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Summary

  1. Updates for Wednesday 22 February 2017
  2. Foxes set for historic Champions League tie
  3. Authorities set to agree council tax rise
  4. Plans to cut public bus services shelved by council
  5. Former BBC presenters apply to dismiss sex charges
  6. Storm Doris cancels market
  7. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 Thursday

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By Calum McKenzie

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Our live updates have now ended and will return tomorrow from 08:00. 

Weather: Cloudy, wet and windy overnight

Alexandra Hamilton

BBC weather presenter

Away from that weather warning, it’ll be cloudy with wind increasing overnight. 

Heavy and persistent rain is expected overnight and through the early hours. 

Lows of 8C (46F).

Weather warning issued

Alexandra Hamilton

BBC weather presenter

Here's a reminder that an amber warning for wind has been issued for Thursday between 06:00-20:00 because of Storm Doris. 

Storm doris map
BBC

Rain and strong winds could cause travel disruption. Gusts of 50-70mph are expected at the storm’s peak. Gusts of over 80mph are possible over higher ground. 

Be prepared for flying debris and damage to power supplies and buildings. Expect hazardous driving conditions – particularly for high-sided vehicles.

'Make or break' night for Ranieri

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

The Times' chief football writer Henry Winter tweets... 

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Football manager's hands photographed

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Sticking with Jorge Sampaoli momentarily - the photographer at the pre-match press conference sent this picture of his hands...

Jorge Sampaoli's hands
CRISTINA QUICLER/AFP/Getty Images

...I'm still trying to work out why? 

Foxes pose 'plenty of risks' for Sevilla

BBC Sport

Despite Leicester's domestic troubles, Sevilla boss Jorge Sampaoli (pictured) believes the Foxes can still cause them plenty of trouble.

Jorge Sampaoli
CRISTINA QUICLER/AFP/Getty Images

He said: "I think Leicester are not having a good time in the league, they have a lot of doubts when last year they had so much belief.

"They were brilliant in the league last year and have been great in the Champions League, they qualified very quickly so in a two-legged tie it still poses a lot of risks for us."

Storm causes cancellation of market

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Charnwood Borough Council tweets...

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County council's budget approved

Tim Parker

BBC Radio Leicester political reporter at County Hall, Glenfield

Labour, the Liberal Democrats, UKIP, all vote against the budget. 

But with all Conservative councillors supporting it (31 for v 24 against), the budget gets passed. 

Meeting ends.  

Leader aiming to keep 'council tax as low as possible'

Tim Parker

BBC Radio Leicester political reporter at County Hall, Glenfield

Leicestershire County Council leader Nick Rushton has been addressing the council chamber as part of the authority's annual budget meeting. 

Money and a monopoly house
PA

"While we're [Conservatives] in charge we'll keep council tax as low as possible," he said.    

Police escort for Foxes fans in Seville

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Leicester's football policing unit tweets...

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'Better than expected' council tax receipts save bus services

Tim Parker

BBC Radio Leicester political reporter at County Hall, Glenfield

These cuts to bus services were expected to save the council £1.3m a year over the next three years.

Council notes just circulated suggest better than expected council tax and business rates receipts may have helped. 

Police 'monitoring' City fans in Spain

Jason Bourne

BBC Radio Leicester sports reporter in Seville

Quite a police presence with four horses when we left a few moments ago.   

Police in Seville
BBC

Nothing was happening apart from singing...  

Plans to cut public bus services shelved by council

Tim Parker

BBC Radio Leicester political reporter at County Hall, Glenfield

The lead finance councillor at Leicestershire County Council has said he'll cancel planned cuts to bus services, after public concern about the proposals.

Byron Rhodes
BBC

Byron Rhodes (pictured) made the announcement as the council discusses next year's budget, which will see its part of council tax rise by nearly four percent.   

Foxes must be 'patient and intelligent,' former skipper says

BBC Leicester Sport

Ex-Leicester City captain Matt Elliott (pictured right) has been previewing tonight's game with Sevilla on a Facebook live (technology, eh?) video. 

Ian Stringer and Matt Elliott
BBC/Facebook

"They've [Leicester] got to be patient and intelligent in their play," Elliott said.  

"There's no rush to go and get a goal. If they get an away goal it doesn't matter if it comes in the first or last minute." 

Authority set to discuss council tax rise

Tim Parker

BBC Radio Leicester political reporter at County Hall, Glenfield

Ready for a council tax rise? 

Council chamber
BBC

It's on the agenda as Leicestershire County Council meets to discuss its annual budget. 

Watch: BBC reporter whips City fans up into a frenzy

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Here is BBC Radio Leicester commentator Ian Stringer getting the City fans in the mood for tonight...

Your photos: February across Leicestershire

BBC Weather Watchers

Thanks to BBC Weather Watcher Pete for sending in this pic of the snowdrops in Seagrave, near Sileby. 

Snowdrops
Pete/BBC Weather Watchers

Severe disruption: M1 Leicestershire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Leicestershire southbound severe disruption, between J19 for M6 and J18 for A5.

M1 Leicestershire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M1 southbound between J19, M6 (Catthorpe Interchange) and J18, A5 (Rugby), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Weather: Some rain around this afternoon

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

A mixed bag really… some cloud around, a couple of light showers (in southern parts of the East Midlands) and also a few brighter spells.

Charlie Slater's weather map
BBC

Breezy with highs of 11C (52F). 

Weather warning in place for East Midlands

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

Before I get to the main forecast I need to let you know there's an amber warning in place across the East Midlands for strong winds associated with Storm Doris.

charlie slater and a weather warning graphic
BBC

The warning is valid from 06:00-18:00 on Thursday and stresses that you should "be prepared" for strong winds of 50-60mph (up to 80mph over high ground) that could well cause disruption.

Referee chosen for Harlequins-Tigers

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Premiership Rugby tweets... 

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Foxes fans hoping European adventure continues

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Crowds of Leicester fans are building in Seville ahead of tonight's historic Champions League tie for the Foxes. 

Leicester fans
BBC

Despite their indifferent domestic form, Claudio Ranieri's men have won four of their six European matches this season. 

Can they keep that form up? We should have an answer by about 21:35 this evening...  

'Designated area' for City fans in Seville

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

This sounds like the place to be... 

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Kick-off time confirmed for final match

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Stick it in your diaries... 

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Severe accident: A5 Leicestershire northbound

BBC News Travel

A5 Leicestershire northbound severe accident, between M69 J1 Hinckley and A47 Dodwells Road.

A5 Leicestershire - A5 blocked and queuing traffic northbound between Hinckley and the A47 Dodwells Road junction, because of an accident.

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

Your comments: Council tax set to go up

Facebook

Somewhat unsurprisingly, the council tax rises (see 09:38) has got you all talking over on the BBC Leicester Facebook page.

Richard Bradshaw writes: "Boooo!"  

Scott Dawkins adds: "Someone has to pay for the cycle lanes......oh me again!"  

Embassy advice for City fans

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

The British Embassy in Madrid has produced this handy travel advice for Leicester fans heading to the game in Seville this evening. 

Seville's stadium
David Ramos/Getty Images

Preparations underway ahead of Champions League tie

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

All glamour, this TV lark... 

BBC reporter gets ready for Sevilla-Foxes

Colin Hazelden

BBC East Midlands Today sports reporter in Seville

New BBC TV Seville bureau.  

TV reporters work in a hotel room
BBC

Hotel room improvisation at its best.   

Police advise fans not to travel to Spain without match ticket

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Leicester's football policing unit tweets...

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Councils set to agree tax rises

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Happy Wednesday, folks... 

Council tax set to go up

BBC Radio Leicester

Councillors in Leicester and Leicestershire will both approve council tax increases later in their annual budget meetings.

Council tax forms
PA

It is expected the increases will be five percent in the city and four percent in Leicestershire and Rutland.  

Authorities set to agree new council tax rates

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Some disappointing news for all you council tax payers out there coming up... 

Your Questions: What do you want to know?

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

If you have any other questions about Leicestershire and Rutland you want answering - do not hesitate to get in touch and put us to work.

We can't promise to answer every question but we'll do our best. 

Your Questions: Why doesn't the clock tower have a bell?

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Someone has been in touch via Your Questions to ask: "Why doesn’t the clock tower [in Leicester] have a bell?" 

Clock tower
BBC

We put this to the city council, who said the structure, built in 1868, simply was not designed to include one.

Interestingly, the Gothic style structure was mostly built from Ketton limestone with a base of Mountsorrel granite.  

You can find out more about the Clock Tower here.

Watch: East Midlands weather outlook

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

Here is my forecast for the East Midlands...

Win in Spain 'could change' everything, says Ranieri

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri has said that a positive result against Sevilla this evening (19:45) could be the catalyst for an upturn in domestic fortunes. 

Claudio Ranieri
CRISTINA QUICLER/AFP/Getty Images

"This game could be everything," Ranieri said.

"If we win, something could change. We need one match like this."

Foxes set for Sevilla test

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Leicester (I think you'd agree) have been woeful domestically - but in Europe it has been a different story. 

Leicester City players train in Seville
Reuters/John Sibley

Tonight the Foxes will look to gain a first leg advantage against Sevilla, as they compete in the Champions League last 16 for the first time. 

Can they get a crucial away goal?