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Summary

  1. Updates for Thursday 19 May 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00

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By Amy Woodfield

All times stated are UK

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Our live coverage across the day

 Today's Local Live updates have come to an end. We will be back at 08:00 tomorrow.   

Weather: Another dry day with sunny spells tomorrow

Lucy Martin

BBC Weather

A cloudy end to the day with some outbreaks of light rain, the rain will clear overnight leaving a dry night with some low cloud and hill fog. 

It’s a mild night min 12C (54F).

Weather
BBC

Friday will be largely dry with sunny spells, a few showers possible during the afternoon. 

Feeling warm in the sunshine. Max 18C (64F).

Pop-up dementia shop

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Have you seen the temporary dementia shop that's popped up in the Highcross?

It's been set up by local doctors and is open all week. The aim of it is to get rid of the myths about the condition and offer support.

Highcross
BBC

Mauger: Saracens will be a challenge for Tigers

BBC Leicester Sport

Leicester Tigers head coach has been talking about the side they'll be facing in Saturday's Premiership semi-final.

Aaron Mauger admits Saracens have been the best side at the breakdown this season.

Aaron Mauger
Getty Images

He said: "Saracens defend very well but there's also a lot of opportunities within what they do as well so that's a challenge for us to exploit those opportunities and make the most of them when they're there."

Huge Leicester City scarf going on auction

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Do you remember the giant knitted Leicester City scarf the mayor put around the neck of the liberty statue on our Backing the Blues day?

Well the company that made it have now made a replica that is going to be auctioned off for charity.

Huge scarf in the knitwear factory
BBC

It's 10ft-long and was made by the local company, Park Lane Knitwear.

Green bicycle murder

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Yesterday on Local Live I was telling you all about the Green Bicycle Murder in Leicestershire.

I thought it was a really interesting story

If you missed it, you can listen to it here on BBC Radio Leicester...

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Loughborough pedophile gets 'excessive' sentence reduced

Leicester Mercury

A sexual predator who "befriended, groomed and abused" a vulnerable schoolgirl had his 10-year sentence cut by two years.

Ambulance at crash on Nanpantan Road

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Here's another photo from Kierran Guare that shows the ambulance at the scene.

Traffic in the area is chockablock by the sounds of it - avoid.

Nanpantan Road
Kierran Guare

Nanpantan Road crash scene

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Here's a photo of the crash scene on Nanpantan Road in Loughborough taken by Kierran Guare.

It looks like the police car on the left has had it's roof cut off.

Crash scene
Kierran Guare

Leicester schools seek legal advice about academy plans

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

We've heard a lot about schools being turned into academies lately and for the first time, a law firm in Leicester has brought in in first "education barrister".

Nelsons Solicitors says more and more schools are seeking legal advice and they expect this to continue as more look towards converting.

Police cars crash in Loughborough

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

It looks like it's all been going off on Nanpantan Road in Loughborough today.

The road was closed because of two crashes - one between a stolen VW golf and a Lamborghini, the other between two police cars.

Nanpantan Road in Loughborough
Google

The person driving the Golf had a minor head injury. A special constable also had minor injuries and has been taken to hospital to be on the safe side.

Two people, a 23-year-old woman and a 21-year-old man, have been arrested on suspicion of burglary.

Travel: Severe delays in Loughborough

BBC Travel

Latest Leicestershire headlines

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

  • The Leicester City squad have been on a second victory parade in the homeland of their chairman
  • A month after the Better in Bus visited Leicester, the Vote Leave battle bus has been
  • Tom Wells has signed a new two-year contract with Leicestershire

Foxes parade in Thailand

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Here they are - the Leicester City squad have been on their second victory parade, this time in Bangkok...

Bus parade
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Police appeal to identify men

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Squad visit Bangkok temple

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

It's day two of the Leicester City squad's tour of Bangkok.

They've been to visit the Emerald Buddha temple and been on an open-top bus parade through the capital.

Wes Morgan and Kasper Schmeichel in Bangkok
Getty Images

It's pretty hot out there - about 37C (98F). 

Wes Morgan and Kasper Schmeichel have been spotted waving Thai flags and taking pictures of each other.

Vote Leave visit Leicetser

Tim Parker

BBC Radio Leicester Political Reporter

We've had the Better In bus, now the Vote Leave coach has hit the streets of Leicester.

Vote Leave battle bus
BBC

It was at the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir temple on Gypsy Lane.

Politician praises offenders scheme

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

People on probation in the East Midlands have completed more than 390,000 hours on unpaid work over the last year. 

One scheme in Leicester has been praised by a government minister. It involved cleaning up the 16th Century All Saints' Church.

All Saints' Church in Leicester
Google

It's thought the work would have cost more than £2.6m if carried out privately.

If all of Leicester were sugar

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

On the left here is a poem written by Eleanor at Overdale Junior School as part of "The Spark" project.

It's all about Leicester being made of sugar... what a great thought!

Inside the poetry book
BBC

Mayor helps fund children's poetry project

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Ted Cassidy has had a theme for his term as mayor - the mental health and well being of children.

Overdale Junior School was one of four he chose to help.

School child will book
BBC

Overall his charity has managed to raise more than £50,000 this year.

Some of this will go towards "The Spark" project, helping children to write poetry.

Mayor steps down

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

The Lord Mayor of Leicester will hand over the chains today as he stands down from his year in charge. 

It's pretty much just a ceremonial role but the mayor will usually carry out charitable duties.

Ted Cassidy with children at Overdale Junior School
BBC

This morning BBC Radio Leicester were at Overdale Junior School in Leicester because their "The Spark" project was one of the charities Lord Mayor Ted Cassidy chose to support.

Leicester City mania spreads to golf

Nice headcover Marc Warren...

Marc Warren
Getty Images

The Scottsman's Caddie, Ken Herring, is a Leicester City supporter.

He's been showing off Filbert Fox ahead of the Irish Open.

Travel: Temporary lights causing delays in Loughborough

BBC Travel

Afternoon weather update

BBC Weather

Cloudy with some brighter intervals throughout the afternoon and the chance of an isolated shower. Rain pushing in from the west in the early evening. Feeling warmer.

Max Temp: 19C (66F).

Brexit bus in Leicester

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

The "Vote Leave" battle bus is in Leicester today... looks like our Tim is getting bored.

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The "Stronger In" tour bus has already been to Leicester, it went to DMU last month.

Artist adding to Leicester City mural

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Oh wow - this is looking even more amazing now!

If you haven't been to see it yet, it's on Kate Street in Leicester.

Mural for Leicester City
Leicestershire Police

All-rounder Wells extends Leics deal

BBC Sport

Leicestershire all-rounder Tom Wells has signed a two-year deal to keep him at the club until the end of the 2018 season.

Tom Wells
Getty Images

King Power staff at Thai parade

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

The Leicester City players have been holding an open top bus victory parade in Bangkok today.

It was organised by the clubs Thai owners.

Leicester fans at Bangkok airport
Getty Images

Our reporter over there says people lined the street but he only met three genuine fans. 

Most of people were paid staff of King Power.

Cabbie to appeal against points

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

We've managed to find a taxi driver who's been caught out by the new penalty points scheme

He's been given four points for parking outside a takeaway because a private hire vehicle took his rank space.

Taxis parking in rank
BBC

He said he was only parked for two minutes and the city council took a photo of his vehicle. He said he's going to appeal.

Old bricks beginning to 'delaminate'

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Every brick is removed individually and by hand. The ones that need replacing have a yellow mark on them.

Prison bricks
BBC

Peter Falen says the faults in the bricks are just down to their age, he says they're starting to "delaminate".

Loughborough swimmer wins gold

BBC Leicester Sport

Great Britain claimed more medals on night three of the European Swimming Championships in London. 

Loughborough's Fran Halsall was part of the mixed 4x100m relay team who won gold.

Fran Halsall and her medal winning team
Getty Images

Measures in place to keep prison secure

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

The wall is 14m high and being a prison, the contractors doing the work have had to be extra careful. 

They're using cherry pickers to reach the high bits because scaffolding could make it easier for intruders to break in with contraband.

HMP Leicester
BBC

That's not all. Peter Falen is the project manager and says: "You can't be working on the same panels interior and exterior because it could be an escape aid for prisoners.

"It's called mirroring. If we were working on the same panel and a prisoner was able to get to our machinery inside he'd be able to climb up that one and then climb down the one on the outside so we work on alternate sides."

Bricks replaced in huge prison wall

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

If you've driven past Leicester Prison in the last few months you may have spotted the workmen there removing bricks from one of the walls - but don't worry it's not part of an escape plan!

They're carrying out repair work to the Victorian building that's expected to cost nearly £1m.

Workmen at Leicester Prison
BBC

About 7,000 bricks are being replaced in the wall, which is one of the largest prison walls in the country.

Thacker wins Try of the Season

BBC Leicester Sport

We've heard all about the Leicester City players picking up awards for their season, now it's the turn of Leicester Tigers.

Harry Thacker's stunning touchdown against Northampton Saints was named Try of the Season at last night's Premiership Awards ceremony.

Harry Thacker holding his award
Getty Images

Drivers 'falling short' of standards

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

The city mayor faced numerous protests from the RMT union members when he announced he was going to trial the taxi driver points scheme.

RMT union members protesting
BBC

Sir Peter Soulsby stuck to his guns though.

He says: "These figures make it clear that while the vast majority of the city's 2,000 or so licensed taxi drivers comply with the reasonable standards we expect from them, there are some who are falling short of that. 

"We are now five months into that 12-month period, and I intend to let the pilot scheme run its course before deciding whether or not it should become permanent."

More taxi cases still to be decided

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

The figures on penalty points handed out to taxi drivers could more than double very soon because there are 28 cases of potential rule-breaking the city council are yet to decide on.

Taxi driver "go-slow" protest
BBC

If a driver gets 12 points or more within three years, they risk having their licence taken off them. 

This was one of the key conditions that caused the "go-slow" protests as the union feared it would put drivers out of work.

There haven't been any cases of this happening yet.

Leicester students to find out how to grow food in space

Leicester Mercury

Cosmic salad seeds which have been orbiting the Earth aboard the International Space Station have been brought back to Leicester to allow physics students to study the effects of microgravity on plant life.

Penalty points exceed 100

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

The other six cases were because the drivers had failed to go to a compulsory six-monthly vehicle safety check. 

 It's put the total number of points handed out at 104 since December.

Parked Taxi
BBC

Latest Leicestershire headlines

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

  • More than 104 penalty points have been handed out to taxi drivers in Leicester in the first six months of the scheme
  • About 7,000 bricks are being replaced from the huge walls at Leicester Prison
  • Leicester Tigers are staying positive about playing on Saracens' artificial surface this weekend despite a poor track record