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Summary

  1. Updates for Thursday 23 June 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates will resume at 06:00

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By Amy Woodfield

All times stated are UK

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That's all from Leicestershire Local Live. Updates will start again tomorrow from the earlier time of 06:00.

Weather: Staying warm overnight

BBC Weather

A cloudy evening and start to the night with thundery showers declining away eastwards.

Weather
BBC

Clear spells will become more widespread after midnight. However further patchy cloud could spread into the west, although it should remain dry.

Cyclist snatches gold necklace

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

A 73-year-old woman had her necklace stolen from her neck while walking along Burfield Street in Leicester.

It happened near the junction with Catherine Street.

CCTV image of a man on a bike
Leicestershire Police

A man rode past the elderly woman on a bike and grabbed her gold necklace with such force that she fell to the ground.

Police are asking anyone who recognises this man caught on CCTV to get in touch with them.

Locals not keen on plans for Golden Mile

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

So what do people on Belgrave Road think about the plans? 

One person said: "I think they should keep the roads as they are, we do need an open space but keep the roads as they are.

Golden Mile
BBC

Another person said: "I think it would be mad, it's bad enough as it is at rush hour. It manages to keep going but if you changed it- no."

Reaction to Golden Mile revamp

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Yesterday I told you all about the proposed new plans to revamp Leicester's Golden Mile.

The city council have drawn up two possible designs and are asking for you to tell them which one you prefer.

Artist impression of Golen Mile plans
Leicester City Council

This morning we've been out on Belgrave Road to ask people there what they think of the new designs.

'Suspicious' activity outside Vardy house

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Call me nosey but after seeing this on Twitter I couldn't not follow it up...

Tweet made to Rebekah Vardy
Twitter

Police say they were called at 09:40 to the house after reports of a man and and woman acting suspiciously outside.

Officers went to the house and searched the area but didn't find anyone.

Travel: Broken-down van causes long queues

BBC Travel

Latest Leicestershire headlines

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Rugby: Youngs and Cole to start Test

BBC Leicester Sport

The squad for Saturday's third Test in Australia has been announced and includes Leicester Tigers' Ben Youngs and Dan Cole.

Ben Youngs and Dan Cole
Getty Images

England's head coach Eddie Jones says: “You have to work extremely hard to earn an England cap so there was no temptation to make changes for the sake of change."

Well done boys!

Your comments: Vardy deal to stay with Foxes

Facebook

On our Facebook page lots of you have been talking about Vardy's new deal.

Jamie Vardy with Claudio Ranieri
Getty Images

Andrew Webb said: "It's great news for the club and us fans - knowing we don't need to be a selling club and can compete with the big boys."

Gwendolyn King said: "So very pleased, he enjoys his game and team mates, and that could all change for him at a new club. It's not always all about the money, well done Jamie."

Jury sent home in Kayleigh Haywood trial

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

I've had an update from court - the jury in the Kayleigh Haywood trial have been sent home for the day.

They're not sitting tomorrow so they'll carry on with their deliberations on Monday at 10.30.

Rebekah Vardy thanks fans

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Mrs Vardy has been busy on Twitter after news broke that her husband had agreed a new four-year deal with Leicester City. 

In one tweet she thanked fans for their support...

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Travel: Lane closed near Fosse Park

BBC Travel

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Someone on Twitter claims to have seen a broken down lorry there and a person collapsed at the side of the road.

Vardy to help Foxes defend title

Jason Bourne

BBC Radio Leicester Sport

It's a big statement from Leicester City that one of their key players is to stay at the club and reject a move to a so-called "bigger club".

It means they have their top-scorer to defend their title and launch themselves in the Champions League.

Jamie Vardy
Getty Images

It could also spark a wave of the club's star players to remain at the King Power Stadium too. Riyad Mahrez and N'Golo Kante have been linked away but today's news may help persuade them to stay.

Woman dies after crash

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

While the jury are out in the Kayleigh Haywood trial, let's have a look at news from elsewhere in the county.

A woman who was involved in a crash on the A607 towards Croxton Kerrial has died in hospital.

Her car was in collision with two cars travelling in the opposite direction on 31 May.

Kayleigh trial: Jury sent out

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

The judge has finished summing up and has sent the jury out to decide their verdict. 

Jury hear Mr Harlow's evidence

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Mr Harlow's evidence to court is now being run through for the jury.

He said he had fallen asleep after drinking on the Saturday evening and when he woke up, Mr Beadman and Kayleigh had gone.

He said his injuries were from falling over and wasn't sure how his glasses had been broken.

He said he had heard no shouts or screams that night.

More details of Beadman interview

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Mr Beadman told police he and Kayleigh had been "struggling on the sofa".

He said he tried to kiss her and the next thing he remembered was being outside in the car park.

The prosecution said this "shines a light" on what was happening in the house.

Jury hears about Mr Beadman's police interviews

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Mr Beadman's interviews are now being relayed to the jury.

He told police Mr Harlow had nothing to do with Kayleigh's death.

He admitted her rape and murder to give closure to her family, he said.

The judge has reminded the jury Mr Beadman had said he "switched" when he started drinking alcohol.

Injuries 'evidence of struggle'

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

The judge says the prosecution rely on the fact Mr Harlow's glasses were broken, and there were three bruises on his body as evidence of a struggle with Kayleigh.

There were also multiple superficial injuries to his face, back, arms and lower limbs.

Police interviews with defendant

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

The jury are now being reminded of Mr Harlow's interviews with police while Kayleigh was missing.

He asked the police officer three times whether it was true that Kayleigh's mobile phone had been found.

Police said there was vomit in the sink and on the floor at his home, and the washing machine was blinking having finished a cycle.

At the time he told police he'd had no sexual activity with Kayleigh, something he later admitted to.

Judge reminds jury of events after Kayleigh's death

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

The judge is now describing the events following Kayleigh's death.

Witnesses saw Mr Beadman on the A447 looking like he'd "been in a fight".

He made two phone calls to Mr Harlow.

Neighbours said they later saw Mr Beadman holding bin bags.

Kayleigh trial: Judge resumes summing up

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Mrs Justice Cox has resumed summing up in the trial of Luke Harlow and Stephen Beadman. 

Piper: 'I thought he'd go'

BBC Leicester Sport

The former Leicester City player Matt Piper thinks Vardy's decision to stay could influence other players...

Vardy to focus on England

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

While we wait for the summing up to resume, here's some more on Jamie Vardy, who today has agreed a new deal with Leicester City.

The club say he'll now focus all his efforts on trying to achieve success with the England team at the European Championships in France.

Jamie Vardy
Getty Images

Jury out for lunch

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

The judge had adjourned for a lunch break.

Witness saw man pinning girl down

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

The judge reminds the jury about a witness who said they saw a man pinning a girl down in street.

The witness said they initially thought it was a police officer with a suspect.

The pair got up and walked calmly away.

The witness said the girl had "hardly had any clothes on".

'Were screams Kayleigh?'

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Other neighbours recalled screams and shouts in the in early hours.

The defence said you cannot be sure these screams were Kayleigh, the judge reminds the jury.

Neighbours heard noises

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Neighbours said they heard screams and bangs during the night, Mrs Justice Cox has reminded the jury.

One neighbour heard a scream between 22:00 and 22:30.

Another neighbour said he was awoken by three loud bangs next door. 

'Tone of messages changed'

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

After 20:43, something happened that meant Kayleigh wanted to leave, the prosecution says, as the tone of the messages changed.   

She was texting her friend saying things like "I miss you" and "I love you", which her friend said was unusual.

Judge runs through events of night

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Mrs Justice Cox is now running through the events of Friday 13 November.

Kayleigh had "agreed to stay with Mr Harlow telling her parents she was staying with a friend".

She was "very drunk" when they met, according to Mr Harlow. 

On the Saturday, she texted her parents to ask to stay another night.

By this time Mr Beadman was there, the judge said.

Harlow called himself 'friendly kidnapper'

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

The judge reminds the jury of messages Harlow sent to other girls, including one in which he described himself as a "friendly kidnapper".

Harlow messages to Kayleigh

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

The judge is talking about messages Mr Harlow sent to Kayleigh before they met.

The prosecution says it demonstrates "manipulative and controlling behaviour".

Mrs Justice Cox repeats the defence assertion that he was "never remotely serious".

Court resumes

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Mrs Justice Cox has resumed summing up here at Nottingham Crown Court.

Court adjourned for short break

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

The court has been adjourned for a 20min break.

Judge on Beadman's failure to take stand

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Mrs Justice Cox said: "He has not given evidence in the trial to contradict, undermine or explain evidence given by the prosecution."

Jury told to consider Harlow messages

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Messages Mr Harlow sent to other underage girls show he was more likely to follow through with the things he was suggesting, prosecution claim.

In them he "demonstrated desire to exercise control over them and ply them with alcohol".

The defence says he accepts the messages he sent were inappropriate and he pleaded guilty to trying to meet two young girls.

"Pathetic and not remotely serious" was how they were described in court, the judge says.

Judge sums up defence argument

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

"Defence say that you should not accept some of these strands of evidence," she said.

"There are too many gaps, too many unanswered questions."

Judge sums up prosecution

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

The judge has summed up the prosecution's claims:

  • Luke Harlow sent messages to other young girls
  • Kayleigh's phone wasn't used during the time she was at Harlow's house
  • Bangs and screams were heard by people in the area in the early hours
  • Kayleigh was seen leaving the house half naked