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  1. Updates for Friday 12 August 2016

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That's it from Leicestershire Local Live for this week - updates start again on Monday at 08:00.

Lineker gives his pants an airing

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

We do know how to have fun in Leicester...

We're showing our support for Gary Lineker, who's presenting Match of the Day in his pants tomorrow, by flying a pants-shaped flag above the entrance to the Highcross shopping centre...

Either that or he's airing his pants first.

Garner family statement

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

The police have read a statement outside court on the behalf of Samuel Garner's parents...

Police name man in Lutterworth crash

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

A man who died after crashing his car in Lutterworth has been named by police as 38-year-old David Burridge from Sunderland.

The crash happened about 19:00 on Monday 1 August on the A426. No other vehicle was involved.

Webster was speeding through the city

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

"Webster, who was an unqualified driver not much older than Samuel, drove the stolen car at speeds in excess of 80mph in a built up area of the city with absolutely no regard for the safety of anyone else. Following his actions he fled the scene and despite a number of appeals he refused to give himself up. Today’s conviction would not have been possible without the support of the local community.

Detective Inspector David Swift-RollinsonEast Midlands Special Operations Unit

Webster mug shot

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

This is the first time we've seen what Reece Webster looks like...

Reece Webster
Leicestershire Police

Police have released the photo of him after he was sentenced to eight years in jail.

Foxes exhibition attracts museum visitors

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Have you been to see the Fearless Foxes exhibition at Leicester's New Walk Museum yet? I thought it was great.

Fearless Foxes exhibition
BBC

Apparently more than 50,000 people have been since it opened in June

That makes it one of the museum’s most popular summer exhibitions ever.

In court: Samuel Garner hit-and-run death

Amy Harris

Reporter, BBC East Midlands Today

Reece Webster has been sentenced to eight years detention and has been banned from driving for ten years.

Lead stolen from Lubenham church

Harborough Mail

Thieves attempting to strip lead from the roof of a Harborough village church seem to have fled after an alarm went off.

Football: Fixture changes

BBC Leicester Sport

There have been a few fixture changes for Leicester City's 2016/17 season...

The Foxes will now play Southampton at home on Sunday 2 October at 14:15. Their away game against Chelsea will now be on Sunday 16 October at 13:30 HOWEVER the could change again to Saturday 15 October at 12.30 if Leicester City are in Champions League action the following Tuesday.

King Power Stadium sign
BBC

The Foxes home game against West Brom has also changed to Sunday 6 November at 16:30. 

BreakingDriver jailed for fatal crash

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Reece Webster has been sentenced to eight years for causing the death of Samuel Garner by dangerous driving.

Man arrested for sexual assault

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Police in Leicester have arrested a 46-year-old man on suspicion of sexual assault

The assault is thought to have happened Market Street in the city at around 21:15 on Tuesday 26 July.

Another mural to celebrate Foxes success

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

The latest mural celebrating Leicester City winning the Premier League is being painted on the side of De Montfort University's Gateway House...

Mural being painted
BBC

Travel: M1 lane blocked

BBC Travel

One lane is blocked and there's queuing traffic on the M1 northbound between J21 and J21a because of an accident.

Guilty of all charges

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Webster pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving, failing to stop after a road accident, having no insurance, handling stolen goods and possession of cannabis.

CCTV footage of car driven by Webster
Leicestershire Police

He could be sentenced later today but this might change.

Listen: The consequences of cancer treatment

BBC Radio Leicester

Earlier this week there was a story in the news about how cancer survival rates, for some forms of the disease, have doubled over the past 40 years.

Neil from Empingham had cancer in the 1970s and although he survived, he told Jim Davis this did lead to other problems...

Killed days before his birthday

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Samuel Garner died on 1 May after being hit by a stolen BMW on Welford Road, Leicester.

It was three days before his 18th birthday.

Samuel Garner
Leicestershire Police

Reece Webster from Wensley Rise in Leicester has been at Leicester Crown Court this afternoon and pleaded guilty to causing his death.

BreakingDriver pleads guilty to causing death

Amy Harris

Reporter, BBC East Midlands Today

Reece Webster has pleaded guilty to causing death of Samuel Garner by dangerous driving in Leicester.

Matlock canoe death 'accidental,' coroner concludes

Navtej Johal

East Midlands Today reporter

Death of canoeist Mark Barfield from Leicester recorded as accidental by coroner.

Canoeist rescue
BBC

His boat became trapped under Matlock bridge in January. 

'Beautiful' Leicestershire brings tourists back

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

One of Linda and Tim's guests told BBC Radio Leicester what brought her to the area.

Chris said: "The place is so beautiful we just keep coming back and back.

"Normally we're over in the park walking as much as we can, up to the tower and everywhere. You can't fault it."

Leicestershire 'on the tourism map'

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Linda and Tim Jee own the B&B very close to Bradgate Park.

They say they've seen an increase in people coming to the area for its tourist attractions.

Linda and Tim Jee
BBC

Linda says: "In the past they were coming for business they were coming en route to the north/south/east/west but now they're coming for Stoneywell, for King Richard III and they're coming for the Great Central Railway.

"Leicestershire now is on the map as a tourist destination whereas before it really wasn't known."

Tourism is countywide

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Chas Bishop is chairman of Leicester Shire Promotions who collated the figures. He's also chief executive of the National Space Centre in Leicester.

Talking about the latest tourism figures he says: "It's fantastic, it's great for employment in the city and county." 

Twinlakes
Google

Chas says it's not just the Richard III attraction in the city that's going well either - he says places like Twycross Zoo and Twinlakes are also drawing in the tourists.

Sunken car in the canal

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Well the car that ended up in the canal last night is still there...

A 19-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol.

Prisoner still missing

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

I've just spoken to Suffolk Police about the Leicestershire man who's gone missing from prison.

Gavin Owens is a prisoner at the open prison Hollesley Bay but he's been missing since Monday.

Gavin Owens
Suffolk Police

The 33-year-old is still missing and police say they are still "actively looking for him".

He's in jail for cutting a man's throat in Hinckley in 2008.

Afternoon weather update

Alexandra Hamilton

BBC Weather

Expect bright and sunny spells this afternoon with scattered cloud building in places. Highs of 20C (68F). 

The UV index is forecast to be moderate to high today so it’s worth taking your suncream out with you!

Tourism award for B&B

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

To prove tourism really is countywide in Leicestershire, BBC Radio Leicester went to Horseshoe Farm in the village of Cropston this morning...

Horseshoe Farm
BBC

Last year the owners won a tourism award.

Did the Foxes finish long-odds betting?

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

How has Leicester City's shock 5,000-1 Premier League win changed the landscape of the betting industry?

Leicester fan with betting slip
SWNS

Leicester as a tourist attraction

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Well the mayor certainly seems happy with the latest tourism figures...

Sir Peter Soulsby hanging a scarf around Liberty Statue
BBC

Sir Peter Soulsby says: "A few years ago I don't think anybody would have dreamt of Leicester as a tourist attraction but of course now we see tourist here all the time.

"That's something that's very good news."

A win for Loughborough

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Did you stay up to watch Team GB take on Fiji in the Rugby Sevens final last night? 

It was disappointing for the Brits but here's a sliver lining...

Ben Ryan with the Fijian Rugby Sevens squad
Getty Images

Loughborough University alumnus Ben Ryan is the coach for the Fijian squad... I think that means we can take it as a win for Leicestershire.

He helped guide Fiji to their first every Olympic medal.

McDonald: 'An exciting squad to work with'

BBC Leicester Sport

Andrew McDonald speaks about coaching Melbourne Renegades in the Big Bash League...

Man arrested over canal crash

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

I've got a few more details about that car that went into the canal early this morning.

The police have told me they arrested the 19-year-old driver on suspicion of being under the influence of alcohol.

He managed to get himself out of the car uninjured and he's still in police custody.

Tips for Gary about working in your pants

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

As Gary Lineker prepares to strip down to his kegs for Match of the Day he's been getting some words of advice from men who know what it's like to work in pants.

Oliver Cheshire
Arnaldo Anaya Lucca

Underwear model Oliver Cheshire says: "I think Gary is a good-looking man and I think he is in shape so I think it is going to be more of a laugh. I have heard he is doing a bit of training for it."

Who will be Premier League champions?

BBC Sport

Thirty-three BBC pundits, presenters and commentators predict who will win the Premier League title and who will finish in the top four.

BBC football presenters, pundits and commentators
BBC Sport

Dean Saunders is the only one who think's Leicester City will finish in the top four.

'Record' number of tourists

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Leicester Shire Promotions who work with the city and county council as well as groups like Visit England say tourism is now worth £1.675bn to the economy of  Leicester and Leicestershire.

That figure for 2015 is a new record.

Clock Tower in Leicester
BBC

Apparently it's not just brought money the tourists have brought in but jobs as well.

The figures suggest the industry's created 1,800 new jobs since 2012.

Police moo-ving cows

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Tigers in pre-season action

BBC Leicester Sport

Leicester Tigers fans will get a first chance to see how the side is shaping up for next season when they take on Ospreys tonight.

It's Tigers' first friendly of the new campaign.

Aaron Mauger
Getty Images

Head coach Aaron Mauger says improving the set piece is a priority before the season starts in September.

Tourism boosts local economy

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

If you work, live or just spend a lot of time in Leicester it's pretty easy to spot tourists.

I often see big groups around the cathedral.

Leicester Cathedral
BBC

Well tourism is now worth more than ever before according to the tourism organisation for Leicester and Leicestershire.

Foxes' McDonald to coach Melbourne

BBC Sport

Leicestershire elite performance director Andrew McDonald agrees to coach Melbourne Renegades in the Big Bash League.

Andrew McDonald
Getty Images

Foxes boss keep to catch Lineker in his pants

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

No pressure Gary but Claudio Ranieri say's he'll be watching: "I want to watch - Gary wait I want to see."

Gary Lineker
Getty Images

I bet he's not the only one.

... I think this might be the first time I won't complain about having to watch Match of the Day.