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Summary

  1. Updates for Thursday 7 April 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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Leicestershire Local Live has now finished for the day. Updates will start again on Friday from 08:00.

Weather: A dry night

Anna Church

Weather Presenter, BBC East Midlands Today

A few showers still possible to end the day but these will mostly die out to leave a dry night with some clear spells and lighter winds. Min 5C (41f).

Weather
bbc

Friday will be largely dry with plenty of sunny spells. There is the risk of a few showers particularly during the afternoon.

Latest Leicestershire headlines

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

  • A 32-year-old man has been jailed for two years for a string of burglaries in Leicester
  • The family of Josh Cotton have thanked the community of Castle Donington for their support and help to find Josh
  • John Terry has revealed that he's nominated Leicester City's Riyad Mahrez for the PFA Players' Player of the Year Award

Valentines Day assault in Leicester

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Police are trying to identify these men after two people were assaulted outside Revolution bar in Leicester on Sunday 14 February.

CCTV images of wanted men
Leicestershire Police

Josh will be 'sadly missed'

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

The family of Josh Cotton, whose body was found in the River Trent on Tuesday, have thanked the local community for their help and support over the last few weeks.

Josh Cotton
Leicestershire Police

The 22 year old had been missing since 11 March.

Josh's dad, Mick Cotton, said: “We would like to thank the community of Castle Donington and close friends for their support and help to find Josh, also to the police for their efforts to bring this to a close as soon as possible.

“He will be sadly missed for the rest of our lives. Thank you everybody.”

Man jailed for stealing money, hair products and electronics

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

A 32-year-old man from Leicester has been jailed for two years for a string of burglaries.

Luke Foley stole more than £2,000 worth of money, hair products and electronics from businesses on Hinckley Road, Wolverton Road, Sanvey Gate and Narborough Road.

Sgt Chris Schofield says: “Burglaries at businesses can have huge financial implications for the victims and can put people’s livelihoods in jeopardy.

“It seems timely to remind business owners to make sure your security is up to date and sufficient."

Travel: M1 slow

BBC Travel

There are delays on the M1 northbound at J23.

Your photos: Empingham rainbow

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Check out this glorious rainbow, photographed in Empingham yesterday by Weather Watcher Andy's Rutland.

Rainbow in Empingham
Andy's Rutland

See more pics and find out how you can get involved on the BBC Weather Watchers website.

'Not a merger', says ambulance service

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

We've been telling you today about a possible merger between East Midlands Ambulance Service and the West Midlands.

Now EMAS are telling us they are only "having discussions" to "explore opportunities to strengthen our leadership arrangements".

East Midlands Ambulance fleet
BBC

In a statement, EMAS chairwoman Pauline Tagg said: "This will allow us to support the existing team to deliver improved performance, quality and better manage our resources; not a merger with another trust."

She said one of the options they were looking at was for the chief executive at West Midlands Ambulance Service to work with them in a support role.

High jumper on 'miserable' World Indoor Championships

BBC Sport

The British high jumper, Isobel Pooley, has written a column about what went wrong at the World Indoor Championships in Portland last month.

Isobel Pooley
Getty Images

The Loughborough-based athlete only managed 10th place.

You can read the whole column here.

From the archive: Concorde at East Midlands Airport

In case you missed it yesterday, here's some old BBC footage of the iconic Concorde landing at East Midlands Airport 20 years ago on 6 April, 1996.  

Archive footage of Concorde visiting East Midlands Airport in April 1996

First female leader for Melton

Melton Times

The ruling Conservative group on Melton Borough Council has elected a new leader who is set to become the authority’s first female leader.

Funding for pot holes

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

A moment for all motorists to rejoice - nearly £1m is being spent on fixing pot holes in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.

That should fill in about 18,000 bumps in the road.

Youngs reinvigorated at Leicester and England

BBC Sport

More now from Tigers and England scrum-half, Ben Youngs, because he's been talking about how his career has been reinvigorated by new coaches at club and country.

Youngs helped England to win the Six Nations under new boss Eddie Jones but is also having a good season at Tigers with new head coach Aaron Mauger.

Ben Youngs
Getty Images

The 26 year old said: "With Mauge and Eddie, I feel I can play like I did when I first came on the scene for Leicester, when I didn't fear what might happen if it went wrong.

"I feel I've got that back now. It's a new lease of life - I've been given confidence by both coaches to express myself.

"It's given me a new motivation, and I feel I'm being challenged and tested every day."

Big Switch: How to save money on your energy bills

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

You might have heard BBC Radio Leicester's breakfast team launch Jim and Jo's Big Switch this morning.

What they're doing is getting experts from the Citizen's Advice Bureau to come in and help people find the cheapest deal on their energy bills.

Piggy bank and plug socket
Thinkstock

It was so popular that all the appointments went but they've managed to get some extra advisers to come in and now there are more available. 

It's happening at BBC Leicester on Thursday 14 April between 10:00 and 14:00.

You can book an appointment by calling our reception on: 0116 2516688.

Wenger waiting for Leicester to slip up

BBC Leicester Sport

The Arsenal boss thinks it's still possible the Foxes can be caught.

Arsene Wenger, hasn't given up on the Premier League title despite being 11 points behind leaders Leicester City.

Arsene Wenger
Getty Images

He says: "As long as mathematically it's possible, there's a strong possibility if you look at the difficulty of the Premier League.

"They have been remarkably contestant but every game is very tight so it can go the other way as well."

Petition calling for bin not bag

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

An online petition calling for people in Oadby and Wigston to be provided with wheelie bins has got more than 750 signatures.

Hand holding a black bin bag
Thinkstock

Shane Wingfield set up the petition claiming the current rubbish bag situation was flawed. He says animals are tearing the bags filling the street with rubbish and leaving residents to clear up or not get their rubbish collected.

The petition will be put forward in front of a committee in July.

More candidates for Police and Crime Commissioner post

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Nominations to become the next Police and Crime Commissioner for Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland must be submitted by 16:00 this afternoon. 

There's been more interest from local political parties this time than at the first PCC elections in 2012.

Last time there were three political candidates, this year there are five so far.

Hay and vehicles involved in barn fire

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Here's a couple more photos the fire service has tweeted of a barn fire in Earl Shilton last night...

Barn on fire
Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service
Barn on fire
Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service

Fire crews tackle barn fire

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Leicestershire fire service has spent the night at a barn fire in Earl Shilton.

A barn on Keats Lane caught alight about 16:20 with 150 tonnes of hay and several vehicles inside.

Barn fire
Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service

Ambulance merger: 'A service you can see from outer space'

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

A former NHS Trust chairman has called the idea of a merger "barmy" and says mergers don’t work.

Roy Lilley is now a health writer and says: “By bunging two organisations together you don’t get a better organisation.

“If you merge these two you are going to create a business or service that’s so big you can see it from outer space.”

Ambulance in Leicester
BBC

He said the merger would create further layers of middle management, increase costs to run it and see managers further away from the control room and front-line staff.

Children's charity hopes lessons will be learnt

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

The Crown Prosecution Service, said: "Obviously it's not possible to keep everybody who is on the sex offenders register under observation 24/7."

But Jon Brown from the NSPCC says they question the frequency Jetha was monitored.

Police cordon off area of sex assault
BBC

He says: "It's really important that they have a really tight plan in place for these individuals who it's known they are pressing an immediate risk.

"There are things that can be put in place in relation to tagging, reporting to the police, they need to be in place and let's hope and expect lessons will be learnt from this case."

Concern over Jetha monitoring

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Yesterday we found out Ajay Jetha, who seriously sexually assaulted a young boy in a Leicester park, will spend at least 11 years in jail for his crime.

We also found out this wasn't the first time Jetha had committed this type of crime. 

Ajay Jetha in court
BBC

He'd been jailed before for kidnapping and indecently assaulting a 12-year-old boy in London and just months before the attack in Leicester, a Probation Service report said "he could at any time take a child off the street". 

A national children's charity has today spoken out to raise concerns about how Jetha was being monitored.

Should our council run our ambulance service?

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

A councillor in Market Harborough is getting involved in the debate about a potential merger between the East and West Midlands Ambulance Service...

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Merged ambulance service would be 'too big to get accountability'

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

The idea of an ambulance service merger has been called "crazy" by a Leicestershire health campaigner.

Our service here in the East Midlands has failed to reach government response times but our neighbours in the West are the only service in the country to hit all their response time targets this year. 

Ambulances outside Leicester Royal Infirmary
BBC

Zuffar Haq said: "I actually think a merger between East and West Midlands would be a mitigating disaster.

"For patients it's certainly far too big of an organisation to get any accountability."

Youngs: Evans will be wearing shirt 'for many more years'

BBC Leicester Sport

The Leicester Tigers scrum-half Ben Youngs has been talking about the club's young flanker Will Evans.

The 19 year old became the second youngest forward ever to start for the club in last Saturday's win over Gloucester.

Ben Youngs
Getty Images

Ben Youngs says: "I couldn't be more happy with Will, we've seen his talent now for the last couple of seasons, everyone at the club's been aware of this kid coming through.

"He's been working very hard with the likes of Brendan (O'Connor) and Locky (Lachlan McCaffrey) and trying to tap into their knowledge.

"I think he looked at home out there at the weekend and I think he'll be wearing that shirt for many more years."

Ambulance service merger 'could cost millions'

BBC Midlands Today

Lestyn Williams from the Health Services Management Centre has been speaking to BBC Midlands Today about the potential merger...

EMAS made first approach six weeks ago

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

The ambulance service in the East Midlands is struggling financially, we heard just earlier this week that they were £12m in debt this year.

Along with this, they've had some of the worst response times in the country.

Ambulance in Leicester
BBC

They first approached the West Midlands Ambulance Service for help about six weeks ago, asking the chief executive Anthony Marsh for support. 

The previous chief executive of EMAS left 10 days ago.

Men charged with drugs offences in crackdown

Hinckley Times

Four people in Leicestershire have been charged with drugs offences as part of an East Midlands crackdown.  

Ranieri gets fifth manager of the month nomination

BBC Leicester Sport

Leicester City boss Claudio Ranieri has been nominated AGAIN for the Premier League manager of the month award.

He won the award previously for November but was also nominated in August, December and February this season.

Claudio Ranieri, Wes Morgan and Riyad Mahrez
Getty Images

Wes Morgan and Riyad Mahrez have also been nominated for the Premier League player of the month award.

The winner will be announced tomorrow morning.

Latest Leicestershire headlines

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Ambulance services discuss merger

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Some big news this morning about our ambulance service.

We're always hearing about how East Midlands Ambulance Service is struggling with its workload, now we understand that talks are happening that could see them merge with the service in the West Midlands.

Ambulance in Leicester
BBC

A merged service would cover a population of 10.4m people, potentially the biggest ambulance service in the world.  

Travel: Major crash on M1

BBC Travel

If you're heading south on the M1 this morning this might be worth noting...

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Weather: A showery theme will continue this afternoon

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

Weather for the East Midlands on Thursday 7 April 2016

Good morning: Join us for today's live news coverage

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Hello Leicestershire. I hope you're all well this Thursday morning.

I'll be looking after your Local Live page throughout the day with all the latest news, sport, weather and travel.

If you'd like to get hold of me, you can do by email, Facebook or Twitter.