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Summary

  1. Updates for Wednesday 20 July 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 Thursday

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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 at 08:00.

Weather: A cooler night

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

Still the chance of a heavy thundery shower through the early part of the night. These should gradually ease with clear spells and also a few mist patches forming. 

A minimum temperature of 16C (61F). 

Weather
BBC

Tomorrow will then be mainly dry with some sunny spells. A few showers may develop through the afternoon, which could be locally heavy.

A high of 23C (73F).

Youngs on becoming Tigers captain

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

It sounds like Tom Youngs has high hopes and for the new season where he'll captain Tigers...

It'll be Tom Youngs first year as Tigers captain

Carnival going from strength to strength

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

This is Amanda Leandro- the organiser of Leicester's Cosmopolitan Carnival...

Amanda Leandro
BBC

It'll be the fifth year of the carnival this year and Amanda says it's going from strength to strength.

This year the festival is on Jubilee Square on 27 August. Organisers try to make the event embrace all cultures through different art forms.

Youngs keeps England recall 'in sight'

BBC Sport

Leicester Tigers hooker Tom Youngs has been talking about the upcoming season and getting dropped by England.

He played 22 times for his country before Eddie Jones came in to manage the side.

Tom Youngs playing for England at 2015 World Cup
Rex Features

Youngs says he hasn't given up hope on getting the call to return: "I don't think you could ever lose sight of it, I think you've always got to keep another goal there of getting back into the England side."

Virtual reality shocks students

This student seems pretty shocked by what she's just experienced through the virtual headset...

Student reacts to virtual car crash

Traffic: Slow on M1

BBC Travel

The M1 northbound is slow between J24a and J25

M1
Highways England

Unpleasant viewing for students

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Students got to experience the trauma of a road accident through this headset...

Students wearing headet
BBC

Paul Speight, from Leicestershire Fire and rescue service, said: "These are the sounds and sights and sometimes it's not pleasant but if we can alter anybody's driving behaviour attitude though watching these goggles, then it's money well spent and time well spent."

Students learn the dangers of the road

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Some students in Market Harborough have had a different sort of lesson today- they've been learning about the dangers of driving.

Students looking at crash wreckage
BBC

They saw what crash wreckage looks like, they heard from a man who killed two of his friends in a car crash and they used virtual reality headsets to experience what it's like to be in a crash.

Tigers take to the water

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

A fairly different day at training for the Leicester Tigers team today...

View more on twitter

They're trying out the new Aqua Park at Rutland Water.

Man appears in court charged with murder

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

The 20-year-old man accused of murdering Adam Bent in Leicester on Saturday has been in court.

Cameron Fields from Gresley Close in Leicester was remanded in custody. 

He's now expected to appear at Leicester Crown Court tomorrow.

Appeal following claims of sexual assault

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Do you recognise these men?

Police want to speak to them after a woman reported being sexually assaulted in the Western Road area of Leicester.

CCTV image of wanted men
Leicestershire Police

It's thought to have happened sometime between 03:00 and 13:00 on Saturday 9 July.

Advice on avoiding a scam

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

You often hear about elderly people being victims of scams and Age UK says it's the doorstep ones that are the biggest problem, along with telephone calls for banking fraud.

Emily Foskett
BBC

Emily Foskett is from Citizens Advice Leicestershire and says:"If you receive anything in your inbox or a phone call or post that you're not expecting that's the first warning sign really that you should take into account.

"Are you expecting that mail? Is it something you've signed up for? Should they have your contact details?"

Scammers target online and door-to-door

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

One man in Beaumont Leys told BBC Radio Leicester he nearly payed £10,000 for a car on Ebay before he found out it was a scam.

Woman on a computer
BBC

Another person said: "Two weeks ago two young men came to the house, they said they were collecting on behalf of someone's house burning down on this estate. There was no identification whatsoever.

"I said it's my brother's house that burnt down - I said their names and they walked off."

Fewer people out of work

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

As a whole for the East Midlands the jobless count has fallen by 1,000 to 106,000.

Less good news about benefit claims though - the amount of people seeking jobseekers' allowance between March and May increased by 400.

Army boss: 'Lessons should be learnt'

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

The Head of the British Army is in Leicester today giving a talk at the University of Leicester.

A reporter for BBC Radio Leicester has been over there to speak to him about the death of Cpl Joshua Hoole.

Cpl Joshua Hoole
Wales News Service

Sir Nicholas Carter said: "First and foremost my heart goes out to Corp Hoole's family. It's absolutely tragic what has occurred.

"As soon as we know the circumstances then I think we'll be able to talk about it and if necessary, and probably so, learn some lessons from it." 

Another soldier dies in training in Brecon

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

A soldier died yesterday while training in the Brecon area south Wales on Britain's hottest day of the year so far. 

The senior corporal from The Rifles regiment was preparing to undergo a Platoon Sergeants Battle Course.

L/Cpl Craig Roberts
BBC

In 2013 three reservists died from heatstroke on an SAS selection course also in the Brecon Beacons.

One was L/Cpl Craig Roberts who was a University of Leicester graduate.

Loughborough centre helps thousands of dogs

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Ella Tongue works for The Dogs Trust in Loughborough and says they get a lot of "countryside dogs" like terriers at the East Midlands centre.

Staff at The Dogs Trust in Loughborough
BBC

Since they opened in 2012 they've cared for nearly 4,000 dogs - that's about three dogs every day.

Victim feared looking 'stupid'

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Barbara Grant-Bennett from the Beaumont Lodge Neighbourhood Association has been talking about an elderly gentleman in the area who was scammed.

Scam mail box
BBC

She said: "My late husband and myself got involved because we were very concerned for him but he was a bit stubborn because he didn't want to seem that he was stupid."

She said it all looked very plausible with headed paper and an PO Box address.

Loughborough MP rejoices in unemployment figures

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Nicky Morgan says the latest figures show there were 633 unemployed claimants in Loughborough in June 2016.

She says that is 1.3% of the economically active population aged 16 to 64 and is 35 lower than in May 2016.

She also tweeted to show how pleased she was that more women are in work...

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Your comments: Steve Walsh offered Everton job

Facebook

On our Facebook page you've been talking about the possibility of Steve Walsh leaving Leicester City.

Steve Walsh with Jamie Vardy
Getty Images

Mark Redmond says: "I hope he doesn't go, but I can never have a bad word to say about any of the guys that achieved that ridiculous miracle last season."

Jem Moore says: "Good luck to him, I personally wouldn't want him or any other club member if they haven't got the team spirit, commitment and passion to be part of the foxes. We don't need the uncertainty."

Charity celebrate birthday

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

You'll probably have heard of the charity called The Dogs Trust- they have a headquarters in Wymeswold near Loughborough.

Well they're celebrating their 125th anniversary. 

Dog with inflatable numbers reading 125
The Dogs Trust

The centre in Loughborough only opened in 2012 but the charity began in 1891 as the National Canine Defence League.

The restoration

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Work to restore the clock faces is expected to take five weeks. The restoration of the clock inside is then expected to be finished at the end of the year.

St Mary's Church in Hinckley
BBC

Scammers target LE4 residents

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Some areas of Leicester seem to have become hot-spots for financial scammers. 

Citizen's Advice Leicestershire say more people in the LE4 area are falling victim to con artists than most other places in the country.

Birstall
Google

That's the Beaumont Leys, Belgrave, Birstall and Thurmaston areas.

Foxes captain signs a new club contract

BBC Leicester Sport

Wes Morgan has signed a new three year deal with Leicester City keeping him at the club until at least 2019. 

Wes Morgan
Getty Images

He told the club website: "To commit my future to Leicester City is a wonderful feeling. Everyone knows how I feel about playing for this club."

History of the clock

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

The clock in the church tower hasn't been restored since 1876. Locals had to fundraise for that restoration but they didn't raise enough to do the carillon as well.

So the bit that plays the music has been there since 1792.

Clock face being lifted off St Mary's Church in Hinckley
BBC

Men bailed over burglaries

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Yesterday I told you three men had been arrested after burglaries in Markfield and Groby.

Well now police are telling us they've been released on bail. The burglaries happened on Monday just half an hour apart.

Big day for Hinckley church

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Colin Bent is the clock keeper and deputy church warden at St Mary's Church.

He's been working on this project for 11 years now.

Clock face being removed from St Mary's Church in Hinckley
BBC

He says: "The project is absolutely huge. It's not just a clock - it's a clock plus a music playing machine/carillon.

"This stage is exciting for many people around the town because many have donated to this project."

Ranieri post-match interview

BBC Leicester Sport

You can listen to the full interview with Claudio Ranieri after the match against Oxford last night 

The Leicester City boss gives his thoughts on the game and N'Golo Kante's departure.

Listen here.

Missing woman found

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Missing woman Danielle Sanderson has been found safe and well.

Police have thanked everyone who helped them with the appeal.

Hinckley is 'out of time'

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

If you're out in Hinckley later you might want to put your watch on...

It's because the four clock faces on St Mary's Church tower are being removed as part of a £50,000 regeneration project.

Clock face being removed from St Mary's Church tower in Hinckley
BBC

The clocks have been keeping the town running on time for 140 years.

Cricket conditions in Cheltenham

Richard Rae

BBC Radio Leicester Sport

A look at the pitch conditions ahead of the County Championship against Gloucestershire

Pre-season win for Foxes

BBC Leicester Sport

Leicester City began their pre-season last night with a 2-1 victory at League One Oxford United.

Claudio Ranieri
Getty Images

Claudio Ranieri said it was good to start with a victory and that the game was important to improve the players' fitness.

Cricket: Foxes County Championship in Cheltenham

BBC Leicester Sport

Leicestershire start their County Championship match against Gloucestershire this morning. 

The Foxes team includes Richard Jones and Niall O'Brian and James Sykes, while Rob Taylor is dropped.

Gloucestershire cricket ground in Cheltenham
Getty Images

Full commentary is available online here.

Your photos: Pug life

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

It was the hottest day of the year so far yesterday and I asked you to send in your photos of how you were enjoying the weather.

This one has to be my favourite (even though the dolls in the water are a bit creepy)...

Pug in paddling pool
Holly Byers

Thank you to Holly Byers for sending it in on Facebook.

We're expecting more hot and sunny weather again today so please feel free to send in your photos.

Walsh offered Everton job

BBC Leicester Sport

The man with arguably one of the best contacts book in football could be about to leave Leicester City. 

Assistant manager Steve Walsh has been offered the director of football role at Everton.

Steve Walsh
Getty Images

He was responsible for bringing the likes of Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez to Leicester City.

Family 'absolutely heartbroken' by death

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Just to remind you of what happened to Adam Bent...

The 31-year-old was fatally stabbed in the Braunstone Gate area of Leicester in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Police cordon in Braunstone Gate area
BBC

His family say he was "cheeky chap" who would "light up a room when he walked into it".

Latest Leicestershire headlines

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live