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  1. Man jailed for life for stab murder
  2. Guinea Pig Club member dies
  3. Last £5 note 'worth £50,000' still being sought
  4. Fans to lead 'Ranieri march' to stadium
  5. The reason behind the name 'Shepshed'
  6. Updates for Monday 27 February 2017

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By Amy Woodfield

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

East Midlands weather update: More rain overnight

Alexandra Hamilton

BBC weather presenter

It will be cloudy with a few spots of light rain and drizzle in the first part of the night, with outbreaks of rain becoming more widespread in the early hours.

Patchy light rain will fizzle out through Tuesday morning.


Watch: World War Two veteran takes last flight

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

This was Sandy Saunders's last flight - just a few weeks ago...

Guinea Pig Club member dies

Victoria Hicks

Reporter, East Midlands Today

One of the last surviving members of a group of World War Two pilots who underwent pioneering plastic surgery has died at the age of 94.

Sandy Saunders

Guinea Pig Club member Sandy Saunders, from Burton Lazars in Leicestershire, died from cancer on Sunday night.

He recently took his last flight in a Tiger Moth plane for a film made by BBC Inside Out.

Vardy lookalike 'scammed by agent'

Dave Wade

BBC New Online

A Jamie Vardy lookalike said he was left "broke" amid claims his agent scammed him out of appearance fees.

Jamie Vardy lookalike Lee Chapman with Jamie Vardy
Getty Images

Watch: The hunt for the 'last £50k fiver'

Liam Barnes

BBC News Online

Hunt for the Melton £50k fiver

Eighteen months on from the closure of Snibston

Tim Parker

BBC Radio Leicester political reporter

Then (July 2015)...


And now at Snibston...


Council leaders in Leicestershire today unveiled plans for the site's future

Alcohol 'worth £250k' stolen from warehouse

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Leicestershire Police are trying to trace these two men after nearly £250,000 worth of alcohol was taken from a warehouse in Lutterworth.

CCTV of wanted men
Leicestershire Police

It happened a while back, on Friday 9 December. A lorry - believed to have been using a false number plate - arrived at the warehouse in Magna Park and collected 26 pallets of alcohol.

A 39-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of a theft offence, the force said.

“There is a possibility that the men could be from the Walsall or Wolverhampton area but if anyone recognises either of them please call me.”

DC Matt GarsideLeicestershire Police

How far could Melton Mowbray's Jane Austen £5 note have gone?

Liam Barnes

BBC News Online

Jane Austen £5 note
Ferguson Media

Remember the special set of £5 notes engraved with tiny portraits of Jane Austen?

Three of the four have now been found, and the last one still to be found was spent in Melton Mowbray's Dickinson & Morris Ye Olde Pork Pie Shoppe last December.

Nearly three months on, how far can the rare note have gone?

According to one study, a banknote can change hands more than 250 times in about two years in circulation, so it could have passed through several people's pockets by now.

With the pie shop saying it had thousands of visitors queuing up and checking their fivers after the news broke last year, it could well have gone beyond Leicestershire too.

Considering it's valued at up to £50,000, it's probably worth having a check in your wallet. The serial number's AM32 885554, and it includes the quote from Pride and Prejudice pictured below. 

Jane Austen £5 note
Ferguson Media

Last £5 note 'worth £50,000' still being sought

Liam Barnes

BBC News Online

A rare £5 note featuring an image of Jane Austen is still on the loose - nearly three months after it was spent in Melton Mowbray .

Engraved with a portrait of the author, who died 200 years ago, it's been compared to Willy Wonka's golden ticket, and is said to be worth up to £50,000.

Three other similar notes spent in Northern Ireland , Scotland and Wales  have all been traced, leaving just one more to be found.

I've been out to the pork pie shop, where it was spent, to see if there's been any sign of the elusive fiver.

Ye Olde Pork Pie Shoppe
Ferguson Media

Background to Braunstone Gate murder

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Let me just remind you of what happened to Adam Bent in July last year.

Adam Bent
Leicestershire Police

The 31-year-old was stabbed in what police called an "unprovoked attack".  

Both he and 21-year-old Fields had been at a bar in the Braunstone Gate area of Leicester. After the pair left, there was a fight and Mr Bent was stabbed once in the chest.

Members of the public gave him first aid at the scene but he died later in hospital.

Fields, from Gresley Close in Leicester, pleaded guilty to his murder back in October last year.

BreakingMan jailed for fatal stabbing

Victoria Hicks

Reporter, East Midlands Today

Cameron Fields, aged 21, has been sentenced to a minimum of 23 years for the  murder of Adam Bent in Leicester in July last year.

Cameron Fields
Leicestershire Police

Fan tribute march route revealed

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

If you're planning to get involved with the parade to the King Power Stadium later, here is the planned route.

(18:00 - 18:45) Clock Tower > High Street > Jubilee Square > Applegate > The Newarke > DMU > Western or Eastern Boulevard > King Power (19:45).

Jack Stephens
Stephens family

Organiser, 11-year-old Jack Stephens, planned the route with his family and Leicestershire Police.

They've said the route to Jubilee Square is pedestrianised, so those with young children can easily join to this point.

Roberts' friends in high places

BBC Sport

Leicester Tigers' Welsh centre Jack Roberts has discussed his breakthrough season and the support of the likes of Manu Tuilagi, Matt Toomua and George North. 

Jack Roberts
Rex Features

Shakespeare in frame for permanent job

BBC Sport

Caretaker boss Craig Shakespeare is firmly in contention for the Leicester manager's job on a long-term basis after Claudio Ranieri's sacking.

Craig Shakespeare
Ross Kinnaird

Swimming: Roberto retires from sport aged 25

BBC Sport

The Essex swimmer Roberto Pavoni has announced his retirement from the sport at the age of 25.

Roberto Pavoni
Getty Images

He competed at the London 2012 Olympics where he finished 13th overall in the heats in the Men's 400m individual medley and failed to reach the final. 

The Brentwood-educated swimmer, who trained at Loughborough University, won two medals at the European Championships two years later. 

Your Questions: How did Shepshed get its name?

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Paul Clark, who used to live in Shepshed, used  Your Questions to ask how the town got its name.

He now lives all the way over in Sydney, Australia, but said it's something he's "always wondered" about the town he grew up in.

Shepshed road sign

Well - I've been making calls and doing some research - and I think I now have an answer for you. 

Reading from the book "A History of Shepshed by Anthony J. Lacey", a local history expert told me the town was originally known as Scepeshefde Regis - meaning "hill where the sheep graze".

The book claims the town's name has changed at least 10 times over the years but has always been a form of the words "sheep" and "shed". This is because it was a big sheep wool trading town. 

Even now, the town council’s Role of Honour Board has a sheep and shed in its logo.

Role of Honour Board
Shepshed Town Council

'Thousands having unnecessary heart surgery'

East Midlands Today

Researchers at the University of Leicester have said thousands of patients are unnecessarily undergoing heart surgery every year in the UK.


The study claims an internationally approved test to see if people with aortic stenosis (AS) need surgery - which involves cycling on a stationary bike - is highly inaccurate.

They're now planning further research to find a more reliable method of testing.

Man arrested over Kibworth fire

Sonia Kataria

BBC News Online

I've got more details on the news that a woman and a child were rescued from a flat fire after a suspected arson attack. 

Leicestershire Police said officers were called just after midnight on Saturday to an address in Glebeland, Kibworth Harcourt, Leicestershire. 

Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service said it believed the blaze was started “deliberately” but that no-one was injured. 

Leicestershire Police said a 27-year-old man was arrested suspicion of arson with intent to endanger life. He has been bailed pending further enquiries.

Henderson 'to miss Leicester game'

BBC Sport

Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson is set to miss tonight's match at Leicester with a foot injury.

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Baby dies from 'natural cause'

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

The Leicester Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) has published a serious case review about a child that died in 2014 aged just nine weeks.

The little boy never lived with his birth parents - he was either in hospital or in foster care throughout his life, the report into his death said.

After his death, he was found to have rib fractures that were considered "non-accidental", however a criminal investigation into the cause of the injuries was "inconclusive".

The conclusion of the review found that the child died as a result of an underlying natural cause.

You can read the full report here

Severe accident: M1 Leicestershire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Leicestershire northbound severe accident, at J23A for A42.

M1 Leicestershire - M1 lane closed on entry slip road northbound at J23a A42, because of an accident. Traffic is coping well.

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

Foxes fan organises 'thank you book' for Ranieri

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Do you remember a "thank you book" being put together at the end of last season for the owners of Leicester City?

It involved fans sending in a small donation and a photo of themselves to go into the book, which was then given to the billionaire club owners.

Well the man behind the book is now doing another one - this time for Claudio Ranieri.

Claudio Ranieri
Getty Images

Dean Hawthorne said spaces are limited so it will work on a "first-come, first-served" basis.

Along with a photo, fans are asked to submit a kind message of appreciation to "wonderful gentleman" Ranieri. There are more details here .

'Elephant Man' story to be told

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Later this week, BBC Radio Leicester will be hosting a festival of storytelling as part of their 50th birthday celebrations.

One of the stories being told is that of Leicester-born Joseph Merrick, better known as the "Elephant Man".

Jo Vigor Mungovin at Welford Road Cemetery

This is author Jo Vigor Mungovin at his graveside in Welford Road Cemetery - she is actually a distant relative of the showman who exhibited Joseph.

She will be reading a story about the "Elephant Man" at Leicester Cathedral on Saturday.

Latest Leicestershire headlines

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Plans for former Snibston Museum site

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Leicestershire County Council has announced a potential plan for the former Snibston Museum site in Coalville. 

Map of plans for Snibston site
Leicestershire County Council

As you can see from the map, the proposals entail a new visitor centre and cafe alongside a mountain bike trail and a pedestrian walkway to the town centre.

The authority will be staging a public event at Snibston’s Century Theatre on Wednesday, but if you can't make that, you can always give your views online here

Watch: East Midlands weather outlook

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

Foxes relegation fight to continue

BBC Leicester Sport

Leicester City's caretaker manager Craig Shakespeare has said the players have enough quality to successfully fight relegation from the Premier League.

That's despite failing to win in the league since New Year's Eve.  

Craig Shakespeare
Getty Images

The Foxes host Liverpool tonight.

Travel: Delays around A511

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Young fan to show support to Ranieri

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

The march has been organised by an 11-year-old fan Jack Stephens - pictured here on BBC Radio Leicester this morning. 

Jack Stephens

He said he wants to show Ranieri that the fans thought he was a "good manager" who helped the club to "do the impossible".

Ranieri fans to march over sacking

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

The news about the sacking of this man continues this week.

Claudio Ranieri
Getty Images

Tonight Leicester City will play their first match since Claudio Ranieri left the club.

Fans of the former manager are expected to unite with a march from Leicester's Clock Tower to the King Power Stadium. 

Join us for today's live news coverage

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Good morning Leicestershire - I hope you're all well this Monday morning. 

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

If you'd like to get in touch with me you can send an email , use Facebook or contact me via  Twitter .