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Summary

  1. Updates for Monday 20 February 2017
  2. Life sentences for Brendan Mason killers
  3. Teen in court for attempted murder
  4. Jubilee Square to lose road names
  5. Cheerleaders need a new home
  6. Ambulance gets a push from rugby players
  7. Leicester City complain about treatment of supporters at Millwall
  8. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 Tuesday

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By Amy Woodfield

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That's all from Leicestershire Local Live - updates will start again on Tuesday at 08:00.

Joshua Hack and Keith Lowe

The victim was lured to a park before his killers filmed themselves carrying out the fatal attack.

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Weather: Rain overnight

Lucy Martin

BBC Weather

Cloudy with a few spots of light rain and drizzle in the first part of the night - outbreaks of rain becoming more widespread in the early hours. 

It’ll be mild with lows of 7C (45F).

Weather
BBC

Patchy light rain will fizzle out through Tuesday morning becoming cloudy and largely dry through the early afternoon.

A maximum temperature of 12C (54F).

Your comments: Sentencing of murderers

Facebook

On Facebook lots of you have been commenting on the sentencing of two men who murdered Brendan Mason.

CCTV still of two defendants going onto McDonalds after the assault
Leicestershire Police

Hayley Cox said: "I think it's so sad that he thought these people were his friends. He trusted them and now he's not here. Feel very sad every time I see this picture.

Anthony Robinson said: "I think the sentences r not long enough. They knew exactly what they were doing. Two evil lads."

Council appeal for information on waste

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

The council wants to hear from anyone with information as to how this lot got here...

Fly-tipping
Steve Quinn

They've asked me to pass on this number to call them on 01455 238141.

Huge heap of rubbish fly-tipped

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

This enormous pile of waste has been found dumped off Barwell Lane between Barwell and Hinckley...

Fly-tipped waste
Steve Quinn
flytip
Steve Quinn

Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council told me it was discovered over the weekend and thought to be trade waste.

It's not yet known who owns the land but officers are investigating, as is Environment Agency.

Severe disruption: M42 Leicestershire southbound

BBC News Travel

M42 Leicestershire southbound severe disruption, between J11 for A42 and J10 for A5.

M42 Leicestershire - One lane closed and queuing traffic on M42 southbound between J11, A42 (Burton Upon Trent) and J10, A5 (Tamworth), because of an incident.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Murdered Brendan 'easily led'

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Here's some more of that family statement by Brendan's aunt and uncle - Robert and Sarah Chambers...

Brendan Mason
Family handout

They said: “Brendan was a lovely young man and he was so happy. He had numerous learning difficulties and very poor vision.

"Even though Brendan had numerous learning difficulties and was very easily led by others, he always knew right from wrong."

Watch: Brendan Mason family 'shocked and devastated'

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

The family of Brendan Mason said his death will leave a "massive hole in our lives"...

Murderers' mugshots published

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Police have released these images of Hack and Lowe - the men who murdered Brendan Mason...

Joshua Hack and Keith Lowe
Leicestershire Police

Player 'fine' after rugby injury

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

In case any of you are wondering - I’ve spoken to Aylestone St James RFC about their injured player who was inside the ambulance and I've been reassured he's now “fine”. 

Ambulance on rugby pitch
BBC

I was told the flanker was taken to hospital as a precautionary measure to get checked out following a head and neck injury.

Video of park attack 'deeply disturbing'

Amy Harris

Reporter, BBC East Midlands Today

Hack admitted murder and Lowe had originally denied the attack but last week, just days into the trial, fresh phone footage emerged of Lowe landing blows on Mr Mason. 

He was forced to change his plea.

That video was described by the judge as "chilling and deeply disturbing".

Abbey Park gates
BBC

A statement was read in court from Brendan's uncle saying he was the life and soul of their house and used to crack jokes and make everyone laugh. Speaking about his death he said: "Something's been ripped out of me".

Park murder filmed on phone

Amy Harris

Reporter, BBC East Midlands Today

Lowe and Hack lured 23-year-old Brendan Mason to Abbey park in the early hours of 5 July last year.

The judge described Brendan as a "vulnerable young man" with learning difficulties.

Flowers
BBC

It was an organised and sustained attack filmed on a mobile phones. Police say Brendan knew them and considered them to be friends.

They inflicted 99 injuries - 32 of them to his head and neck. He was placed in a pond to avoid forensic tracing and left naked and barely alive.

Missing girl from Clay Cross

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

Lesharna Stafford was last seen on Friday at about 22:00 in Clay Cross. 

The 16-year-old has links to Leicestershire and police say they just want to make sure she is "safe and well". 

Lesharna Stafford
Derbyshire police

She was last seen wearing a navy blue patterned blouse, a black short jacket, black skinny jeans and trainers.  

Former Birmingham head teacher charged with sex offences

A former head teacher of a Birmingham school has been charged with sexual offences against adults.

Graham Hardy
Calthorpe Academy

Graham Hardy, who is retired from Birmingham's Calthorpe Academy, is accused of six historical sexual assaults and one count of rape, all against adults. 

It is alleged the offences took place between 2009 and 2016, police said.

Following investigations, police do not believe any offences were committed against former pupils at the school.

Hardy, 64, of Blackfriars Place, Market Harborough, Leicestershire, is due to appear before magistrates on 17 March.

Boy in court over attempted murder charge

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

A 14-year-old boy - who can’t be named because of his age - has appeared before city magistrates charged with attempting to murder a 27-year-old man in Aylestone.

He will next appear at Leicester Crown Court on 20 March.

Police cordon
BBC

Leicester make complaint over Millwall fans

BBC Sport

Leicester City have complained to the FA about the treatment of their supporters at Millwall on Saturday.

The Premier League champions say they have received “numerous complaints” of “abuse, provocation and intimidation” of Leicester players, officials and supporters from the time they arrived at the New Den to their departure after their 1-0 FA Cup defeat.

The club say they “simply will not accept the safety of our supporters, players, and staff being compromised” and is awaiting the FA’s response.

Stewards and Millwall fans on the pitch after the match
Reuters

Fans ran onto the pitch to celebrate the League One side’s shock victory, with mounted police needed to keep home fans away from the Leicester enclosure.

Background to Brendan Mason muder

Amy Harris

Reporter, BBC East Midlands Today

Brendan Mason was attacked by Hack and Lowe in Abbey Park last July - police said he was found to have 99 injuries spread across his whole body.

He was taken to hospital but died from his injuries.

Brendan Mason
Leicestershire Police

During sentencing, the judge said: "It was an intention to cause extremely severe violence and injury."

BreakingLife sentences for Brendan Mason murderers

Amy Harris

Reporter, BBC East Midlands Today

Keith Lowe and Joshua Hack have been give life sentences for the murder of Brendan Mason. 

Hack, 21, of St Helen's Drive, Leicester was given 20 years and six months and Lowe, 22, of Rockingham, was given a 21-year sentence.

Five arrested during Melton party

Sonia Kataria

BBC News Online

I’ve been in touch with Leicestershire Police about the kids’ party brawl in Melton - they said there was a “private under 18s party” at nearby premises in the town’s High Street.

A special constable injured her shoulder during an arrest and received treatment while another officer hurt his wrist. 

A 19-year-old girl was arrested on suspicion of assaulting an officer; two 17-year-old boys and a 16-year-old were arrested on suspicion of public order and a 17-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of assault.

Map of road name changes

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

The shaded areas on this map are the places that will officially become Jubilee Square...

Map of Jubilee Square
Leicester City Council

The shaded pink area is currently St Nicholas Place, green is Careys Close and orange is Janet Setchfield Place.

Square's name change can be opposed

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

This is the sign that's gone up in Jubilee Square - it explains that anyone who disagrees with the renaming can appeal to local magistrates...

Sign in Jubilee Square
BBC

It might be worth me pointing out that the former councillor Janet Setchfield now has a walkway named in her honour over in Braunstone.

Where is Jubilee Square?

Tim Parker

BBC Radio Leicester Political Reporter

It's been the scene of many unique events already - like welcoming travelling European football fans...

Jubilee Square
BBC

But oddly not everyone in Leicester seemed to know where Jubilee Square was when I asked them.

(It's the patch of grass right outside our office by the way).

Watch: Jubilee Square to lose road names

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Remember this view? It's what Jubilee Square looked like a few years ago...

Although the area is now a grassy square with limited vehicle access the road names still exist. But not for long.

Soon the area will be legally confirmed as Jubilee Square - Careys Close and Janet Setchfield Place will be no more.

Watch: Rugby players rescue a stuck ambulance

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

How many rugby players does it take to push an ambulance? East Midlands Ambulance Service found out over the weekend when they got stuck in the mud...

Players from Aylestone Athletic and Aylestone St James, in Leicester, joined forces to push the vehicle free.

East Midlands Ambulance Service said it was not stuck for long and it did not cause any delay to the patient who was taken to hospital with a head injury.

Watch: New home for cheerleaders

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

These young cheerleaders have made a special cheer in their bid to find a new home...

Up until now Elite Cheer Academy has been based at Gymzone on the Faircharm Industrial Estate - but the gym is moving to a new home that's not suitable for cheerleading.

They have been offered a building but the club founder said it needs a lot of work.

They're now trying to raise £25,000 to get it up to cheerleading standards.

Melton Jane Austen fiver last to be found

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

The special £5 note that was spent in Melton Mowbray has become even more special now as it's the only one left to be found.

Only four of the notes engraved with a portrait of Jane Austen were made. They were spent in each of the four home nations - England's was spent in Dickinson & Morris Ye Olde Pork Pie Shoppe.

The ones spent in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland have all been discovered.

Rugby: Cockerill to coach Edinburgh

BBC Sport

Richard Cockerill is on the move again - he's been appointed head coach of Edinburgh from the start of next season.

Richard Cockerill
Getty Images

Cockerill was sacked by the Tigers in January and is currently a consultant at French club Toulon.

Watch: Weather for the East Midlands

Listen: Is Ranieri losing fans?

BBC Leicester Sport

Another bad weekend for Leicester City - the Foxes were beaten by League One side Millwall in the FA Cup.

It sounds like manager Claudio Ranieri is starting to lose fans - this is the thoughts of a BBC Radio Leicester caller...

Do you agree? Let me know.

Leicester Mercury front page

Leicester Mercury

Today's front page - read the headline story here...

Leicester Mercury
Leicester Mercury

Police 'injured after party goes wrong'

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Over the weekend we spotted this tweet from police in Melton...

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A following tweet from Oakham Police suggests it was one police officer and one special constable that was hurt.

Chief Constable Simon Cole called the injuries "unacceptable."

Travel: Temporary traffic lights near Western Park

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Teen due in court over attempted murder charge

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

A 14-year-old boy is due to appear at Leicester Magistrates’ Court today charged with attempted murder, possession of an offensive weapon and robbery.

Police cordon on Middleton Street
BBC

It's after a 27-year-old man was critically injured in an assault in Aylestone on Friday.

Join us for today's live news coverage

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Good morning Leicestershire - I hope you all had a lovely weekend.

I'll be writing the updates on your Local Live page today with all the latest news, sport, weather and travel.

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