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Summary

  1. Updates for Wednesday 17 August 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 Thursday

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By Sandish Shoker

All times stated are UK

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

Weather: Staying warm overnight

Kaye Forster

Weather Presenter

It's staying dry with some sunshine for the rest of the day.

We will have some low cloud rolling back in later which will keep the temperatures up so it will be a fairly warm night with temperatures falling to a minimum of 13C (55F).

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Foxes reject bid for Schlupp

BBC Sport

A bit of transfer gossip for you...

Leicester have rejected a £12m bid from West Brom for their 23-year-old left-back Jeffrey Schlupp.

Jeffrey Schlupp
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M1 fight thought to be linked to Oadby incident

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

More on that M1 fight in the early hours of this morning.

Police say the suspects left the motorway in the Audi, leaving their Astra at the scene.

A statement from the force said they are linking the fight to reports of a group of men turning up at a house in The Fairway, Oadby, at around midnight and threatening a man outside.  

Man in hospital after motorway fight

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

A man was taken to hospital with head and leg injuries after an assault on the hard shoulder of the M1 near Loughborough.

Police said they were called at about 00:30 this morning to reports of a large fight near J23 northbound.

M1 J23
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The force said they believed three men in a black Audi A4 had been following another three men in a black Vauxhall Astra from Oadby to the M1.

Both vehicles are then thought to have stopped where the occupants of the Astra assaulted the men from the Audi.

Biffa changed chimneys to 'cover' smells

Tim Parker

BBC Radio Leicester Political Reporter

The meeting last night was organised by MP Liz Kendall.

Biffa operations manager Chris Harris was also there and told residents they had increased the height of their chimneys and added an "odouriser" to disguise foul smells with a nicer one.

Liz Kendall
BBC

Liz Kendall suggested another meeting should be held in October.

Police ask man to get in touch over missing woman

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

There's been a strange request from police. They want to speak to a man who called them with information about Polish woman Malgorzata Wnuczek, who went missing 10 years ago.

The man made a 999 call on 1 July but it seems the force want to speak to him again and are having trouble finding him.

Residents still unimpressed with 'Biffa Whiff'

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

People who were at the meeting last night about the "Biffa Whiff" as it's become known, say they are still not happy the firm is doing enough to stop the smells.

They said the only solution would be to move the waste plant, but Biffa, which owns the site, still has 12 years left on its contract with the council. 

Biffa
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Latest headlines for Leicestershire

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

  • Residents in Mowmacre Hill say the smell coming from the Biffa waste centre hasn't improved 
  • A petition has called for Leicester's New Walk to open up for cyclists after the death of a cyclist on London Road
  • Leicester City are thought to have rejected a £12m bid for Jeffrey Schlupp

Biffa spent thousands on measures to reduce smell

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Biffa says it has spent £600,000 on measures to reduce the smell coming from its processing plant.

And the Environment Agency says it is continuing to work with Biffa to "limit the impact of the plant on residents".

It said officers do make the necessary checks to ensure waste sites are complying with their permit conditions.

Residents meet to discuss bad smell

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

A meeting was held last night to talk about the bad smells around Leicester's main waste centre in Mowmacre Hill.

It's a row that's been going on for years and the owners of the site, Biffa, say they have tried to reduce the smell.

Biffa meeting
BBC

Statue was to commemorate Duke's long life

Tim Parker

BBC Radio Leicester Political Reporter

Leicester historian Steve Bruce told me the John Manners statue was once very prominent in the market square rather than lost among the permanent market stalls as it is now.

Holding the role as the Monarch's representative in Rutland he was highly regarded and Mr Bruce said he believes he was given a statue because of his long reign in office.

Statue series moves to John Manners

Tim Parker

BBC Radio Leicester Political Reporter

We're halfway through our week-long series on statutes of political figures in the city on BBC Radio Leicester and today we found out more about 5th Duke of Rutland, John Manners.

OK, I've bent the rules a bit for this one as he is a former Lord Lieutenant... but for 50 years in post, surely that's worth marking?!

JOhn Manners
BBC

A little lost among the modern market stalls it is still a meeting place for many in Leicester's Market Place.

Champions Cup fixtures coming this week

BBC Leicester Sport

The fixtures for the 2016/2017 Champions Cup will be announced on Friday at noon.   

Weather: Staying dry and fine this afternoon

Kay Crewdson

BBC weather presenter

Everywhere is dry and fine this afternoon with variable cloud and warm sunny spells.

Temperatures hover around 24C (75F) (possibly a touch higher across Leicestershire and Rutland) with a light south easterly breeze.  

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BBC

Young people take part in School Games

BBC Radio Leicester

Meanwhile athletes in Leicestershire are getting ready for what's been described as the "Olympics for teenagers".

The 2016 School Games comes to Loughborough in a fortnight and six of our local athletes have been selected to compete.

Walkers in trouble over holiday competition

Oh dear... Walkers have had their latest advert banned after complaints their competition offering 2,000 holidays was impossible to win.

The "spell and go" promotion invited people to collect letters from codes on crisp packs to spell the names of 26 holiday destinations. but customers said no-one could get the letters C, D or K.

Walkers
John Kelly

Athlete shows how it's done

Jack Rafferty

BBC Radio Leicester

I met future Olympic steeplechase runner, Jordan Waine from Broughton Astley, today.

I had a questionable attempt at her training drill.  

Reporter tries his hand at steeplechase training drill

Latest headlines for Leicestershire

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

  • Walkers crisps have had their latest holiday advert banned after customers complained some letters were impossible to collect
  • A petition calling for Leicester's New Walk to have a cycle lane has collected about 1,000 signatures 
  • Fixtures for this season's European Rugby Champions Cup will be announced on Friday

Couple wanted over ring theft

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Police are trying to trace this couple after an 18ct white gold ring was stolen from Lane's Jewellery in Loseby Lane, Leicester.

It happened back in May but police have only just released the CCTV images on their Facebook page.

ring theft Leicester
Leicestershire Police

Leicester teen takes inspiration from gold medallists

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Jordan Waine from Broughton Astley is competing in the 1,500m steeplechase and told BBC Radio Leicester this morning it's inspiring that athletes like Loughborough trained Adam Peaty and Sophie Hitchon once competed in the School Games.

The 16-year-old is hoping to see herself there one day too.

Jordan Waine
BBC

More money being invested in sport

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Dr Borja Garcia says with a lot of lottery money going to UK sport after it was launched in 1994, young people have grown up with better facilities and the country is now producing more champions.

He told BBC Radio Leicester John Major could also be given some "political credit" for launching the National Lottery.

Team GB
Reuters

Before 1996, funding for sport projects in the UK went was only £5m - and that year Team GB ended up 36th in the medal table.

It rose to £264m by London 2012, when we finished third.

Olympic success down to lottery money?

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Olympic fever has gripped us all and last night was another good night for Team GB.

Now a sport lecturer from Loughborough University says there is a direct link between the team's success and the launch of the National Lottery.

Comic mural backed by council

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

The most recent mural is the sixth in the city and has been commissioned by the city council.

Mayor Sir Peter Soulsby said he particularly liked this idea because Leicester's story would not have been out of place in the comic.  

Roy of Rovers mural
BBC

Latest headlines for Leicestershire

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

  • Cycling campaigners are calling for the New Walk in Leicester to be officially opened up for cyclists
  • A new Leicester City mural has appeared in the city based on the 1970s comic Roy of Rovers
  • Leicestershire say they may have to look abroad for a replacement for Clint McKay who is out with a calf injury

Comic football hero inspires new mural

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

The Roy of the Rovers comics began in 1976 and told the story of Roy Race, who played for fictional club Melchester Rovers.

It remained as a weekly publication until 1993 when the character's career ended after he lost a foot in a helicopter crash.

There's another LCFC mural

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

This is a section of the latest mural to go up to celebrate Leicester City's Premier League title.

It's in East Bond Street behind the Highcross Shopping Centre and has been done in the style of Roy of the Rovers comic.

Leicester mural
BBC

A bit of history about the New Walk

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

I've just found out the New Walk has been a pedestrianised route since 1785.

It was designed to allow easy access from the town to the racecourse, which is now Victoria Park.

Listen: More on McKay's injury

BBC Leicester Sport

Andrew McDonald says Leicestershire will be without their leading wicket-taker for Essex.

Mayor says cycle lane plans are being considered

Assistant City Mayor Councillor Adam Clarke said he understood people's concerns about the safety of cyclists.

He said plans for a separate cycle lane from Victoria Park to Granby Street in the city centre had been talked about for several months.

New Walk
BBC

He added: "Ensuring safe road space for cyclists on key corridors like London Road and providing them with connectivity across the city remains our top priority."

Cycle lane 'makes sense'

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

But like many people who walk along the route, one man told BBC Radio Leicester it "makes clear sense" for cyclists and pedestrians to share the New Walk.

"It is nice and historic and it is a lovely part of town," he said. "But it does make sense. People cycle up and down here anyway."

Teacher's death prompts cycle lane call

School teacher Sam Boulton was killed on London Road last month as he cycled past Leicester railway station.

It's his death that has prompted the call for New Walk to be opened up for cyclists. 

Sam Boulton
Leicestershire Police

Latest headlines for Leicestershire

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

  • There's a call for cyclists to be allowed to use the New Walk following the death of a cyclist in the city centre last month
  • A sport lecturer from Loughborough University says there is a direct link between the success of Team GB in the Olympics and the launch of the National Lottery
  • Leicestershire say they could be looking to replace Clint McKay who is out of action with an injury

Foxes could go overseas for new bowler

BBC Leicester Sport

Leicestershire could look overseas to replace the injured Clint McKay.

The Foxes will be without their leading wicket taker for next week's crucial County Championship match at home to Division Two leaders Essex.

Clint McKay
Getty Images

Andrew McDonald from the club said replacing his strike bowler is a possibility.  

Group say heritage will be lost

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

The Friends of New Walk group don't want a cycle lane along the pedestrianised route - which is just under a mile long.

They say it could compromise the heritage of the area.

New Walk
Google

Call for cycling lane on New Walk

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Almost 1,000 people have signed a petition to allow cycling along the historic New Walk pathway in Leicester after the death of a cyclist on London Road last month.

He was killed cycling past Leicester railway station but some people aren't happy about changing the New Walk area.

Weather: Another warm day ahead

Kay Crewdson

BBC weather presenter

A lovely start with any patchy mist clearing and warm, sunny spells throughout the day.

Temperatures hover around 24C (75F)

East Midlands weather forecast

Join us for today's updates

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

It's a sunny and misty start to the day.

It's me writing the news, travel, sport and weather updates for Leicestershire today so get in touch if there is anything you would like to discuss.