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Summary

  1. Updates for Wednesday 4 May 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 Thursday

Live Reporting

By Calum McKenzie

All times stated are UK

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Mitchell Baldock and Jordan Wright

Two firefighters who mistakenly backed Leicester City to win the Premier League celebrate after winning a £20,000 pay-out.

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Our live coverage across the day

Our live updates have now ended and will return tomorrow from 08:00. 

Weather: Fine end to the day

Kaye Forster

Weather Presenter

A dry and sunny end to the day.  

BBC weather grid
BBC

It will stay dry overnight with some clear spells and light winds. 

We will be frost free again with lows of 3C (37F).

Basketball: Riders star wins annual award

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Leicester Riders forward Drew Sullivan has been named British Basketball League player of the year. 

Drew Sullivan
Getty Images

This city really is rubbish at sport...

Man arrested on suspicion of death by dangerous driving

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

A 54-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving after a lorry struck a van parked on the hard shoulder of the M69 in Leicestershire.

The 55-year-old van driver died of his injuries at Coventry's University Hospital after the crash at about 15:15 yesterday. 

Business feeling flush because of 'Leicester effect'

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

It's not just the city's economy that appears to be benefiting from Leicester's success. 

Bulls Head pub
BBC

Takings have tripled at The Bulls Head in Cosby ever since the Foxes topped the league. 

Latest headlines for Leicestershire

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Here's what's happening across Leicestershire: 

First PCC votes being counted

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Excitement starting to build at City Hall...

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Claudio's 'King of England,' says mum

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Claudio Ranieri's triumph with Leicester has more than made amends for his unsuccessful time at Roma, according to the Italian's 96-year-old mother. 

Claudio Ranieri
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"I'm sorry about how it finished for him at Roma: we've always been a big Roma-supporting family," Renata Ranieri told La Repubblica newspaper.

"He took over (at Roma) when the season had already started. He didn't earn the respect of his own city... and I'm disappointed it finished like that for him. 

"But now, he's the king of England and he's getting compliments from all around the world."

EA investigating Wigston diesel spill

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Environment Agency's Paul Reeves tweets... 

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MOTD presenters with Lineker in underwear

Gary Lineker should keep his promise and present Match of the Day in his underwear, Prime Minister David Cameron says.

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Jamie Vardy

The value of Leicester's squad could quadruple after their Premier League title win, according to agent David Seligman.

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McCanns: There will always be hope

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

The McCanns also released this statement to mark the anniversary. 

As yet another anniversary comes around, we'd like to thank all our supporters for your continued help and commitment in the search for Madeleine, and the hope for her safe return. It has been a very long time but the investigation continues, information is still forthcoming and our hope and resolve continue. Until we have answers, until there is news (real news!), there will always be hope and we will continue to do everything we can to help find Madeleine."

Kate and Gerry McCann

Stubborn Sussex digging in for Foxes draw

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Leicestershire's victory charge at Sussex has been halted by Chris Nash's (pictured) unbeaten century. 

Chris Nash
Getty Images

A draw for the Foxes today would complete a fairly ordinary sporting week for the region...

McCann parents mark anniversary 'at prayer meeting'

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

The parents of missing Madeleine McCann have said "there will always be hope" in the hunt for their daughter despite doubt over the future of the British police investigation into her disappearance.

McCann's
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Kate and Gerry McCann marked the ninth anniversary of their daughter's disappearance with a prayer meeting in Rothley, according to reports in the Daily Mirror.

Teen killed in crash was 'was gentle and popular'

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

A head teacher has paid tribute to teenager Samuel Garner who died after being hit by a stolen car in Leicester. 

Samuel Garner
Leicestershire Police

Tony Pinnock, the principal at Samuel's old school, Wreake Valley Academy, says he was gentle and popular. 

Sutton: Foxes need Vardy 'version II'

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

They've only been champions for a matter of hours, but after the euphoria, here comes a dose of realism for Leicester City. 

Ranieri and Vardy
PA

It's supplied by Blackburn's Premier League winning striker Chris Sutton. 

"They are certainly going to need a better quality of player squad-wise so people can come in and do the same job as the first-choice side. 

"In particular, they need another striker with Vardy's pace."

More images released to promote Foxes programme

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Here is a sneaky peak at tonight's "5,000 to 1: How Leicester City Beat the Odds" documentary presented by Alan Birchenall, in the form of a couple more promo images. 

Alan Birchenall
BBC
aLAN bIRCHENALL
BBC

It's on BBC One (East Midlands) at 22:45 tonight and will be available to everyone else via BBC iPlayer shortly after. 

PM to start supporting Leicester?

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has mocked David Cameron's credibility as a football fan after the PM congratulated Leicester on their title win. 

corbyn and cameron
BBC

Mr Corbyn seized on Mr Cameron's confusion during last year's general election over which team he supports, when he mixed up Aston Villa and West Ham, who wear similar colours. 

"I hope it's not an indication you are going to support another football team, or are you going to stick with the two you have got already?"

5,000/1: How Leicester City beat the odds

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

The fairytale's complete - now watch it back.

Leicester City logo
BBC

The story of Leicester City's remarkable season is on BBC One at 22:45 this evening. 

And kids, if you're not allowed to stay up that late, it'll be available on BBC iPlayer shortly after. 

Leicester celebrate a goal

James Gheerbrant

BBC Sport

After the most unlikely of Premier League triumphs, BBC Sport looks at what next season might hold for the Foxes.

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Claudio Ranieri

Leicester City's title win will be hard to repeat because the rich teams almost always succeed, says manager Claudio Ranieri.

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Foxes 33-1 to be champions again

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Leicester City have made a thing about defying the odds, so how about some for next season? 

Betting slip
BBC

Claudio Ranieri's men are 33-1 to be champions again, 5-1 to finish in the top four, 15-8 to finish in the bottom half, and 25-1 to be relegated. 

Call me optimistic, but I'll have £1 on champions again...  

Listen: PCC candidates clash ahead of election

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

If you are still trying to make up your mind ahead of tomorrow's Leicestershire and Rutland PCC election, then why not listen back to BBC Radio Leicester's round table debate. 

PCC candidates
BBC

Polls open at 07:00 tomorrow. 

Families being 'totally destroyed' by Glen Parva deaths

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Karen Revell's 18-year-old son Greg died while on remand in Glen Parva prison in June 2014 and believes more should be being done to stop deaths in custody. 

"His death has left a hole in all of our hearts and we want to stop any other families from having to go through this living hell.

"Deaths by suicide are still happening in Glen Parva and nothing is being done about it. Whole families are being totally destroyed." 

Jamie Vardy, left, arriving at a restaurant in Leicester and Ian Haughey, right, outside the King Power

A Jamie Vardy lookalike is mobbed in his car outside the King Power stadium when fans mistake him for the Leicester City striker.

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Weather: Fine, dry and warm afternoon ahead

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

It's going to be a fine afternoon with sunny spells and light winds. 

BBC weather map
BBC

Maximum temperature of 17C (63F). 

Latest headlines for Leicestershire

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Here's what's happening across Leicestershire: 

  • Tourism bosses are hailing Leicester's title win as a "dream" for marketing the city 
  • Candidates vying to become Leicestershire and Rutland's next PCC clash in a debate on Radio Leicester
  • Leicester Tigers hooker Michael van Vuuren joins Bath for next season 

TV reporter samples a 'Jamie Vardy'

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Here is BBC East Midlands Today's Amy Harris about to try a Vardyccino coffee for the first time. 

Amy Harris
BBC

And I thought this TV lark was hard work...

Michael van Vuuren

Bath sign South African hooker Michael van Vuuren from fellow Premiership side Leicester Tigers for the 2016-17 season.

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'Action needed' on custody deaths, charity claims

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Frances Crook, Chief Executive of the Howard League for Penal Reform, believes deaths in jails such as Glen Parva have been ignored for too long. 

Prison cell
BBC

"The death toll in prisons is a national scandal and demands immediate action" she said. 

"The visceral pain of the families of the dead calls out to political leaders to put a stop to this. We cannot wait for grand plans, we need action today."

Your photos: May across Leicestershire

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

It looks a nice day at the canal in Market Harborough. 

Market Harborough
Billie's View

I'm not sure if swimming is allowed/encouraged down there though...

Leicester City's Jamie Vardy (left), snooker World Champion Mark Selby (centre) and Leicester Tigers' Freddie Burns

Andrew Aloia

BBC Sport

Can Leicester, the place that lays claim to be the heart of rural England, in fact be the sporting capital of the UK?

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'More to do' at Glen Parva jail

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Michael Spurr, chief executive of the National Offender Management Service, believes there is still more to do at Glen Parva. 

Glen Parva
BBC

"There is more to do, including adapting the regime to meet the needs of prisoners over 21 years of age who will now be held alongside the young adult population at Glen Parva. 

"This report gives confidence that the leadership team and staff at Glen Parva will respond positively to this new challenge and maintain the excellent progress they have made to date."

'Encouraging report' for Leicester jail

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Here's what Martin Lomas has had to say in more detail about what he found at HMP Glen Parva. 

"Glen Parva continued to face many challenges but this is an encouraging report in difficult circumstances. 

"The prison was well led and the management team had the right values and was enthusiastic. 

"The staff group were committed and keen to do a good job, the right priorities were being identified and higher expectations were being set." 

Glen Parva jail has 'more to do'

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

The charity's comments follow the publication of of a report into an inspection of the jail in November 2015. 

Glen Parva sign
BBC

Martin Lomas, the Deputy Chief Inspector of Prisons, said Glen Parva should be commended for the improvements it had made but there was more to do. 

More needs to be done to prevent jail suicides, charity warns

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

The Howard League for Penal Reform says more needs to be done to stop suicides at Glen Parva jail in Leicester. 

Glen Parva
BBC

It says there have been eight deaths in the last five years at the prison, which houses offenders aged 18 to 21.

The Ministry of Justice says it is investing in buildings and training nationwide. 

Latest headlines for Leicestershire

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Here's what's happening across Leicestershire: 

  • Leicester City's title win could be worth £50m to the local economy 
  • The Howard League for Penal Reform says more needs to be done to try to prevent more suicides at Glen Parva jail 
  • Leicester Tigers scrum-half Ben Youngs says no-one will match their record of 12 consecutive play-off finishes 

Hove looking good ahead of final day

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

And here's the 22 yards of dirt they'll be using to try to claim those wickets... 

Hove pitch
Richard Rae