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Summary

  1. Updates for Tuesday 19 April 2016
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Wednesday

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By Amy Woodfield

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

Weather: Another dry and sunny day tomorrow

Kaye Forster

Weather Presenter

Staying dry and sunny for the rest of the day and remaining dry and clear overnight. 

The winds will stay light so it will be another chilly one with lows of 1C (34F) in rural areas.

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Latest Leicestershire headlines

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

  • A former Portugese detective has won an appeal against his conviction for libel against the Leicestershire parents of Madeleine McCann
  • More than 500 cannabis farms have been discovered by police in Leicestershire over the past five years
  • Mark Selby is through to the second round at the World Snooker Championships in Sheffield

Five innocent households victim of 'cannabis home invasions'

Jeremy Ball

Social affairs correspondent, BBC East Midlands Today

Drugs gangs used to grow cannabis in large commercial warehouses, but now these days they often spread the risk, by setting up several small-scale "cannabis farms" in lofts and spare bedrooms. 

The new figures from Leicestershire Police say they discovered 514 cannabis grows in the last five calendar years. 

The figure peaked in 2014, and 124 cannabis farms were discovered by the force last year. 

Cannabis
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The force also recorded several incidents of what's known as "cannabis home invasions". These are raids where drug gangs search a property for a rival's cannabis crop. 

Five of those robberies mistaken targeted innocent householders' properties.

Travel: Accident on inner ring road causing delays

BBC Travel

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This accident is causing lots of delays in the city centre.

Queues stretch back through the underpass, along Oxford Street and onto Aylestone Road, also affecting St Margaret's Way and Highcross St.  

There are delays on Carlton Street, Welford Road, Newarke Street and Regent Road too.

Amaral's claims 'totally destroyed' McCanns

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

The lawyer for the Leicestershire couple, Isabel Duarte, says she intends to fight the decision at the Supreme Court. 

Police searching for Madeleine McCann
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Goncalo Amaral was part of the police investigation into Madeleine's disappearance. 

In 2008 he published his book about the case called The Truth of the Lie.

The McCanns said they were "totally destroyed'' and "depressed'' by Amaral's allegations and felt "ashamed'' that they might appear to have been to blame for their daughter's disappearance.

Hundreds of cannabis farms found in Leicestershire

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

More than 500 cannabis farms have been discovered by police in Leicestershire in the last five years. 

We've managed to get these figures using a "Freedom of Information" request.

Cannabis
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Figures also show drug gangs that raid the homes of rival growers have targeted the wrong house on several occasions.

'The Truth of the Lie' author wins appeal

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

An appeals court in Portugal has overturned the libel conviction of a former Portuguese detective who published a book alleging Kate and Gerry McCann were involved in their daughter's disappearance.

Goncalo Amaral'
PA

Isabel Duarte is a lawyer for the McCanns and told The Associated Press she was notified Tuesday of the court's decision to uphold Goncalo Amaral's appeal against the order to pay Kate and Gerry McCann 500,000 euros in compensation.

New hobbies market in Hinckley

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

There's going to be a new Sunday Market in Hinckley starting in May.

It will be trading in crafts, hobbies, bric-a-brac and fine food and will be held on the fourth Sunday of the month between May and September.

Your photos: On the canal in Market Harborough

BBC Weather Watchers

It looks like lots of you are getting out in the sunshine because we've had some beautiful photos sent in.

This was taken by our BBC Weather Watcher Billie's View in Market Harborough.

On the canal in Market Harborough
Billie's View

3D printing could 'revolutionise' clothing

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Experts at Loughborough University say 3D printed garments, directly from raw materials, in a single manufacturing operation, will reduce waste and labour costs.

Catwalk fashion show
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Dr Bingham says: “With 3D printing, there is no limit to what you can build and it is this design freedom which makes the technology so exciting, by bringing to life what was previously considered to be impossible.

“This landmark technology allows us as designers to innovate faster and create personalised, ready-to-wear fashion in a digital world with no geometrical constraints and almost zero waste material."

3D fashion tested in Loughborough

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Experts at Loughborough University are working on a new technology that could change the way we shop for clothes.

A senior lecturer has teamed up with a global textile and garment manufacturer to test 3D textile printing.

Catwalk model
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It's an 18-month project called 3D Fashion. By they end of it, they're hoping to be able to make personalised 3D printed fashion, manufactured within 24 hours.

Unexploded mortar found in Billesdon

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

If you were in the East of the county this afternoon you may have heard a loud bang.

An unexploded mortar was found in a field near the A47 in Billesdon.

Police were called and the device was exploded in a controlled way by Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EDO).

Bomb Disposal in Billesdon
Leicestershire Police
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Man charged with historical sex offences

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

A Leicestershire man has been charged with indecent assaulting and raping a girl under 14 years old.

The charges relate to 10 offences which took place between June 1962 and April 1963.

Peter Andrews, who's 67-years-old and from Little Mill Close in Barlestone, will appear before Leicester Magistrates’ Court tomorrow.    

Bailey 'backing the blues'

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Leicester's Sam Bailey has said she'll be "backing the blues" on Friday next week.

Sam Bailey
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The campaign has been organised by the Leicester Mercury and BBC Radio Leicester in support of Leicester City.

On the 29th of April key buildings around the city will be lit up blue.

Savage has sympathy for Vardy

BBC Leicester Sport

Robbie Savage has been talking about the Jamie Vardy improper conduct charge.

The former Leicester midfielder has sympathy for him.

Jamie Vardy
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He said: "I think it looks terrible what Jamie Vardy did but unless you've been in that situation where you're going for a title, you feel you've been wronged by the referee, obviously you regret it because everybody's seen it.

"I understand in that situation, I've done it many occasion, for that moment your frustration goes on the referee."

Warning to those travelling to last home game of the season

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Selby to face Baird in second round

BBC Leicester Sport

At the World Snooker Championships in Sheffield, Leicester's Mark Selby has just beaten Robert Milkins 10-6 in the first round.

Mark Selby
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He'll now face a second round game against Sam Baird, who secured his first Crucible career win with a 10-7 victory over Welshman Michael White.

Sugar's surprise at Premier League top two

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Latest Leicestershire headlines

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Council leader pleased with bypass funding offer

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

The leader of Melton Borough Council has called the developers' contribution "a shot in the arm for the bypass".

Plan for new homes in Melton
Gladman Developments Ltd

Byron Rhodes said: “The contribution will be enough to complete a full design and to help us start work on some of the most important sections. 

"Our previous studies showed that a bypass is necessary and this significant offer shows the value of that work."

New protections put in place

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Shauket Seedat is part of a new group that's formed to protect Hajj travellers, it's called the Licensed Hajj Operators Association.

Travel leaflets
BBC

He says two months ago they met in Birmingham and had talks with solicitors specialising in travelling. They came up with terms and conditions to protect both customers and operators.

Mr Seedat says he's now confident there will be more protection in place for the next Hajj in August.

Tree blocking river removed

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Hajj operators branded 'crooks'

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Shauket Seedat runs a licensed travel company in Leicester providing package deals for the annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca. 

Mr Seedat claims there are operators out there taking advantage of customers. He worries they're also tarnishing genuine Hajj tour operators reputations.

Shauket Seedat
BBC

He says: "The customer is suffering and when they come back they're going to talk about the Hajj operator under one umbrella."

He says someone like him, who's trying to be honest and delivering a decent package, gets branded a crook.

Warning over fake Hajj deals

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Each year up to 25,000 British Muslims travel to Mecca for Hajj, spending around £125m on their pilgrimages.  

This can be a prime opportunity for fraudsters to get money out of people with non-genuine deals.

Hajj warning poster
Leicestershire Police

Along with Leicestershire Police, a local tour operator is backing a national campaign to raise awareness of Hajj fraud.

They're warning Muslims to be wary of unlicensed operators that are offering cheap deals.

Developers offer to help fund new bypass

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

There's a new twist in plans to build more than 500 new homes in Melton...

The developers are offering to help fund a much needed bypass in the area IF their planning application is approved.

Gladman Developments Ltd will contribute £4.5m toward the road.

Plans for Melton development
Gladman Developments Ltd

They'll also give the council £500,000 towards local schools policing, civic amenity and libraries, and another £500,000 for public transport.

The council are meeting on Thursday make a decision.

Twins born two years apart

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

This is a cute one- imagine having twin boys but with a two-year age gap.

A couple from Leicester have done just that.

Oliver and Issac
BBC

Rachael and Richard Best had Oliver in 2014 following years of IVF.

Two embyros from the same batch that Oliver was created from were then frozen and two years later, they've been used to create baby Isaac.

Councillor opposed to any more tree felling

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Despite the council saying they plan to replace the felled trees, the councillor for the Victoria Park area says the authority needs to reconsider their ideas for Centenary Walk altogether.

Victoria Park
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Patrick Kitterick says: "I think what's upset people most is the fact that these were mature, healthy trees, there were no ecological reasons to take them down.

"I'd really like to see the council go back and look at these plans again and certainly if there are any more plans for any further removal of trees I'd be very opposed to that."

Council 'will plant over 100 new trees'

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

In a statement about Centenary Walk, the city council says: "Plans have been widely consulted upon over a long period and have received nothing but public support. In addition, we've kept the key groups involved updated that work was about to begin. 

"In February we emailed the Friends of Victoria Park and explained that area will look bare once it's done, but bear with us as there'll be trees planted as part of the processional route 

"The 84 trees felled here are are a fraction of the 150,000 trees across the city for which we are responsible, and we will be replanting over 100 more throughout the park to replace the lost ones."

Claims 'trees massacred' to provide more car parking

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Tim Grayson from Greenpeace thinks people have been led to believe Centenary Walk will be a picturesque footpath, something he claims it won't be.

Victoria Park plans displayed on a board
BBC

He says: "They're increasing car parking by a third, from 120 to 180, which means car parking is going to stretch far into the park with a significant loss of green space.

"This tree lined avenue that we keep being told about is not a pedestrian walkway, it's going to be flanked with cars."

More anger over tree felling

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

More now in this story about trees being cut down in Victoria Park in Leicester.

You might remember hearing last week that Leicester City Council felled almost 50 trees in the park and 40 in the car park.

Tree stumps in Victoria Park
BBC

The council say this was all to make way for a new processional route to the war memorial but they're now facing more anger from an environment group.

Greenpeace in Leicester are claiming the trees will actually be replaced with more car parking spaces.

Your photos: Sunshine over the River Wreake

BBC Weather Watchers

Thanks to out BBC Weather Watcher markinmelton for this lovely photo the River Wreake at Brooksby.

The River Wreake at Brooksby
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Your comments: Vardy charged with improper conduct

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Staying with football, we found out yesterday afternoon that Leicester City's Jamie Vardy had been charged with improper conduct by the Football Association.

You've been commenting on this on our Facebook page.

Jamie Vardy and referee Jon Moss
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Keith Wallinger says: "Maybe if the ref's had a similar stance to the ref's in rugby then players would start to learn a little more respect for the ref. 

"Vardy was wrong to dive when he should have backed himself to take the shot and score and then he was wrong to abuse the ref, but, equally the ref had a shocker."

Karen O'Reardon says: "The FA should watch the whole game again and explain how and why the ref was on the pitch. Wrong decisions for both sides. Vardy didn't dive."

Latest Leicestershire headlines

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BBC Local Live

Fan offers to help Vardy in FA battle

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

How much do you care about Jamie Vardy playing for Leicester City in these last few games of the season?

Well one Foxes fan, who's also a London barrister, is offering us his services for free.

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Vardy will be suspended for the next game against Swansea but could also be suspended for more games after he was charged by the FA for improper conduct.

'Leicester City, we're coming for you'

BBC Sport

After the game last night, Spurs main-man Harry Kane said: "Leicester are still in the driving seat being five points ahead but there are four games left and we've reduced the gap. That's all we could have done."

His boss agreed. Mauricio Pochettino insisted his players "really believe" they can overhaul the Foxes.  

Harry Kane
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Tottenham fans sung last night "Leicester City, we're coming for you".

Weather: Feeling warmer than of late

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