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Summary

  1. Updates for Friday 15 April 2016
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Monday

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By Amy Woodfield

All times stated are UK

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

Weather: More rain tomorrow

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

Tonight will be cloudy with further rain. It will become drier across most areas later in the night, with some clear spells developing. Lows of of 1C/34F.

Weather
BBC

Another spell of rain will move southwards tomorrow with showers following for the afternoon. 

These showers will perhaps be wintry in places and it will feel chilly in the brisk wind. Highs of 8C/46F.

Latest Leicestershire headlines

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

  • A heart expert in Leicester says the number of children suffering from serious heart conditions is becoming a significant problem
  • A dispute over the felling of nearly 90 trees in Victoria Park continues with the Green Party getting involved
  • Claudio Ranieri says his next target for the season is to qualify for the group stages of Champions League

Ranieri 'proud' of player nominations

BBC Leicester Sport

The Leicester City boss says his next target for the season is to qualify for the group stages of the Champions League. 

The Foxes have guaranteed a place in the competition but only for the play-offs so far.

Claudio Ranieri
Getty Images

Talking to the media today, Claudio Ranieri also said he's "proud" three of his players have been named on the shortlist for the PFA Players' Player of the Year award. 

N'Golo Kante, Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez have all been nominated.

Calls for a public meeting over the 'massacring of living trees'

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

The Green Party are now calling for a review of the city council's plans. They also request the mayor arranges a public meeting about this issue as soon as possible.

Tree stumps in Victoria Park
BBC

Tim Grayson from Leicester's Green Party says: "Local residents deserve a proper say in big developments like this; it's not right that so many of them feel they were kept in the dark.

"With air quality already a huge issue for the city, it is wrong to increase car parking on our park.

"We need to make sure the plans for the park are reviewed and the mayor calls a public meeting, so everyone can be confident the plans present the best deal for everyone.”

Man killed in Melton crash named

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

The man killed in a crash in Melton on Monday was 18-year-old Gregory Barnes from Wymondham.

The collision involved two cars and happened on the A676 Saxby Road.

Police are still appealing for anyone who saw what happened to get in touch.

Green Party get involved in trees dispute

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Earlier this week we told you about public anger over several trees being cut down in Victoria Park as part of the city council's Centenary Walk project.

Well, now the Leicester Green Party are getting involved in the argument.

Tree stumps in Victoria Park
BBC

At first we thought around 50 trees had been felled but it turns out it was actually more like 90 trees if you include those in the car park.

The Green Party say they disagree with the loss of so many trees and claim the total number to be cut down was not made clear in the original public consultation.

Zoo defends role in conservation

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Twycross Zoo features on the BBC program Horizon this weekend.

The show is looking at whether zoos are part of the problem or part of the solution when it comes to animal conservation.

The woman in charge of Twycross Zoo claims the animals at her zoo are happy.

A gorilla has been showing off his dance moves at Twycross Zoo

Sharon Redrobe says: "At Twycross Zoo I'm reassured by what I see with our animals.

"The viral video we've got out at the moment with Lope our baby gorilla playing is fantastic, 2,000,000 hits on YouTube reaching the public.

"That is normal, great play behaviour that you see in wild gorillas."

Concern over heart conditions in younger people

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Doug Skehan is a consultant cardiologist in Leicester and claims 10 to 12 children per week have a fatal cardiac arrest.

He said: "It's quite a significant problem in the country, any youngsters who have symptoms of palpitations or feeling light headed should be taken notice of and something more can be done.

"Certainly at the age group where you think there can't be much wrong, it might merit some further investigation."

Police appeal for man captured on CCTV

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Taylor's heart condition affecting more children

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Earlier this week we found out James Taylor was retiring from cricket at just 26 years old.

The former Leicestershire batsman made the announcement because he was found to have a serious heart condition.

James Taylor
Getty Images

Now, a heart expert from Leicester's Hospitals says children suffering from serious heart conditions are becoming a significant problem in England.

Ranieri talks ahead of West Ham match

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

BBC Radio Leicester's Ian Stringer has been to the latest Leicester City press conference with Claudio Ranieri.

Here he is summarising what the manager had to say... 

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Loogabarooga returns for 2016

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Loogabarooga Festival is coming back and this year it will be longer than ever.

After last year's success the organisers have decided to extend the festival in Loughborough to six days.

It'll run from 19 October - 24 October.

Book bench
BBC

Highlights will include talks by the Harry Potter illustrator Jim Kay and a reading of The Dinosaur that Pooped by the boy in McBusted.

Also, the really cool book benches will be back.

Bin collection service 'not good enough'

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

One man living in Market Harborough paid to get his green bin collected however no one came to do it for over two weeks.

It turns out this was because his bin should have had a sticker on it to show he'd paid. Alan Turner claims he hadn't received this sticker from the council.

Green bin
Thinkstock

He called the council three times to complain about the delay and says the service he's now paying for isn't good enough.

Anger over new green bin charge

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Rubbish bin collections can be a major bugbear for a lot of people, and right now it's angering some residents of Market Harborough. 

People living in the town have had to start paying £40 to have their green bins of garden waste collected and it doesn't seem to have gone down well.

There seems to be confusion over who has and hasn't paid.

Man attacked with baseball bat for PIN code

Hinckley Times

A burglar armed with a baseball bat attacked a man sleeping in his home and demanded the PIN for his bank card.

Rugby: Tigers squad named with no changes

BBC Leicester Sport

Leicester Tigers starting line-up to face Northampton tomorrow is the same as their game last weekend, when they beat Stade Francais 41-13.

Mathew Tait leads the team from full-back, joined in the back by wings Vereniki Goneva and Telusa Veainu.

Peter Betham continues at centre alongside Manu Tuilagi, with Freddie Burns and Ben Youngs at half-back.

Leicester Tigers playing Stade Francais
Getty Images

The forward pack includes Marcos Ayerza, Dan Cole, Harry Thacker, Dom Barrow and Graham Kitchener. 

The back row includes Mike Fitzgerald, Brendon O'Connor and Lachlan McCaffrey.

Everards Brewery development plans approved

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

An application to build a new and improved Everards Brewery has been approved by the council.

There'll be a new brewery with offices, brewery tap and restaurant along with a temporary events marquee.

Artist impression of new Everards development
Blaby District Council

Also approved was a new footbridge over the River Soar with cycle paths linking to the Grand Union Canal Conservation Area, leading to Leicester City Centre.

It's hoped this will all be a reality by late 2017.

New handbag for lottery winner

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Rowena says the family haven’t yet decided what to do with the money.

Rowena Barnwell and Richard Brewin
Camelot

She says: “We have a holiday booked and two lovely cars so I think it will be about treating the family. 

"As you’d expect from accountants we are cautious about spending money, although I do like a nice handbag or two!”

Can the luck continue for lottery winners?

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Maybe the couple's win is linked to a potentially very lucky year for sport in Leicester... 

Rowena is a huge Leicester Tigers fan and Richard has been following Leicester City since he was a boy.

Rowena Barnwell with a Leicester Tigers and Richard Brewin with a Leicester City scarf
Camelot

Riders prepare for big games against the Eagles

BBC Leicester Sport

It's going to be a tense match for the Leicester Riders this evening...

They could be crowned BBL Championship title winners if they beat Newcastle Eagles.

Leicester Riders court
BBC

If they lose, Newcastle could take the title at Leicester's expense with victory on Sunday.

Winner didn't find out till the next morning

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Rowena says she found out about their lottery win by email on Saturday morning.

Rowena Barnwell and Richard Brewin
Camelot

She said: “I was checking my emails as I often do first thing when I saw an email from The National Lottery saying that there was news about my ticket.  

"I opened up the email, assuming I had won a few pounds, and couldn’t believe my eyes when I logged into my account and saw how much we had won.

"I quickly rushed downstairs to show Richard because I didn’t trust my own eyes."

Ashby couple win thousands on Euromillions

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

One very very lucky couple from Ashby De La Zouch have won £53,590.20 in the EuroMillions!

Rowena Barnwell and Richard Brewin won the prize money from the draw on Friday 8 April.

Rowena Barnwell and Richard Brewin celebrating win
Camelot

Weather update

BBC Weather

Rain on and off for most of the afternoon with temperatures struggling to 9C (48F).

Stab victim named locally

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

The Leicester teenager stabbed in Swadlingcote at the weekend has been named locally as Dante Francis.

The 17-year-old died in hospital two days later.

Scene of the stabbing
BBC

Increase in reported tool thefts in Leicestershire

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

There's been an increase in the number of thefts from vans reported over the past two weeks in the Melton, Harborough and Rutland area.

Tools
Thinkstock

Police are now reminding van drivers not to leave tools in their vehicles overnight.

Thousands get help from local food bank

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

A food bank charity claims to have handed out more than 7,500 food parcels to people across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland over the past year. 

Almost 3,000 of them were for children.

Trussell Trust food bank
Getty Images

The Trussell Trust warns that food banks must not become the "new normal".

Kick-off for Man U game delayed

BBC Leicester Sport

Leicester City's trip to face Manchester United in the Premier League on Sunday 1 May will now kick off slightly later.

It's because Liverpool's game against Swansea in the Europa League has been moved to the same day.

Leicester City fans
Getty Images

The Foxes will now kick off at 14:05.

Backing the Blues: Your efforts

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

This Leicester City fan is ready for BBC Leicester's #backingtheblues day on 29 April.

Apparently it took Brian ages to poke little blue lights through the holes.

LCFC sign in blue lights
Ann Coley

Please send in your photos of how you're getting ready to back the blues by email, Facebook or Twitter.

Leicester City plans second football tattoo

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Tony Frost already has one Leicester City tattoo that he got in 1997 when the club won the League Cup final.

He's now planning his next tattoo dedicated to the club...

Leicester City fans get permanent reminder of the season

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Nick works at Leicester tattoo studio Blue Ink and says he's getting people coming in for all sorts of Foxes- themed tattoos.

Nick from Blue Ink tattoo studio
BBC

He says most people want the football club emblem but others have also requested a full sleeve and portraits of the players.

It's not just young fans either - he says some customers coming in for a Leicester City tattoo have been in their 60s.

Fans celebrate with tattoos

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

It seems that the success of Leicester City is giving a boost to an unexpected industry... tattoo shops.

Leicester City fans
Getty Images

Some studios in Leicester claim they're busier than ever with Foxes fans wanting to make permanent their admiration for the club.

Temporary traffic lights in Wigston

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Police warn of potential delays in Wigston because of roadworks and temporary traffic lights. 

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Latest Leicestershire headlines

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

  • Police investigating the death of a 17-year-old boy from Leicester have charged a man with his murder
  • More and more Leicester City fans are getting permanent reminders of the successful season with a tattoo
  • Richard Cockerill says he'll pick his "best team" for tomorrow's Premiership clash with local rivals Northampton Saints

Man charged with teenager's stab murder

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Police investigating the death of a 17-year-old boy from Leicester have charged a man with his murder.

Dominic Halliday-Fox, who's 21 years old and from Derby, will appear at Southern Derbyshire Magistrates’ Court today.

Scene of stabbing
BBC

He's accused of stabbing the teenager in the chest during an argument in Swadlincote at the weekend.

A 23-year-old man, arrested on suspicion of violent disorder, has been released on bail.

Tigers squad to be named

BBC Leicester Sport

The Leicester Tigers boss will name his side later to face rivals Northampton Saints.

Richard Cockerill says he'll pick his best team for tomorrow's Premiership clash at Franklin's Gardens.

Leicester Tigers playing Northampton Saints
Getty Images

With Tigers in fourth, and Saints in fifth, both sides are fighting to secure a play-off place.

Radio Leicester save listeners thousands

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

To start with this morning, a well done to our radio colleagues here at BBC Leicester who hosted an event yesterday called the "Big Switch".

Jim Davis and Jo Hayward with the Big Switch team
BBC

With the help on Citizens Advice, they managed to help 70 listeners switch to a cheaper energy provider, saving them total of £27,500.