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Summary

  1. Updates for Friday 17 March 2017
  2. Man arrested in murder investigation
  3. Leicester City to face Atletico Madrid in Champions League
  4. Policeman dies while on duty
  5. Charity's finances under investigation
  6. Leicester City defender to miss rest of season
  7. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 Monday

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By Amy Woodfield

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

Man jailed for distributing naked image of ex-girlfriend

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

A man who sent a naked picture of his ex-girlfriend to her family and a friend has been jailed, Leicestershire Police said.

Ryan Crookes, of Melton Road, Thurmaston, was sentenced today to 18 months after previously pleading guilty to one count of disclosing a private sexual photograph with intent to cause distress.

The 19-year-old also pleaded guilty to one count of making an indecent photograph and sexual activity with a girl, the same victim, who he began a sexual relationship with when she was 15 years old.

And he admitted a further count of sexual activity with a second 15-year-old girl.

Donations flood in for family of policeman

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

The crowdfunding page for the family of policeman Austin Jackson, who died while on duty, has now reached £5,500 - that's more than five times the original target.

Austin Jackson
Leicestershire Police

The person who set up the page "a fellow officer" has written on the page that they are "absolutely overwhelmed" by the support and that it shows how well thought of PC Jackson was.

Weather: A few sunny spells on Saturday

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

It will stay cloudy overnight with some hill fog and patchy outbreaks of rain.

Remaining mild - a minimum temperature of 7C (45F).

Weather
BBC

Saturday will be a breezy day, with a few sunny spells but also the risk of a shower. 

A maximum temperature of 13C (55F).

Watch: Motherhood challenges for netball coach

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Being a working parent can be difficult at times - but imagine doing it when you're the coach for one of the country's top netball teams.

Karen Atkinson MBE is the head coach of Superleague team Loughborough Lightning has been been talking about juggling a baby with netball practice...

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Travel: Two lanes closed on M6

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Bank closed in Enderby after money stolen

Simon Ward

East Midlands Today Reporter

Barclays Bank at Enderby is closed - Leicestershire police say a G4S security man was attacked and money stolen. 

Barclays in Enderby
BBC
Sign on bank door
BBC

Two charged over death of Leicestershire woman

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Two people have been charged with causing the death of a Leicestershire woman by dangerous driving in Essex.

Laura Cooper was a passenger in a car that was involved in a collision with a lorry on the M25 in Waltham Abbey in March last year. Another passenger in the car was also injured.

A 62-year-old lorry driver from Telford was charged with causing death by dangerous driving and causing serious injury by dangerous driving. 

A 32-year-old woman from London was charged with the same offences as well as causing death by careless driving while with a proportion of a specified controlled drug above the specified limit. 

Both are due to appear at Chelmsford Magistrates' Court on 12 April.

Travel: Three-vehicle crash in Belgrave

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

St Patrick's Day celebrations in Leicester

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

It looks like you don't have to be in Ireland to celebrate St Patrick's Day...

The Lanes in Leicester
BBC

Thousands raised for family of policeman

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

A crowdfunding page set up to raise money for the family of a Leicestershire policeman who died while on duty yesterday has raised more than £4,200.

A "fellow officer" set up the online fundraiser with the aim of raising £1,000 to support the family of PC Austin Jackson (right).

PC Austin Jackson
Leicestershire Police

Talking about the death of the 38-year-old officer, Chief Constable Simon Cole said: "Austin was always a professional and well-liked police officer who embedded himself in the St Matthew's community.‎

"He will be missed by his colleagues in the force, and I send my deepest condolences to his family."

Your photos: Seagulls in Empingham

BBC Weather Watchers

The seagulls seem to have taken a shine to this seed-driller in Empingham this morning... 

Seagulls following a seed-driller
Andy's Rutland

Andy's Rutland said it was a chilly and cloudy start to the day.

Foxes boss on Champions League opponents

Leicester City

“Facing a team who have reached the final in two of the last three seasons is a massive challenge but it’s just the kind of tie you expect in the quarter-finals of the Champions League. Atletico Madrid are a very good team with some fantastic individuals with experience in the competition, but we’ll be ready to give everything to progress. It will be a brilliant occasion for our supporters and for everyone at the club but, before the players can begin to think about these games, we have Premier League matches to come that are of huge significance to our season. They will be our sole focus.”

Craig ShakespeareLeicester City manager

Horse's head gift from Spanish football club

Mike McCarthy

BBC Radio Leicester Sport

When Leicester City last met Atletico Madrid, the visitors presented the club with this miniature horse's head...

Horses head
BBC

These days it's kept in one of the club historian's many store rooms packed with memorabilia.

I wonder what they'll bring this time... 

Afternoon weather update

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

Cloudy throughout the afternoon with some showers arriving bringing light rain for a time. 

Increasingly breezy as the afternoon goes by with top temperatures of 9C (48F).

Tigers name starting side

BBC Leicester Sport

This will be the Leicester Tigers team to face Exeter in the Anglo-Welsh Cup Final on Sunday....

Leicester Tigers team
BBC

Optimistic Lineker planning semi-final

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

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Schmeichel reacts to Champions League draw

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

The Foxes goalkeeper has just tweeted this...

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Flashback to 1997: Controversy in the UEFA Cup

BBC Leicester Sport

Club historian John Hutchinson revisits Leicester City's controversial exit from the UEFA Cup at the hands of Atlético Madrid....

Shepshed vehicle death: Police appeal to find two runners

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Police conducting a murder investigation into the death of a man in Shepshed are trying to find two men seen running from the scene.

The man was found dying in a car in an industrial estate off Gelders Hall Road just before 21:00 last night.

Two men were seen running from the area at around the same time.

Broken wall on industrial estate off Gelders Hall Road
BBC

“It’s of critical importance that we trace these two people. Pedestrians and motorists using Gelders Hall Road between 20:00 and 21:00 last night may have seen two men running along the road. It’s possible the men may have attempted to hitch a lift from a passing motorist. If anyone saw them, or anything else which they thought seemed unusual or suspicious, I need to hear from them.”

Detective Inspector Simon Shuttleworth Leicestershire Police

A post-mortem examination is expected to be carried out later today. 

A 22-year old man, from Coalville, who was arrested last night remains in police custody.

Champions League draw: Dates for Atletico v Leicester

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Some dates for your diary...

The first leg of the quarter-final will be in Madrid on Wednesday 12 April, while the return leg at the King Power Stadium is set for Tuesday 18 April.

King Power Stadium
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BBC chief football writer: Home second leg 'important'

Phil McNulty

BBC Sport chief football writer at Wembley

Leicester City may have missed one of the accepted giants, but it's still a fantastic tie - and still Leicester City in the Champions League quarter-finals.

Leicester have the second leg at the King Power stadium. Anyone who was there on Tuesday night will know the importance of that.

Leicester City
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Your comments: Foxes to play Atletico Madrid

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There have been lots of comments from you on the Champions League draw.

Leicester City drawn in Champions League
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Peter Wisdish said: "Happy with that, let's get our own back."

Mark Kettell said: "Away for first leg, then back to the King Power. Come on Leicester, we can do this."

David Tanser said: "They say revenge is best served cold - 20 years should do it".

Atletico 'won’t like' Foxes style of play

Ian Stringer

BBC Radio Leicester Foxes commentator

Winnable? That was my first reaction. That and revenge following the clubs' meeting in 1997. 

Ian Marshall’s goal and then the refereeing performance of Remi Harrel who sent off Gary Parker for the return leg with the game in the balance. As I recall he didn’t referee after that one.

I was in the crowd that night and felt sick afterwards.


          Muzzy Izzet, Emile Heskey, Ian Marshall and Matt Elliott of Leicester City celebrate
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It’s a winnable tie - Atletico are fourth in La Liga and won’t like The Foxes style of play. 

They’ll have seen how they dispatched Sevilla and won’t be looking forward to Jamie Vardy running at them. Wishful thinking maybe, but it’s a good draw for City. 

The dream continues. Revenge 20 years on? Yes please.

Teams reunited 20 years on

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Leicester's tie is a repeat of a Uefa Cup tie from the 1997-98 season, which Atletico won.


          Juninho of Atletico Madrid takes on Pontus Kamaark of Leicester City
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Somali community appeal for help

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Leicester's Somali community is asking for help to support people at risk of famine in Africa. 

It comes days after the Disasters Emergency Committee launched an appeal to try to help the 16 million who are facing starvation across the eastern side of the continent.

Somalia
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An organisation helping Somalis to settle here in Leicester has  organised a fundraising event in the city tomorrow.

Abdi Farah from SOCOPA told the BBC this morning she finds herself waking up in the night worrying about her family in Somalia.

BreakingFoxes to play Atletico Madrid in Champions League

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Leicester City have been drawn to play the Spanish side Atletico Madrid in the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

Champions League trophy
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Watch live: Champions League Quarter-Final draw

BBC Leicester Sport

Office excitement for Champions League draw

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

When you're THAT excited you have to wear your Leicester City shirt to the office...

Jason Bourne
BBC

Is it Champions League draw day Jason Bourne?

Christmas Day in Leicester for football fans

Ian Stringer

BBC Radio Leicester Foxes commentator

Today is like having Christmas Day as a kid only for mum and dad to say: "Hope you enjoyed those presents, we're all off to the airport to fly to Lapland and see Santa, he has twice as many gifts for you." 

A far cry from the piece of coal and tangerine we're used to on December 25th following The Foxes.

Leicester City flag
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Our airwaves have been full of pre-draw predictions - Juventus, Barcelona, maybe a chance of revenge, big revenge, on Athletico Madrid following the controversial defeat in 1997. Whatever happens, today is historic.

The European Tour was a novelty initially until City finished top of their group before defying the odds to make the last eight. 

Buffon and Zidane have already expressed a view that they don't want to face The Foxes - they're running scared already. Bring on the draw.

Watch: Police investigate murder

Helen McCarthy

BBC Radio Leicester Reporter

This is the scene of a suspected murder in Shepshed - police have cordoned off the area while they investigate...

Car found 'crashed' into wall

Helen McCarthy

BBC Radio Leicester Reporter

I've just spoken to a man who claims to have called the emergency services last night when he found the injured man inside a car in Shepshed.

He told me this was the wall the car appeared to have crashed into...

Crumbled wall
BBC

Police have said the driver's fatal injuries were not consistent with a crash.

Charity under investigation

Sumeer Kalyani

Reporter, BBC East Midlands Today

An investigation is underway into the financial management of the Leicester charity Bhaarat Welfare Trust. 

The Charity Commission has said it has serious concerns over the way it's run and has frozen its bank account.

Bhaarat Welfare Trust
Google

This story first came to light seven months ago. We were told the charity had been looking after £96,000 of donations for a dedicated Hindu crematorium in the city but after a delay in finding a location the charity spent the money on their projects in India.

Bhaarat Welfare Trust has always denied any wrongdoing and told us they are continuing to co-operate with the commission.

Ready for Champions League draw

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Oh look there's Leicester...

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Watch: East Midlands weather forecast

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

Leicester City defender to miss rest of season

BBC Sport

Leicester City defender Molla Wague has been ruled out for the rest of the season with a dislocated shoulder.

The 26-year-old  joined on loan from Italian club Udinese until May,  with a view to a permanent deal, but was injured making his debut in the  1-0 FA Cup defeat by Millwall in February.

Molla Wague
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City manager Craig Shakespeare told BBC Radio Leicester: "Our best wishes are with him. It was freak incident.

"He will be back and around the training ground, but won't be playing."

Policeman dies on duty in Leicestershire

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

A Leicestershire policeman died while on duty yesterday. 

A crowdfunding page set up to raise money in Austin Jackson's memory claims he was "taken ill and suddenly passed away" and leaves behind a wife and four children.

This was him (back, middle) delivering Christmas presents to the elderly at the end of last year...

Austin Jackson
Leicestershire Police

The Chief Constable of Leicestershire Police has posted this message on Twitter this morning...

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Champions League draw: Leicester to find out last-eight opponents

BBC Sport

Leicester City will find out today who they will play in the quarter-finals of the Champions League. 

The Premier League champions are the only English side left in the competition having enjoyed a stunning debut season in Europe.

Wes Morgan goal celebration
Getty Images

The draw for the last eight takes place in Nyon, Switzerland, from 11:00 GMT, with the Europa League quarter-final draw to follow at 12:00 GMT.

Manchester United are the only British team left in that tournament.

Suspected murder in Shepshed

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

A murder investigation is underway in Shepshed after a man was found fatally injured inside a car. 

The vehicle looked as though it had crashed into a wall but when the emergency services arrived they found him to have injuries not consistent with a collision. 

Police van
BBC

He was still alive when East Midlands Ambulance Service arrived on Gelders Hall Road just before 21:00 but he died at the scene. He's not yet been formally identified.

A 22-year-old man from the Coalville has been arrested on suspicion of murder and is in police custody.

Police said the scene is cordoned off this morning while forensic examinations take place.