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Summary

  1. Updates for Tuesday 14 June 2016
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Wednesday

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By Amy Woodfield

All times stated are UK

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That's all from Leicestershire Local Live today. Updates will start again tomorrow at 08:00.

Weather: More heavy and thundery rain

Kaye Forster

Weather Presenter

The showers will continue into the evening and overnight but they should become a little lighter. The cloud will remain and it will stay muggy with a minimum temperature of 11C (52F).

Weather
BBC

Work sickness survey

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Is your colleague off sick today? Or maybe you are...

Apparently the East Midlands has one of the worst rates of sickness from work in the UK.

Woman in bed sneezing
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A new survey claims each person lost more than five and a half days of work last year because of sickness.

That makes us the third sickest region in the UK.

Your views on new non-emergency transport

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

If you use the non-emergency ambulances in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland then this might interest you...

The local NHS are asking for your views on the future of the service at an "interactive workshop" on Thursday evening.

They say it will give them a clearer idea when looking for potential bidders to take over the service after deciding not to renew Arriva's contract.

Men back in court over prison disorder

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

A group of men, accused of causing disorder at HMP Stocken in Rutland last year, have been back in court.

HMP Stocken
BBC

At Leicester Crown Court yesterday eight of the 10 men pleaded not guilty to prison mutiny. 

Another defendant, Andrew Neale, pleaded guilty while another did not enter a plea.

Flooding in Leicestershire

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

I'm seeing more reports of flooding across the county.

High Street in Syston is affected at the Upper Church Street junction, as is Knighton Lane in Leicester just before The Cradock Arms pub.

If you have any photos of the flooding please send them in by email, Facebook or Twitter.

Queen recognises Harborough lollipop lady

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Myra Brodie has been a lollipop lady at Little Bowden Primary in Market Harborough for 25 years.

Over the weekend it was announced she was being given a British Empire Medal in the Queen's Birthday Honours.

Myra Brodie
BBC

She's now a local celebrity!

Fire service advice about flooding

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

More rain causes flooding in Leicester

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

A city councillor has just tweeted this photo of flooding in the Stoneygate area...

View more on twitter

M1 man charged with causing public nuisance

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

The man that spent 28 hours on a sign above the southbound carriageway of the M1 in Leicestershire has been charged with causing public nuisance.

Police closed the motorway between J23A and J22 while they tried to persuade Nicholas Muton to come down. This caused huge traffic problems for most of yesterday.

M1 closed
BBC

The 45-year-old, of no fixed address, will appear at Leicester Magistrates’ Court tomorrow. 

Your photos: Grey sky in Birstall

BBC Weather Watchers

This photo has been uploaded by "craig the greenkeeper" in Birstall... I'd move quick if I were you!

Birstall
craig the greenkeeper

Missing teen found

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

The missing Birstall teenager has now been found safe and well.

Ryan McGeechan was found in the Hinckley Road area of the city this afternoon.

Artist designs Leicester City caricature for lorry

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

The lorry belongs to Tommy Trout's haulage firm based in Lutterworth.

Mick Wright is the man tasked with decorating one side of the 45 foot trailer. He's also a lifelong Leicester City fan.

Mick Wright
BBC

He says it's a big project for him and thinks it will take him about 15 days to complete.

Travel: Crash in South Leicestershire

BBC Travel

One lane is closed on the M1 northbound between J19 and J20 because of an accident.

Advise from water suppliers about sewer flooding

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

The calls are flooding into Seven Trent this afternoon so you might struggle to get through...

View more on twitter

The link in their tweet doesn't work but I think they're trying to direct you here.

A lorry-load of pride in Foxes

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

We've seen the Leicester City art work on Kate Street but now there are plans for a new mural that will take the city's footballing success on the road...

Leicester City design for lorries
BBC

This design will cover an enormous freight trailer, which transports goods all around the country. 

Chemical spill in Measham

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

People had to be evacuated from Measham Leisure Centre this afternoon after a chemical spillage.

The fire service had to be called to deal with chemicals, thought to be standard household bleach mixed with drain cleaner.

Yellow weather warning

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Oh June, what has happened to you?

This affects us here in Leicestershire- at least I remembered my umbrella.

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Swan rescued from A46

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

I've head of a pig that thinks it's a dog but not a swan that thinks it's a car!

This little devil got onto the A46 in Wanlip and was waddling around in lane one. Police stepped in to rescue it and take it back to the water.

Policeman with a swan
Leicestershire Police

I think the birds have gone a bit crazy in Leicester today.

Hundreds of children at risk of harm

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

The Leicester Safeguarding Children Board say improvements have been made but taking children away from their parents is still a difficult decision.

David Jones is one of those on the board...

Child neglect report published

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Two separate serious case reviews into neglected children in Leicester have found there should be better sharing of information between agencies involved.

David Jones looking at report
BBC

In one case a child was left brain damaged after choking on food. The review found this wouldn't have happened if the child had been removed from its parents.

In a separate incident a child suffered a fractured skull.

Latest Leicestershire headlines

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

  • Rape victims in Leicester can have to wait up to six weeks to get counselling
  • A report into two cases of child neglect in Leicester has found agency's could have shared information better
  • Leicester City's Christian Fuchs is expected to captain the Austrian side in their European Cup match against Hungary this afternoon

Suspended jail sentence for 'pathetic' firefighter

Leicester Mercury

A firefighter harassed his ex-partner by continually following her, turning up uninvited – and even licking cakes in a tin to spoil them.

Jasmine House not alone with high demand struggle

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Linda Lewis is from The Survivors Trust who are a national agency for organisations providing help to victims of rape and sexual violence.

Holding hands
Thinkstock

She says she's not surprised to hear about Jennifer's experience with Jasmine House:

"Due to the media approach now, it's on the news quite extensively, people are coming forward and of course agencies like Jasmine House, which is a charity relying on funding and donations, are finding it extremely difficult to keep up with the need."

Rape service run by volunteers

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Staff at Jasmine House have confirmed four weeks is the average waiting time to see one of their 22 volunteer counsellors.

They say they are always applying for funding and need to raise £90,000 a year to keep providing the support they do.

They say they help about 400 victims a year.

Pesky pigeons damage vigil

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

IT had been suggested that candles and flowers left at last night's vigil in Leicester were maliciously vandalised overnight, but it turns out that wasn't the case...

Vigil in Leicester
BBC

It was in fact the work of mischievous pigeons.

The premises officer for Town Hall Square says they then had to clear the area because there was some broken glass.

Police direct victims to rape crisis charity

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

One of the reasons more people are requesting the help of Jasmine House is because more cases of historical sex abuse are coming to light.

Jennifer lives in the north of the county. She was attacked on a night out but it took 15 years for her to report it to the police. 

After going through the details of what happened with the police she was directed to Jasmine House for support.

She was told she'd have to go on a month-long waiting list.

Huge demand in sexual abuse counselling

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Some victims of rape and sexual abuse in Leicester are having to wait up to six weeks to get help.

Woman with a hand across her mouth
Thinkstock

Jasmine House in Leicester offers counselling and support for victims but they are struggling to get the funding they need to cope with the increasing amount of people needing their help.

M1 protester still with police

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Police have released an update on the man who staged a 28 hour protest that closed the M1 in Leicestershire.

They say he is still in custody after being arrested yesterday on suspicion of causing a public nuisance. He will be interviewed by they later this morning.

Traffic on the M1
BBC

Ass Ch Cons Phil Kay said: “I do not underestimate the incredible gridlock and massive inconvenience that this incident caused to motorists throughout the UK.

“I would, however, like to express my sincere sympathies to the many tens of thousands of people who have been seriously inconvenienced as a result of this incident."

Police commissioner at Orlando vigil

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Son watches wedding nearly 11,500 miles away

Hinckley Times

A groom whose son could not attend his wedding because he lives in New Zealand streamed the ceremony live via webcam so he did not miss out.  

Vigil: LGBT community 'moved' by vigil

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Dennis Bradley is from the Leicester LGBT Centre and posted this on Facebook after the vigil:

"This evening Leicester LGBT Centre organised a vigil in ‪‎Leicester Town Hall Square. Attended by the full City Council and over 200 supporters, we stood in silence, memory and solidarity for victims and survivors, family and friends of those caught up in the ‪‎Orlando‬ shootings. 

"I am moved by the support that so many people showed by coming out on a rainy evening to stand hand in hand against hate and for acceptance."

Vigil in Leicester
BBC

Police report missing teen

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Police are looking for this teenager from Birstall who's gone missing...

Ryan McGeechan
Leicestershire Police

Ryan McGeechan is 17 years old and hasn't been seen for several days.

Euro 2016: 'Everything is possible'

BBC Leicester Sport

The Leicester City defender and Austria captain, Christian Fuchs, says "everything is possible" as he prepares for their opening game of Euro 2016 this afternoon. 

They take on Hungary in Bordeaux.

Christian Fuchs
Getty Images

East Midlands weather forecast

Lucy Martin

BBC Weather

Vigil: 'Returning the favour of kindness'

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Another person at the vigil in Leicester said: "We've been in a position in our city where we've had a lot of publicity for very positive things and people have been very kind about us. 

"It's really nice that we can return that favour when other people are not having such a good time."

People lighting candles at a vigil in Leicester
BBC

Latest Leicestershire headlines

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

  • A vigil has been held in Leicester to remember victims of the Orlando shooting
  • There's been a surge in people requesting help with historical cases of sexual abuse
  • N'Golo Kanté could well leave Leicester City this summer

Travel: Break down

BBC Travel

Vigil: Leicester pays respects to shooting victims

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

We went along to the vigil in Town Hall Square and spoke to some people about why they were there.

Vigil in Leicester
BBC

One person said: "More than anything I think Leicester is a great symbol of multiculturalism. People of every faith and every creed and colour coming out and standing  together - I just had to be a part of that."