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Summary

  1. Updates for Wednesday 22 June 2016
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Thursday

Live Reporting

By Amy Woodfield

All times stated are UK

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Our live coverage across the day

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

Weather: Evening showers expected

There will be a few showers this evening but they won’t be too troublesome and they will fizzle out into the evening. 

It will remain dry overnight with a fair amount of cloud and a minimum temperature of 14C (57F).

'Exciting' plan for Coalville's fire station

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

The fire service is looking at the future of other buildings it owns as well.

Steve Lunn says Central Fire Station in Leicester isn't at risk of closure anymore and something very exciting could be done with Coalville Fire Station.

He says: "It could potentially in the next year or so represent the first combined blue-light services station because we're looking at a partnership with the police and EMAS so it accommodates all three emergency services."

Cricket: Foxes in a good position

BBC Leicester Sport

It sounds like it's very exciting over in Essex...

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Travel: Shorter train from London

BBC Travel

Might be a bit of a squeeze getting to Melton on the train tonight...

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Fire service rents out rooms to ambulance service

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

The fire authority needs to save £350,000 every year until 2020 but the chief fire officer says getting rid of the new HQ isn't on the cards yet.

Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service HQ
Google

Steve Lunn says they're trying to make money off the extra space at the moment by integrating East Midlands Ambulance Service into the building.

He says in the future they would be keen to leave the building and maybe move to one of the other buildings they own.

Future of 'overpriced' HQ discussed

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

The fire HQ in Birstall is a particular sore point. It cost £11m and only opened three years ago.

Fire Authority chairman Nick Rushton was reported to have said he would like to get rid of it, calling it "overpriced".

Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service headquarters
Google

Chief fire and rescue officer Steve Lunn says: "Things have changed quite significantly since we started building headquarters. We have reduced the size of our back office function and I think what's abundantly clear to many people, we occupy a space much bigger than we actually need."

Fire authority discuss cost-cutting

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

There's been a meeting today to discuss how Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service will afford to keep running in the future.

Fire engine
BBC

Fire bosses looked at three things - the fleet of vehicles, their buildings and the management structure.

Foxes could clash in Euro 2016

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

England will find out if they'll face Hungary, Iceland, Portugal or Austria in the knockout stages of Euro 2016 later. 

If it's Austria we could get a Leicester City clash between Jamie Vardy and Christian Fuchs... awks!

Jamie Vardy and Christian Fuchs
Getty Images

Council to consult public on Golden Mile plans

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

You can find out more about how either of these plans could affect you during a five-week public consultation. This starts on Tuesday next week.

Artist impression of revamped Golden Mile
Leicester City Council

During this time the council will hold two public drop-in sessions at Belgrave Neighbourhood Centre and the designs will be on display at Belgrave Library.

Alternative new look

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

This is the other possible new look for the Golden Mile...

Artist impression of revamped Golden Mile
Leicester City Council

This idea includes keeping the four lanes for traffic. There would be fewer traffic lights and although the pavements wouldn't be wider they would be improved to look nicer.

Travel: Land slip near Ab Kettleby

BBC Travel

Council plans to revamp Golden Mile

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

This could be what Leicester's Golden Mile could look like in the future...

Artist impression of Golden Mile
Leicester City Council

Two lanes of traffic with wider pavements and space to drive around bus stops and loading bays.

It's one of two ideas being considered by the city council to improve the area.

Leicester GP supports sick note extension

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

If you've ever been so poorly that you've needed a whole week off work, you'll know you had to get a sick note from your doctor.

Now doctors are asking for that to change to two weeks instead to reduce the amount of unnecessary appointments.

Doctor talking to patient
Thinkstock

Dr Fasi Khan is a GP in Leicester and supports the idea, saying: "I think there's always the potential of abuse but the reality is the vast majority people want to work and want to support their work colleagues. They don't want to be off work unnecessarily."  

New EU law 'would protect biodiversity'

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Others have welcomed the new law, which bans the commercial use of 23 different animals.

Charlotte Macdonald is head of life sciences at Twycross Zoo and believes it's fair.

Raccoon
BBC

She says: "If you think of red squirrels and red squirrels, we've almost lost the red squirrel because of an invasive introduced species.

"To protect our own biodiversity we do have to have legislation like that."

Watch: Animal law change sways EU vote

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

The owner of an exotic animal business in Desford says a new law being considered has influenced his decision on whether to vote remain or leave.

'Remain' campaign in Leicestershire

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Here's a look back at when the "Vote Remain" campaign visited the county earlier this month.

Former PM Gordon Brown spoke in front of supporters at De Montfort University.

Gordon Brown giving a speech
De Montfort University

Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell also lent his support to the campaign at a Labour Party rally in Beaumont Leys.

Pupils side with MPs after visits

Tim Parker

BBC Radio Leicester Political Reporter

Students at Stephenson College and Studio School in Coalville voted to leave in their own EU debate. It followed a visit from prominent Leave campaigner Andrew Bridgen.

EU Referendum display
BBC

Over at Rawlins Academy in Quorn students voted to remain in the EU their own debate. 

Remain campaigner Nicky Morgan spoke to them recently... the power of politicians! 

Latest Leicestershire headlines

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

  • Boris Johnson has been campaigning for Brexit in Ashby-de-la-Zouch
  • A potential EU law about animals in captivity is influencing some voters
  • Leicestershire's match against Essex has been halted by rain

Cricket: More rain in Essex

Richard Rae

BBC Radio Leicester Sport

Students critical of referendum campaign

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

One pupil at Rawlins Academy said: "I think it's dragged - there's been a lot of questions, not a lot of answers, different stats for the same question both saying it's their facts. It's been quite confusing."

European Union and Union Jack flags
Getty Images

Another said: "There's still people that haven't made up opinions and feel like they haven't got enough information yet. I think that's quite telling of how it's been handled." 

Police attacked by paranoid schizophrenic

Leicester Mercury

A police officer was glassed in the face by a mentally ill man who had earlier burst into an elderly couple's home and attacked them.

Boris on the campaign trail in Ashby

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Here he is meeting locals and talking about his Brexit campaign...

His visit follows that of former PM Gordon Brown and current Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell.

They came to the county earlier this month campaigning to stay in the EU.

Afternoon weather update

BBC Weather

Staying dry this afternoon with plenty of cloud around and a couple of brighter spells. Potential for drizzle and rain this evening. 

Highs of 21C (70F)

Locals greet Boris Johnson

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Walking down the street in Ashby - stop BoJo for a quick selfie...

Man taking a selfie with Boris Johnson
BBC

A bit of heckling for Boris

Tony Roe

BBC East Midlands political editor

Student shouts to Boris Johnson: "It's my future, why should we leave?"

Student among a crowd in Ashby
BBC

Boris Brexit campaign arrives in Leicestershire

Tony Roe

BBC East Midlands political editor

Chaos in Ashby as Boris Johnson rolls into town at the start of a frantic last day...

Boris Johnson in Ashby
BBC

Cricket: Play underway

BBC Leicester Sport

Despite the rain, play has got underway in Essex on time.

Under the floodlights the hosts have resumed on 22 for one, a lead of 47 in their second innings.

School children review referendum campaign

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

It's been non-stop referendum talk over the last few weeks as the Vote Remain and Vote Leave campaigns try to win over voters.

We've been asking for views on the campaign from the one audience no-one has been targeting- schoolchildren.

Rawlins Academy in Quorn
Google

They might be too young to actually vote but pupils at Rawlins Academy in Quorn have got some pretty stern feedback for both sides.

Multicultural Leicester's referendum views

Ben Truslove

BBC News Online

Leicester Market
BBC

Diverse Leicester is home to countless different nationalities. But is immigration a hot topic in the EU referendum?

Boris Johnson in Ashby on final campaign day

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

The face of the Vote Leave campaign Boris Johnson is spending his last day of campaigning in Ashby de la Zouch.

He's going to be walking around the town with MP Andrew Bridgen.

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PCC to get update on Countesthorpe problems

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

The police and crime commissioner has made tackling nuisance behaviour in Countesthorpe one of his priorities...

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Fire crew save calf from ditch

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

It seems like it's not just us humans that have to put up with clumsy children.

A fire crew has been out in Earl Shilton this morning rescuing a calf that managed to get stuck in a ditch under a hedgerow.

Firefighters save calf from a ditch
Leicestershire Fire and Rescue

They managed to get it out safely and back into the field with the other cattle.

...kids, eh?

Flooding: Council prioritising cases of flooding

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Phil Crossland, Leicestershire County Council's director for environment and transport, says they always investigate the cause of a flood.

Damage caused by flooded brook
Helen Lee

He says: "We are pulling together a prioritised list of investigations. This will be a high priority one because there were properties flooded.

"I am aware of the issues potentially around the culvert that's now been reported as being blocked so we are getting a crew out there to investigate to make sure it's clear should we get further periods of rainfall."

Athlete calls for more investigation into Russian Paralympic team

BBC Leicester Sport

An athlete hoping to be part of Team GB in Rio later this year has accused the International Paralympic Committee of being "extremely naïve" by allowing Russian athletes to compete at the Paralympic Games.

Sam Ruddock trains at Loughborough University and says there needs to be more investigation...

Latest Leicestershire headlines

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

  • Flood victims say they feel 'let down' by authorities a week after their properties were flooded
  • Some students in Leicestershire have called the EU Referendum campaign poor and under-whelming
  • It's the last day of Leicestershire's County Championship match against Essex

Flooding: Victims feel 'let down'

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Helen and Nick Lee have a brook running along the bottom of their garden and it's up to them and their neighbours to keep it clear.

They say they do this but still it flooded last week.

Brook in Whitwick
BBC

They want to know why and claim they've been "passed from pillar to post" while trying to find out. A week on they're still none the wiser and have written a "strongly worded" letter to the county council.

Cricket: Last day against Essex

BBC Leicester Sport

The Leicestershire batsman Angus Robson says they missed a chance to put the pressure on Essex yesterday.

Today is the final day of the County Championship match in Chelmsford. 

Spectators at yesterday's cricket match
BBC

Leicestershire had been 128 for one before being bowled out for 243. It means the hosts will resume on 22 for one this morning, 47 runs ahead.

Flooding: One week on

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

It was a week ago today that the rainfall became too much in the north-west of the county and homes and businesses were flooded...

Flooded garden in Whitwick
Helen Lee