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  1. Updates for Friday 15 July 2016

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Live updates for Leicestershire have finished for the day but we'll be back at 08:00 on Monday with all the latest news, sport, travel and weather.

Weather on St Swithern's Day: Wet...

Kay Crewdson

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

It’s St Swithin’s Day, it has rained, therefore we are doomed now for 40 days. Or maybe not. 

More than likely not as it looks dry, fine and warm on Sunday and Monday and, at this stage, Tuesday too. However, some rain tomorrow…

Council tries to save heart unit

East Midlands Today

An emergency debate was held at the city council last night about the future of children's heart surgery at Glenfield Hospital. 

NHS England says it's no longer prepared to support the unit following a review to improve standards and safety however a motion was put forward yesterday for the specialist services to be "retained, consolidated and further developed".

The council says "it'll do everything possible" to save the unit. 

Death crash driver suffers guilt nightmares

Sarah Teale

Reporter, East Midlands Today

The Nottingham nurse jailed for five years for causing a fatal crash on the M1 told the court she suffered guilt nightmares and flashbacks.

In mitigation, her lawyer said her five-year-old would be "severely impacted" by Christy George's custodial sentence.

She was convicted of causing death by dangerous driving after she lost control of her car while distracted by her mobile phone.

Christy George

Fatal crash driver had prior conviction

Sarah Teale

Reporter, East Midlands Today

Christy George - who caused a fatal pile-up on the M1 near Leicester - had a previous conviction for careless driving after reversing over an eight-year-old boy.

George, from Nottingham, was distracted by her mobile phone as she drove south to Coventry causing the horror smash in 2014.

She was jailed for five years for causing death by dangerous driving and banned from driving for 10 years.

Driver deleted call history to divert suspicion

Sarah Teale

Reporter, East Midlands Today

After causing the crash which killed one person and seriously injured another, Christy George deleted her call history.

At her sentencing for causing death by dangerous driving, His Honour Judge Robert Brown said: "Before the dust had even settled and the noise had left the air she deleted her call record " to "divert suspicion."

Driver sobbed when sentenced to five years

Sarah Teale

Reporter, East Midlands Today

The nurse who caused a major crash on the M1 in Leicestershire sobbed as she was jailed for five years.

Christy George, from Nottingham, had been using her mobile phone when she lost control of her car, hitting a lorry.

The lorry then careered across the central reservation into six more vehicles, killing one person and seriously injuring another.

M1 motorway

Jail for causing fatal motorway crash

Neil Heath

BBC News Online

A woman who lost control of her car on a motorway causing a fatal eight-car pile-up has been jailed for five years for causing a man's death.

Christy George

Christy George, 38, of Nottingham, hit a lorry which crashed into the central reservation on the M1 near Leicester.

Weather: A mild night ahead

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

A dry end to the night and mild with temperatures into double figures. Minimum temperature: 16C (61F)


Latest headlines for Leicestershire

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Health and safety officers found issues around site

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

The court heard that in January last year Tasadaq Ur-Rehman was working on a site in St Saviours Hill, Leicester, when he fell through a skylight in a first floor roof and suffered serious head injuries.  

An investigation in the 40-year-old's death revealed there had been no scaffolding where the windows were being fitted and no safe way of transferring the windows to the first floor.

Health and safety officers said they also found a number of other issues around the site.

Building manager jailed for worker's death

A building site manager has been found guilty of manslaughter by gross negligence after one of his workers fell through a skylight on a site and died.

Faruk Patel, 40 from Upperton Road, Leicester, was convicted at Birmingham Crown Court today.

Faruk Patel
Leicestershire Police

Patel previously pleaded guilty to three health and safety offences and was sentenced to two years and six months in jail.

Latest headlines for Leicestershire

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Travel: Accident in Groby

Man in hospital after A6 crash

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Police say the crash on the A6 Derby Road, Loughborough happened shortly after 03:00 during a police pursuit.

The force said the man who was driving the car - a VW Golf - was taken to hospital with injuries not thought to be serious.

Village atmosphere 'has changed' say residents

You might remember we first told you about teenagers causing problems in Countesthorpe back in May.

Residents said they had seen a rise in anti-social behaviour and some said they had been subjected to abuse from "gangs" too.

The Square

One villager told BBC Radio Leicester the atmosphere in the village had changed.

"You go through the village and you see a load of gangs in the park and you know they are up to no good. I don't think the order will make any difference at all."

Village ban for 'mayhem-causing' youths

Almost all of Countesthorpe village is covered by the anti-social behaviour order.

You can read more on it here

Village of Countesthorpe

Young people ruining reputation for others

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Director of people and finance at Blaby District Council, Sarah Pennelli, told BBC Radio Leicester their officers would work closely with police to enforce the orders.

She said: "Generally the young people of Countesthorpe are well behaved and don't cause an issue for the public so it is a small number that are spoiling it for the rest of the youngsters."

What is a PSPO?

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

If like me you're a little confused what a Public Space Protection Order there is some information on the police website. 


The council said in Countesthorpe it means children aged between 10 and 17 are restricted from doing four things:

  • Congregating in groups of four or more
  • Behaving in a way that causes harassment, distress or alarm to others
  • Being in possession of alcohol
  • Using, possessing or supplying intoxicating substances

PCC to watch how order works

Leicestershire police and crime commissioner Lord Willy Bach says it is important to take action in Countesthorpe.

"The idea is not to criminalise young kids but just to make sure that during the summer months these anti-social behaviour incidents, of which there have been too many, become less."

Lord Willy Bach

He said he supported the council in enforcing the Public Space Protection Order and would be watching closely to see how it works.

Youngters can't gather in groups

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

From today children as young as 10 in Countesthorpe could face being prosecuted if they breach new anti-social behaviour conditions. 

Blaby District Council has introduced a Public Space Protection Order which means 10-17-year-olds will not be allowed to gather in groups of four or more in the village. 


Latest headlines for Leicestershire

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

  • The city council has backed a campaign to save the Vaughan Centre from closure
  • Teenagers and children in Countesthorpe have been warned they will be prosecuted if they breach new anti-social behaviour conditions
  • Leicester Riders forward Drew Sullivan has announced his retirement from international basketball

Ayman doesn't have far to go...

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Yes you read that right....Star pupil Ayman only lives a few metres from his school.

Guess he had no excuses then but to be in class every day!

Pupil awarded for 100% attendance

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Ayman Abow hasn't taken a day off school in eight years - that's his entire school life without a day off sick. 

The 11-year-old's headteacher at Chris Hassall surprised him as a chauffeur to drive him to school on his last day - except he lives directly opposite.

"That's the joke of it", said Mr Hassall. "I promised him I would chauffeur him to school in a posh car and he lives four metres away."

Pupil surprised with chauffeur ride to school

Retirement for GB captain

BBC Leicester Sport

Leicester Riders forward and Great Britain captain Drew Sullivan has announced his retirement from international basketball.

Drew Sullivan
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Pupil never misses day off in eight years

Helen McCarthy

BBC Radio Leicester Reporter

I was with these mascots this morning as we surprised a Taylor Road Primary School pupil with a stylish ride to school.

Eleven-year-old Ayman Abow has never missed a day off school and as a reward for his achievement was chauffeur driven to school.

Taylor Road primary

He was greeted by me and four famous local mascots - Filbert the Fox, Charlie the Fox, Hot Shot the horse and the school's mascot Cool Cat.

One vehicle involved in A6 crash

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

I've just spoken to the press office at Leicestershire Police who say one vehicle was involved in the crash on the A6 in Loughborough.

The road has now reopened and there should be a further update from them shortly.

University suspends course entries

The Vaughan Centre for Lifelong Learning runs a variety of further education courses and programmes for adults.

The University of Leicester which runs the centre has currently suspended entries to courses and programmes that start in September.

Vaughan Centre

A6 remains closed after car crash

Leicester Mercury

The Leicester Mercury has a photo of the wreckage from the accident that has closed the A6 Derby Road, Loughborough this morning. 

No information about injuries has been given at this stage.

Leicestershire must win tonight's T20 game

Martin Ballard

BBC Radio Leicester Sport

Leicestershire face champions Lancashire in their must win game in the Natwest T20 Blast tournament tonight.

If they win they still have a chance of making the quarter finals as they sit two points behind 4th place.

Grace Road
Getty Images

Club captain Mark Cosgrove says they're not giving up, but knows the odds are against the county making the last eight.    

College has had 'impact on people's lives' says councillor

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

The motion to save the Vaughan Centre was proposed by Councillor Vijay Singh Riyait.

He said getting the unanimous support of other councillors was great to see and the university now needed to listen and find another solution. 

He added: "A number of councillors said they had been through the Vaughan Centre themselves which is a testament of the impact the college has had on people's lives."

Latest headlines for Leicestershire

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Here are your top stories so far this morning:

  • Campaigners fighting to save an adult education college in Leicester have been given the council's backing
  • A6 Derby Road in Loughborough is closed this morning because of a serious accident
  • Leicestershire face Lancashire in their T20 Blast game at Grace Road tonight

University says college is too costly

There was a big protest ahead of the meeting yesterday over plans to close the Vaughan Centre for Lifelong Learning.

The college is currently run by the University of Leicester which says high running costs are leading to an "unsustainable level of subsidy" at the college.

Vaughan College

The university has been running a three-month consultation into the future of the centre which would lead to the loss of jobs and the cancellation of courses.