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Summary

  1. Updates for Friday 8 July 2016
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Monday

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By Amy Woodfield

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Leicestershire Local Live has now finished for the weekend - updates will start again at 08:00 on Monday.

Weather: Some showers by the morning

Kaye Forster

Weather Presenter

The winds will ease of this evening giving a fine end to the week. 

Staying dry for most of the night with some clear spells at first but the cloud will thicken by the end of the night and there will be some showery rain heading in by the morning.

Weather
BBC

A cloudy and breezy day tomorrow with some showery rain at times.  

MP to discuss Glenfield decision with health secretary

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Leicester MP Liz Kendall says she will fight to keep heart surgery services at Glenfield Hospital...

The Department of Health has confirmed Jeremy Hunt has accepted an invitation to meet with MPs and will bring in NHS England to hear their concerns.

Outen: Honorary degree 'feels very special'

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Sarah Outen will become a Doctor of Laws in a ceremony at De Montfort Hall next week.

Sarah Outen
PA

She says:“I'm delighted to accept this honorary doctorate and it is feels very special that it comes from Leicester, given my links with the county.”

University to honour Rutland adventurer

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Do you remember Sarah Outen? She's the adventurer from Rutland who spent more than four years traveling around the world using only a kayak, bike and rowing boat.

Sarah Outen
University of Leicester

Next week she and 10 others will be awarded an honorary degree from the University of Leicester.

Glenfield father fearful of future

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Air ambulance plea for donations

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

An appeal's been launched to try to find more volunteers for the Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance.

Leicestershire and Rutland's air ambulance
BBC

The charity relies on donations so this week they are asking the towns and cities in the area to "turn the streets yellow" with fundraising.

Brook polluted by 'agricultural source'

Hinckley Times

Environment watchdogs have launched an investigation after a brook in Barlestone was found to be contaminated.  

New facilities to open at Glenfield

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Ironically, a new room will officially open at Glenfield Hospital on Monday for children before and after they have heart surgery.

It'll be a bitter sweet opening now they've been told they're going to lose the service in less than a year.

Poster of plans for improved care at Glenfield Hospital
BBC

As well as improved facilities, hospital bosses were about to advertise for a new heart surgeon so they could increase the amount of patients they treat and care for.

It was all part of a plan to meet the new requirements set by NHS England.

Police widen search after park death

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Police investigating the murder of Brendon Mason are continuing to search Abbey Park.

Specialist search teams have widened their search to include the canal towpath towards the National Space Centre.

Police searching
PA

The 23-year-old was found near to the boating lake in the park on Tuesday morning.

Latest Leicestershire headlines

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Leicester sign CSKA Moscow forward Musa

BBC Sport

It's official- Leicester City have signed the Nigeria forward Ahmed Musa from CSKA Moscow on a four-year contract.

Ahmed Musa
Rex Features

They've also set a new club record splashing out £16m for him.

Council spend thousands on new electric cars

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

The city council have tweeted this photo showing off their new electric cars...

Council workers stood by news cars
Leicester City Council

You might spot them out and about soon.

The 10 cars have cost the council £287,000. They'll replace some of the council’s older diesel fleet as part of the authority’s drive to cut air pollution.

Foxes midfielder features in Euro semi-final

BBC Leicester Sport

Leicester City's N'Golo Kanté featured for France last night in their 2-0 win over Germany in the Euro 2016 tournament.

He came on for the last 20 minutes on the semi-final.

N'Golo Kanté
Getty Images

Your comments: New Foxes kit

Facebook

As expected, you've been telling us what you think of the new Leicester City alternative away kit on our Facebook page.

New Leicester City shirt
BBC

Steve Robinson says: "How awful looks like some American baseball team kit."

Marie Smith says: "I hope their mums have a supply of Persil - though I love it."

Watch: Aqua Park opens in Rutland

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Our brave reporter Helen McCarthy tests out the new Aqua Park in Rutland... 

She looks like she's having a good time!

Drugs and money laundering gang jailed

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Six men involved in a drugs and money laundering network across Lancashire, Greater Manchester and Leicester have been jailed.

Top left to right: Zahid Khan, Nadeem Hussain, Mohammed Wasim Akhtar Bottom left to right: Mohammed Miah, Wajid Hussain, Mahmoud Jaber
Lancashire Police

'It's criminal' to lose Glenfield service

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Amber had open heart surgery at Glenfield Hospital on Monday...

Amber with her mum and stepdad
BBC

The family travel from Derbyshire for the service and say they were all devastated to hear the news.

Amber's mum Lisa says: "The staff are absolutely brilliant and Amber feels comfortable here."

Stepdad Gav says: "It's criminal for it not to be here."

Glenfield surgery: Calls to protest

Facebook

Let's see some more of your Facebook comments about Glenfield Hospital losing their heart surgery services.

Glenfield Hospital
BBC

Terry Burton says: "I cannot understand why these so called experts want to close down one of the best children's hospital's who for year's have been performing heart surgery on children with fantastic results. People in the East Midlands must fight against this decision and not let them get away with this idea."

Janet F Bentley says: "This is terrible so many babies and young lives have been saved why give up now".

Cricket: White leaves Foxes by 'mutual consent'

BBC Leicester Sport

Wayne White has left Leicestershire by mutual consent. 

The club say he has been a "terrific player" for them but he's leaving to pursue other opportunities.

Wayne White
Getty Images

They say they are sad to see him leave but thank him for his "whole-hearted and significant contribution" to the club.  

Foxes new kit

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Leicester City have released an alternative white away kit for the new 2016/17 season...

Players wearing new white shirt
Leicester City Football Club

Personally I like it but feel free to share your comments.

Man arrested for immigration offences

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

I've spotted this on Twitter...

Lorry stopped in Coalville male ran from it but located & arrested for immigration offences handed over to UK BA. 👍🏻

Lorry stopped in Coalville male ran from it but located & arrested for immigration offences handed over to UK BA. 👍🏻

I've contacted the Home Office and Leicestershire Police to try and find out more for you.

I'll keep you updated.

Man charged with shooting

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

A 28-year-old man has been charged with attempted murder and possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence.

Anton Paget, of no fixed address, was due to appear at Leicester Magistrates Court this morning.

King Street
BBC

The charges relate to a shooting on King Street on 8 May where a 31-year-old man was shot in the leg outside a nighclub.

Council to discuss Glenfield decision

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Reporter tests Ruland's new Aqua Park

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

I can't believe BBC Radio Leicester's Helen McCarthy is getting in that water.

She's having a go at the new Aqua Park in Rutland...

Helen McCarthy at Aqua Park in Rutland
BBC

It's not exactly warm out there - she's a brave woman.

How hospitals failed to meet requirements

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Dr Jonathan Fielden is a director at NHS England and explains how they came to the decision to stop heart surgery at Glenfield and two other hospitals...

Cricket: Behardien to debut against Derbyshire

BBC Leicester Sport

Farhaan Behardien has emphasised the need for a strong start in Leicestershire's T20 Blast against Derbyshire tonight.

The Foxes new signing is set to make his debut.

Farhaan Behardien
Getty Images

The club are currently at the bottom of the North table needing four to five wins from six to stand any chance of reaching the knockout stages.

Other affected hospital calls decision 'reckless'

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

The Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Trust in London also angry about NHS England decision...

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Hospital boss shocked and surprised

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

John Adler says the news about stopping heart surgery at Glenfield came as a shock to him...

He says they will fight the decision: “We are confident that our clinical outcomes are now amongst the best in the country so we strongly disagree with NHS England’s decision and will not sit by whilst they destroy our fabulous service.”  

Your comments: Calls to protest over Glenfield decision

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Children's heart charity reaction

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Gill Smart is the treasurer of the charity Heart Link who are Based at Glenfield Hospital.

The charity help by funding research projects, buying new medical equipment and generally improving the lives of children with heart problems.

Gill has given her reaction to the news the heart surgery service will be stopped in Leicestershire...

Your comments: Family praise Glenfield services

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

George
Carl Ward

Melton mum fears future of heart surgery services

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Ashleigh Woods with son Alex
Ashleigh Woods

"We nearly lost him two years ago and he will need a heart transplant eventually. This has come as a massive shock. Where do we go? Birmingham is such a long way to go - it's risking your child's life. Will they pay travel costs? At Glenfield you can stay over. It's daunting to think what will happen. It will have a massive impact on us."

Ashleigh WoodsMother

Latest Leicestershire headlines

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Plans to move service to different hospital

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

NHS England say there will be a consultation with University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust and possibly the public as well.

Glenfield Hospital
PA

NHS England say they will work the trust to safely transfer (CHD) surgical and interventional cardiology services to "appropriate alternative hospitals".

MP's fighting NHS decision over Glenfield hospital

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Other hospitals affected

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

What I couldn't tell you yesterday is that it's not only Glenfield Hospital affected by the review carried out by NHS England.

Heart surgery will also be stopped at the Royal Brompton in London andat Central Manchester Hospital.

Surgeons
Thinkstock

All three units will have to stop carrying out the surgery by April 2017. 

Police Investigation 'ongoing'

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

“While we have made these arrests, the investigation into the death of Brendon is still very much ongoing. We still want to speak to anyone who may have information about Brendon’s movements on Monday evening (4 July) into the early hours of Tuesday morning. "

Detective Chief Inspector Mick GrahamLeicestershire Police