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Summary

  1. Updates for Thursday 30 June 2016
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Friday

Live Reporting

By Amy Woodfield

All times stated are UK

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Our live coverage across the day

Updates on Leicestershire Local Live have now finished for the day.

Please come back on Friday when they will start again at 08:00.

Weather: Rain expected this evening

Kay Crewdson

Weather presenter, BBC East Midlands Today

Cloudy with outbreaks of rain later this evening, turning persistent and locally heavy in places. 

The winds will continue to pick up so a breezy, mild night with the rain mostly clearing by dawn.

Weather
BBC

Arrests made after West End robberies

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

You might remember reading about a few violent robberies in Leicester's West End recently - police thought they could all be linked.

Well they've just called to let us know they've arrested three men in connection with the attacks.

Leicester scientists see Jupiter's northern lights

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Astronomers at the University of Leicester have observed stunning light shows in the atmosphere surrounding Jupiter just days before a NASA spacecraft begins orbiting the planet.

Light show on Jupiter
NASA, ESA

The University is playing a leading role in the mission. 

Those involved say the light shows are so vivid that it's as though Jupiter is throwing a fireworks party. Thanks for the invite.

Travel: Traffic light problems in Oadby

BBC Travel

There's slow traffic on the A6 Glen Road in Oadby at the Ash Tree Road junction, because of a traffic light failure.

Foxes allocated 27,000 for Wembley

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Fancy cheering on the Foxes at Wembley in August? Well 27,000 people can be.

That's how many tickets Leicester City have been allocated for the FA Community Shield clash with Manchester United.

Leicester City victory parade
Getty Images

Season ticket holders can get their hands on a ticket from 09:00 on Monday. An adult ticket costs £45.

Slavery legislation used for first time

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Police said one man was found living in a caravan in Melton Mowbray deemed not fit for an animal.

He was being forced to work long hours at a mobile home park for little or no pay. He was described as looking “like an image of someone in a concentration camp”.

Nevada Park caravan park
Google

Sidney and Sally Smith from Nevada Park now have to follow restrictions and requirements when it comes to the treatment of their employees.

New slavery legislation used in Leicestershire

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

You may have seen an article by my colleague Jeremy Ball about an increasing number of people getting help after being kept as a "domestic slave".

The Salvation Army charity has seen a four-fold increase in referrals since 2012.

Well, just yesterday Leicestershire Police announced it had made the East Midlands' first prosecution under the Modern Slavery Act 2015.

Okazaki gets ready for new season

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Leicester City's Shinji Okazaki has tweeted to say training has started for next season.

He says he had a varied season last year and this year's theme is "back to basics"... that's according to my Japanese to English translator tool.

View more on twitter

Wicklow Lodge to get green plaque honour

Melton Times

A former military hospital in Melton which treated some of the wounded from the Battle of the Somme nearly a century ago is to be honoured with a prestigious green plaque thanks to your votes.

Space seeds: The big reveal

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Over the past couple of months a group of primary school scientists from Thrussington have been growing rocket plants from seeds, which were sent to space.

The project was supported by Tim Peake during his mission to the International Space Station. 

The space seeds were planted in one pot and normal seeds in the other pot but nobody knew which were in which.

BBC Radio Leicester was there today for the big reveal...

Cricket: Listen to ball-by-ball commentary online

BBC Sport

Don't forget you can listen to live radio commentary of the Leicestershire v Gloucestershire County Cricket match here.

Banana throw 'was racist'

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

It's thought some incidents of hate crime over the past week could be connected to the UK vote to leave the EU.

Since the vote there's been a small number of reported incidents here in Leicestershire.

EU flag
Getty Images

On Monday Charles Ectorn from Oadby was driving his children to school in the city when someone threw a banana at his car.

Mr Ectorn is from Uganda and believes it may have been a racist attack.

Hate crime victims urged to speak up

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Yesterday I told you about a racist hate crime in Victoria Park. 

Two banners advertising an Islamic event for Eid were vandalised with racist graffiti.

Eid banner
Fayola Francis

Leicestershire's chief constable and police and crime commissioner have encouraged any other victims to come forward, saying every incident will be investigated.

Travel: A42 delays

BBC Travel

A lane is closed on the A42 northbound between Castle Donington and the M1 due to a broken down vehicle.  

Water issues in Leicester

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Headteacher backs Kayleigh film

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Eddie Green was Kayleigh's headteacher at Ashby School and says what happened to the 15-year-old pupil has had a "profound impact" on the school.

Ashby School
BBC

He says: “What is different about this film is that it is powerful, it is emotional, it is hard-hitting, but above all it is true. It tells the story of a Leicestershire girl and the sequence of events leading up to her tragic murder. 

“I would encourage all schools in our county, in our region and indeed across the country to show this if they have secondary age students."

Afternoon weather update

BBC Weather

Sunny spells and a few showers this afternoon with highs of 18C (64F).

Travel: Overturned lorry on M1

BBC Travel

One lane is closed and there is slow traffic on the M1 southbound at J22 (Coalville) because of an overturned vehicle.  

Latest headlines for Leicestershire

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

  • A film about Kayleigh Haywood has been launched to warn school children about online grooming
  • Loughborough MP Nicky Morgan has decided not to run for leadership of the Conservative Party
  • Grace Road has been too wet for any cricket play so far today

Cricket: Play will resume this afternoon

BBC Leicester Sport

Kayleigh's 'tragic legacy'

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

The Kayleigh Haywood video was launched by police this morning with her mum and dad.

Stephanie Haywood
BBC

Her mum Stephanie Haywood says: “Our world changed forever the day that Kayleigh received that Facebook message but we are determined that Kayleigh lives on, and not just in our hearts.

“We want her to help protect children - today and in the future.

“We want every child aged 11 and upwards to see this film because this film is our beautiful daughter’s tragic legacy."

'Kayleigh’s Love Story' to be shown in schools

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

This is a trailer for the film that will be shown to children. It shows how Kayleigh was groomed in the last two weeks of her life and was eventually murdered...

The five-minute film, called Kayleigh’s Love Story, was filmed in Leicestershire in February.

Cricket: Hope for afternoon play

BBC Leicester Sport

Back at Fischer County Ground - the players are taking an early lunch at 12.30 after another pitch inspection at 12.20. Maybe we'll see some play this afternoon...

Kayleigh video will teach pupils about grooming dangers

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

The death of Kayleigh Haywood is to be used to teach other schoolchildren in Leicestershire about the dangers of online grooming.

Kayleigh Haywood
Leicestershire Police

The 15-year-old, from Measham, was raped and murdered after being groomed online. Two men will be sentenced tomorrow over her killing.

Fire in college building

Nisha Chopra

BBC Radio Leicester Newsreader

Fire crews are tackling a blaze at an empty Leicester College building on Welford Road.

It started just before 09:30 this morning.

At its height there were five fire crews dealing with the flames. Lanes have had to be closed on Welford Road.

Morgan: Michael Gove 'the right person'

It is equally important that we now secure the right deal for Britain – and the next leader must have the skill and credibility to put together the right team to renegotiate our exit from and future relationship with Europe and explain the final terms to the British people. Having spent the past week talking to colleagues in Parliament, party members and constituents I have concluded unequivocally that the right person to do that is Michael Gove and I am delighted to be endorsing his candidacy today."

Nicky MorganLoughborough MP

Nicky Morgan rules out leadership bid

"Over the past week it has become clear just how divided our nation is - between young and old, north and south and those with different education and work backgrounds. So it is clear to me that the next leader of the Conservative Party must be someone who can unite the country, who can heal the wounds that the referendum exposed but also, and I think this is what we must not lose sight of, present a confident, positive and optimistic platform for our country's future in which this Party appeals to the centre ground of British politics.

Nicky MorganLoughborough MP

BreakingNicky Morgan will not run for leader

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

The Loughborough MP has decided she will not be standing as Tory leader.

Nicky Morgan says she will instead be backing Michael Gove's candidacy.

Nicky Morgan
Getty Images

Duncan reacts to May speech

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Theresa May is officially in the running for PM. 

She's made a speech about why she should do it and it seems to have gone down well with one local supporter...

View more on twitter

Cricket: Pitch still too wet

BBC Leicester Sport

More waiting about at the Fischer County Ground...

The umpires have inspected the pitch and say the outfield is still not fit to play on. There will be another inspection at 11.30.

Campaigners 'pleased' roundabout is flourishing

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

The LE4 Action Group were behind the idea of turning the roundabout into a wildlife haven.

Roy Rollings from the group says the point of changing the land was to give the council better protection to move off anyone there illegally.

Poppies on Red Hill Roundabout
BBC

He says: "Since the works were done we've had 100% success rate. 

"It's a good result and to see how the area has grown and see everything settling in nicely is pleasant to see."

Nature reserve keeps travellers away from traffic island

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

This time last year you could see right through to the centre of Red Hill Roundabout but today it's jungle-like...

A roundabout that turned into a nature reserve to deter travellers has been a success

It was filled with flowers and plants to deter travellers who were regularly parking there illegally.

Well it seems to have worked - there hasn't been a single traveller on the roundabout since.

Film launched in Kayleigh Haywood's memory

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Cricket: Will wet conditions scupper play?

BBC Leicester Sport

So - will we get any cricket today?

View more on twitter

Umpires have been out to look at the pitch - they'll do another inspection at 10:30.

Rugby: High expectations for young flanker

BBC Leicester Sport

Leicester Tigers' Will Evans is being tipped as "one to watch" this season by academy coach Brett Deacon.

Will Evans
Getty Images

He's been with the club since he was 16 and made his Premiership debut last season.

Anniversary of Pearson's Foxes departure

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

It's exactly a year since Nigel Pearson was sacked by Leicester City...

Nigel Pearson
Getty Images

Love him or hate him - he was certainly memorable, even if not for the right reasons... #ostrich

Duncan: 'May hasn't dropped a hot potato'

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Sir Alan Duncan has been explaining why Theresa May has his vote.

Theresa May
Getty Images

He says: "Theresa's been a remarkable home secretary and I've known her for nearly 40 years now.

"Normally if you're home secretary you're bound to have a hot potato you can't handle at some stage and end up having to resign but she's been the longest serving and I think most successful. She hasn't dropped a catch, let alone a hot potato."