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Summary

  1. Updates for Tuesday 7 June 2016
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Wednesday

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By Calum McKenzie

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

Weather: Thunderstorms and flash flooding likely

Kaye Forster

Weather Presenter

Cloud will build up and there will be a few isolated thunderstorms kicking off by this evening. 

Not everyone will see them but if you catch one there will be heavy downpours, hail and the risk of some flash flooding. 

The showers will rumble on for a time overnight but most will become dry with some clear spells. It will be a muggy and humid night with a minimum temperature of 14C (57F).

Latest headlines for Leicestershire

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Here's what's happening across Leicestershire: 

Your comments: Vardy to Arsenal?

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Thank you to David Roberts who has got in touch via email to offer his thoughts on the Jamie Vardy situation. 

Your photos: June across Rutland

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Thanks to BBC Weather Watcher Andy's Rutland for this pic from Empingham. 

Bee and plant
Andy's Rutland

I hope the bee didn't sting you as you took the photo. 

Foxes stars linked with moves

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Welcome to the silly season folks...

Arsenal 'not in the hunt for Mahrez'

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Arsenal 'bid for second Foxes star'

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

beIN Sports correspondent Tancredi Palmeri tweets...

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Hit and run accused appears in court via prison videolink

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Here is the court artists' illustration of Reece Webster, who has appeared in court charged with the death by dangerous driving of Samuel Garner.

Reece Webster
BBC

The judge remanded Webster back into custody ahead of his next appearance in court in August. 

Gunners 'have not completely given up hope' on Vardy

Simon Stone

BBC Sport

Jamie Vardy’s representatives have told Arsenal he wants to focus on the European Championships.

Arsenal have triggered a release clause in Vardy’s Leicester contract and are believed to have offered him £120,000-a-week, while Leicester are thought to have made a counter offer.

Jamie Vardy
Getty Images

Arsenal were expecting Vardy to give them an answer on Monday but this did not happen.

Vardy’s camp have not told Arsenal he will delay his decision until after the Euros and therefore Arsenal have not completely given up hope of him saying yes immediately.

Arsenal are not pulling out of the deal and their offer stands.

Ofsted comments 'risk damaging morale,' union says

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

The interim general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders has criticised Sir Michael Wilshaw's comments about the state of education across the region. 

School
BBC

"It is disappointing that Ofsted has issued a press release which makes a sweeping generalisation about education across an entire region" Malcolm Trobe said. 

"It risks damaging the morale of staff, pupils and parents." 

City's educational standards 'second division,' Ofsted chief warns

Sir Michael Wilshaw has used a rather nifty footballing analogy to describe the state of education in the city. 

Sir Michael Wilshaw
BBC

"Leicester, meanwhile, has enjoyed great sporting success and is home to the new champions of English football" he said. 

"Yet when it comes to education, its ambitions and achievements are decidedly Second Division." 

Leicester youngsters falling behind their peers at school

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Ofsted has found Leicester is the poorest performing local authority in the country for pupil outcomes at the end of the Early Years Foundation Stage. 

Crayons
BBC

Only 51% of the city's children are achieving a good level of development, compared with 66% nationally. 

Focus needed on region's schools 'underperformance'

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Educational standards and teaching across Leicestershire have been criticised by Ofsted's Chief Inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw. 

Sir Michael Wilshaw
BBC

Sir Michael said: "The poor quality of education in many parts of the East Midlands often passes under the radar as attention is focused on underperformance in the bigger cities of the North and West Midlands, like Manchester, Liverpool and Birmingham." 

Foxes captain back with Jamaica for Copa America

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Wes Morgan tweets...

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Latest headlines for Leicestershire

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Here's what's happening across Leicestershire: 

  • The death of an 86-year-old man at his home in Barrow-upon-Soar is being treated as unexplained
  • Staff at Argos' plant in Lutterworth have walked out on strike to complain about changes to drivers' contracts 
  • Leicestershire travel to Warwickshire in search of their first win in the One-Day Cup  

Your photos: June across Leicestershire

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Thanks to BBC Weather Watcher Bridget for this picture from Melton Mowbray. 

Flowers
Bridget

Vardy takes part in England training in Chantilly

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

I'm not sure red's your colour Jamie...

Jamie Vardy
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MP encourages people to sign up for EU vote

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Loughborough MP and Education Secretary tweets...

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Can the Foxes tame Bears?

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

On second thoughts, basement battle may be a touch harsh - both sides have only played one game in the competition...

Foxes chasing first win in 50 over competition

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Leicestershire will be looking to pick up their first win of the one day cup when they travel to Edgbaston to face Warwickshire Bears this afternoon (14:00). 

Leicestershire Foxes
Daniel Smith/Getty Images

The Bears are also without a win in this competition so it's a real basement battle. 

Rain warning issued

Lucy Martin

BBC Weather

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for Leicestershire from 13:00 to 21:00.

BBC warning graphic
BBC

There's potential for heavy, thundery showers to turn locally torrential with the risk of hail. 

Whilst most places will miss the worst, please be aware of the risk of localised flooding & tricky driving conditions. At the moment it looks like the East Midlands will see those showers in the evening. 

Samuel Garner accused to remain in custody

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Judge Simon Hammond remanded Reece Webster in custody until his next court appearance on Friday 12 August. 

Nottingham Prison
BBC

Leicester hit and run accused appears in court

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

A 19-year-old has appeared in court charged with causing the death of Samuel Garner (pictured) in Leicester by dangerous driving. 

Samuel Garner
Leicestershire Police

Reece Webster, of Wensley Rise, Leicester, appeared at Leicester Crown Court by video link from HMP Nottingham.

Wearing a grey sweatshirt, Webster spoke only to confirm his name. No plea to the charge was entered. 

Elliott: Arsenal offer 'may be too much' for Vardy

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Former foxes captain Matt Elliott has also been having his say on the Jamie Vardy situation. 

Matt Elliott and Jamie Vardy
Getty Images

"If he genuinely has a chance to go to Arsenal it may be too much for him and he may make the switch," Elliott told BBC Radio Leicester.   

Soft toy lost at region's airport

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Lets try and get rabbit home back home folks...

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Investigation into pensioner's 'unexplained' death

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

The death of an 86-year-old man at his home in Barrow-upon-Soar is being treated as unexplained. 

The ambulance service found him at his home on Church Lane yesterday afternoon. 

Officers are now trying to establish the circumstances surrounding his death. 

Hammond 'had no regard for his patients'

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Here is what Leicestershire Police had to say about Hammond's fraud conviction: 

Hammond was in a position of trust and he abused his position for his own personal gain, he had no regard for his patients and targeted those who he believed may be able to invest large amounts of money."

Detective Sergeant Mark TuttleLeicestershire Police

Conman dentist used fraud 'to fund lavish lifestyle'

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Prosecutor Kevin Barry said Hammond used the proceeds of his fraud for his own personal use rather than to invest in commercial properties as promised to the investors.

"He used it to fund a standard of living his victims could only dream of; expensive school fees, lavish holidays for the whole of his extended family and a mortgage for his son," Mr Barry said.

Loughborough dentist 'scammed 22 patients'

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

A former Loughborough dentist is beginning a six year prison sentence for conning his patients out of more than £1m. 

John Hammond
Leicester Mercury

John Hammond (pictured) duped 22 patients into investing into a non-existent property scheme.  

His scam was uncovered after one victim exposed him on the BBC One programme The Sheriffs are Coming, which highlights rogue traders, the court heard.  

Final day to register to vote for EU vote

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Your last chance...

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John Hammond

A former dentist who admitted conning 22 patients out of more than £1m is sentenced to six years in prison.

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Taggart: Losing Vardy would be 'catastrophic'

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Here's what former Foxes defender Gerry Taggart has had to say about the Vardy situation...

Latest headlines for Leicestershire

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Here's what's happening across Leicestershire: 

  • A five-day strike at Lutterworth by Argos workers has begun in protest at changes to lorry drivers' contracts 
  • Local councils are reminding people it is the final day to register to vote in the EU referendum 
  • Basketball: Leicester Riders' Drew Sullivan signs a new deal 

Vardy taking part in England training

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Press Association's Rory Dollard tweets...

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Celebrities wade into Vardy debate

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Comedian Tim Vine tweets...

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Jamie Vardy

Former Leicester defender Gerry Taggart says Jamie Vardy's move to Arsenal could be "catastrophic" for the Premier League champions.

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Argos lorry changes 'not about job losses'

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

This is what Argos has had to say about the strike at Magna Park: 

Argos customers will not be disrupted by the short term strike at Magna Park, one of several Argos distribution centres in the UK. This is not about job losses as same day fulfilment is at the heart of the Argos shopping experience. All drivers are being offered the same terms and conditions to work for one of the leading and most respected haulier companies in the UK."

ArgosSpokesperson

Argos staff walk out over driver contract plans

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

A five-day strike by Lutterworth based Argos workers has begun.

Striking staff
BBC

Over 400 warehouse operatives and delivery drivers walked out at midnight over plans to transfer the employment of all 96 drivers to haulier Eddie Stobart by mid-June.