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Summary

  1. Updates for Tuesday 21 March 2017
  2. Large electrical substation fire causes disruption
  3. Life sentence for acid attack
  4. Prince Harry visits city charities
  5. Cash machine 'ripped out' in Great Glen
  6. Vardy received 'death threats'
  7. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 Wednesday

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By Amy Woodfield

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

Update on electrical substation fire in Leicester

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

The latest information on the fire at Ravensbridge Drive is that the site has now been "dampened down" by the fire service.

They will be reinspecting the area tonight and tomorrow.  

Fire in Ravensbridge Drive
Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service

Police have tweeted to say power has been restored and most road closures have been lifted. 

They've said emergency services are still on scene.

Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service has tweeted praise for the crews that attended the fire and brought it under control.

Wednesday: Showers on Wednesday morning

Lucy Martin

BBC Weather

Another cold night - it’ll turn increasingly cloudy from the west but we'll hold on to a few clear spells. 

A minimum temperature of 4C (39F).

Weather
BBC

It’ll be a cold start to Wednesday with some brighter intervals first thing.

We’ll soon see a band of showery rain pushing in from the west through the morning - it’ll be heavy at times and could fall as hail or sleet for a time.

A maximum temperature of 8C (46F).

Watch: Prince plays football-volleyball

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Prince Harry's last visit of the day was to Pink Lizard, a youth and community organisation based in the Saffron Lane estate in Leicester. 

The organisation uses sport to build confidence and tackle negative behaviour patterns among young people living in deprived communities.

The prince even got involved with a bit of football-volleyball...

Woman missing from Loughborough

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

This is Jean Fuller - the 68-year-old was reported missing from the Sharpley Road area of Loughborough yesterday...

Jean Fuller
Leicestershire Police

Jean was last seen heading to Loughborough town centre and is now believed to be in the Nottingham area.

Police have said they are concerned about her welfare and want to hear from anyone who has seen her.

Woman who poured acid over sleeping boyfriend jailed

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

A woman who tried to kill her lover by pouring sulphuric acid over him while he slept will serve at least 17 years in prison.

Katie Leong had formed a relationship with 31-year-old Daniel Rotariu who lived in the same shared house in Turner Road, Leicester.

After a row in July last year, 52-year-old Leong poured the acid over him causing burns to 32% of his body and the loss of sight in both eyes. 

Katie Leong
Leicestershire Police

He spent 26 weeks in hospital undergoing life-saving treatment and will continue to need medical help for many years, police said.

A jury at Leicester Crown Court convicted her of attempted murder and she was sentenced to a 34 year life sentence, to serve a minimum of 17 years.

A man accused of the same offence was found not guilty.

The attack on Daniel was utterly wicked and it is quite astonishing that he survived. Leong has not shown any remorse – let alone humanity – for what she did to Daniel. Daniel, however, is a quite remarkable man. The strength and resilience he has shown, both in his fight for life in hospital, and in his ability to give evidence in this trial, is truly humbling."

Det Ch Insp Rich WardLeicestershire Police

Armed robbery in Measham

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Three men wearing balaclavas used weapons to steal cash being delivered to a store on High Street in Measham this morning.

The men approached the two victims at Tesco Express and threatened them - they received some minor injuries but didn't need medical treatment.

The offenders ran off with the cash in the direction of Tamworth Road. A vehicle thought to have been used by them has been recovered.

Watch: Prince visits same HIV charity as mother

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Next the prince went to LASS - an HIV charity in Leicester. While there, he unveiled a plaque to mark the charity's 30th birthday...

Prince Harry
Kensington Palace

The charity was also visited by Harry's mother Diana, Princess of Wales, in 1991...

Jewellery stolen in Hathern

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

A large amount of jewellery has been stolen from a house in Hathern.

Nearly 50 items worth thousands of pounds were taken from the property sometime between 18:15 on 1 March and 10:00 the following morning.

Among the pieces stolen is this distinct gold-plated medal and gold necklace...

Jewellery
Leicestershire Police

Another item stolen was an Emporio Armani watch engraved "To Dad love Karen and Dave".

A camera and a car were also stolen from the property.

“As well as the medal and the watch that are distinct and would be easy to identify, much of the jewellery has sentimental value having been inherited from family and purchased while on holiday in the Far East.”

PC Chrissie EarlLeicestershire Police

Your photos: Bradgate Park

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Thanks to Lynn Cook who has sent in these lovey photos from Bradgate a Park this morning...

Bradgate Park
Lynn Cook
Bradgate Park
Lynn Cook

You can send in your photos too by here .

Watch: Prince Harry visits Hamilton College

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

In other news - Prince Harry has been in Leicester today.

This was his first royal engagement of the day at Hamilton College...

At the college he met those involved with the "Yes You Can" project. It's a 20-week personal development programme that operates within seven secondary schools around Leicestershire.

It uses peer mentors between the ages of 16 and 25 to inspire Year 8 pupils.

The prince met mentors and children from the two programmes.

Eyewitness describes seeing 'plumes of smoke'

East Midlands Today

Luke Ryan, who works in a shop near the substation, has been describing what happened earlier this morning. 

Luke Ryan
BBC

"I was working and I saw plumes of smoke going past the building," Mr Ryan told BBC East Midlands Today. 

"We were just told to make sure that everyone was evacuated safely.

"We've had to evacuate for the day so we'll just see what happens from here." 

From the scene: 'Fire is being contained'

Simon Ward

East Midlands Today reporter in Leicester

The fire service said they started getting calls about this emergency just before 11:00 this morning.

They said it started after an explosion in the electricity substation but is now being contained by firefighters. 

The substation has a transformer inside which has nearly 9,000 gallons of oil in it so that is why it is being allowed to burn off. 

Fire service consulting with power company over blaze

Leicestershire Fire and Rescue has said it has sent four firefighters with breathing apparatus in to tackle the blaze.

The service added that it was consulting with Western Power throughout the operation to put the fire out. 

'Much less' visible smoke at fire

Simon Ward

East Midlands Today reporter in Leicester

There is now much less smoke visible now at the electricity substation fire in Leicester.  

Substation fire
BBC

View of Leicester fire from a plane

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

I've just had a chat with Andrew Tyrrell who works for the Ordnance Survey and sent us some aerial shots of the fire on Ravensbridge Drive.

Fire in Leicester
Andrew Tyrrell

He's part of the Flying Unit which came across the fire on their way back to East Midlands Airport, where they're based. They'd been in Dover carrying out a survey.

He told me they were in a light aircraft and despite the size of the fire they couldn't feel any heat from it. The pilot did however have to make sure he flew upwind so the smoke didn't impact on vision.

Ploom of smoke seen for miles

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

The smoke from the fire can be seen across Leicester - this was taken from the Haymarket roof by Simon Parry...

Some across Leicester
Simon Parry

This was taken in Western Park by Leigh Spencer...

Smoke
Leigh Spencer

Fire forces shops to close

Andy Trigg

BBC Radio Leicester reporter

The shops on the A6, Halfords, Carpet Right and The Range, have been evacuated because of the fire.

Some staff have been sent home for the day.

Fire
BBC
Fire
BBC

Fire captured from the sky

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

An Ordnance Survey worker has captured these images of the fire from the sky...

Fire
Andrew Tyrrell
Fire
Andrew Tyrrell

Police send out 'urgent' notice following fire

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Police have just tweeted this warning to people near the scene of the fire...

View more on twitter

Fire service called following 'explosion'

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

The fire service has now released more information about the fire saying they received "multiple calls"  at about 10:45 to a large fire following an explosion. 

It involves a high voltage electrical substation.

They're now hosing down surrounding buildings and working with police who are advising locals to keep windows closed due to smoke.

Fire
BBC

The fire service has also said they are working with a Western Power engineer who is on site.

About 8,800 litres of oil is being allowed to burn off.

Fire: 'Pops' heard at start of fire

Andy Trigg

BBC Radio Leicester reporter

The flames are around 20m high and a huge plume of smoke is billowing east over the A6. 

I spoke to a man who witnessed the start of the fire - he said there wasn't​ so much of an explosion, more a series of pops. 

You can hear what sounds like glass smashing within the fire and the heat of the flames can be felt from a great distance away. 

Fire
BBC

I'm told the fire service are tackling the blaze within the electrical substation but they are nowhere to be seen on Ravensbridge Drive. 

A police cordon has been set-up and Western Power engineers are on scene.

Power restored after fire at electrical substation

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Huge amounts of black smoke is still pouring into the city as a large fire continues at a electrical substation near Ravensbridge Drive near Abbey Park.

The fire caused 45,000 homes and businesses to be without power for around 45 minutes but Western Power Distribution has confirmed power has now been restored.

Fire and power cut affecting city homes

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Police in New Parks have asked locals to keep doors and windows closed because of the fire.

The city council has also tweeted to say Beaumont Leys Library has been evacuated.

fire
BBC

On Twitter Bethany Poppy Lola has said all the traffic lights are out near Glenfield Hospital, house alarms are going off and everywhere has no power.

Watch: Fire on Ravensbridge Drive

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

This video of the fire on Ravensbridge Drive has been sent into us by a reader... 

Large fire near Abbey Park

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

There's a fire near Ravensbridge Drive in Leicester...

Smoke
BBC
Fire
BBC

It's thought this could be affecting power in the area with reports of some traffic lights being out.

Watch: Offer made to buy former church

Helen McCarthy

BBC Radio Leicester Reporter

This Spinney Hill church, which has been unused for over 20 years, could soon get a new lease of life...

An offer has been made to buy St Saviour's Church, on St Saviour's Road in Leicester.

The full plans are yet to be revealed but there are rules and procedures to be followed before a church can change its use.

Many local people have said they would like it to remain a church - one person said: "If that goes, I'll go. Forty-five years I've been here. I wouldn't want to see something else replace it."

Rugby: Tigers talking to media ahead of local derby

BBC Leicester Sport

Leicester Tigers are to hold their pre-Northampton press conference today.

All the key quotes and headlines on Local Live from midday.

Welford Road
Getty Images

Cash machine 'ripped out' in Great Glen

Helen McCarthy

BBC Radio Leicester Reporter

A cash machine has been ripped out of the Co-op in Great Glen - it's now laying down the road with a metal chain around it.

The wall of the shop has been destroyed. There's bricks, metal, glass and wires all over the pavement of Main Street.

In front of the shop is a digger blocking the road - it looks like it's been used to take the cash machine out. 

Great Glen
BBC
Great Glen
BBC

Travel: Road closed in Great Glen

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

View more on twitter

This road is still closed - we have a reporter going to see what is going on.

We've just had this message...

Royal visit to Leicester

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Prince Harry is coming to Leicester today to visit three local charities.

He'll start by meeting Year 8 pupils at Hamilton College who have been involved in the "Yes You Can" project. It uses peer mentors to inspire youngsters.

Prince Harry
Getty Images

Next he'll go to the HIV charity LASS which is celebrating its 30th birthday. The organisation works with other agencies to try and tackle the stigma faced by people living with HIV and was visited by his mother Princess Diana in 1991.

Finally he'll go to Pink Lizard, a youth and community organisation based in the Saffron Lane estate. Its aim is to support young people living in deprived communities.

Analysis: Timing of Mauger's Tigers exit 'jarring'

Chris Egerton

BBC Leicester Sport

The key point of controversy among Tigers fans is not necessarily the decision itself.

As decent a man as Aaron Mauger is, it's not clear whether the board ever overlooked his role in the coaching differences with Richard Cockerill, which led to the director of rugby's own departure in January. 

Aaron Mauger
Getty Images

The timing of the decision is jarring, especially with further organisational changes promised in spite of Mauger's recent involvement in recruitment. Not one player recruited by Leicester in the three years before his arrival will be at Tigers next season. 

It is also striking to see comments from players at a club renowned for not airing its dirty laundry in public. What is clear, is that players who were loud on social media when Cockerill left have been quieter during Mauger's exit and vice versa. A marked contrast to the smiles and unity on show after Sunday's Anglo-Welsh Cup Final win.

It is not a good omen ahead of two important Premiership fixtures in three weeks.

Watch: Weather for the East Midlands

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

Leicester striker 'had death threats' over Claudio Ranieri's sacking

BBC Sport

Leicester striker Jamie Vardy has said he's received death threats and his family have been targeted since Claudio Ranieri was sacked as manager.

The 30-year-old blamed "hurtful" and "false" accusations he influenced the club's decision to sack the Italian.

Ranieri  left in February,  nine months after winning the Premier League, with the club 17th in the table. His successor, Craig Shakespeare, later denied reports of  a player revolt.

Jamie Vardy with Claudio Ranieri
Getty Images

"It is terrifying. I read one story that said I was personally involved in a meeting after the Sevilla game when I was actually sat in anti-doping for three hours. But then the story is out there, people pick it up and jump on it and you're getting death threats about your family, kids, everything. When people are trying to cut your missus up while she's driving, with the kids in the back of the car, it's not the best."

Jamie VardyLeicester City player