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Summary

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

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By Amy Woodfield

All times stated are UK

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Updates on Leicestershire Local Live have now finished for the day. They will start again on Thursday at 08:00.

Weather: A cloudy night with occasional showers

Alexandra Hamilton

BBC Weather

It’ll be a cloudy night with occasional showers in places. Lows of 9C (48F).

Weather
BBC

Tomorrow will be mostly dry with a few more breaks in the cloud than today, leading to some slightly brighter spells. 

Highs of 14C (57F).

Pub, hairdressers and shop targeted by masked thieves

Hinckley Times

Burglars went on a rampage in Hinckley over the weekend and broke into three separate businesses.

CCTV image of burglar
Hinckley Times

Latest Leicestershire headlines

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Leicestershire restaurant used to test the power of music

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Next time you're eating out you'd better ask the restaurant to swap the Mozart for Madonna...

Softleys in Market Bosworth
Google

A professor of music psychology has been researching the power that music can have on a consumer at a restaurant in Market Bosworth.  

Adrian North found that diners at Softleys spent an average of £2 a head more when listening to classical rather than pop music.

Hodgson explains decision on Drinkwater

BBC Leicester Sport

I think it's fair to say the England manager isn't in Leicester's good books at the moment after he announced he was leaving Danny Drinkwater out of the Euro 2016 squad.

So, why did he do it? Roy Hodgson's been explaining himself.

Roy Hodgson
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He says: "As far as Danny was concerned it simply became a question of do I take the extra attacker or do I take the extra midfielder?

"We decided we'd go for the extra attacker and that's how Rashford got included."

Your comments: Bradgate Park's new dog lead rule

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On our Facebook page you've been talking about Bradgate Park's new rule about keeping dogs on a lead.

Bradgate Park
BBC

Jessica Haywood says: "A shame really, not all dogs off lead are unruly. I appreciate it is for the preservation of current wildlife but it is still the minority that have to spoil it for the rest of us."

Gareth Patrick says: "Doubt we will be going there again then! I take my dog out so he can run! Shame because it is a beautiful place."

Union 'amazed' by recruitment turn around

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

The Leicestershire Fire Brigades Union have been in touch to tell us what they make of the new chief officer lifting the freeze on firefighter recruitment.

Fire engine
BBC

Graham Vaux says: "On-call fire stations rely on staff to maintain availability and we need to maintain 100% availability of all our fire appliances.

"We are pretty amazed that we've gone from suggestions to making a third of our workforce redundant to needing to recruit in such a short space of time."

MP to take Watermead parking petition to House of Commons

Leicester Mercury

Residents living near Watermead Country Park have met with MP Keith Vaz to complain about the parking chaos they regularly experience.

Fire service recruitment freeze lifted

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Some good news for anyone considering a career in the fire service - Leicestershire's newly appointed chief fire officer says he's lifted the recruitment freeze. 

Steve Lunn says they won't be recruiting "whole time" members of staff for another two years though. 

Fire engine
BBC

This means any new recruits will be on-call fire fighters known as "retained firefighters".  

There's already 206 of them in the county making up 36% of front line workforce.

'Unlucky' Drinkwater

BBC Leicester Sport

Alan Shearer has got involved in the Danny Drinkwater debate...

He says the Leicester City midfielder is "unlucky" to miss out on England selection at Euro 2016. 

Danny Drinkwater
Getty Images

He says teenager Marcus Rashford deserves his place in the squad - but won't start matches.  

Bike stolen in Loughborough

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Woman tried to steal a trolley full of food

Hinckley Times

A mother who stole a trolley load of groceries from a Hinckley supermarket kicked a store manager in the groin and threatened to kill him when caught, a court heard.   

Enclosure design needs to change

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Dr Sharon Redrobe says the design of the gorilla enclosure at Cincinnati zoo needs to be looked at.

She says: "We have to look at enclosure design increasingly to keep people out not just to keep animals in.

"It depresses me a lot actually. We've been making great strides in the last 20-30 years as a zoo community and certainly at Twycross we're moving away from bars."

Twycross zoo's new gibbon enclosure
BBC

She says they're opening a new moated island complex for their chimpanzees next year, which has been designed to keep the chimps in.

She says they'll now have to look again to check it will also keep people out.

Woman stabbed in Burbage

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

A 71-year-old man has been arrested after a woman was stabbed during a domestic incident in Burbage.

Police were called to the house on Wolvey Road about 22:00 last night.

A 66-year-old woman was taken to the Leicester Royal Infirmary with injuries not thought to be life threatening.

Cyclist in fatal crash named

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

A cyclist who died after a collision with a car in Swepstone has been named by police as 55-year-old Valerie Reed from Burton on Trent.

The crash happened on Sunday morning on Swepstone Road, near to Cattows Farm.

Twycross: 'No choice' but to shoot ape

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

The boss of Leicestershire's Twycross Zoo has been talking about the shooting of a gorilla at a zoo in America.

Dr Sharon Redrobe is also a Primate Expert and says the zoo had no choice but to shoot the gorilla.

She says the gorilla was displaying "aggressive" behaviour, pulling the child around. She also believes the zoo did everything they could to distract the animal away from the boy before shooting it.

Police chase ends in two arrested

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Looks like the Tactical Roads Policing Team have been busy in Leicestershire...

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Blaby dog walkers support new rule

Helen McCarthy

BBC Radio Leicester Reporter

Without exception, every dog walker I spoke to at the lovely Bourskell Park in Blaby this morning was in favour of the move.

They also proved to me that they were indeed carrying plenty of poo bags.

Dog poo bin
BBC

A question was raised about being caught when you're on your way home and you've run out of poo bags.

Blaby District Council responded by saying walkers should carry their last bag with them until they reach home - even if it's full.

Cricket: Leicestershire boss on Kent draw

BBC Leicester Sport

BBC Radio Leicester's Richard Rae has been speaking to Andrew McDonald after the match was abandoned over on Kent...

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Cricket: Match abandoned

BBC Leicester Sport

Afternoon weather update

BBC Weather

Remaining overcast through the afternoon and still a little damp in places with patchy outbreaks of rain and drizzle. 

Highs between 12C (54F) and 14C (57F).

Dog walkers at risk of £100 fine

Helen McCarthy

BBC Radio Leicester Reporter

There's nothing worse than walking down the street and noticing you've stepped in dog poo - is there?

It's one of our biggest bug bears according to councils, which get the bulk of our complaints.

Dog walker in Blaby
BBC

Well if you live in one part of Leicestershire be warned...

From today Blaby District Council will issue a fine of £100 if you're caught walking your dog without a pooper scooper or poo bag!

Vardy's three lions

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

There might still be a bit of upset among Leicester City fans because of an absent Danny Drinkwater but it looks like Jamie Vardy's excited about making the Euro 2016 squad.

He posted this last night...

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Gurdwara raid: Thieves smash their way in

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

The doors of the Gurdwara have been smashed leaving glass everywhere and this axe laying on the floor...

Smashed window
Ajaib Singh

Lomas turning to motorbikes

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

So what's next for Claire Lomas? Well when asked about her next challenge she said: "Not another 10k! 

"I'll be getting back on the motorbikes as I'm hoping to get a race licence."

Claire Lomas on a hand bike
Getty Images

Gurdwara raid: Gates damaged

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

The gates at the entrance of the Guru Nanak Gurdwara have been broken by robbers who ransacked the temple...

Temple gates on the floor
Ajaib Singh

Weather continues to halt cricket

BBC Leicester Sport

Another bad day for cricket.

Leicestershire's final day away at Kent is yet to get underway with the rain continuing to soak the pitch.

Richard Rae is there for BBC Radio Leicester...

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Latest Leicestershire headlines

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

  • Leicester's oldest Sikh temple has been ransacked by burglars
  • The family of a missing Leicester woman have appealed for her to get in touch with them 10 years on
  • The weather is affecting the Leicestershire cricket again today with no chance of play in Canterbury after lunch

Polish parents haven't heard from missing daughter

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Malgorzata was 27 when she was last seen after catching a bus from her place of work on Sunningdale Road in Leicester. That was on 31 May 2006.

Malgorzata Wnuczek
Leicestershire Police

She used to have regular contact with her parents, Ryszard and Bozena Smolka, who live in her native Poland. The last contact with them was a text message sent on 29 May 2006.

Family appeal to missing woman

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

More now on missing Malgorzata Wnuczek who hasn't been seen for 10 years.

Police are hoping they might be able to track down the Leicester mum on the anniversary of her disappearance.

Ola on her birthday
Leicestershire Police

Her daughter Ola is also involved in the appeal. She was only three when her mum left and is now a teenager.

Malgorzata's mother and Ola's grandmother, Bozena, said: “If you are there and able to see us, please talk to us. Give us a sign that you are still alive.

“Ola is now 13 years old and wants to see you, she misses you so much.”

Sikh temple raided by thieves

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Some shocking news now about a robbery at Leicester's oldest Sikh temple.

The Guru Nanak Gurdwara, just off Vaughan Way, was totally ransacked yesterday morning with thieves taking things like musical instruments and a petty cash box.

Guru Nanak Gurdwara
Google

The Gurdwara's car, which is used to transport their holy book, was also taken.

We should have some photos soon of the damage caused.

Melton mum smashes fundraising target

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Claire Lomas is a mum from Eye Kettleby near Melton Mowbray. She was paralysed in a horse riding accident. 

Claire Lomas
Getty Images

She set out on her 10k walk to raise £1,000 for the Nicholls Spinal Injury Foundation but has already received over £11,500 of donations.

Course took bionic woman 12 hours to complete

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

It took Claire Lomas 12 hours to walk the 10k in her motorised suit - that's real dedication!

Claire Lomas
PA

Afterwards, she said: "I'm still pretty sore but it was really worth it. I didn't think about doing 10km, but just took each kilometre at a time. 

"I set off and was just really determined to do it."

Paralysed woman completes 10k

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Last week I told you about Claire Lomas from Leicester and her battle to take part in a 10k race event in London.

Claire Lomas
PA

She'd originally being told she couldn't because she's paralysed and would have to wear a bionic suit. The organisers then changed their mind but she was told she'd have be a "unofficial entry".  

Well, she did it!

Dettori 'fine' after Leicester fall

BBC Leicester Sport

Frankie Dettori is said to be fine despite a fall at Leicester, just days before he's due to ride the Epsom Derby favourite.

Frankie Dettori
Getty Images

Dettori's mount fell shortly after crossing the finish line and the rest of the meeting was abandoned due to unsafe ground.

Park claim new rules will be policed

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

More now on that new dog lead rule at Bradgate Park...

Sign of new dog lead boundaries
Bradgate Park

Peter Tyldesley is the parks director and says: "We're going to carry out a process through summer to update the legal basis for our bylaws to make them easier to enforce.

"Breaches of not only the dog rule but other rules concerning leaving litter, causing damage and cycling where you shouldn't do will be punishable under the new legislation in a much more streamlined and effective way than they have in the past."

Taylor: 'Life is a real gift that we've got'

BBC Leicester Sport

The footballer Fabrice Muamba also had to retire early after he had a sudden cardiac arrest while playing.

Fabrice Muamba
Getty Images

Talking to Fabrice, James Taylor says: "As soon as this happened you were my inspiration. 

"Now it's funny sat here talking to you and that's the message you're sending back to me- to appreciate life and every second.

"Life is a real gift that we've got."

Taylor meets his 'inspiration'

BBC Leicester Sport

It's been just over six weeks since James Taylor was forced to retire from cricket after he found out he had a potentially fatal heart condition.

Now the former Leicestershire batsman has met the person he describes as his "inspiration"- Fabrice Muamba.

James Taylor
Getty Images

Police appeal to missing mum 10 years on

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

It's been 10 years since a Polish woman disappeared from her home in Leicester - police are now using this appeal in the hope to find her...