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Summary

  1. Updates for Thursday 4 August 2016
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Friday

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By Amy Woodfield

All times stated are UK

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Leicestershire's Local Live updates have now finished for the day. They will start again on Friday at 08:00.

Weather: Fine and dry tomorrow

Kay Crewdson

Weather presenter, BBC East Midlands Today

A fresher feel this evening with any remaining showers clearing overnight.

Some clear spells developing leading to a cooler night than of late - lows around 13C (55F).

Weather
BBC

Friday will be largely fine and dry with warm sunshine and light winds. 

Whilst the odd shower can’t be ruled out, any that crop up will be light and well scattered. Highs of 20C (68F).

Luffboro and Lesster

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

This made me smile...

A hotel company says Lougborough is the sixth most commonly misspelt place names in the UK by people using its website.

Attempts at spelling it included 'Luffboro' and 'Luffbrough'.

Loughborough sign
Google

Leicester was 16th in the list - with users often spelling it "Lesster".

Admittedly I still have to spell out both places as I write them.

Fined for feeding the birds

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Fair enough or a bit harsh? Send me an email.

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Love and attention wins the award

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

There are more than 2,000 allotments in Leicester but it was Craig who won the award... and he looks pretty chuffed about it doesn't he?

Craig Ward at the allotment
BBC

Paul Howgill was one of the judges - he says: "Craig's plot is full of love and full of attention to detail. 

"The plots are all very nearly set out and the crops are in good condition but it's the love and attention that's been put in there over a relatively short period."

Cricket: Rumours McDonald is off to Oz

BBC Leicester Sport

Leicestershire could be looking for a new coach according to reports in Australia linking Andrew McDonald with the same role at Victoria. 

Leicestershire insist McDonald has has only been approached for a role with Melbourne Renegades.

Andrew McDonald
Getty Images

Rumours persist that he has become the preferred candidate for both the first-class and limited-overs teams.

Golden Mile plans: Last chance for feedback

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

It's the last day for you to have your say on plans to change the Golden Mile in Leicester...

Artist impression of Golden Mile plans
Leicester City Council

Leicester City Council is consulting on two options for Belgrave and Melton Road. 

One option would see the roads reduced to two driving lanes and having wider paths.

Travel: Welford Road reopens

Latest Leicestershire headlines

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

  • A man has been charged with attempted murder after a stabbing in Earl Shilton
  • Police are questioning five men following the death of a woman at a house in Leicester
  • Cricket: Leicestershire are 150-5 against Derbyshire at the tea interval

Allotment became a 'haven' from daily life

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Craig Ward said he took up the allotment just 18 months ago after being in a very bad mental place.

His son had been born with half a heart and with the stress of his ill health, Craig turned to alcohol and he soon became depressed.

Allotment
BBC

He says the allotment became a "haven" for him to get away from the stress and pressures of life.

He's now been alcohol-free for over two years.

Man charged with attempted murder

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Yesterday I told you about a 39-year-old man being stabbed on his doorstep in Earl Shilton - well the 47-year-old arrested for attempted murder has now been charged.

He appeared at Leicester Magistrates’ court this morning and was remanded into custody.

The man who was stabbed has now been discharged from hospital.

Council wants your cost-cutting ideas

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

The city council is asking the public for their thoughts on how to plug the gap in council tax funding they get from the government.

Increasing the amount low income families pay is one option - more cuts to services elsewhere in the council is another.

Any changes won't affect pensioners and the most vulnerable taxpayers.

Carrots, potatoes and therapy

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

A heart-warming story now about a man who used an allotment to help him recover from depression and an alcohol addiction.

Craig Ward at the allotment
BBC

Craig Ward, from Rushey Mead, has gone on to win the "best-kept allotment" award for his green-fingered work at Wycombe Road Allotments.

Pollution investigation continues

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

I've just spoken to the Environment Agency to see if there are any updates on the pollution investigation at Rothley Brook.

They told me they are still sampling the water to try and find out what could have caused up to 1,000 fish to die.

Banter with the boss

BBC Leicester Sport

They say a picture can paint a thousand words - this one from the Leicester City's the owner's Instagram account doesn't need to say much more...

Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha with Riyad Mahrez
Instagram

Have your say on council tax change

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

“We’re already considering how we can make savings in a range of services and do things more efficiently, but this alone is unlikely to save enough money. That’s why we’re having to consider a range of alternatives, and as part of this we have launched a consultation to gather people’s opinions on options for the council tax reduction scheme. No decisions have yet been made, so it’s really important that people give us their views and have their say by taking part in this consultation.”

Sue WaddingtonAssistant city mayor with responsibility for council tax

Low income families facing higher council tax bill

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

If you're a low income family in Leicester paying just a percentage of your council tax, you could soon have to pay more.

This is because a scheme that funds the rest of your bill is being changed.

A monopoly house on top of pound coins
PA

Up until 2013 some households didn't have to pay any council tax - it was funded by the government instead. But then the funding was cut and all households had to pay at least 20% of their bill.

That amount is now set to rise to 25-30%.

Get your train fare refunded

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

A silver lining for being delayed after of the drama at Barrow Upon Soar - you can get some money back... 

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Anniversary of national riots

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Do you remember the riots of 2011? Well they started five years ago today.

It all started with a police shooting in London and escalated throughout the UK including here in Leicester.

Riots in Leicester
BBC

I wasn't living in Leicester then but some of the images are shocking!

Doing it the 'old-fashioned' way

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Tony McNally demonstrates how he turns the lights on in his gas house in Loughborough...

Woman found dead at Leicester house

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Police are investigating an unexplained death in the Humberstone Road area of Leicester.

A 49-year-old woman was found in the early hours of this morning at a house on Blicking Walk and died at the scene.

Five men have been arrested in connection with her death but police say their investigation is in its very early stages.

New record for airport cargo

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Good news for East Midlands Airport - it's been their busiest year ever for handling freight. 

Over the last 12 months they've managed 326,000 tonnes.

East Midlands Airport
BBC

Each day more than 60,000 parcels come in and out of the airport.

Story behind the gas house

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

The house belongs to Tony McNally and his wife Eileen. It was actually Eileen who designed the house and then Tony built it in 1969.

House being built
Tony McNally

He worked for British Gas all his life - he says when he first started there in the 40s, all lighting was gas and that was what he wanted for their home.

Water issues in Blaby

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Got no water? This might be why...

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Cricket: On the pitch

Richard Rae

BBC Radio Leicester Sport

Here's the pitch for Leicestershire v Derbyshire - Foxes batting!  

Pitch at Fischer County Ground
BBC

Full coverage here.

Refugee welcomed into Leicester home

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Maghol is from Iran and explains what it feels like to be taken in by a Leicester family...

Cricket: Foxes back in home action

BBC Leicester Sport

Leicestershire return to the Fischer County Ground to face Derbyshire today, after playing six of their ten Championship games away from home.

Fischer County Ground
Getty Images

Loughborough's unique house

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

An unusual story now - a house in Loughborough with a difference.

Old fashioned gas meter
BBC

It's thought it could be the only house in the East Midlands to still use gas lighting.

'It's a pleasure' to house a refugee

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Colleen Malloy from the Hinckley Road area of the city knows what it's like to be a host - she's been offering up a spare room in her home for years.

Colleen Malloy
BBC

She says: "It's an easy thing to do and it's an important thing to do and it actually makes a difference to somebody.

"My family are very happy, they're glad to be able to help somebody in a time of crisis."

Listen: Foxes v Barcelona highlights

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

You can listen to BBC Radio Leicester's highlights from last night's match between Leicester City and Barcelona here.

There's also the full post-match interview with manager Claudio Ranieri and Pontus Kåmark.

Leicester City V Barcelona
Getty Images

Travel: Knock-on delays after fatal A6006 crash

BBC Travel

The closure of the road between Butt Lane and Trowell Lane is causing delays on the A6 Derby Road in Hathern around the Whatton Road junction.

It's because drivers are diverting away from the scene of the crash.

crash map
Google

Nottinghamshire Police have asked anyone who witnessed the crash in which a woman died to call them on 101.

Scheme will keep refugees off the streets

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

The charity is called One Roof Leicester - Ben Brown works there and says: "We're going to match people who have spare bedrooms with people that need hosting.

Ben Brown
BBC

"For some people it will be for as short as two weeks but other hosts could be working with a client for up to a year.

"It can make a big difference, this is a way to provide someone with a house instead of them being on the street."

'A pre-season campaign to remember'

BBC Leicester Sport

After the match last night, Claudio Ranieri spoke about the Foxes involvement in the International Champions Cup.

He said it had been a huge experience for his Leicester City side and despite losing to Barcelona and Paris Saint Germain, he felt it was a pre-season campaign to remember.

Claudio Ranieri
Getty Images

He says playing the giants of Spain and France has been a good test for their upcoming Champions League campaign.

Spare room for a refugee?

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Would you invite a homeless refugee or asylum seeker into your home to stay? 

Well apparently a lot of us in Leicester would.

A homeless charity in the city say they're getting so many requests from people wanting to become a host they're now setting up a formal programme.

Graffiti drawn on war memorial

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

A war memorial in a Castle Donington has been vandalised...

Graffiti on war memorial
BBC

The monument commemorating fallen soldiers from both world wars has been on the High Street for more than 95 years.

Graffiti was discovered below the memorial's engravings yesterday.

Watch: Ranieri gives himself a selection headache

BBC Leicester Sport

Ian Stringer gives his verdict on Leicester City's International Cup campaign...

Woman killed in A6006 crash

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

A woman's died in a crash involving three vehicles on the A6006 overnight.

Two people have been arrested.

The road is still closed in both directions in Zouch, between Trowell Lane and Butt Lane, following the crash between a car, van and a lorry.

Latest Leicestershire headlines

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

  • A homeless charity in Leicester says it's been contacted by lots of people wanting to house refugees
  • A war memorial in Castle Donington has been vandalised
  • Leicester City's new signing scores two goals in their 4-2 defeat to Barcelona

Foxes beaten by Barcelona in friendly

Ian Stringer

BBC Radio Leicester Foxes commentator in Stockholm

The second half will live long in the memory... 

Not many players leave the Barcelona's defence standing but Ahmed Musa did with two superb goals.

Ahmed Musa
Getty Images

A 4-2 defeat against the Spanish champions is a good result in a cauldron of football noise.