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Summary

  1. Man died from stab wound in city centre, police say
  2. Lord Janner's alleged victims drop civil action
  3. £14m cash boost for city's space industry
  4. Dubai training camp 'worthwhile' for Foxes
  5. Selby faces Fu at Players Championship
  6. Updates for Thursday 9 March 2017

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By Calum McKenzie

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

Lawrence unsure of Foxes future

BBC Radio Suffolk

Leicester City midfielder, Tom Lawrence, who is on loan at Ipswich Town, has told BBC Radio Suffolk that he is not sure if he has a future at King Power Stadium. 

Tom Lawrence
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He said: "I couldn't say either way with regards to my future. You never know what's going to happen.

"I'll just take things from the summer when I speak to Leicester. I'll see what they say and go from there." 

The 23-year-old last played competitively  for the Foxes in a 0-0 draw with Hull in March 2015.  

Space industry and roads investment 'an important milestone'

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Chancellor Philip Hammond has said money announced earlier for Leicester's space industry (13:09) and the county's road network (15:05) are part of larger plans to maximise the economic potential of the Midlands.  

Space centre
BBC

Almost £14m is going towards boosting the Leicester Space Park and National Space Centre (pictured above) and £12m will be spent on developing the M1/J23 and A512 at Loughborough.

Philip Hammond
BBC

Mr Hammond said: "The Midlands Engine Strategy is an important milestone, setting out the concrete actions we are taking, where we are not only investing in what it does well but also tackling some of the long-standing productivity barriers in the region including skills and connectivity.

"It is a vital part of the government's work to create an economy that works for everyone, and all parts of the country."

Sherwood Forest included in £392m 'Midlands Engine' plan

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Sherwood Forest is to receive investment as part of a the Midlands Engine scheme, which sets out a £392m government investment  to maximise the potential of the Midlands.

The plans will see £500,000 being spent on a new visitor centre at the Nottinghamshire attraction and improvements to existing walking and cycle routes.

Sherwood Forest
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Chancellor Philip Hammond made the announcement today in Dudley and said money would also go towards other projects in the East and West Midlands, including a £6m regeneration of Derby city centre and improvements to road connections around Loughborough.

East Midlands weather update: A clear, dry and chilly night

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

It will be a dry and chilly night, with clear spells and light winds.

BBC weather grid
BBC

However, cloud will gradually increase by the early hours.

Severe disruption: M1 Leicestershire southbound

BBC News Travel

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

M1 Leicestershire - Slow traffic and one lane closed on M1 southbound between J19, M6 (Catthorpe Interchange) in Catthorpe and J18, A5 (Rugby) in Northamptonshire, because of a broken down lorry. In the roadworks area.

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

Your photos: Sunny Loughborough

BBC Weather Watchers

It has been a gorgeous day across the region - including in Loughborough where BBC Weather Watcher Maggie T took this picture.  

Blue skies in Loughborough
Maggie T/BBC Weather Watchers

Severe accident: M1 Leicestershire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Leicestershire northbound severe accident, between J21 for M69 and J21A for A46 Leicester North.

M1 Leicestershire - One lane blocked and slow traffic on M1 northbound between J21, M69 (Leicester) and J21a, A46 (Leicester North), because of an accident.

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

Zieler: City's Dubai trip has helped build team spirit

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Leicester City goalkeeper Ron-Robert Zieler has spoken about how togetherness was a key theme during the three-day training game in Dubai.

Ron-Robert Zieler
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"It has been a good opportunity for us to get away from England,"  the German international told LCFC TV HD.  

"I think... one of the main reasons [why we made the trip] was to build team spirit.

"We've worked but we've also had some leisure time so it is a combination of both." 

Civil claims dropped by three of Lord Janner's alleged victims

Daniel De Simone

BBC Home Affairs producer

Three alleged victims of former Leicester MP Lord Janner have dropped out of a civil case against his estate.

Lord Janner
EPA

Lord Janner died in December 2015  facing multiple accusations of child sexual abuse and is now the subject of a delayed investigation by the national Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA). 

This latest development means six people are now taking civil action against the late Labour peer's assets.

A preliminary hearing at the High Court in London has heard the late Lord Janner's estate is worth £1.8m. 

£12m cash windfall from government to improve county's roads

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

As well as the £14m for Leicester's space industry (see 13:09), the local enterprise partnership has also secured £12m for the government to improve the county's roads.  

Roads
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The money will be spent on junction and road improvements for the M1/J23 and the A512 at Loughborough. 

It is hoped that once this work is complete, it will provide greater access to land which will in turn help provide new houses and jobs. 

Nick Rushton
BBC

Nick Rushton (pictured above), leader of Leicestershire County Council, said: "This should help reap huge economic benefits for the area. 

"It means we can ensure there is the necessary infrastructure to support the building of 4,000 homes and potentially provide access to more than 5,700 jobs, including those created through the Loughborough and Leicester Enterprise Zone."

East Midlands weather update: A warm and pleasant afternoon ahead

Alexandra Hamilton

BBC weather presenter

Scattered cloud will build in places this afternoon, but there’ll still be plenty of bright and sunny spells.

Weather map
BBC

Your photos: Sunshine in Kegworth

BBC Weather Watchers

It looks a nice day at the Deep Lock in Kegworth.  

deep lock at Kegworth
South Notts/BBC Weather Watchers

Thanks to BBC Weather Watcher South Notts for sending it in. 

Man absconds from prison 'while working outside fence'

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

A prisoner has absconded from Ranby Prison in Retford , Nottinghamshire.

Matthew Rooney, 36, from Leicestershire, disappeared between 12:00 and 15:00 yesterday while working outside the perimeter fence. 

Nottinghamshire Police said he "does not pose a threat to the public."

Matthew Rooney
Nottinghamshire Police

Government pledges nearly £14m to help Leicester's space industry

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Nearly £14m has been awarded to Leicester to help the space industry in the city, the government has announced. 

Rocket launch
Joel Kowsky/NASA via Getty Images

A total of £12.9m has been earmarked for the development of the Space Park

The Space Park's first building is expected to be ready in 2019.  

Once complete, it is hoped the park will create 600 jobs and support up to 100 businesses. 

National Space Centre
Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

One million pounds has also been awarded to the National Space Centre (pictured above) to help towards an extension. 

All of this money for the city's space industry was secured following a bid by the Leicester & Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership to the government in 2016. 

BreakingMan died from stab wound, police say

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

A man who died after being found injured on Wednesday morning near Leicester railway station died from a stab wound, a post-mortem examination has revealed .

Police cordon
BBC

Leicestershire Police are yet to formally identify the victim, but they believe he is a 30-year-old man who lived in the city. 

A 30-year-old man, who was arrested on suspicion of murder, remains in custody, the force added. 

Craig Shakespeare: Dubai training camp 'worthwhile'

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Leicester City's interim manager Craig Shakespeare has said the club's three-day training camp in Dubai has helped build team spirit. 

Craig Shakespeare
Getty Images

The Foxes were able to head to sunnier climes because of Arsenal's participation in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup this weekend. 

"It's been a really worthwhile few days," Shakespeare told Leicester City's official website.  

"We wanted to be able to give the players some downtime together, as a group, but it was important to balance that with some work to recover from recent games and to prepare for the tests ahead. 

"The spirit within this group has always been strong and a few days away together has certainly helped build on that, especially for some of the newer players in the group."

Burj Khalifa
Tom Dulat/Getty Images

It was not all just work and no play though for the players - they got to visit the Burj Khalifa (pictured above) - the world's tallest building. 

Don't look down... 

Landlords 'not renting to benefit claimants in Leicester'

BBC News England

There is not a single vacancy rental opportunity for a benefit claimant in Leicester, a BBC investigation has found.   

To let sign
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The BBC England data unit analysed listings on the website SpareRoom, looking at Leicester and 18 other towns and cities across England. 

Out of 11,806 adverts for rooms to let across the country, just 2% were open to people on benefits.

Campaign groups have said it is "naked discrimination" and are calling for a change in the law.

But landlords believe more social housing needs to be built.

Your photos: Sunny Highcross

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

This is a great shot of the early morning sun reflecting off the cinema at Highcross in Leicester. 

Cinema at Highcross
wato1129/BBC Weather Watchers

Thanks to BBC Weather Watcher wato1129 for being up nice and early to capture it. 

Rugby union: Leicester's Youngs returns for Scotland clash

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Leicester Tigers scrum-half Ben Youngs will return to the England starting XV for this Saturday's game with Scotland at Twickenham. 

Ben Youngs
David Rogers/Getty Images

Youngs, who began the 35-16 win against Italy on the bench, replaces Danny Care in the number nine shirt. 

Fellow Tigers man Dan Cole retains his place in the front row. 

Snooker: Selby bidding for place in Players Championship last four

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Leicester cueman Mark Selby will face Marco Fu later for a place in the semi-finals of the Players Championship. 

Mark Selby
Nigel Roddis/Getty Images

Selby, the current world number one and reigning world champion, beat Ryan Day on Tuesday to set up today's quarter-final.  

No wonder Mark is smiling - should he win this tournament, he'll pocket a cool £125,000 for his troubles.

Not bad for a week in Llandudno...

Police continue to investigate man's death

Eric Simpson

BBC News Online

Police are continuing to investigate the death of a man found near Leicester railway station in the early hours of Wednesday morning.  

Police cordon
BBC

A 30-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder. 

It was initially thought that the man who died may have been involved in a collision with a vehicle, but police now believe that may not be the case.

The results of a post-mortem examination - that was due to take place last night to determine the exact cause of the man's death - are set to be revealed.  

Rise in number of region's ambulance staff off with stress

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

The number of ambulance staff in the East Midlands taking time off due to stress and mental health problems has almost doubled in the past five years. 

ambulance
AFP/Getty Images

Figures obtained by BBC Radio Leicester found that 518 members of staff were off with stress and mental health issues in 2015/16.

This compares with 271 members of staff for the same reasons in 2011/12.

The union UNISON has said this rise in the number of people going off with stress is because of extra targets and a lack of resources.      

Paramedic
BBC

But East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) has said it is doing all it can to support staff.

"We are committed to improving the level of support provided to staff who may experience stress and have introduced measures to ensure that help is provided as promptly as possible," an EMAS spokesman said. 

Watch: East Midlands weather outlook

Alexandra Hamilton

BBC weather presenter

Good morning: Welcome to today's live updates

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

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

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