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Summary

  1. Updates for Tuesday 28 March 2017
  2. Police name Beaumont Leys stab victim
  3. Defibrillators installed in police vehicles
  4. Charity shops increase security to combat crime
  5. Missing man has Alzheimer’s and diabetes
  6. Melton's Muay Thai fighter
  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.

Weather: Some rain overnight

Lucy Martin

BBC Weather

A few heavy showers as we move through this evening. Overnight will be cloudy with some patchy outbreaks of rain , but it’ll become drier into the early hours. 

A minimum temperature of 10C (50F).

Weather
BBC

Wednesday will be a mild but fairly grey and cloudy start with a few outbreaks of rain or drizzle, however many will stay dry. 

A few bright or sunny intervals will develop later. A maximum temperature of 14C (57F).

Mystery businessman funding suffragette statue reveals himself

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

In October 2015 an anonymous businessman offered to pay the £80,000 needed to erect a statue of suffragette Alice Hawkins in Leicester.

Seventeen months later the donor has revealed himself as Jamie Lewis - the owner of the city’s CODE Student Accommodation.

CODE Student Accommodation
BBC

It's also now going to cost a bit less than originally thought so his donation has been reduced to £62,400.

The accommodation on Western Road used to be Equity shoe factory where Alice worked as a machinist and where she became an active trade unionist. This blue plaque is on the wall of the building...

Alice Hawkins Plaque
BBC

James Lewis said: “We’re very proud of our connections to Alice and admire how she and others took on the establishment and succeeded, resulting in women in the UK having a democratic right to vote – something that even in the 21st century, women are still unable to do in some parts of the world.

“So when the Alice Hawkins Legacy Group asked if we would like to support their campaign for a statue, it felt like an obvious thing to be involved with – and I am delighted that we were able to help."

Alice Hawkins
HAWKINS FAMILY

Alice’s great-grandson Peter Barratt has been campaigning for a statue to honour his great-grandmother since 2012.

He said: "We are extremely grateful to Jamie Lewis for his support for our project.”

The statue of Alice is expected to be unveiled in Leicester’s new market square next year.

Travel: Delays on city ring-road

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Defibrillators installed in police vehicles

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

I feel like we've learnt a lot about defibrillators in the last few months after Leicester City's Alan Birchenall went into cardiac arrest at an awards event.

A defibrillator was used on him and now they seem to be cropping up all around the county. Just a few weeks ago I told you the Co-op is installing 50 of them outside Leicestershire stores.

Well now our police force has got involved...

Defibrillators in police cars
Leicestershire Police

They've fitted 30 defibrillators to police vehicles used in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.

The force said it will allow officers to treat anyone they encounter while on duty who is suffering a cardiac arrest.

Travel: Traffic in Anstey

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Snooker: Selby and McLeod make second round

BBC Leicester Sport

Leicester's Mark Selby beat Alfie Burden 5-0 to progress to the second round of the China Open. 

Rory McLeod, also from Leicester, has made it through too.  

Mark Selby
Getty Images

Charity shops increase security to combat crime

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

We've spoken a lot about break-ins at charity shops recently - there's been at least a dozen at stores across Leicestershire so far this year.

This was the result of a break-in at a LOROS charity shop in Blaby last month...

LOROS in Blaby
LOROS

Some charity shops in the area are now having to step up their security. 

Matt Kelcher from the Charity Retail Association said it's now using things like CCTV, making sure doors are secure while open and being more careful with who has a key.

He said the extra focus on security means staff and volunteers can spend less time concentrating on fundraising. 

LOROS in Blaby
LOROS

Jonathan Capewell from LOROS told the BBC, break-ins have cost them about £16,000 this year - nearly enough to pay for a whole day's care at the hospice.

He said it's also causing a lot of upset to volunteers who give up their time running shops to raise money.

Afternoon weather update

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

A mainly cloudy but dry afternoon with occasional gaps and breaks in the cloud allowing for something a little brighter .

Highs of 15C (59F).

Leics had 'no contact' with man who beat wife

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Leicestershire County Cricket Club has distanced itself from reports it offered a contract to a cricketer who has been convicted of two counts of assault.

Mustafa Bashir attacked his former wife with a cricket bat and poured bleach in her mouth.

During proceedings, the judged noted an apparent defence claim that a prison sentence would have lost Bashir a contract with Leicestershire.

Mustafa Bashir
Pat Isaacs/Cavendish

Wasim Khan, who is chief executive at the club, told the BBC the club is "shocked" and "angry" about being linked to the cricketer.

He said: "What this individual stands for and what he has done is absolutely aberrant and goes against all our principles and values about what we are as a club but also as human beings. 

"This story is not true, at all, no conversation has ever taken place about this individual with any agent, with any player or anybody. This has completely shocked us."

Wasim Khan
BBC

The publicity around the case has caught the eye of some politicians like Birmingham Yardley MP Jess Phillips who has now written to the attorney general to review the case...

Watch: Muay Thai fighter 'The Pretty Killer'

Mike McCarthy

BBC Radio Leicester Sport

Leicestershire Muay Thai fighter Iman Barlow had her first fight aged four - she now has 13 World Titles.

I've been to Melton Mowbray to meet her...

New pump to help with flooding in Barrow

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

The Environment Agency has been showing off its new piece of kit on Twitter...

View more on twitter

Missing man has Alzheimer’s and diabetes

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

This is missing man Ciro Avossa - the 81-year-old was last seen yesterday at his home on Marriott Road in Leicester...

Ciro Avossa
Leicestershire Police

Police have said he suffers from Alzheimer’s and diabetes and needs to take regular medication.

It is the first time he's gone missing and his family are concerned for his welfare.

Watch: Mechanic warns of pot hole risks

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Martin Coles from Lion's Garage in Leicester said out of the 100 cars they see each week, about 20 have suspension problems some of which may have been caused by pot holes...

He thinks road conditions around Leicester are "pretty poor" and advises drivers to drive around holes in the road.

Severe disruption: M1 Leicestershire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Leicestershire southbound severe disruption, between J21 for M69 and J20 for A4303.

M1 Leicestershire - One lane closed on M1 southbound between J21, M69 (Leicester) and J20, A4303 (Lutterworth), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Your comments: Pot holes in our roads

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Ron Fletcher has been in touch on Facebook about the issue of potholes in Leicestershire...

He said: "It puzzles me why the council don't have enough money to fill pot-holes, yet they have enough to lay speed-humps. They call them "traffic-calming measures" but, it wasn't angry before.

"I live on the edge of Loughborough and one road into town has 12 humps and the other option has 13 humps. I think this is overkill. 

"If I was to place something in the road that impeded the progress of traffic, I would be prosecuted - spend the money on fixing holes not causing damage to smaller cars."   

Watch: Testing the state of Leicester's roads

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

The annual local authority road maintenance survey suggests that one in six roads across England and Wales will need repairing over the next five years. 

Like this one on Saffron Lane in Leicester...

You might not think it but apparently 145,000 pot holes were filled in across the East Midlands last year.

BBC Radio Leicester's Helen McCarthy put the condition of Leicester's roads to the test using a car and a jug of water...

Watch: East Midlands weather

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

Drivers warned about fog

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

A yellow warning for fog this morning has been issued by the Met Office. Some dense patches of fog could lead to tricky driving conditions.

Police name stab victim

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Police have named a 22-year-old man who died after being stabbed in the Beaumont Leys area of Leicester at the weekend.

Pedro Godinho
Leicestershire Police

Pedro Godinho was found fatally injured in a car park on Canonsleigh Road on Sunday morning - he later died in hospital.

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

Fire at Humberstone breakers yard

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Fire crews are tackling a fire at a breakers' yard on Tithe Street in the Humberstone area of Leicester.

They were called just after 06:00 this morning and arrived to find a two-storey building "well alight".

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Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

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

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