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Summary

  1. Updates for Friday 8 April 2016
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Monday

Live Reporting

By Amy Woodfield

All times stated are UK

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Our live coverage across the day

That's all from Leicestershire Local Live this week. Updates will start again on Monday from 08:00.

Weather: Rain expected overnight

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

A dry end to the day but cloud will increase this evening with a band of light patchy rain pushing east overnight. Lows of 5C (41F).

Weather
BBC

Latest Leicestershire headlines

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

  • Two BBC Radio Leicester presenters are charged with child sex offences
  • Police discover 15 suspected illegal immigrants in the back of a truck at Leicester Forest East service station
  • Leicester Tigers make six changes to their side for the visit of Stade Francias

Video: Rothley barn fire

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Dramatic footage from the fire in Rothley this afternoon...

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BreakingBBC presenters charged with child sex offences

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

BBC Radio Leicester presenters Tony Wadsworth and Julie Mayer have this afternoon been charged with child sex offences. 

Warwickshire police say the charges relate to four children in the 1990s. 

In a statement, the BBC has said Tony Wadsworth and Julie Mayer remain off air and it understands the charges do not relate to their conduct or position at the BBC. 

Both will appear at Warwickshire Magistrates' Court next month.

Six changes to Tigers quarter-final squad

BBC Leicester Sport

Some Leicester Tigers squad news now for this weekend's European Champions Cup quarter-final against Stade Francais.

There's six changes including a completely new back-row.

Brendon O'Connor
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Mike Fitzgerald and Brendon O'Connor make their first start after coming back from injury. 

Locky Mccffrey is at number eight, Freddie Burns starts ahead of Owen Williams at fly-half, and Matthew Tait captains the side from full-back.

Finally Marcos Ayerza comes in for Logovi'i Mulipola in the front-row.

Leicestershire officially has a new High Sheriff

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

The new High Sheriff of Leicestershire has been officially inducted at a ceremony in Leicester this afternoon. 

Professor Surinder Sharma (left) is the co-director of the University of Leicester's Unit for Diversity, Inclusion and Community Engagement.

Professor Surinder Sharma (left)
BBC

He will be in post for 12 months and takes over from Gordon Arthur.

Double action for Riders this weekend

BBC Leicester Sport

Leicester Riders can extend their lead at the top of the BBL Championship table this evening with victory away to Leeds Force.

They play again tomorrow at home to Sheffield Sharks.

Leicester Riders court
BBC

Suffocating Afghan boy texted for help

BBC News Online has more on a seven-year-old Afghan boy who was rescued after texting he was suffocating in a sealed lorry.

Police say safeguarding measures have now been put in place for the child.

Watch: Dementia centres facing closure

BBC East Midlands Today's Quentin Rayner has this report on cuts to dementia services in Leicester.

Flames spread rapidly in Rothley barn

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

At its worst, there were 30 firefighters at the farm in Rothley but thankfully no one has been injured.

Paul McNally from the fire service and says: "We initially turned up to a barn with just smoke issuing but that rapidly escalated to the whole building being on fire.

"Fortunately we've been able to protect neighbouring properties, unfortunately all the contents of the barn have been lost in the fire."

Travel: Crash on A6 in Desborough

BBC Travel

If you're in or around the Market Harborough area it's worth noting two cars have crashed on the A6 just over the Northamptonshire border.

The road is blocked in both directions at Desborough.

Fire service scaling down in Rothley

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

It looks like the fire in Rothley is nearly finished.

A recent update from the fire service says crews were "damping down hot spots" and that the incident would be scaled down shortly.

Fire in Rothley
BBC

Your comments: Claudio Ranieri wins manager of the month

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You've been telling us on Facebook what you think about Leicester City boss Claudio Ranieri winning the Premier League manager of the month award for March.

Claudio Ranieri holding his award
Premier League

Terry Ayres says: "Well deserved Claudio next one will be manager of the year"

Baz Cunningham says: "Credit where credits due. fair play to him and the team."

Pic appeal over city centre graffiti

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Police want to talk to these two men after areas of the city were vandalised with graffiti...

CCTV of wanted men
Leicestershire Police

Travel: M1 delays

BBC Travel

Two lanes are blocked on the M1 northbound between J23a and J24a, causing severe delays.

Charity worker: 'Boy was in dangerous situation'

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Tanya Freedman has been describing how a fellow charity worker informed her a seven-year-old had sent a text saying he was in a lorry with a group of illegal immigrants and they were running out of oxygen.

She called Kent Police and between them and other agencies they managed to track down the lorry at Leicester Forest East service station.

Ms Freedman said: "The boy was in a very dangerous situation. Some lives have been saved."

Tanya Freedman will be live on BBC Radio Leicester at 17:10.

Four to stand in police commissioner election

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Applications for Leicestershire's police and crime commissioner elections closed yesterday and in four weeks time, the votes will be counted and we'll have a new PCC.

The current PCC, Sir Clive Loader (pictured), is standing down at the end of his term so Neil Bannister will be the Conservative candidate for the role.

Sir Clive Loader
BBC

Labour are putting up Lord Willy Bach, Dr Sarah Hill is the Lib Dem candidate and UKIP are putting their hopes in David Sprason.

Oliver Healey had planned to stand for the English Democrats but his name is not on the list of candidates. It's not yet known why.

Latest headlines for Leicestershire

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

  • A seven-year-old boy and 14 adults have been found in a container at Leicester Forest East service station
  • A large barn fire in Rothley has caused a plume of black smoke and is disrupting travel
  • Leicester Riders can extend their lead at the top of the BBL Championship table this evening

Charity worker called 'distressed' boy

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

The boy, called Ahmed, had been stowed away in the container with his older brother.

He had a mobile phone that was given to him in Calais by a charity as a way of keeping him safe.

Yesterday, he sent a text message to one of the charity workers who was at a conference in New York. 

Migrants stand looking at lorries
Getty Images

She then alerted another volunteer, Tanya Freedman, who was based in the UK. 

Ms Freedman says:"Liz had called him and heard his distress and could tell that it was a really serious situation. She gave him advice about how to stay as still as possible and to conserve energy."

Boy's text panic alerts police to suspected illegal immigrants

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Some more information now on the discovery of suspected illegal immigrants in a lorry at Leicester Forest East service station.

The group included a seven-year-old Afghan boy who was being smuggled into the UK.

Migrants in the "jungle" in Calais
Getty Images

They were found by police after the boy sent a text message to a charity worker he'd met in Calais.

The message, written in broken English, translated as: "I need help, driver isn't stopping, no oxygen in the car. No signal, I am in the container. I am not joking."

Man punched in Hinckley

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

A man needed hospital treatment after being assaulted while on his way to a taxi rank in Hinckley.

The 58-year-old was punched in the eye in George Street at about 04:00 on Sunday.

School targeted for Columbine-style massacre

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Here's some of the home videos made by Michael Piggin while he was plotting to attack Burleigh College.

You can see him throwing petrol bombs and shooting a crossbow....

Fire affects bus route

BBC Travel

Travel: Fire causes traffic disruption

BBC Travel

Loughborough Road in Rothley is closed northbound between the Cossington Lane junction and the A6 Loughborough Road junction, because of the barn fire.

Your photos: Fire in Rothley

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Here's another photo of the smoke pouring out over Rothley.

You can send us your pics by email, Facebook or Twitter.

Some coming from behind houses in Rothley
Craig Pietrzyk

Commissioning group 'not to blame' for dementia centre closures

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

The Clinical Commissioning Group says it isn't responsible for the decision to close two dementia centres in Leicester - that is down to Age UK, which runs them.

The charity says the loss of £70,000 in funding would leave it with just £36,000 - and that isn't enough to keep the both centres open.

Jane Chapman, chief strategy and planning officer for the CCG, said: "The grant provided by the NHS is always intended as a contribution and we've not provided any information that suggested the continuation of the services were dependent on the money we were contributing."

Barn fire in Rothley

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

You might be able to see a large plume of smoke above Rothley right now. We've been told there's a barn on fire in Loughborough Road.

Barn fire
BBC
Barn fire
BBC

Teenager planned massacre at Loughborough school

The target of a plot to murder students in a Columbine-style massacre in Loughborough has been revealed for the first time.

Michael Piggin was detained indefinitely in 2014 after he was found with a weapons stash and detailed plans to attack Burleigh College.

Michael Piggin
BBC

A judge banned the media from naming the college or identifying his friends Jacob Crouch and Ryan Towell, both now 20, who admitted possessing explosives, but this order has been overturned by the Court of Appeal.  

Child among 14 suspected illegal immigrants in Leicester

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Police arrested 14 people at Leicester Forest East service station yesterday on suspicion of being illegal immigrants .

They were called by a partner agency just after 15:00 after a report of a number of migrants in a truck.

Another man was arrested on suspicion of helping them get into the UK illegally.

Leicester Forest East Service station
Google

There was also a child on the truck, police say safeguarding measures have been put in place for them.

Police are now in talks with colleagues at the Immigration Service.

MP laments 'shoddy' dementia cuts

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

The MP for Melton and Rutland, Alan Duncan, has waded into the argument over dementia care funding cuts.

He says: "I think the review process has been a very shoddy piece of work. I don't think the clinical side of this has been honest, I think they've kind of fudged it.

"I think overall the costs are going to be enormously greater than the amount of money they're currently spending."

Concern over dementia care cuts

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

We've been reporting two dementia centres in Leicester are set to lose funding worth £70,000.

One woman told BBC Radio Leicester she drops her husband off at Gloucester House in Melton one day a week to give her a break from caring and giving her a bit of free time to go around the shops.

She says: "Without the day off I don't know what I'd do, I just need my batteries recharging.

"Some days you just get a bit frustrated with him, but if he comes here once a week it gives me a bit of a break. 

"He doesn't want to do some anywhere else he just wants to come to Gloucester House."

Morgan and Mahrez miss out on award

BBC Leicester Sport

Wes Morgan and Riyad Mahrez had been nominated for March's player of the month award but missed out to Tottenham striker Harry Kane.

Wes Morgan and Riyad Mahrez
Getty Images

New solar panels 'equivalent to taking 80,000 cars off the road'

Hinckley Times

Hundreds of solar display panels have been placed on the roof of DPD’s new super-hub in Burbage.  

The new DPD site in Hinckley
Hinckley Times

Latest headlines for Leicestershire

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

  • A plot to murder Loughborough students in a Columbine-style massacre is revealed
  • A local health body is cutting £70,000 of funding for dementia care
  • Claudio Ranieri wins the Premier League's manager of the month award for March

Funding cuts come 'out of the blue'

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Pam Wright has been the day care organiser at Gloucester House for the past 20 years. 

She looks after 12 people a day with mental health problems like dementia and Alzheimer's, helping patients with activities like memory games and orientation.

Gloucester House
BBC

She says: "I'm absolutely devastated, nobody's been to see us to see what we do or speak to the careers.

"It's come out of the blue and I'm devastated for all my service users."

Dementia services facing closure

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

There's anger over controversial plans to cut the grant given to two day care centres for people with dementia in Leicestershire.

Gloucester House in Melton
Google

Birstall Mental Health Centre and Gloucester House in Melton currently get a combined £70,000 from the local clinical commissioning groups. 

They've now announced that money will be stopped, meaning both services now face closure.

Ranieri wins manager award for March

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

First this morning - congratulations to Leicester City boss Claudio Ranieri who's been named the Premier League manager of the month for March.

Claudio Ranieri with award
Premier League

It's the second time this season he's won the award.  

Weather: Feeling spring-like at times

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

Weather for the East Midlands on Friday 8 April

Travel: Broken traffic lights

BBC Travel