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Summary

  1. Updates for Wednesday 22 March 2017
  2. IPCC to investigate police's handling of acid attack
  3. Fossil named after Sir David Attenborough
  4. Fire crews dampening down after substation blaze
  5. Leicester buildings up for architecture award
  6. England supporting Vardy over 'death threats'
  7. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 Thursday

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By Calum McKenzie

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

Weather: Some mist and fog forming overnight

Lucy Martin

BBC Weather

Tonight will be mostly cloudy with outbreaks of showery rain at times. 

BBC Weather map
BBC

The winds will ease in strength in the early hours. Chance of a few patches of mist and fog forming at times.

Minimum temperatures of 5C (41F). 

Your photos: March across Leicestershire

BBC Weather Watchers

The rain might be making things look pretty miserable out there - but all this extra water is good news for BBC Weather Watcher Maggie T's garden in East Leake near Loughborough.  

Flowers
Maggie T
Flowers
Maggie T

Rebekah Vardy reveals the 'disgusting' online abuse she has received

ITV

Jamie Vardy's wife Rebekah has told ITV's Loose Women about the "horrific" online abuse she has received. 

Jamie and Rebekah Vardy
BBC

Ms Vardy, who has two children with the sportsman and two from previous relationships, said it was just the "minority" of people who attacked her online but that she had had people wishing her son Finley was stillborn.

The show's host Ruth Langsford asked her what kind of things people would write to her, and she said: "Wishing stillbirth on him, and just really disgusting stuff. It is a minority of people.

"I don't think I'd ever stop reading it, because I think the minute you take yourself away from that, it's the minute the trolls win."

Earlier this week, husband Jamie revealed  he had received "death threats" following the sacking of Claudio Ranieri.

Leicestershire-based shoe company goes into administration

Sonia Kataria

BBC News Online

Discount shoe retailer Brantano has gone into administration, about four months after the chain was bought by an investment firm.

Brantano shop
Google

The Leicestershire-based company employs about 1,000 staff in 140 stores and 60 concessions across the UK.

Administrators from PwC, who are now running the business, said redundancies would be "inevitable".

PwC's Tony Barrell said the chain was a victim of changing consumer habits.

He added they would trade normally while they sought a buyer.

Vardy set for England start

BBC Sport

Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy is expected to start up front for England against Germany in tonight's friendly in Dortmund.

Jamie Vardy
PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images

England (expected): Hart; Keane, Smalling Cahill; Walker, Dier, Livermore, Bertrand; Lallana, Alli, Vardy.  

Ashworth: 'All in shock' at Parliament incident

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Leicester South MP Jon Ashworth tweets... 

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Incident at Parliament 'deeply shocking,' says Nicky Morgan

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Loughborough MP Nicky Morgan tweets... 

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Bridgen: Atmosphere at Parliament 'slightly surreal'

North West Leicestershire MP Andrew Bridgen has just been speaking about the current lockdown at Parliament. 

"As a parliamentarian we know that this is a high risk environment," Mr Bridgen told 96-106 Capital FM.

"It is a clear potential terrorist target for various groups and even knowing that and coming to work and seeing the security it is still a bit numbing when it actually happens. 

 "It is slightly surreal here in parliament at the moment." 

Leicester MP's 'thoughts and prayers' with everyone at Westminster

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Leicester West MP Liz Kendall tweets... 

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Lineker pledges cash to get Piers Morgan to wear Spurs shirt

BBC Entertainment and Arts

Here is some more on Leicester City favourite Gary Lineker's pledge to donate £2,000 to Comic Relief if Arsenal fan Piers Morgan keeps a Tottenham shirt on all day on Friday. 

Piers Morgan and Gary Lineker
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Lineker backs Piers Morgan's silence pledge

Leicester City legend Gary Lineker has piled in on Piers Morgan's Twitter silence pledge...

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The Good Morning Britain presenter has promised not to tweet for one whole day in aid of Red Nose Day.

England supporting Vardy over Ranieri 'death threats,' says Southgate

AFP

England boss Gareth Southgate has said death threats Jamie Vardy received in the wake of Claudio Ranieri's sacking by Leicester will not affect the striker in tonight's friendly away to Germany.

Gareth Southgate and Jamie Vardy
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"I can understand why he [Vardy] wanted to discuss it, it's obviously a very serious subject and we are very supportive of him," said Southgate. 

"I know the club [Leicester] and the authorities are well aware of what is going on now as well, which is the most important thing. 

"But there will be no problem with his focus for the game, as we have seen with his performances over the last few weeks."

Watchdog probe police over acid attack

Liam Barnes

BBC News Online

Here's more on the report that the IPCC is investigating Leicestershire Police over its handling of a case where a woman poured acid over her sleeping lover.

The force referred itself to the watchdog over claims that it knew the acid was bought by Katie Leong, pictured, with the intent of using it on Daniel Rotariu.

Katie Leong
Leicestershire Police

He suffered horrific injuries after the attack in July last year which left him blind and will need many years of treatment. 

Leong was sentenced to a minimum of 17 years in prison yesterday after she was convicted of attempted murder.

Her ex-boyfriend Mark Cummings was cleared of the same charge. Mr Cummings told the court he had raised concerns over the acid with his probation office.

Weather: Sleet and hail showers this afternoon

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

Rain pushing in throughout the afternoon with some heavier downpours possible at times which could also involve sleet and hail.

BBC weather map
BBC

Highs of 8C (46F). 

Council trialing 'self service' library in Syston

Tim Parker

BBC Radio Leicester political reporter

Nigel Thomas from Leicestershire County Council has been showing me how the new self-access library trial in Syston has been going.

Nigel Thomas at a library
BBC

The self service scheme started this week and is an attempt to keep libraries open longer, without staff being present. 

If it works in Syston (and a similar scheme is already up and running in Peterborough) it could be rolled out across all of the county's libraries.

Keypad at a library
BBC

As the 3-month trial has only just started, the council has said it's far too early to say how many staff could be affected if the scheme does get adopted.  

Ex-husband denies suitcase murder in Leicester

Simon Ward

East Midlands Today reporter at Leicester Crown Court

A man has pleaded not guilty to the murder of his ex wife, whose body was found in a suitcase in Leicester. 

Kiran Daudia
Leicestershire Police

Kiran Daudia (pictured), 46, was discovered in the suitcase at a property on Cromer Street in the city in January this year. 

Her former husband, 50-year-old Ashwin Daudia, appeared via video link at Leicester Crown Court to deny a murder charge.

His trial is due to take place on 26 June. 

Police cordon
BBC

'Fewer carriages' on some East Midlands trains services

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Worth casting your eye over this if you are travelling later...

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IPCC to investigate police's handling of Leicester acid attack

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is to look at Leicestershire Police's handling of a case where a man had acid poured over him as he slept.  

Katie Leong
Leicestershire Police

Katie Leong (pictured), 52, was found guilty on Tuesday of the attempted murder of her boyfriend Daniel Rotariu in an attack in Leicester in July last year. 

Jurors cleared Leong's ex-partner, Mark Cummings, of attempted murder. 

IPCC Commissioner Derrick Campbell said: "Although we have started our investigation some aspects of it were put on hold due to the criminal proceedings. 

"Now that those proceedings have concluded we will be looking to progress our enquiries to help establish whether the police response to the information received was appropriate and if there is any organisational learning that can be identified."

'Grand Designs' style house in Leicester up for award

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Just because that house (see 10:42) is so stunning - here are some more pics of what it looks like.

Exterior of a house
RIBA East Midlands
Exterior of a house
RIBA East Midlands
Inside a stunning house
RIBA East Midlands

Leicester buildings in the running for architecture award

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Two buildings in Leicester have been shortlisted for a prestigious architecture award. 

Number One Westhill
RIBA East Midlands

Leicester Cathedral's Richard III project (pictured below) and Number One Westhill - a residential property - have been shortlisted alongside six other buildings for the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) East Midlands awards. 

Leicester Cathedral
RIBA East Midlands

Valeria Passetti from RIBA said: "It’s fantastic that eight projects have been shortlisted for the RIBA East Midlands 2017 Awards. 

"The range and diversity of the schemes selected, including two by regionally-based practices, is testament to the inspiring architecture that this region has to offer."

The buildings will learn if they have been successful at a ceremony in Derby on Thursday.

Fire crews still dampening down Leicester substation

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

I have just been sent these pictures from the scene of Tuesday's fire at a high voltage electrical substation in Leicester.  

Charred remains of a sustation
Leicestershire Fire and Rescue

Leicestershire Fire and Rescue said its crews had been dampening down at the site throughout the night. 

At its height, the blaze left 45,000 properties in Leicester without power. 

Charred remains of a substation
Leicestershire Fire and Rescue

Could lightning strike twice for Vardy in Germany?

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy could be set to win his 15th England cap this evening when The Three Lions take on Germany in a friendly.

Jamie Vardy
PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images

Manager Gareth Southgate has yet to decide whether he wants Vardy, Marcus Rashford or Jermain Defoe to lead the line at Signal Iduna Park in Dortmund. 

Foxes striker Vardy scored his first international goal in a 3-2 win over Germany in Berlin last year.

Fossil named in honour of Sir David Attenborough

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

A team of scientists led by the University of Leicester has discovered a 430 million-year-old fossil and named it after Sir David Attenborough.

The fossil (pictured in a digital scan below) has been determined as a distant relative of living lobsters, shrimps and crabs.

The find comes from volcanic ash deposits that accumulated in Herefordshire.

Fossil
University of Leicester

The fossil is named Cascolus ravitis in honour of Sir David - who grew up on University College Leicester campus (the forerunner of the University) - in celebration of his 90th birthday.

Professor David Siveter
University of Leicester

Professor David Siveter (pictured above) from the university said: "In my youth, David Attenborough’s early programmes on the BBC, such as ‘Zoo Quest’, greatly encouraged my interest in Natural History and it is a pleasure to honour him in this way."

The word Cascolus is a Latin rendering of the Old English equivalent to Attenborough while Ravitis is a reference to the Roman name for Leicester.

Watch: Wednesday's weather outlook

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

Here is your forecast from East Midlands Today for Wednesday...

Your photos: Sunrise across Leicestershire and Rutland

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

It has been a stunning start to the day across our region - and luckily, our BBC Weather Watchers have been up early with their cameras. 

Sunrise at East Midlands Airport
Loki's keeper
Sunrise over Empingham, Rutland
Andy's Rutland

These efforts are from Loki's keeper at East Midlands Airport (top) and Andy's Rutland at Empingham (bottom). 

Severe disruption: M1 Northamptonshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Northamptonshire southbound severe disruption, between J18 for A5 and J17 for M45 Dunchurch.

M1 Northamptonshire - One lane blocked and queuing traffic on M1 southbound between J18, A5 (Rugby) and J17, M45 (Dunchurch), because of a broken down lorry.

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

Good morning: Welcome to today's live updates

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

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

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