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Summary

  1. Updates for Tuesday 7 March 2017
  2. Claims Glenfield heart unit could be saved
  3. Market Harborough hospital opens
  4. Plans to develop old Thorn Lighting site
  5. Deliberate van fire at Bagworth Heath
  6. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 Wednesday

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By Amy Woodfield

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Weather: Heavy rain overnight

Lucy Martin

BBC Weather

Cloud will thicken up with a band of rain  arriving from the west overnight. 

weather
BBC

The rain will be heavy at points but become lighter and patchier by dawn.

Minimum temperature: 6C (43F).

Watch: Horse and cart on the A46

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

This dashcam footage of a horse and cart on the A46 near Leicester was captured by Mark Johnson on Sunday...

Mark said he saw two horses travelling at 33mph blocking both lanes of the duel carriageway.

Police have confirmed they were called at 09:03 to a report of horses and carts travelling on the road.

They told me they are investigating and inquiries are ongoing.

The RSPCA has said:  We are very concerned by this footage because of the risks to both the horse and other road users.

“Driving a horse or pony on a major road like this can cause unnecessary stress, exhaustion, injury and poses a serious risk of collision which would almost certainly result in very severe injury to both the horse and the driver."

Snooker star backing Shakespeare

BBC Leicester Sport

Leicester's Mark Selby has beaten Ryan Day in a final frame decider in the opening round of the Player's Championship.

The World Number One came through 5-4 and will play Marco Fu in the quarter-finals.

Mark Selby
Getty Images

Known for his support of Leicester City, the snooker player was asked for his reaction to the news that Craig Shakespeare will be staying on as manager of the club for a bit longer.

He said: "He's as good as anyone and he's shown that in his last two results."

He said he felt "gutted" when Claudio Ranieri was sacked and said he'd have given him a "job for life" after what he achieved for the club.

Shopkeeper threatened with a hammer in robbery

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

A shopkeeper has been threatened with a hammer and robbed at the Costcutter store on Charnwood Road in Barwell, police said.

Costcutter
Google

Two men approached the shopkeeper as he was locking on Saturday evening - they threatened him and demanded cash.

Cash was taken and the victim suffered minor injuries.

Police appeal to find missing Naomi Anthony

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

This is Naomi Anthony from the Cordelia Close area of Leicester - police have said she's been reported missing.

Naomi Anthony
Leicestershire Police

They've said "extensive enquiries" have been conducted to locate the 28-year-old but they've had no luck and are now asking for help from the public.

Acid attack victim gives evidence in court

Liam Barnes

BBC News Online

Daniel Rotariu's severe injuries were clear to jurors as he gave evidence at Leicester Crown Court over the incident last July where he was attacked with sulphuric acid.

Needing a white stick and a helper to guide him to the witness box, the 31-year-old said he saw a "silhouette" and initially thought he was dreaming, until he felt the acid burning.

He went to the shower to cool down, but quickly said all he could see was "fog" and whiteness.

Mr Rotariu was also questioned about his relationship with the defendants, then-girlfriend Katie Leong and former housemate Mark Cummings.

He said he was unaware Ms Leong was 51 years old or that she met up regularly with Mr Cummings long after he had left the house they shared on Turner Road, Leicester.

Both Ms Leong and Mr Cummings deny attempted murder and causing grievous bodily harm.

The trial continues.

Man wanted after attempted burglary

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Do you recognise this man? Police want to speak to him in connection with an attempted burglary at a house on Gipsy Lane in Leicester.

CCTV image
Leicestershire Police

They've said it happened about 22:00 on 25 February - someone tried but failed to get to the property through a closed window.

Severe accident: M42 Warwickshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M42 Warwickshire northbound severe accident, between J10 for A5 and J11 for A42 affecting J9 for M6 Toll.

M42 Warwickshire - Queuing traffic on M42 northbound between J10, A5 (Tamworth) and J11, A42 (Burton Upon Trent), because of an accident involving seven vehicles earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion to J9, M6 Toll (Curdworth).

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

Court hears how acid victim felt after attack

Liam Barnes

BBC News Online

A man who had acid poured into his face while he slept said he thought he was dreaming when the attack first happened.

Leicester Crown Court was played police interviews taken with Daniel Rotariu while he was being treated in hospital last year.

He said he felt "betrayed" by his former partner Katie Leong, 51, who he lived with at Turner Road in Leicester.

Mr Rotariu also said he believed Mark Cummings, a 46-year-old former housemate he said was "in love" with Ms Leung, was the man who threw the acid over him, but said it was dark and he could not see properly before the acid burned his eyes.

Both defendants deny attempted murder and causing grievous bodily harm with intent. 

The trial continues.

Nurse struck off after M1 mobile phone death crash

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

A nurse who caused a fatal pile-up on the M1 in Leicestershire after losing control of her car while on the phone  has been struck off .

Christy George, from Nottingham, hit a lorry which then careered into six other cars, killing one man and seriously injuring a woman, in November 2014.

Christy George
BBC

The 39-year-old was jailed for five years after being found guilty of causing death by dangerous driving.

A Nursing and Midwifery Council hearing concluded her conviction had impaired her fitness to practise. 

A look at the new medical facility in Harborough

Helen McCarthy

BBC Radio Leicester Reporter

The building is three floors and much bigger than I expected - it bolts onto the original St Luke’s Hospital wards on the Leicester Road site.

St Luke’s Treatment Centre took it’s first patient just after 08:00 this morning.

St Luke’s Treatment Centre
BBC

The old Market Harborough District Hospital on Coventry Road took it’s last patient at 21:00 last night with everyone’s appointments now booked into the new treatment centre.

It will house X-Ray facilities, physiotherapy rooms, a GP surgery, podiatry and mental health services as well as being a base for the town’s community nurses and admin staff for the East Leicestershire and Rultand Clinical Commissioning Group.

Flight diverted to East Midlands after Romanian plane drama

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

A flight had to be diverted to East Midlands Airport after RAF jets intercepted a Romanian plane early this morning.

The MOD said it scrambled Typhoons from RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire after the civilian aircraft issued an alert.

Typhoon
MOD/Crown

They escorted it to Birmingham International Airport, closing the runway for 30 minutes.

As a result, one plane from Dublin was diverted to East Midlands Airport.

A spokesman said the response was routine and part of the RAF's air defence role to protect UK airspace.

Welcome news of 'Shakey' staying put

Ian Stringer

BBC Radio Leicester Foxes commentator

Whilst the football club haven’t confirmed the news as yet, it’s my understanding that Craig Shakespeare will be offered the job until the end of the season.

Craig Shakespeare
Getty Images

It’ll be news which goes down well in the dressing room, on the terraces and in the media suite at King Power Stadium. 

Shakey as he’s affectionately known, is a steady hand, knows the players and clearly has them playing for him. It could be a timely boost ahead of the game against Sevilla in a week. 

Surely Premier League survival and progression in the Champions League would give him a real chance of getting the job on a permanent basis?

Watch: Craig Shakespeare 'to be offered Foxes' management job'

BBC Leicester Sport

We're live on Facebook talking about the news that Craig Shakespeare is likely to be offered the job of Foxes' manager until the end of the season.

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BreakingShakespeare 'to continue as Leicester City interim manager'

Ian Stringer

BBC Radio Leicester Foxes commentator

BBC Radio Leicester understands Foxes caretaker manager Craig Shakespeare will be offered the Leicester City job until the end of the season.

Craig Shakespeare
Getty Images

Afternoon weather update

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

More cloud around this afternoon than earlier on today but there’ll still be some sunny spells. 

Staying dry throughout the afternoon with highs of 9C (48F).

Increase in missing people reported to police

BBC Radio Leicester

There's been a significant rise in cases of missing people reported to Leicestershire police. 

Figures obtained by the BBC show that incidents involving missing children have jumped by 28% in a year to almost 2,000.

Police van
BBC

Just over 1,100 adults went missing in that time - an increase of 31%. 

Nationally, there were over 240,000 incidents.

Your photos: Swans at Watermead Country Park

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Check out Kashyap Khetia's stunning photo from Watermead Country Park yesterday...

Swans at Watermead Country Park
Kashyap Khetia

You can share your photos with us too - send an email or use Facebook or Twitter .

Your Questions: Why so many foxes in Leicester?

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Earlier this week Paulo used Your Questions to ask: Why are there so many foxes in Leicester?

Well I've been in touch with the senior nature conservation officer for Leicester, who is also the county mammal recorder for Leicestershire and Rutland, to get you an answer.

Fox
BBC

Dr Helen O’Brien told me the fox population in Leicester is actually no different from many other towns and cities in the UK.

She said it is likely the numbers appear larger than they are because up to 60% of foxes die each year. They can be killed by traffic, pick up fatal injuries and infection while fighting or get diseases like mange.

Apparently these measures naturally keep the fox populations at a "reasonable level".

Fox
BBC

I also asked Dr O’Brien if there was a specific area known to be popular with foxes but she said the availability of food and places to live and breed means they are well distributed across the city. So no specific area.

Watch: Artist impression of the Golden Mile proposals

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

These plans for the remaining part of the former Thorn Lighting site on Troon Way go on public display today...

The plans for the Golden Mile Gateway site include a series of shops and leisure outlets with apartments above.

Developers claim it could see the creation of around 600 jobs.

The plans are on display in a public exhibition at The Peepul Centre between 14:00 and 20:00 today or in the Sainsbury’s café at the same times tomorrow.

Calls for more heart surgery patients to be referred to Glenfield Hospital

Mike O'Sullivan

Reporter, East Midlands Today

Surgeons performing children's heart operations at the Glenfield Hospital in Leicester have come up with a solution that could keep their unit open. 

Doctors want other hospitals to refer its patients to Glenfield's congenital heart unit rather than other centres around the country.

Glenfield Hospital
BBC

I've spoken to Claire Clark from Thurlby in Lincolnshire  - she chose Glenfield Hospital for her two-year-old daughter over Great Ormond Street Hospital.

Peterborough City Hospital said most of its patients with congential heart disease are seen in London.

Eloise-May from Thurlby in Glenfield Hospital
Claire Clark

The BBC has also discovered that Glenfield's waiting list of 14 is shorter than the other centres which range from 159 patients at Great Ormond Street to 30 at Leeds General Infirmary.

The unit is under threat as part of a national NHS review of the service .

Severe accident: M69 Leicestershire northbound

BBC News Travel

M69 Leicestershire northbound severe accident, between J1 for A5 Hinckley and M1 J21.

M69 Leicestershire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M69 northbound between J1, A5 (Hinckley) and M1 J21, Leicester, because of an accident.

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

Watch: Weather for the East Midlands

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

Watch: St Luke's Hospital opens in Market Harborough

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

After decades of delays the long-awaited hospital in Market Harborough finally opens today - doesn't it look nice?

The £7.5m St Luke's Treatment Centre brings together services including the minor injuries unit and medical centre. 

It's hoped patients can be treated locally without having to travel further afield .

Flood prone lane closed

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

A message from the Sileby flood warden about Slash Lane...

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Arson in Bagworth

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Leicestershire Fire and Rescue has said there was a deliberate van fire at Bagworth Heath last night...

Fire at Bagworth Heath
Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service

A crew from Bosworth and Coalville were at the scene and tweeted these photos.

Fire at Bagworth Heath
Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service

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Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

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

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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