up.

Council fail at blocking new housing development

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Next up, one of our district councils has lost a battle to stop developers building new homes on some of its green land.

An application for up to 180 properties, a retail store and associated works on land in Coalville was blocked by the Northwest Leicestershire District Council in 2014.

Green land in Coalville
BBC

Gladman Developments appealed and the Planning Inspectorate overturned the council's decision.

NWLDC then applied for a Judicial Review but it's now been rejected.

De Chaves leaving Tigers

BBC Leicester Sport

London Irish have signed Sebastian De Chaves from Leicester Tigers on a two-year deal.

Sebastian De Chaves
Getty Images

The capped South African has played 43 times for the Tigers since joining them from the French club Mont de Marsan in 2013.

Riders continue Leicester's sporting success

BBC Leicester Sport

Well done Leicester Riders.

They beat Surrey Scorchers last night putting them top of the BBL Championship for the first time this season.

Basketball hoop at Leicester's Community Sports Arena
BBC

The win has put them level on points with Newcastle, but top of the table because they've lost fewer games and have a game in hand.  

Latest Leicestershire headlines

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

  • Leicestershire Fire Service has had its website hacked by a group or individuals describing itself as "Arabic hackers"
  • Councillors in Leicestershire have failed to stop developers building on green land on the eastern edge of Coalville
  • London Irish have signed Sebastian De Chaves from Leicester Tigers on a two-year deal

No 'quick fix' to stop street begging

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Leicester's assistant mayor for housing claims many beggars are not homeless.

Andy Connelly says begging is a problem in every city and ours is no different.

Leicester is however very much in the global spotlight at the moment.

Beggar in Leicester
BBC

He says: "I couldn't sit here today and say we have a magic wand and if we had sufficient cash we'd be able to resolve this problem because the reality is we couldn't."

Missing woman from Whetstone

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Angela Nelsey, 48, has been reported missing from her home in Whetstone.

She was last seen yesterday at 07:30.

Police say they're concerned for Angela’s welfare as it’s out of character for her not to return home.

Angela Nelsey
Leicestershire Police

Weather update: Sunshine with chance of shower

BBC Weather

Plenty of sunshine and brightness around. A few clouds building and breaking throughout the afternoon.

Chance of an isolated shower. Highs of 11C (52F).

Fire service website hacked

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

The Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service website has been hacked.

Google serch result
Google

We've spoken to the fire service who say they were hacked last night and they're trying to have the page working again later this afternoon.

Sheep up and about at the break of dawn

BBC Weather

Illegal touts 'can’t expect to get away with it'

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Both men were fined £300, with costs of £756, and ordered to pay a £30 victim surcharge. Mannion was also ordered to forfeit the tickets.

Fans inside the King Power Stadium during the Rugby World Cup
Getty Images

Leicester city councillor, Sue Waddington, said: “Street trading anywhere in the city without a specific licence or consent is illegal, and undermines the livelihoods of genuine traders.

“These prosecutions show that people who illegally trade on the streets of Leicester can’t expect to get away with it.”

Man caught shouting 'tickets for sale'

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

One of the ticket touts, Phillip Cooper from Birmingham, had been seen outside King Power Stadium, holding tickets in the air and shouting “tickets for sale” and “anybody need tickets or have spares to sell?” 

He however pleaded not guilty to illegal street trading saying he had been there to deliver tickets to people who had previously bought them from him.

King Power Stadium during the Rugby World Cup
Getty Images

The other man, Matthew Mannion, was also from Birmingham and pleaded guilty saying he had not known it was illegal.

Boy beaten up for his bag

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

A 15-year-old boy has been assaulted and robbed on Coleman Road in the Evington area of Leicester.

It happened on Thursday 17 March at around 17.30.

The boy was running away from a man when a second then pushed him to the ground and assaulted him.

They then took the boy's bag.

Rugby World Cup ticket touts fined

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Two ticket touts have been ordered to pay more than £1,000 each after being convicted of illegally selling tickets to Rugby World Cup games outside Leicester’s King Power Stadium.

King Power Stadium
Getty Images

The men were caught outside the ground ahead of the game between between Argentina and Tonga last October.

Hinckley Co-op probe could prompt car park move

Hinckley Times

A rethink on the closure of Hinckley’s Co-op store could pave the way for fresh talks on the future of the car park.

Police appeal to jewellery owners

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Crash for cash hot spot in Leicester

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

An insurance company has found the LE3 area in Leicester is a particular hot spot for scammers doing the so-called "crash for cash" claims.

Narborough Road in Leicester
BBC

It's when fraudsters deliberately cause a crash to claim compensation.

Problem areas include Braunstone, Glenfield and New Parks.

Healthcare body 'tried hard' to stop surgery closure

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

The Leicester Clinical Commissioning Group says all GP practices in the city will feel the impact of the Queens Road Medical Centre shutting up shop.

Professor Azhar Farooqi says: "I think the CCG and local GPs did try hard to keep this practice open but unfortunately Dr Lenten, for whatever reason, decided not to form partnerships with other GPs and secondly his premises aren't available so that does restrict the choice in what the CCG can do."

Overrun GP practice closes its doors for good

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

In other news, a GP practice in Leicester is closing today despite a campaign by its patients to keep it open.

The Queen's Road Medical Centre in Clarendon Park will shut its doors for good at noon.

The Queen's Road Medical Centre
Google

Dr Jonathan Lenten runs it and wrote a letter to his patients explaining it's because his workload had reached an unsustainable level.

Begging: Scam or 'genuinely desperate' people?

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

BBC Radio Leicester has been finding out how many of you would give money to beggars.

One person said: "Aren't they usually scammers? Most people who are homeless don't usually beg, rather than giving them money you'd tend to buy them food."

Beggar Leicester
BBC

Another said: "You might get one that's a scam but I think you'll find most of them genuinely desperately need something to eat and somewhere to stay so my unconscious makes me do it every single time."

Latest Leicestershire headlines

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

  • A Leicester GP practice is about to close for good because the doctor's workload has reached an "unsustainable level"
  • A Leicester city councillor says many of Leicester's beggars are not homeless
  • The Leicester Riders have overtaken Newcastle at the top of the BBL Championship

Hard work continues on the Tigers training field

BBC Leicester Sport

The Leicester Tigers boss, Richard Cockerill, has promised they'll work hard to make sure they're in the Premiership play-offs at the end of the season.

Richard Cockerill
Getty Images

If they miss out, it'd be the first time since the system was introduced in the 2002-03 season.

Tigers are a point outside the top-four ahead of Saturday's visit of Gloucester to Welford Road.

Impact of police campaign on begging

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Has this advice from the police been listened to?

Well, maybe so because one street beggar told BBC Radio Leicester people are not as generous as they used to be.

Beggar in Leicester
BBC

However another said he was still humbled by some of the generosity shown and sometimes people will give him food instead.