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Summary

  1. Updates for Tuesday 12 April 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 Wednesday

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By Amy Woodfield

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

Weather: Scattered showers tomorrow

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

The cloudy conditions will continue throughout the night with occasional clearer spells and isolated showers

Lows of 6C (43F).

Weather
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Expect some scattered showers throughout tomorrow with some brighter spells where the cloud starts to thin and break.

Highs of 14C (57F).

Your photos: Garden getting a drink in Empingham

BBC Weather Watchers

Oh Andy's Rutland doesn't half take some beautiful photos in Empingham.

Our BBC Weather Watcher snapped this forget-me-not in his garden just after it stopped raining this afternoon.

Wet forget-me-not
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Latest Leicestershire headlines

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Travel: A606 closing after accident

BBC Travel

Lions side changes for Swindon race

BBC Leicester Sport

In speedway, the Leicester Lions have made a change to their line-up ahead of tomorrow's meeting with Swindon at Beaumont Park. 

Loan signing Aaron Summers comes in for Grzegorz Walasek, who was released by the club.

Lose weight in the bath?

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

It might cost you a few more pounds on your energy bill but apparently a hot bath can help you lose a few pounds of weight.

A diet and lifestyle expert at Loughborough University claims a hot bath could hold the key to weight loss and lower the risk of type 2 diabetes.

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They've done a pilot study and say it provided "promising results".

Researchers are now calling on local residents to help put the theory to the test.

A 'huge shock' to LCC

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

The LCC elite performance director, Andrew McDonald, says: “It is such a cruel blow for James to have to retire from cricket. The news is devastating and has come as a huge shock to everybody at Leicestershire County Cricket Club.

“James made his first-class debut here, had an incredible record for us, and then fulfilled his dream of playing for England. Everybody at the club wishes James and his family all the very best at this extremely difficult time.”

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Taylor had a successful career at Leicestershire

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Leicestershire County Cricket Club say they are "saddened" to hear James Taylor's career has been brought to an early end because of a serious heart condition.

The batsman played for Leicestershire Young Cricketers and made his first-class career debut for the club.

James Taylor
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The 26-year-old scored more than 1,000 first-class runs for three consecutive seasons at Grace Road.

Of his 3,689 first-class runs for Leicestershire, Taylor registered nine first-class hundreds and three double centuries.

Fans will work hard to play hard

BBC Leicester Sport

Leicester City fans are gearing up for European football...

Have Leicester City qualified for Champions League football next season or not?

BBC Leicester Sport

BBC's Owynn Palmer-Atkin has got his calculator out...

The Stronger In Europe campaign comes to Leicester

Tim Parker

BBC Radio Leicester Political Reporter

Campaigners have been massing at DMU where the Stronger In Europe battle bus paid a visit.

On the other side of the fence, leave campaigners say Britain could negotiate an "amicable divorce", but retain strong trading links with EU nations.

Muamba tweets Taylor on early retirement

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

A fellow sportsman, who was also forced to retire early for health reasons, has wished James Taylor well on his sad news today...

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Gorilla boogie at Twycross

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

What more could you want on a dull Tuesday afternoon than a dancing gorilla?

This cheeky monkey was showing off moves at Twycross Zoo and Helen Fairhead caught it on camera...

Syrian family helped to make a home in Leicester

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Yesterday I told you about a Syrian family coming to settle in Leicester. 

There was a plea from the city's Muslim community for any donations of items such as furniture, carpets and curtains and they were flooded with offers.

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The family of five have now moved in and say they are very grateful for the support they've been given.

Hussein said: "Everything is here now, so I can settle down with my family. 

"We have beds, curtains, everything so I thank everyone here."

Leicester turning blue

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Here's what some of Leicester's buildings could look like next Friday when they turn blue for Leicester City...

Don't forget 29 April we are #backingthblues

County Hall will be #backingtheblues

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Leicestershire County Hall is the latest building to join our "Backing the Blues"' campaign, supporting Leicester City's bid to win the Premier League.

County Hall
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BBC Leicester has teamed up with the Leicester Mercury to turn the city blue on Friday 29 April. 

New Walk Museum, the clock tower and city and town halls will also be lit up in blue.

Care home manager admits abusing patients

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

An update from court - the former manager of the care home, Mary Crane, has admitted ill treating a mentally ill patient on her care.

The 58-year-old pleaded guilty to three counts of verbally abusing a patient at the Clarendon Beechlands home on Central Avenue in Leicester. 

Clarendon Beechlands home
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Catherine Grocott and Stacey Crane had admitted fraudulently claiming for hours they hadn't worked at a previous hearing.

Stacey Crane had already admitted two counts of withdrawing £165 from a patient's bank account for her own use. 

They'll be sentenced later.

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Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Women in court over care home abuse

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

The trial starts today for three women accused of ill treating patients at a Leicester care home.

Mary Crane, who's 58-years-old and from Marriot Road in Leicester, was the manager of Clarendon Beechlands.

She is accused of verbally abusing a resident receiving treatment for mental disorder, and running over the foot of a patient in her wheelchair.

Mary Crane (left) and Stacey Crane (middle)
BBC

Stacey Crane, who's 38-years-old and also from Marriot Road in Leicester, and 29-year-old Catherine Grocott (not shown) from Westover Road, in Leicester, are both accused of ill treating a patient on at least 40 occasions.

Slow in Birstall

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Your comments: Fans 'disappointed and sad' over ticket allocation

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On our Facebook page you've been telling us about your disappointment at not being able to get a ticket to Leicester City's last home game of the season.

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Ciarán Woods says: "Me and my dad are gold members and we miss out on getting tickets. We are really really disappointed and sad not to be going because we both really really wanted to go to the last home game of the season."

Pradeep Nathwani said: "I am a gold card member and did not get tickets. I have been to most of the home games and travel 100 miles from Harrow. Memberships should have been capped. The club have raked in on the success."

Men killed in Somerby crash named

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Two people who died in a crash in Somerby, on Friday, were 22-year-old Jak Thomas Cooney and 64-year-old Andrew John Taylor.

A Mondeo, driven by My Cooney and a Jaguar, driven by Mr Taylor, collided on the A606 about 22:45. Both men died at the scene.

A woman who was a passenger in the Jaguar remains in a critical but stable condition.

The other three injured people are in a stable condition.

Safe had no money inside

Helen McCarthy

BBC Radio Leicester Reporter

They left the safe on the pavement outside, unable to open it or presumably lift it into a vehicle.

It had no money in anyway!!

Safe
BBC

'Toughest week of my life' says Taylor

James Taylor has tweeted this morning that his "world is upside down" but he is "battling on".

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Cafe was suppose to stop anti-social behaviour

Helen McCarthy

BBC Radio Leicester Reporter

The break-in has come at a bad time, the café is currently being repainted in preparation for its 5th birthday celebrations.  

The irony is the café was opened five years ago to help combat anti-social behaviour in the village, which it’s done successfully. 

Now, money to be spent on doing it up for the celebrations, will have to be diverted towards getting a new door and frame, not to mention the time and effort of volunteers having to deal with the clean-up.

As Graham says, all for £20.

Youth cafe broken into for second time

Helen McCarthy

BBC Radio Leicester Reporter

When I met Graham Lloyd, the man who runs the Sorrel Youth Café on The Green in Mountsorrel, he was feeling dejected.  

The café has been broken into twice recently, once on 4 April and once on Sunday night.

Cafe poster
BBC

The thieves got away with £20 the first time and nothing the second time but Graham told me it’s the damage they’ve caused to the front door and now the surrounding door frame that's costing the community group hundreds of pounds they can’t afford to fix.

Netball victory for Loughborough

BBC Leicester Sport

Loughborough Lightning managed an impressive 61 - 41 win over Team Northumbria in the Netball Super League. 

They are now fifth in the table and host fourth-placed Team Bath in their next game on Saturday.

Well-known batsman forced to retire

BBC Leicester Sport

The former Leicestershire batsman James Taylor has been forced to retire because of a serious heart condition.

James Taylor
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Not all about the money

BBC Leicester Sport

Leicester Tigers' boss says his squad are more than good enough to compete with the biggest clubs in Europe. 

It's ahead of their European Champions Cup semi final against Racing 92.

Richard Cockerill
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Richard Cockerill says their French opponents may have spent a lot of money on their players, but the Tigers also have a good squad.

Club 'will take action'

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Leicester City FC posted on their own website that the Everton game had seen "unprecedented demand" and sold out in "record time", with the "vast majority" of higher-tier members able to get a ticket.

Leicester City corner flag
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They say they would take action against any ticket touting or attempts to resell tickets above face value, and reminded fans unauthorised sale of football tickets was a criminal offence under UK law.

Prince to attend service for Tunisia victims

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

In other news, there'll be a service held later at Westminster Abbey to commemorate the 30 British tourists killed in an attack on a Tunisian beach in June last year. 

Among those killed were Ray Fisher and his wife Angela from Leicester.

Ray and Angela Fisher
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Prince Harry will be there to lay a wreath on behalf of the Queen.

He'll also deliver a reading during the service, which is being conducted by the Dean of Westminster.

Tickets cost 'the price of a car'

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

One fan contacted BBC Leicester to say he missed out on a ticket, despite having a membership package and having been to all but three home games this season.

 He said: "This season is something we never expected and will probably never happen again in our lifetimes.  

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"Now I won't be there to potentially celebrate us winning the Premier League.

"The club have been brilliant with fans these past couple of seasons but I think there will be a few questions for them to answer as to how this has happened. 

"I can't see how ordinary fans could afford to pay £15,000 for two tickets - it's the price of a second-hand car."

Weather: Cloudy start with outbreaks of rain

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

Weather forecast for the East Midlands

Latest Leicestershire headlines

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

  • Outrage over tickets to Leicester City's last home game of the season selling out in a record time with lots of fans missing out and tickets appearing on reselling sites
  • Prince Harry will attend a service for the 30 British victims of the Tunisia beach shooting, including a Leicester couple
  • Leicester Tigers' boss says his squad is more than good enough to compete with the biggest clubs in Europe ahead of their European Champions Cup semi final against Racing 92

Outrage over football tickets resell

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

To that story now about ticket sales for the last Leicester City home game of the season.

Some fans were outraged yesterday that tickets to watch the Foxes play Everton are being sold at a much higher price on Ebay.

The match on 7 May could see the Foxes become champions.

Leicester City fan crying
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Tickets sold out in 90 minutes yesterday but within hours, individual tickets were being advertised for more than £3,000 each and a pair for much more.   

MP defends Prime Minister in tax row

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

The MP for Rutland and Melton has commented on the ongoing row over David Cameron's tax.

Sir Alan Duncan says the Prime Minister had been unfairly criticised.

Sir Alan Duncan
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He warned if critics were not careful, we risked "seeing a House of Commons stuffed full of low achievers, who hate enterprise, hate people who look after their own family and who know absolutely nothing about the outside world".