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  1. Updates for Friday 24 March 2017
  2. Shops evacuated in Leicester
  3. Armed robbery at Shepshed building society
  4. Work begins on Great Central Railway bridge
  5. Shakespeare nominated for Manager of the Month
  6. Cole and Youngs return for Tigers at Saints
  7. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 Monday

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By Calum McKenzie

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

Weather: Cold night but pleasant weekend

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

A cold and clear night with temperatures falling to 2C (36F). 

BBC weather grid

Tomorrow some early mist and fog is possible for a time however this will lift and clear leaving a beautiful day with blue sky and sunshine throughout.

Your photos: March across Leicestershire

BBC Weather Watchers

Thanks to BBC Weather Watcher scrappy for this regal looking swan on the River Soar at Kegworth. 

Swan on the River Soar
scrappy/BBC Weather Watchers

Preview: Northampton Saints vs. Leicester Tigers

BBC Sport

England Six Nations winners Ben Youngs (pictured) and Dan Cole return for Leicester.

Ben Youngs
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Mathew Tait, Freddie Burns, Ellis Genge and Graham Kitchener are the only four Tigers to retain their places from the side that started the  Anglo-Welsh Cup Final victory over Exeter  last Sunday.

England centre Luther Burrell is on is on the bench for Northampton Saints after  eight weeks out injured.

Saints welcome back Dylan Hartley, Courtney Lawes, Tom Wood and George North after international duty.

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Leicester street reopens after 'suspicious package' alert

Ian Stringer

BBC Radio Leicester

The cordon has come down and Humberstone Gate has reopened.


Armed robbery with 'shotgun' in Shepshed

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

There has been an armed robbery at the Nottingham Building Society in Shepshed this afternoon.

Bull Ring in Shepshed

Two men entered the building with their faces covered and threatened staff and customers with what is being described as a shotgun, Leicestershire Police said. 

No-one was injured, but a quantity of cash was taken, the force added. 

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Rugby: Tigers 'know what is coming' at Northampton

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Outgoing Leicester Tigers head coach Aaron Mauger (pictured) has said the squad are "really excited" about the pursuit of a Premiership play-off place. 

Aaron Mauger
Ben Hoskins/Getty Images

Mauger takes charge of his final game in charge of Tigers at Northampton tomorrow, knowing a win or draw could take them into the top four. 

"It is always a big battle with Saints," ex-New Zealand centre Mauger said. 

"They haven't played for a couple of weeks, so they will be fresh and up for it. 

"We are on a six-day turnaround and the high of winning the Anglo-Welsh Cup last Sunday, but we've managed the squad through this period. Our guys know what is coming, but we are really excited by the challenge."

Australian Matt O'Connor is taking over from Mauger as head coach after the Northampton game. 

Leicestershire Police sends floral tribute to PC killed in terror attack

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

BBC political correspondent Eleanor Garnier tweets...

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'Suspicious package' cause of city centre police cordon

Ian Stringer

BBC Radio Leicester

No sense of urgency or pressure among the fire or police officers I have to say and the cordon remains within 50m of the bank.  

Police cordon

I've just had confirmation from a police officer on the scene that a "suspicious package" was the reason for the evacuation.  

Leicester police cordon over 'contents of package'

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

The cordon has been put in place because of concerns about the contents of a package, according to Leicestershire Police.

The package was received by one of the Humberstone Gate businesses earlier today.

The force added that no-one has been injured. 

Shops evacuated and police cordon in place in Leicester

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

BBC Radio Leicester's Ian Stringer has just sent this picture from Humberstone Gate in the city centre. 

Police cordon

He has said he has seen firefighters in breathing apparatus go into Barclays bank. 

Bosses 'feeling fantastic' at start of heritage railway bridge

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Andy Munro, the chief executive of the Great Central Railway, has said he is thrilled to finally have work underway on a new bridge (see 10:11) to connect part of the heritage railway.

Andy Munro

Once complete, the 30-metre structure will carry a single track of the railway over the main line between Derby and London St Pancras.  

"It feels absolutely fantastic," Mr Munro said. 

"We can't believe that finally after all this time, after all this work from so many people, we are standing here and work has started to put the bridge in place." 

"It is fantastic."

Weather: Pleasant afternoon ahead

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

Cloud will clear and there should be plenty of blue sky and sunshine around this afternoon. 

BBC weather map

Highs of 13C (55F). 

Travel: One lane closed on M1 near East Midlands Airport

BBC News Travel

A broken down vehicle on the M1 northbound is causing congestion between junction 24 and 23A near East Midlands Airport.

One of the four lanes is currently closed.

Here's how it's looking like at the moment...

Highways England

Police and crime commissioner sets out plans for Leicestershire

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Leicestershire Police and Crime Commissioner Lord Willy Bach has promised to work more closely with victims and the community and try to give people "value for money" policing. 

Lord Willy Bach

Lord Bach made the comments at the launch of his first complete Police and Crime Plan in Leicester. 

"We have suffered a lot as a police force as a result of government cuts over the last eight or nine years," he told BBC Radio Leicester. 

"We've lost 23% of police officers across Leicestershire as you know and we've lost 30% of resource from central government." 

Lord Bach added that he hoped the rise in council tax would help him deliver on his promises. 

Six Nations winners return to Tigers starting XV

Martin Ballard

BBC Radio Leicester sport

Leicester Tigers welcome back England duo Dan Cole and Ben Youngs into the starting lineup for tomorrow's Premiership derby with Northampton Saints (15:00). 

Ben Youngs and Dan Cole
Getty Images

Here is the team in full: 

15. Telusa Veainu 14. Adam Thompstone 13. Mathew Tait 12. Maxime Mermoz 11. J P Pietersen 10. Freddie Burns 9. Ben Youngs 1. Ellis Genge 2. Tom Youngs (c) 3. Dan Cole 4. Dom Barrow 5. Graham Kitchener 6. Mike Fitzgerald 7. Brendon O'Connor 8. Luke Hamilton    

Your photos: March across Leicestershire

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Thanks to BBC Weather Watcher Pete for this very artistic pic from Melton Mowbray. 

Water drop

Craig Shakespeare nominated for Manager of the Month

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Leicester City boss Craig Shakespeare has been nominated for the Premier League Manager of the Month award for March. 

Craig Shakespeare
Michael Regan/Getty Images

Shakespeare has gone unbeaten as Foxes boss since taking over from Claudio Ranieri and has won league matches against Liverpool, Hull and West Ham. 

Sam Allardyce, Antonio Conte, Mauricio Pochettino, Eddie Howe and Jurgen Klopp are the other nominees. 

You can cast your vote for Shakespeare to win the award here.

Travel: Train delays on four routes

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

East Midlands Trains say there's been a failure of the electricity supply at the Doncaster signal box, which is causing problems:

  • Trains are unable to run between Doncaster and Lincoln Central on the Doncaster-Peterborough route
  • No service between Lincoln and Newark Northgate on the Grimsby/Lincoln-Leicester route
  • Trains on the Norwich/Nottingham/Liverpool line are being diverted and won't stop at Grantham
  • Nottingham/Grantham/Skegness trains won't stop at Grantham either
east midlands train

Work begins on Great Central Railway bridge

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Work has begun on a bridge that will one day carry heritage steam trains over the Midland Mainline.

Bridge over the Midland Mainline
Great Central Railway

The 30-metre structure (artist's impression above), which should be completed by the autumn, is part of the wider restoration of the Great Central Railway.  

The railway line, between Leicester and Nottingham, was left with a 500m gap after infrastructure, including bridges, were removed.

Workmen on the Great Central Railway

Ex-City boss Claudio Ranieri to get 'Golden Bench' award

BBC Sport

Claudio Ranieri will get a special award from the Italian Football Federation for leading Leicester City to a shock Premier League title last season.  

Claudio Ranieri

The 65-year-old Italian was  sacked in February  with the club in a relegation battle.

He will receive a Panchina d'Oro (Golden Bench) award next week.

Watch: East Midlands weather outlook

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

Here is your Friday weather forecast...

Shares in Next rise despite fall in profits

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Don't worry if those share figures mean nothing to you - I think the majority of us are in the same boat... 

Leicester-based Next shares leads FTSE 100 higher

BBC Business News

London's main share index gained ground on Thursday led by retailer Leicester-based retailer Next, as investors reacted to its results.  

Stock market screen
Getty Images

The  FTSE 100  index ended the day 15.99 points or 0.22% ahead at 7,340.71.

Next shares jumped by 8% despite the retailer reporting its  first fall in annual profits for eight years , with profits dropping to £790m.

Next shop

"Not a pretty set of figures from Next but no worse than expected after warning on profits in January," said Neil Wilson at ETX Capital.

"Investors seem to be reassured that it's taking steps to turn things around with a focus on core products."

Bid to boost golf participation among women in Leicestershire

BBC Radio Leicester

England Golf want more women across Leicestershire to get into playing the sport.

Woman golfer

Leicestershire is one of just a handful of counties offering free taster sessions for five to 18-year-old girls in an attempt to boost participation. 

It is all part of the Get Into Golf campaign.

Four women golfers

Anita Higginson, (pictured far right) president of the county's women's golf association, said: "At Kibworth, and actually nationally, we are outnumbered by men five to one.

"That is really why England Golf are encouraging more women to play. 

"There are some many more opportunities now, it is a hobby like no other where you can grow old playing it and that is one of the wonderful things."

Rugby: Tigers 'pumped' for Saints clash

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Leicester Tigers winger Tom Brady has said the squad are in no doubt about the importance of tomorrow's midlands derby with Northampton Saints.

Tom Brady
Tony Marshall/Getty Images

Both Tigers and Saints are still in the  hunt for the final Premiership play-off place.

The former Sale Sharks winger said: "It does not take too much motivating, the lads are already pumped for it.

"Leicester versus Northampton is embedded in you when you come to this club. It goes unsaid - it is a must win game for this club."

Aaron Mauger names his final Tigers side at lunchtime. 

Your photos: March across Leicestershire

BBC Weather Watchers

It looks as if it has been a dramatic start to the day in the skies above East Midlands Airport. 

Sky above East Midlands Airport
Loki's keeper

Thanks to BBC Weather Watcher Loki's keeper for being up nice and early to take the snap. 

Good morning: Welcome to today's live updates

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

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

If you are doing anything for Red Nose Day then please get in touch via Facebook , Twitter or email and I'll share some of the best pics and stories.