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Summary

  1. Updates for Monday 27 March 2017
  2. Two arrested for fatal Beaumont Leys stabbing
  3. Sex offender fails to reverse guilty plea
  4. Scheme launched to protect cyclists
  5. Barrow upon Soar bridge reopens after collapse
  6. Selby beats Stefanov in China Open
  7. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 Tuesday

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By Amy Woodfield

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

Weather: Dry start to Tuesday with some rain in the afternoon

Jennifer Bartram

BBC weather

Becoming fairly cloudy through this evening with the risk of some patchy mist and fog through the night. 

Staying dry through the night with light winds and lows of around 5C (41F).

Weather
BBC

A rather grey, misty start on Tuesday but cloud will break up through the morning to give some brighter spells at times.

Dry through the morning, but some scattered showers will develop through the afternoon, especially further west, and some of these could be rather heavy and thundery.

Your comments: Scheme to promote cyclists' safety

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Here's another comment from a Local Live reader on the new police scheme to get drivers to keep a safe distance when passing cyclists...

Cyclists should be made to use cycle ways where they are provided or face a fine if they cycle on the road. Councils have spent time and money upgrading footpaths. Also cyclists should have to pass a test to cycle on the road, pay the same fines and obey the same rules as motorists if they use the road."

Anonymous

MP apologises for failing to declare a financial interest in HS2

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

The MP for North West Leicestershire has apologised to the Commons after failing to declare a financial interest during a parliamentary debate on the HS2.

Conservative Andrew Bridgen, who opposes the high speed rail link, sold his home 500 yards from the proposed route under what's called the Exceptional Hardship scheme. 

He received more than £1.8m from the sale but had paid £2.1m when he bought the property more than six years ago.

HS2
PA

Raising a point of order in the Commons to apologise, he said: "I should have declared that, due to a court order caused by my divorce, I was in the final act of selling my house to HS2 under the extreme hardship scheme.

"I've sought to co-operate with the Commissioner for Standards throughout this inquiry, I've never made any secret of how close HS2 was running to my then-property in north west Leicestershire, and this in no way clouded my view of the HS2 project, a project I opposed before the route was announced, during my interest and since.

"I apologise to the House profusely for any omissions I may have made."

Pride festival at risk of cancellation

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Organisers of Leicester Pride have said this year's festival might not go ahead because of problems with funding. 

Pride flag
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The lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender festival is due to take place at Victoria Park on the first weekend in September but more money is "urgently" needed.

Organiser Simon Harrison told the BBC they need to find about £10,000 in the next couple of weeks otherwise the event will be cancelled.

The event normally attracts about 10,000 people.

Travel: Traffic queuing in Anstey

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Snooker: Selby beats Stefanow in China Open

BBC Leicester Sport

Leicester's Mark Selby has beaten Adam Stefanow 5-3 in his opening match at the China Open in Beijing.

Mark Selby
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Your comments: Scheme to promote cyclists' safety

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

A Local Live reader has been in touch about Leicestershire Police's new scheme to get drivers to keep a safe distance from cyclists...

Homes for homeless soldiers in Coalville

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Four ex-servicemen who were sleeping rough in Leicestershire have been given new homes thanks to a partnership between North West Leicestershire District Council and the Coalville charity Once We Were Soldiers. 

One of them is Pete (middle) who was in the RAF. He said: "I couldn't wish for anything else. It makes life worth living again."

Andy, Pete and Fergus
BBC

Alongside Pete in this photo are Andy and Fergus from the charity who say they can relate to the men they work with.

Up until last year Fergus was homeless after serving in the Gulf, Bosnia, Cyprus, Northern Ireland and Iraq.

Andy told BBC Radio Leicester he was also homeless when he first came out the army. He said he was sofa-surfing with a newborn baby.

Man fails to change guilty plea for sex offences

Amy Harris

Reporter, BBC East Midlands Today

I'm at Leicester Crown Court for the appearance of Michal Podlaszczyk who's pleaded guilty to sex offences in a city park.

Podlaszczyk wants to change his plea - the court has been told the defendant was suffering from mental illness at time of the sex offences in a park.

The judge won't allow a plea change and adjourned the case to 6 April for sentencing.

Your photos: Sunny Sunday in Loughborough

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Paul Blackwell has shared these lovely photos with us - they were taken yesterday in Queens Park in Loughborough...

Queens Park, Loughborough
Paul Blackwell
Queens Park, Loughborough
Paul Blackwell

Two arrested in Beaumont Leys stabbing case

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Two people have been arrested in connection with the murder of a man in Leicester.

A 19-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of murder and a 21-year-old woman for assisting an offender. Both are in police custody.

Car park with police cordon
BBC

A post-mortem examination revealed the 22-year-old man found fatally injured on Canonsleigh Road yesterday had been stabbed.  

Tigers players show support for Mauger after beating rivals

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Aaron Mauger had his last game in charge of Leicester Tigers on Saturday - and what a game it was!

Tigers beat rivals Northampton Saints 31-36 at Franklin's Gardens.

Some players took to Twitter after the game to show their emotions about their coaches exit...

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Leicester Mercury front page

Leicester Mercury

The police and social services have been criticised for not prosecuting a self-confessed paedophile who sexually abused his step-daughter in the 1980s - leaving him free to foster a vulnerable teenage girl whom he twice made pregnant.

Leicester Mercury
Leicester Mercury

Scheme to protect cyclists launched in Leicestershire

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Drivers that get too close to cyclists in Leicestershire could find themselves getting a lesson from the police.

Cyclists
BBC

The force here is adopting a scheme started in West Midlands called #GiveSpaceBeSafe.

Plain clothes officers on bikes pull over motorists seen driving too close to cyclists - they then show them exactly how much room they should be giving.

It's resulted in a drop in the number of close-passes reported to them, West Midlands Police said.

Cycling sign
BBC

Eric Ludlow is from the Leicester Cycling Campaign Group - he said: "If you're riding along and something comes so close that you can touch it, at any kind of speed, it really does frighten you. 

"I've been cycling for some time but it you were young or inexperienced chances are that would put you off for good. 

"It's intimidating, it's frightening, it shouldn't happen."

Football: Goalkeeper's Leicester warning for Stoke City players

Matt Sandoz

Stoke City commentator, BBC Radio Stoke

The Stoke City goalkeeper Lee Grant says they shouldn't underestimate Leicester City this weekend. 

Lee Grant
Mark Thompson/Getty Images

The Potters are back in action on Saturday after the international break and Grant told BBC Radio Stoke that the players will need to be on top form.

They were the champions of this country just short of 12 months ago so it will be a tough ask, going away from home in the Premier League is never easy in any circumstances, so we know we'll have to be right on our mettle."

Lee GrantStoke City goalkeeper

Snooker: Selby in China Open

BBC Leicester Sport

Leicester's Mark Selby takes on Adam Stefanow in the opening round of the China Open today. 

Play's due to begin at 19:30 local time.

Mark Selby
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Concern over 'racist' police form to be raised

Victoria Derbyshire

The government is to respond to fears a police risk assessment form has been used in a "racist" way to target grime artists, the BBC understands.

Promoters and licensees in many areas are asked to complete a "Form 696" before hosting some music events featuring "DJs and MCs".

Giggs
BBC

The Victoria Derbyshire programme has found some forces, such as Leicestershire Police, still ask for the ethnic make-up of the audience attending and the music genre being played at an event, on the form.

Leicestershire Police Form 696
BBC

Leicestershire Police said its form was under review and its contents may change, but gave no date for when this may happen.

Watch: East Midlands weather

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

Barrow upon Soar bridge to reopen after collapse

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Cast your mind back eight months and you might remember us telling you about the railway bridge in Barrow upon Soar collapsing ...

Barrow upon Soar bridge
BBC

Parts of the bridge fell onto the Midland Mainline in August 2016 and the bridge has been closed ever since while repairs were made.

Well - work is now complete and it will reopen to vehicles today.

Network Rail said it has removed 200 tonnes of debris, restored the brick parapet wall, reconnected gas and water mains which run through the bridge and resurfaced the road.

This is what it looks like this morning...

Barrow upon Soar bridge
BBC

Repairing this bridge has been a huge project. Work to repair old bridges such as this one are complicated and can run into unforeseen challenges. I appreciate that the work has caused disruption to those living in the area and I apologise for this."

Gary WalshNetwork Rail

Man murdered in Beaumont Leys

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

A murder investigation has been launched after a man was found with fatal injuries in a residential parking area in Leicester.

The 22-year-old was found on Canonsleigh Road in the Beaumont Leys area yesterday morning - he died later in hospital. He's thought to have been assaulted in the car park. 

Police cordon in car park
BBC

Officers are working to establish the exact circumstances surrounding the man’s death. I am keen to hear from anyone who saw what happened or who has information about how the man sustained his injuries.”

Det Ch Insp Martin Smalley Leicestershire Police

Foxes' Vardy gets England goal

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Leicester City's Jamie Vardy helped England to  victory against Lithuania yesterday with a goal in the 66th minute...

Jamie Vardy goal
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The win means England are a step closer in their qualifying campaign for next year's World Cup.

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Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Good morning Leicestershire - I hope you're well this Monday morning.

I'll be writing your Local Live page today with all with all the latest news, sport, weather and travel.

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