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Summary

  1. Foxes to fight Financial Fair Play breach charge
  2. Leicestershire Police criticised in HMIC report
  3. Leicester researchers reveal how Big Ben 'bongs'
  4. Woman robbed by 'man carrying axe'
  5. Alan Birchenall: 'Every day unreal' since cardiac arrest
  6. Updates for Thursday 2 March 2017

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By Calum McKenzie

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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: A dry but cloudy night ahead

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

It will be mostly a dry night with variable amounts of cloud and some clear spells.

Weather grid
BBC

Woman robbed by 'man carrying axe'

Christian Hill

BBC Radio Leicester newsreader

A woman has suffered a head injury after a robbery by a man thought to be carrying an axe.

Leicestershire Police were called to Grange Drive, Melton Mowbray, just after 17:00 on Wednesday afternoon after a man entered a shop and demanded money. He fled empty-handed.  

Five minutes later, officers were called to a premises on Craven Street, also in Melton Mowbray, where they found the injured woman.

The suspect got away with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Police have said they are not ruling out the possibility of the two incidents being linked. 

Severe disruption: M1 Leicestershire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Leicestershire southbound severe disruption, at J24 for A6.

M1 Leicestershire - M1 lane closed on entry slip road southbound at J24, A6 (Kegworth), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

World Book Day: Your costumes

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Thanks to Clair Robins, from Western Park, for sending in these pictures of her daughters Polly and Florrie who have dressed up for World Book Day. 

World Book Day costumes
Clair Robins
World Book Day costumes
Clair Robins

I've still got time to feature one or two more of the region's best costumes, so keep sending them in via email.

James: I'll do as much as I can to stay at Leicester

BBC Radio Sheffield

On loan Barnsley midfielder Matty James has spoken about his ambitions to earn a place back in the Leicester City side.

Matty James
Getty Images

James, who missed the whole of last season through injury,  joined Championship side Barnsley on loan in January.

"The success that they [Leicester City] had, and me having to just sit and watch it was difficult,"  the 25-year-old told BBC Radio Sheffield.

"But when N'Golo [Kante] left I thought there might have been a chance for me to stamp my authority through the pre-season but I ended up getting a kidney stone. 

"It just seemed to knock me back in the pecking order. 

"I'll do as much as I can to stay at that [Leicester City] football club."

Concern over number of laser incidents at East Midlands Airport

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

There have been 54 incidents involving laser pens and planes at East Midlands Airport last year, according to figures released by The British Airline Pilots’ Association (BALPA).

Bottom of a plane
BBC

BALPA have said they want tougher punishments for what they have called the "incredibly dangerous" act of shining lasers at planes. 

If you want to read more about how dangerous lasers are to planes,  this BBC News article from February 2016 is well worth a read.  

Your Questions: Where does the Leicester City football badge come from?

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

James Michael Robinson got in touch using Your Questions to ask: Where does the Leicester City football badge come from?

Leicester city badge
Tony Marshall/Getty Images

Leicester City's club historian, John Hutchinson, has told me that the fox part of the badge represents the county and the white flower, a cinquefoil, is for the city. 

The cinquefoil can also be seen on the logos for organisations including Leicester City Council and the University of Leicester.

The fox was chosen in the 1940s when many of the club's directors came from the county, a popular fox hunting area. 

The club has had a number of different badges, but this current one came into existence in 1992.  

Parling and Waldrom to face former employers at Welford Road

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Here is the Exeter team news for tomorrow night. 

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East Midlands weather update: Some rain around this afternoon

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

It will be dry, bright and a little bit breezy over the next few hours with just the risk of an isolated shower. Temperatures will climb to 9C (48F).  

BBC Weather map
BBC

World Book Day: 'Matilda' in Leicester

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Thanks to Sumeer from Leicester for sending in this picture of his daughter Jahnavi dressed up as Matilda for World Book Day. 

Jahnavi as Matilda
Sumeer Kalyani

Have you or your children dressed up? Get in touch via email and I'll share some of the best. 

Alan Birchenall: 'Every day unreal' since cardiac arrest

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Leicester City club ambassador Alan Birchenall has made his first public appearance seven weeks after he suffered a cardiac arrest at an awards ceremony.

Alan Birchenall
BBC

He was back on stage at the rearranged Leicester Mercury Sports Awards.

"For me every day is unreal because The Birch was gone," he said. 

"It knocks your confidence. I owe my life to a defibrillator and some lovely people."  

Tigers name side for Exeter Chiefs match

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Leicester Tigers captain Tom Youngs and flanker Tom Croft will return to the starting XV  for tomorrow night's game against Exeter Chiefs  at Welford Road. 

Tom Youngs
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Ellis Genge and Mike Williams, who trained with England this week, have been named among the replacements. 

A win or draw for Tigers would see them move into the Premiership play-off places at the expense of Bath, who host Wasps on Saturday.  

University of Leicester researchers reveal how Big Ben 'bongs'

David Briggs

Director, Sound Waves: The Symphony of Physics

Scientists from the University of Leicester have used lasers to analyse how the sound of Big Ben's "bongs" is created.  

Big Ben
BBC

Big Ben - officially known as the Great Bell - is the largest of five bells that hang in the belfry of Elizabeth Tower at the Palace of Westminster.

The team was granted exclusive access  for the first-ever attempt to assemble a vibration map of Big Ben and reveal how it produces its harmonious tone.

Two lasers were used to scan Big Ben as it chimed at 9, 10, 11 and 12 o'clock.

"Aside from the technical aspects, one of the most challenging parts of the job was carrying all of our equipment up the 334 steps of the spiral staircase to the belfry," said Martin Cockrill, who led the team from the university.

Severe disruption: M1 Leicestershire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Leicestershire southbound severe disruption, between J24 for A6 and J23A for A42.

M1 Leicestershire - One lane closed on M1 southbound between J24, A6 (Kegworth) and J23a A42, because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

Listen: Foxes 'would play like last year's team under Hodgson'

BBC Radio 5 live

Former midfielder Danny Murphy has said his old boss at Fulham, Roy Hodgson, would help Leicester "comfortably avoid relegation" if they were to appoint him as Claudio Ranieri's replacement. 

World Book Day: Send us your photos

Facebook

Plenty of you have been getting in touch via the BBC Leicester Facebook page with your World Book Day photos. 

Child dressed up as Buzz Lightyear
Leanne Smith

Thank you to Leanne Smith for getting in touch and sending this one of "Buzz Lightyear" in. 

Wenger: Ranieri sacking 'surprising and disappointing'

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has been using his weekly press conference to comment on the sacking of Claudio Ranieri by Leicester last week.

Claudio Ranieri and Arsene Wenger
Getty Images

"I was surprised and disappointed. I take this opportunity to wish him well and congratulations to him for what he achieved at Leicester," Wenger told reporters. 

"What will happen in the future for Leicester, I don't know, but the players responded well against Liverpool. They are in a fight to stay in the league but they have enough quality."

Wenger's Arsenal finished second to Ranieri's Leicester last season as the Foxes won the Premier League title. .. not that you needed reminding. 

Leicestershire Police respond to critical HMIC report

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Leicestershire Police deputy chief constable Roger Bannister has said some of the concerns in a HMIC report that rates his force as "requiring improvement" can be put down to staffing.

Roger Bannister
BBC

He told BBC Radio Leicester: "In 2009, compared to where we are currently, it is a fact that there are 547 fewer officers. 

"I don't want to bamboozle you with figures, but that is a 23% reduction on where we have been compared with where we are today. Inevitably, that does bring some pressure on the force." 

Severe accident: M42 Leicestershire southbound

BBC News Travel

M42 Leicestershire southbound severe accident, after J11 for A42.

M42 Leicestershire - One lane blocked and slow traffic on M42 southbound after J11, A42 (Burton Upon Trent), because of an accident.

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

Leicester Tigers mark World Book Day

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Leicester Tigers are getting into the spirit of World Book Day - BBC Radio Leicester's Bleddyn Jones even gets a mention.

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Leicestershire Police criticised in HMIC report

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Leicestershire Police has been told it needs to improve the way it investigates crime, according to a report by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC).  

Police officers
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HMIC also said the force needed to improve the way it protects vulnerable people from harm and to support victims better. 

However, the inspectorate said Leicestershire Police is good at tackling anti-social behaviour and tackling serious, organised crime. You can read HMIC's report in full here.

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 slow traffic on M42 southbound between J11, A42 (Burton Upon Trent) and J10, A5 (Tamworth).

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

Watch: East Midlands weather outlook

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

Here is your weather forecast for Thursday... 

World Book Day: Send us your photos

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Thanks to Zoe for getting in touch via email and sending in this picture of her son Charlie, from Melton Mowbray, in his World Book Day costume. 

Harry Potter character
Zoe Randall

Daniel Radcliffe's got nothing on your version of Harry Potter, Charlie. 

Leicester City player wages rise by more than £20m

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Leicester City's accounts for 2015-16 also show that player wages rose by more than £20m  from the previous year. 

Leicester's players
Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

The club spent £80.4m on player wages, up from £57.4m. 

The Premier League title win also helped the club's squad value rocket to £236.3m from £64.6m. 

Foxes to fight Financial Fair Play breach charge

Simon Stone

BBC Sport

Leicester City have confirmed they are legally challenging a Football League charge of breaching Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules in 2014.

Leicester City win the Championship in 2014
Michael Regan/Getty Images

It came as the Premier League champions released their financial results for 2015-16 on Thursday and declared a pre-tax profit of £16.4m.

The club said they were confident the FFP charge would be dropped.

The Foxes  exceeded the permitted £8m loss  when they won the Championship in the 2013-14 season.

Good morning: Welcome to today's live updates

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Good morning and welcome along to Thursday across Leicestershire. I'll be with you until later with the region's news, sport, weather and travel. 

It is also World Book Day so if you are getting dressed up as your favourite character get in touch via email , Facebook or Twitter and I'll share some of the best.