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Summary

  1. Updates for Wednesday 8 March 2017
  2. Death of man found injured on London Road treated as murder
  3. England women's cricket coming to Grace Road
  4. Campaign into brain tumour research
  5. University use castle after £4m renovation
  6. Cole and Youngs stay with England for Scotland match
  7. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 Thursday

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By Amy Woodfield

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

Weather: A bright and mild Thursday

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

A dry night with clear spells. Remaining breezy with lows of 7C (45F).

Weather
BBC

Thursday will be bright and mild with sunny spells . It will be breezy in the morning but the wind will ease later.

A maximum temperature of 12C (54F).

Electric car powering home in Loughborough

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

This semi-detached home in Loughborough is attracting visitors from all over Europe and it's all because of the car parked on the driveway...

Electric car on driveway of house
BBC

The owner Steve Carroll is involved in a pilot for a new generation of technology where an electric car can power a house for up to two days - certainly useful in a power cut.

It's also exciting for experts who think it has the potential to help power big stadiums and entire neighbourhoods in years to come.

Electric box
BBC

This is a "vehicle to grid unit," Steve said.

He said it will "allow the control system of the house to charge and discharge energy from the much bigger battery inside the electric vehicle so we can use some of the electricity in the home."

BreakingMurder investigation launched into London Road death

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Police investigating the death of a man found injured on London Road this morning are treating it as murder.

Originally it was believed he'd been involved in a hit-and-run but now it's thought this may not be the case.

Police cordon on London Road
BBC

A post-mortem examination is due to take place this evening.

A 30-year-old Leicester man has been arrested on suspicion of murder and is being held in custody.

Bath's Burns unhappy at Tigers exit

Owen Phillips

BBC Sport Online

Departing Leicester Tigers fly-half Freddie Burns has said he is unhappy at the way his move to Bath was handled despite relishing the chance to play for his hometown team from next season.  

Freddie Burns
Rex Features

Police appeal after nightclub assault

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Police investigating an assault at a nightclub on Market Street in Leicester want help to identify this man...

CCTV of wanted man
Leicestershire Police

Det Con Frank Fraser said: “The man in this image could have information which could help with our enquiries."

The assault happened in the early hours of Sunday 22 January - the victim was hit in the face causing a fractured jaw.

A 28-year-old man has been arrested.

Road reopens after fatal 'hit-and-run'

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Listen: Shakespeare appointment a 'safe decision'

BBC Leicester Sport

Former Leicester City manager Micky Adams explains what it's like taking the top job after being an assistant manager... 

Leicester woman climbs Africa’s tallest mountain for brain tumour research

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

A woman from Leicester has been speaking out about losing her mother to a brain tumour three months after she was diagnosed.

Sneha Cansara said: "I couldn’t believe that in this day and age mum could have something which was 'incurable'.  

"We are a very close family and we were hoping we would have at least a year with mum after her diagnosis, but it ended up being just three months."  

Amita Charavda with her husband
Sneha Charavda

After her mother's death Sneha set herself a challenge to raise money for more research into the condition and has climbed Mount Kilimanjaro.

She said: "I wanted to do something positive in memory of mum which would bring hope to other families faced with the same situation as ours, so I decided I would set myself a challenge to climb Mount Kilimanjaro.  I gave myself a target to raise enough funds to sponsor a day of research at one of Brain Tumour Research’s Centres of Excellence."  

Carrier bag charge funds city defibrillator

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Police in the Clarendon Park area of Leicester have just shared a photo of a new defibrillator on the wall of the Co-op.

I did notice this myself the other day but wasn't sure if it was new or not.

Defibrillator
Leicestershire Police

It turns out the shop has paid for it by using the 5p carrier bag levy - what a great way to use the money.

It's one of 50 being installed by Central England Co-operative across Leicestershire. Others include Rothley, Kibworth and Melton.

Lynch 'surprised' by Leicester Lions job offer

BBC Leicester Sport

This morning we told you Jim Lynch had been named as the new Team Manager of the Leicester Lions. 

The former Great Britain manager was free to accept the offer after Coventry pulled out of the Premiership in November.

Leicester Lions and Swindon Robins
Getty Images

Jim Lynch said: "The offer of a job of team manager at Leicester did come as a surprise I must admit. I have been following in the news recent developments at Leicester and am impressed with the improvements being made since Damien Bates took over the club. After he had outlined his plans for the Lions to me it was an easy decision to accept the post.”  

Your questions: Why do parts of west Leicestershire have a Warwickshire postcode?

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

M.J. has been in touch with us using Your Questions to find out why part of west Leicestershire has a Warwickshire postcode - places like Market Bosworth, Higham on the Hill and Congerstone all have a CV13 postcode.

He claims some well known local attractions, like Twycross Zoo, are deemed by many visitors to be in Warwickshire because of the postcode: "It is totally misleading and a detriment to Leicestershire."

Twycross Zoo enterance
Google

I've been looking into the issue with the help of the people behind postcodes, the Royal Mail.

They told me that the postcode is their "operational tool" to ensure the accurate sorting, routing and delivery of post and that postcode boundaries do not necessarily reflect geographical boundaries.

Basically - the postcode for a street is determined by its nearest  postal town  not the county it is in and, as parts of west Leicestershire are closer to Coventry than Leicester, they have a CV postcode.

Royal Mail in Covenrty
Google

Postcodes started in 1959 - long before we started using them for things like sat navs.

Royal Mail said organisations who use the data shouldn't solely rely on the post town and recommend using other ways to identify locations.

Business leaders gather for budget speech

Hannah Meredith

Reporter, BBC East Midlands Today

Business leaders from across the East Midlands have gathered at PwC at Castle Donington to listen to Philip Hammond's first budget...

Business leaders from across the East Midlands
BBC

Afternoon weather update

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

Staying mainly dry and cloudy with a few brighter and sunnier spells developing with top temperatures of 12C (54F). 

Just the risk of an isolated shower across southern parts later.

Watch: Police at the scene of a fatal crash

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

There's a large police presence at the scene of a crash on London Road, including a Forensic Investigation team.

A man died there in a suspected hit-and-run just after midnight.

Cricket countdown clock in Leicester

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

A clock counting down till the start of the ICC Women's World Cup in England and Wales has been unveiled in Town Hall Square this morning.

Here it is with England players Jenny Gunn, Danielle Hazell and Amy Jones...

Jenny Gunn, Danielle Hazell and Amy Jones
BBC

Children from Rushey Mead Academy in Leicester were invited along for a bit of cricket with the England players...

Children from Rushey Mead Academy playing cricket
BBC

Watch: Refurbished castle opens as lecture theatre

Bridget Blair

BBC Radio Leicester Reporter

After an 18 month renovation costing over £4m Leicester Castle has now been let to De Montfort University.

I've been to look around...

First built in 1070 the castle was part of Leicester's medieval defences, as well as playing host to Kings and Queens including two Edwards and Richard III. 

Later the Great Hall was used for sessions of the Parliament of England, and until 1992 a courthouse.

BreakingMan dies in London Road 'hit-and-run'

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

The man found injured in London Road early this morning has died from his injuries.

Police believe he sustained the fatal injuries in a hit-and-run just after midnight but they are still in the early stages of their investigation.

London Road closed
BBC

London Road is still closed outside the railway station, from Regent Street to Waterloo Way - police have said they hope to open the road as soon as possible.

They also believe there were other drivers in the London Road area at the time of the crash and are appealing to hear from anyone with information.

Watch: Budget pork pie

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Because we had a spare pork pie in the fridge we decided to use it to represent the money the Chancellor will be dividing up later today.

As you can see - it all got a bit crumbley... 

Budget day in Leicestershire

Helen McCarthy

BBC Radio Leicester Reporter

The Chancellor Philip Hammond will deliver his first Budget later - he's expected to say that more austerity lies ahead and the government won't shirk difficult decisions on tax and spending. 

I’ve used a fine Leicestershire pork pie to show you how the money is currently divided...

Pork pie
BBC

So how would you do it differently? 

I met Matt Wray and Emma Stone who set up an Organic Health Food Store in Market Harborough nine months ago.

Matt Wray and Emma Stone
BBC

They want help with business rates and with employing their first member of staff. They believe in paying the living wage but said it's a big step to also pay an expected rise in National Insurance contributions and pension auto-enrolment for any full time staff they take on.

Scene of road closure

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

This is the scene at London Road where the road has been closed - by the sound of it there are very long delays getting around the closure.

Roads closure
BBC

Missing teen could be in Leicester

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

This is 16-year-old Lily Rose Carr - she's been missing from home in Kettering for over a week...

Lily Rose Carr
Leicestershire Police

Police are appealing for information about the whereabouts - it's thought she could be in Corby or Leicester.

Man found injured on London Road

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

I've got more more information about the closure of a section of London Road this morning.

Police have told us they were called by the ambulance service just after 00.30 this morning following the discovery of a man in the road with injuries. 

He's thought to have been involved in a hit-and-run.

Rugby: Burns hopeful for Anglo-Welsh Cup silverware

BBC Leicester Sport

Leicester Tigers fly-half Freddie Burns has said he doesn't want to leave Welford Road without winning something. 

Freddie Burns
Getty Images

Burns' three-year spell at the club ends in the summer when he moves to Bath in a deal that will see George Ford arrive in his place. 

He said he's targeting Saturday's Anglo-Welsh Cup semi-final as a chance to get some silverware.

Rugby: Cole and Youngs stay with England for Scotland match

BBC Leicester Sport

Leicester Tigers prop Dan Cole and scrum-half Ben Youngs have been retained by England for Saturday's Six Nations clash with Scotland. 

Forwards Ellis Genge and Mike Williams will be available for Tigers this weekend after being released.

Dan Cole and Ben Youngs
Getty Images

Speedway: Lions appoint new team manager

BBC Leicester Sport

Former Great Britain manager Jim Lynch has been appointed Team Manager at Leicester Lions.  

Leicester Lions
Getty Images

England cricket coming to Leicester

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

England will play Pakistan at Grace Road on 27 June in the ICC Women's World Cup.

Grace Road
BBC

The summer tournament in England and Wales will include seven fixtures in Leicester in total with the city being the home venue for Pakistan.

Five of their seven matches will be at Grace Road.

Watch: East Midlands weather outlook

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

Travel: Delays caused by road closure

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

The London Road closure is causing problems as traffic is diverted...

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Crash closes London Road

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

This could cause you some delays this morning...

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BBC Local Live

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