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Summary

  1. Updates for Wednesday 8 June 2016
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Thursday

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By Amy Woodfield

All times stated are UK

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Updates have now finished for the day. They will start again tomorrow at 08:00.

Weather: Staying warm this evening

BBC Weather

A largely fine and dry end to the day. Overnight lows of 12C (54F).

Weather
BBC

Western parts will have the best chance of staying clear.

Prison Service explains Pitchfork decision

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Taking about the decision to move of Colin Pitchfork to an open prison the Prison Service says it wouldn't recommend it unless it's safe to do so.

Here's the statement:

"Public protection is our top priority and transfers to open conditions can only be made after a thorough, expert, risk assessment carried out. A transfer to open prison does not guarantee eventual release in any form - whether that be on a temporary or other form of licence. Before that happens, offenders must meet another stringent set of tests."

SpokespersonPrison Service

A busy start to Download 2016

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

The gates may have only opened at midday but it looks like Download is already full of festival goers...

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Red Leicester features at royal birthday party

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Those joining in with the Queen's 90th birthday celebrations on The Mall on Sunday will be tucking into some of our famous cheese.

Red Leicester
BBC

Apparently there'll be more than 1,322lb (600kg) of Red Leicester and Cornish Cove Cheddar cheese.

That's the weight of about 60 Corgi's.

Will Vardy make the cut?

BBC Leicester Sport

Football pundit Darren Anderton says Roy Hodgson will find it "very difficult" to squeeze Jamie Vardy into the starting line-up for England's Euro 2016 opener against Russia on Saturday.

Darren Anderton in Euro 1996 England squad
Getty Images

The Euro 96 semi-finalist (pictured) says Wayne Rooney, Harry Kane and Deli Alli have to start,

Cyclist dies after Leicester crash

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

On Monday I told you a cyclist had been hit by a car on Upperton Road in Leicester. The 25-year-old woman has now died in hospital.

She collided with a car at the crossing for Great Central Way early that morning.

A 20-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of causing serious injury through dangerous driving.

Travel: Slip road break down

BBC Travel

A lane is closed on the M1 exit slip road southbound at J20, (Lutterworth), because of a broken down van. 

Pitchfork closer to release

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Michael Gove agreed that Colin Pitchfork should be moved to an open prison - usually the first step towards release. 

He was jailed in 1988 for raping and killing Lynda Mann and Dawn Ashworth.

A poster asking for help catching the killer of schoolgirls Lynda Mann and Dawn Ashworth
BBC

When he was sentenced the judge described him as "a danger to young women" and said his crimes were a "particularly sadistic kind". 

He was given a 30-year minimum term, later reduced to 28 years.

Strange stripe appears in Hinckley field

Hinckley Times

A mystery yellow stripe which appeared overnight snaking across a field in Hinckley certainly caught readers’ imaginations.  

Rapist and killer to be moved to open prison

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

A man who raped and murdered two girls in Leicestershire has had his move to an open prison approved by the Justice Secretary.

Colin Pitchfork became the first person in the world to be convicted using DNA.

Colin Pitchfork
Leicestershire Police

A Parole Board had already refused his request for release but recommended open prison.

Foxes in talks with South Africa international

BBC Leicester Sport

The Leicestershire cricket boss says they have held talks with Cameron Delport over the possibility of him joining their T20 Blast squad.

Cameron Delport
Getty Images

Andrew McDonald says they're looking at the family background of the South Africa international to see if they can bring him in as a non-overseas player. 

PCC to join Countesthorpe meeting

Leicestershire's new Police and Crime Commissioner will be at the meeting in Countesthorpe and wants to talk to people that have been affected by the recent spate of anti-social behaviour.

Lord Willy Bach
Labour Party

Lord Willy Bach says: “I think that people who have been victims of this behaviour and other local residents will be reassured to know just how much effort is being put into finding a sustainable solution. 

"But I want to assure people that this will definitely be a two-way conversation. Everyone attending will have the opportunity to ask questions and raise concerns with the very people tasked with tackling the problem."

He says he also wants to meet with those alleged to be causing the problems to consider the full picture.

Meeting to tackle bad behaviour in Countesthorpe

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

A public meeting is being held in Countesthorpe tonight to try to work out why there's been an increase in anti-social behaviour. 

More than 130 cases have been reported in just seven months.

Countesthorpe
Google

Last month the public were asked to vote on introducing a Public Spaces Protection Order to try and solve the problem.

Latest Leicestershire headlines

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

  • The family of Kayleigh Haywood have been in court ahead of a false imprisonment trial starting tomorrow
  • The World Tree sculpture on Leicester's Melton Road has been called an "insult" by former lighting factory workers
  • Leicestershire are looking into the family background of Cameron Delport over the possibility of him joining their T20 Blast squad as a non-overseas player

Your views: World Tree sculpture

Facebook

The World Tree sculpture has been a talking point for you on Facebook.

World Tree sculpture
BBC

Kathy Slegg says: "I worked there in the 50's Abbey Park Road. Very disappointed with the artwork I thought they could have come up with something better than that."

Della Ingram said: "It's not only about the lighting - it's the fact it was supposed to be sited ON the former Thorn Lighting grounds and it's not even on there but across the road."

Council defend tree sculpture

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

The city council say the light bulb sculpture idea would have cost between £500,000 and £850,000.

They had a budget of £70,000.

World Tree plaque
BBC

The money was allocated to the council with the condition that the public art would be on the Sainsbury's development - hence the odd location.

Former factory workers angry with tree sculpture

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

The artwork was supposed to celebrate the area's industrial past- particularly the historic lightbulb factory Thorn Lighting. 

An original suggestion of a massive sculpture in the shape of a light bulb was considered too costly so the silver tree was installed.  

Lighting factory
Thurmaston Times

Those that used to work there are angry about the design.

They also say it's been fitted in the wrong location and with no clear mention of the factory, which at its height employed up to 2,000 people from the area.

Is artwork an 'insult' to city's industrial past?

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Have you seen this yet? It's the "World Tree" statue that went up outside Sainsbury's on Melton Road in Leicester in March.

World Tree sculpture
BBC

At the time there were complaints about the location but now it's actually been called an "insult" by the people it's meant to be dedicated to.

Leicestershire cyclist pulls out of women's tour

BBC Leicester Sport

The Leicestershire cyclist Lucy Garner is out of next week's women's tour after fracturing two ribs.

The 21-year-old two-time world junior champion crashed at an event last weekend.

Lucy Garner
Getty Images

Garner is still able to ride her bike, but any sustained effort causes pain.

Buses caught in traffic

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Looks like the buses are caught up in the Download traffic as well...

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Download: Traffic warning at Castle Donington

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Haywood family arrive at court

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Here are the mother, father and brother of Kayleigh Haywood arriving at court in Nottingham this morning...

However it looks like Stephen Beadman and Luke Harlow's false imprisonment trial won't actually start until tomorrow morning.

Rock fans queue for hours

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

This photo was taken by Chris Palmer hours before the gates even opened at Donington Park...

At least the weather's nice.

Queue of fans at Download
Chris Palmer

Queues to get into Download campsite

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

The gates have now opened at the Donington Park campsite- this was the queue outside earlier...

Queue at Donington Park gates
Tony Brown

Airport warn to leave 'plenty of time'

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

King Richard lll themed plants

Helen McCarthy

BBC Radio Leicester Reporter

King Richard lll Visitor Centre in Leicester has a quiet courtyard cafe - a hidden gem within the city.

This morning volunteers from allotment societies across Leicester helped the city council gardening team to update the courtyard with plants more in keeping with King Richard lll.

All the trees and plants taken out will be recycled by the allotment holders.

The new design will include white roses, green and gold plants, English and French lavender and red tulips.

Owner to appeal suspension

BBC Leicester Sport

It's believed that David Hemsley is considering appealing his punishment.

Speedway bike
Getty Images

If this is unsuccessful, Hemsley will have to pay his fine in full before his replacement is appointed.

The club are hoping his wife Julia to succeed him... awkward.

Speedway: Leicester Lions owner suspended

BBC Leicester Sport

You may have heard yesterday that that Leicester Lions' owner has been suspended.

David Hemsley has been given a 12-month suspension and a £7,500 fine for seven breaches of Speedway Regulations.

Leicester Lions logo painted on a wall
Getty Images

The charges relate to a series of incidents involving unauthorised visits to the Referee's Office during the Lions' Elite League meeting with King's Lynn in April.

Travel: Broken down caravan at J23A

BBC Travel

Rugby: Cole speaks ahead of Australia test match

BBC Leicester Sport

Leicester Tigers Dan Cole says England beating Australia on Saturday would be just as important as winning the Grand Slam in the Six Nations earlier this year.

Dan Cole
Getty Images

Kayleigh 'false imprisonment' trial to start

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

The trial starts today of two men accused of falsely imprisoning murdered schoolgirl Kayleigh Haywood.

The 15-year-old was found dead in undergrowth near Ibstock in November, five days after she went missing.

Kayleigh Haywood
Leicestershire Police

Stephen Beadman has admitted raping and murdering Kayleigh, while Luke Harlow pleaded guilty to sexual grooming and two counts of sexual activity.

Both deny false imprisonment and will stand trial at Nottingham Crown Court today.

House shut down for the second time this year

Hinckley Times

Tenants have been evicted from a house in Earl Shilton following six months of anti-social behaviour.  

Police Community Support Officer puts eviction notice up
Hinckley Times

Huge demand for charity help

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

The British Red Cross in Oadby give out survival packs to refugees that come here. Inside are things like food, nappies and sleeping bags.

British Red Cross in Oadby
BBC

Cathy Stevenson is in charge of the service and says: "Whether you're here in Leicester giving out food parcels to destitute refugees and asylum seekers or in the Sudan giving giving food off the back of a lorry the demand is really the same."

Requests for help from refugees has gone up hugely from 75 a month three years ago to more than 200 now.

O'Brien suspected calf injury

BBC Leicester Sport

Wicket-keeper Niall O'Brien had to be stretchered off during last night's game at Edgbaston.

He appears to have a calf injury.

Niall O'Brien
Getty Images

Leicestershire boss Andrew McDonald says they'll assess his condition over the next few days.

Refugee's struggle to settle in Leicester

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Christina said she was roaming the streets of Leicester. 

She spent seven years fighting a legal battle to stay here as a refugee but wasn't allowed to work during that time.

She slept on floors and found some people took advantage of her vulnerable state.

Destitute refugees in Leicester

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

The Red Cross have told BBC Radio Leicester they have helped several hundred refugees and asylum seekers in the city so far this year. 

The charity says many of them have lost their right to support and accommodation are have ended up on the street.

Christina
BBC

One of them was Christina who came to Leicester from Zimbabwe without her nine-year-old son.

Cricket: Second one-day defeat

BBC Leicester Sport

Oh dear, oh dear... it was another loss for Leicestershire in the cricket last night.

They were beaten by Warwickshire in the one-day cup game by nine wickets meaning they've now lost their opening two games.

Warming up at Edgbaston Cricket Ground
BBC