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Summary

  1. Updates for Friday 22 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 week. Updates will resume on Monday at 08:00.

Weather: Fine and dry day tomorrow

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

A few isolated heavy thundery showers will develop late afternoon.  Not everyone will see the showers so some places could stay dry and they will gradually die away overnight to leave a few mist patches.

A minimum temperature of 15C (59F).

Weather
BBC

Tomorrow will be a fine and dry day with spells of sunshine for all and it will feel warm once again, with light winds.

A high of 26C (79F).

Summer holiday rush at airport

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

School holidays start and so does the airport rush - this was East Midlands Airport earlier...

Airport queues
BBC

I'm sure there were lots of Leicestershire families that made the most of school breaking up before most other places, and are already on their holidays.

Repairs to 'beating heart of the city'

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

The cathedral has been given a £300,000 government grant from the government for repairs to the stonework on the south side of the building.

"I am absolutely delighted to secure this World War One grant funding. Our cathedral provides a beating heart for our city and county. This money assists us greatly in ensuring the building is looked after for future generations so that even at the bicentenary of World War One we are still able to keep serving this community.”

Very Revd David MonteithDean of Leicester

BreakingFoxes win

BBC Leicester Sport

Leicestershire have beaten Gloucestershire by six wickets in Cheltenham.

Disabled entrepreneur hopes to inspire others

Kevin Ncube

BBC Radio Leicester

An entrepreneur from Newbold Verdon who has severe physical disabilities is using his experiences to help others get into work.

Mark Esho told me how he contracted Polio as a child - it left him paralysed from the neck down for three years.

Mark Esho
Mark Esho

He's now set up his own internet company in Wigston which recently won a diversity award.

Cathedral receives restoration grant

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

I walk past this most days and I have to admit I've never noticed it looking like it's "crumbling" but apparently our cathedral is in need of a bit of work...

Leicester Cathedral
BBC

Well it's a good job they've got the money to do it - otherwise poor King Richard III might have found himself needing to be buried AGAIN.

Latest Leicestershire headlines

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

  • A pensioner has been threatened with a hammer and a knife at his home in Markfield
  • Leicester Cathedral have been given a £300,000 grant to repair crumbling stonework on the south side of the building
  • Claudio Ranieri and Wes Morgan talk to the media in Glasgow ahead of the Celtic match

Trust 'excited' by new bus cafe

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Inside bus cafe
BBC

"The Hunts Hill entrance to Bradgate Park gives access to some of the best walking as well as to Old John and the war memorial. What this part of the Park has lacked is somewhere to stop for a cup of tea and a bite to eat so we are excited to be working with Peppercorns to fulfill this need in such a unique way."

Peter TyldesleyDirector of the Bradgate Park Trust

The boss and captain talk to press

Jason Bourne

BBC Radio Leicester Sport

They've arrived....

Claudio Ranieri and Wes Mogan at press conference
BBC

Pre-match press conference

Jason Bourne

BBC Radio Leicester Sport

We will hear from Claudio Ranieri and Wes Morgan soon...

Press conference
BBC

Pensioner robbed in Markfield

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

An elderly man has been threatened with a hammer and pen knife by a group of men demanding money.

It happened in Markfield on Tuesday night. 

The 84-year-old wasn't hurt but the six men did get cash off him.

Ranieri talking to the press in Glasgow

Jason Bourne

BBC Radio Leicester Sport

Claudio Ranieri is due to speak the media this afternoon. It'll be his first opportunity to speak publicly about the departure of one of his key staff Steve Walsh.

Steve Walsh
Getty Images

Police had bottles, stones and lumps of concrete thrown at them

Melton Times

Eleven people have been jailed after admitting being involved in violence which broke out when police attempted to close down an illegal rave at Twyford Woods near Colsterworth.

Foxes head to Glasgow

Jason Bourne

BBC Radio Leicester Sport

As soon as I walked towards the home of Celtic - tomorrow's venue for Leicester City's International Champions Cup opener - the sense of history and pride for the club is there for all to see...

Celtic football ground
BBC

The profile of Celtic may have waned a little over the years but make no mistake this is huge club and a huge name in world football.

'Stunning' views from double decker

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

The bus is called Ella Louise and the cafe is called Peppercorn.

Inside the bus cafe
BBC

The managing director of the company running it says: "The red double decker bus café, which will be located in the woodland at the Old John entrance at Hunts Hill, will afford stunning views down into the centre of the park and up towards Old John, from the upstairs seating area."

Well you certainly can't argue about the view.

Warning 'not to go into the water'

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

It might look like rain is on the cards for this afternoon but I'm hopeful we will get some more hot and sunny days this summer.

With that in mind- our water provider Severn Trent is issuing a plea for people to stay out of their reservoirs...

“When it’s the school holidays and it’s a nice day, that’s when we see people start to venture into the reservoirs to cool off, but this is such a dangerous thing to do. It can look so tempting to jump into cool waters when the sun is beating down, but it can lead to a serious risk to life. Please enjoy the summer at our sites but don’t go into the water.”

Phil BlytheSevern Trent

Bus cafe opens at Bradgate Park

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

So this is pretty cool.

When I go to Bradgate Park I'll often go to the Old John entrance (mainly because I find it a bit quieter).

The only problem is there's nowhere to get a cuppa or a sandwich. Well now there is and it's on a bus...

Bus cafe
BBC

Listen: Archaeologists uncover ancient burial site

BBC Radio Leicester

Here's what happened when our reporter Dale Neal went to the newly excavated Bronze Age barrow and Anglo-Saxon cemetery in Rothley...

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Dale Neal visits an Archaelogical dig in a cemetery in Rothley.

Travel: Traffic on M1 Leicestershire

BBC Travel

There's still slow traffic on the M1 between J20 and J21 because of a crash earlier.

There's also now slow traffic southbound between J21a and J21.

Anglo-Saxon items found in grave

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Archaeologists found that the acidic soils had destroyed nearly all the 12 Anglo-Saxon skeletons. There were just some teeth and tiny bone fragments left.

There were some metal objects though found in the grave - items like spears, knives, a spike, and this brooch...

An Anglo-Saxon annular brooch found in one of the graves
University of Leicester

Rare find in Leicestershire

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Hundreds of years later the same burial site was used again by the Anglo-Saxons (AD 410-700). 

It's thought this quite often happened, but there are very few known instances in Leicestershire.

An Anglo-Saxon burial on the edge of a barrow mound
Debbie Miles-Williams

In fact this discovery in Rothley has at least 12 Anglo-Saxon graves, making it the second and largest in the county.

Disappoiment as landmark is vandalised

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

“We’re so disappointed that we’ve experienced another break in and vandalism at Ashby Castle. Our aim is to preserve the culture and history of the castle for the local community to enjoy – the castle sits in the middle of the town and we know that it is a valued local landmark. We want to ensure that the site is kept for future generations so they can understand the importance of the castle to the local community and enjoy the beautiful surroundings of this magnificent historical site."

Heather RedmondEnglish Heritage’s Area Manager for the East

Items reveal more about local industry

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

They also found this - it's part of a Middle Neolithic "Peterborough Ware" pottery vessel...

A sherd of Neolithic ‘Peterborough Ware’ pottery
University of Leicester

Experts say these items will add to their understanding of the bigger picture of occupation in the region.

Cricket: Jones offered contract with Foxes

BBC Leicester Sport

Leicestershire chief executive Wasim Khan says the club have offered a two-year contract to Richard Jones. 

The 29 year old seamer is currently on loan from Warwickshire.

Richard Jones
Getty Images

Queuing traffic

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

This is what the traffic is looking like on the M1 between J20 and J21 at the moment.

A lane has been closed because of a crash...

M1
Highways England

Historic castle targeted by vandals

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Ashby castle was broken into earlier this week and it seems this wasn't the first time.

English Heritage say there's been a spate of vandalism and trespassing recently.

Ashby de la Zouch Castle
English Heritage

They're asking locals in Ashby de la Zouch to help police with their investigation by reporting any suspicious activity.

Ancient axe found

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

This is one of the oldest things they found - it's a stone axe...

Stone axe
University of Leicester

It was found in the barrow ditch and thought to date back to the Neolithic period (4,000-2,000 BC).

Police 'disappointed' in some Hinckley drivers

Hinckley Times

Motorists in Hinckley are “ignoring” regular road safety messages and continuing to drive while using mobile phones or without a seat belt.

Watch: Nerves at Cheltenham

Richard Rae

BBC Radio Leicester Sport

Third and final day at Chelters? Full commentary here on a huge day- I'm feeling nervous

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A look at the pitch before before the game gets underway

Weather warning for rain

Alexandra Hamilton

BBC Weather

After all that lovely sunshine we  now have a yellowwarning for rain.

Heavy showers and thunderstorms are possible from late morning before fading this evening.

Cremation burials found

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

One of the main focuses of the excavation in Rothley was a Bronze Age barrow.

An Anglo-Saxon grave is recorded by one of the archaeologists
University of Leicester

The earth mound hadn't survived but the surrounding ditch was still in a good condition with cremation burials found close to the ditch edge. 

It's thought they date to 2,000-700 BC.

NHS England 'stepping up' on behalf of patients

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

NHS England haven't said anything new to he BBC about their decision since it was announced a fortnight ago.

When ask for their comments today they directed us to a statement on their website where they say: "We are determined to take all actions necessary to ensure that those standards are met, so that patients get the high quality and safe services that they expect and deserve."

You can read the full statement here.

Ancient cemetery excavated in Rothley

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

University archaeologists have unearthed two ancient cemeteries on the same site in Leicestershire.

Archaeologists at the site in Rothley
University of Leicester

The land in Rothley was a used as a grave site in the Bronze Age but also hundreds of years later by Anglo Saxons.

More recently it was an allotment.

MP questions NHS review

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

The MP for south Leicestershire says he'll be chasing up NHS England in the coming days to find out more about their decision.

Alberto Costa says: " We as MPs want disclosure of the methodology used by NHS England."

East Midlands weather forecast

Alexandra Hamilton

BBC Weather

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Weather forecast for the East Midlands

Travel: Crash on M69 slip

BBC Travel

The M69 exit slip road partially blocked northbound at the M1 J21 because of an accident.  

Public share confusion and upset

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

About 30 people were at the public meeting last night - they shared their thoughts with BBC Radio Leicester afterwards.

One person said: "I just can't understand how they can think of closing a unit that is doing excellent work and has such a reputation."

Children's ward at Glenfield Hospital
BBC

Another said: "We're so upset about what's going on at the moment - no one seems to be listening to Glenfield. NHS England saying they're not meeting standards is giving the world the impression the service at Glenfield is poor. In actual fact it's very safe and their results are way above average."

Hospital kept in the dark over changes

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Consultant Cardiologist Dr Aidan Bulger spoke to BBC Radio Leicester after the meeting.

Glenfield Hospital
BBC

He said: "They've told us they are 'minded to' stop commissioning service at Glenfield Hospital for children and adults with congenital heart conditions - beyond that we don't know very much.

"We believe that they are handing over the implementation of those changes to a regional commissioning team and presumably it will be their responsibility to try and come to some sort of arrangement about how we transfer care."