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Summary

  1. Updates for Thursday 30 March 2017
  2. Coe named Loughborough's new chancellor
  3. M1 'smart motorway' plans criticised
  4. 'Endangered' orangutan born at Twycross Zoo
  5. Cooper's gloves set for auction in Leicester
  6. Former BBC Unsung Hero set to retire
  7. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 Friday

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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: Warm and dry night

Lucy Martin

BBC Weather

This evening it’ll be mild and mostly dry.

BBC weather grid
BBC

Cloud will thicken through the night with the odd outbreak of patchy light rain possible.

Minimum temperatures: 12C (54F).

Opponent of teenage boxer who died 'shouldn't be blamed'

BBC Radio Leicester

The trainer of a teenage boxer who's opponent died after collapsing in the ring has paid tribute to family and friends for their support.

Eddie Bilbey
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Eddie Bilbey (pictured) was rushed to hospital after the bout against Tyler Rivers at the Postmill Centre in South Normanton. 

Richard Johnson, Tyler's trainer at the Earl Shilton Boxing Academy in Leicestershire, said: "His [Tyler's] family have been immensely strong around him. 

"Edward's mother has sent messages saying he shouldn't blame himself. At the end of the day we were all doing a sport that we love."  

The sport's governing body has said it is investigating what happened."  

Severe accident: A5199 Leicestershire both ways

BBC News Travel

A5199 Leicestershire both ways severe accident, at Bruntingthorpe Road.

A5199 Leicestershire - A5199 Welford Road in Shearsby blocked and heavy traffic in both directions at the Bruntingthorpe Road junction, because of an accident.

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

Lord Coe 'flattered' to be asked to be university's new chancellor

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Lord Sebastian Coe has said he is "very, very excited" to have been announced as the sixth chancellor of Loughborough University.

Lord Coe
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Lord Coe  told reporters gathered at the university's London base:  "It really goes without saying that I am incredibly flattered and very warmed to have been nominated. 

"I'm very, very excited about taking up these responsibilities and I do take them very seriously." 

He will be officially inducted as Loughborough's new chancellor during the university's summer graduations in July. 

Severe disruption: M1 Leicestershire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Leicestershire northbound severe disruption, between J24 for A6 and J24A for A50 Derby affecting J23A for A42.

M1 Leicestershire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M1 northbound in North West Leicestershire between J24, A6 (Kegworth) and J24a, A50 (Derby), because of a broken down vehicle. Congestion to J23a A42.

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

Transgender WWII veteran Patricia Davies 'lived a lie'

Neil Heath

BBC News Online

A 90-year-old World War Two veteran who has come out as transgender said she has always known she was in the "wrong body".  

Patricia Davies as a man and a woman
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Patricia Davies, from Sapcote, Leicestershire, who served in the army between April 1945 and 1948, said she was "living a lie" as a man.

Ms Davies said she knew she was transgender aged three and secretly came out to her late wife in 1987.

"You couldn't flaunt [being transgender] that would have been a disaster," she said.

"I would have been classed as homosexual, which would have caused problems in the army. I would have ended up in prison."

Patricia Davies holding a dress
Caters

Fewer coaches on East Midlands Trains service

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

East Midlands Trains tweets... 

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...this affects a train running through Leicester, Loughborough and Market Harborough later. 

BreakingLord Coe named chancellor of Loughborough University

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Double Olympic champion Lord Sebastian Coe has been named the new chancellor of Loughborough University. 

Lord Coe
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Lord Coe, who made Olympic history by winning gold and silverin the 1980 and 1984 Games , graduated from Loughborough in 1979. 

The role will see Lord Coe preside over ceremonial functions and be the university's chief ambassador. 

He will be officially installed as chancellor at the summer graduation ceremonies in July. 

Former BBC SPOTY winner set to retire

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

A former winner at the BBC Sports Personality of Year (SPOTY) awards is retiring after 60 years of helping teach disabled children to swim. 

Jill Stidever
BBC

Jill Stidever, from Markfield, won the BBC SPOTY Unsung Hero award for her work back in 2014. 

She told BBC Radio Leicester: "The difference it [winning the BBC award] made was that people then knew what people could do. 

"I was able to go out and talk to groups about people we'd had who it was thought would never succeed at swimming, but did." 

Jill Stidever and friends
BBC

Your photos: March across Leicestershire

BBC Weather Watchers

Thanks to BBC Weather Watcher Pete for this rather dramatic pic of the skies above the canal at Melton Mowbray. 

Skies above the canal
Pete/BBC Weather Watchers

Sir Henry Cooper's gloves go under the 'ammer

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

A pair of Sir Henry Cooper's boxing gloves are to be sold at a charity auction in Leicester later. 

Sir Henry Cooper
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The gloves were used in a European Heavyweight title fight in Rome in 1969 where Henry Cooper beat Piero Tomasoni in 5 rounds.

The auction, being held at Welford Road, has been organised by the Freemasons. 

Cooper, who's trademark left hook was known as 'Enery's 'Ammer, died in 2011.  

Henry Cooper's gloves
Masonic Charitable Foundation

Cooper's gloves used to floor Cassius Clay at Wembley Stadium in 1963 sold at auction last year for £85,000.  

Weather: Warm afternoon ahead

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

A mainly dry and bright afternoon with some sunny spells and only a couple of showers – particularly in the early evening.

Charlie Slater's weather map
BBC

Warm too with highs of 19C (66F). 

City-Stoke 'could be a very, very good game to watch,' says Taggart

BBC Radio Stoke

Former Leicester City defender Gerry Taggart has said the Foxes' and Stoke's attacking styles of play should mean the fans get a good spectacle on Saturday. 

Demarai Gray, Andy King and Daniel Amartey
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Taggart, who played for both the Foxes and the Potters, said: "Mark Hughes likes to play a style of football that gets results in every game so it could be a very, very good game to watch this. 

"Both teams wanting to go out and win it, both teams wanting to go on the attack early on and so it makes for an interesting game."

The two sides drew 2-2 when they met in December.  

'Critically-endangered' orangutan born at Twycross Zoo

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

A "critically-endangered" Bornean orangutan has been born at Twycross Zoo. 

Baby orangutan
Twycross Zoo

The new arrival is the first great ape baby to be born at the Leicestershire visitor attraction this year. 

The species is becoming more endangered because of illegal hunting and habitat loss, as the rainforests they inhabit are destroyed. 

Baby orangutan
Twycross Zoo

Dr Charlotte Macdonald, from Twycross Zoo, said: "We are thrilled by this new baby because orangutans reproduce more slowly than other ape species, which hinders the recovery of the species in the wild." 

Watch: East Midlands weather outlook

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

I saw on last night's news it is meant to be the hottest day of the year today. Here's Charlie Slater with the details...

Meet the ex-Leicester Tigers winger 'who became Romanian'

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

BBC Sport has been taking a look at the incredible journey of Jack Cobden from the Leicester Tigers academy to the Romanian national team. 

Jack Cobden
Daniel Nechita

Cobden, who represented England at junior levels, qualified for Romania on residency grounds. 

You can read his story here.  

Ex-De Montfort student welcomes tougher stalking sentences

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

A former De Montfort University student, who was stalked for months, has welcomed proposals for tougher sentences.  

Shadow
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The proposals, drawn up by the Sentencing Council, have gone out for consultation.

Sarah (not her real name) has said being stalked ruined her life: "My relationships with my family and my friends suffered.    

Flat and the moon
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"I couldn't have my friends round the flat because I was just ashamed and my mental health really suffered," she added. 

"My university studies went down the pan and I had to defer another year, so my degree that should have normally taken three years actually took four." 

Cricket: Foxes set for final day of Loughborough MCCU friendly

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Loughborough MCCU will resume on 175-4 on the final day (11:00) of their three-day friendly against Leicestershire at Grace Road. 

Charlie Shreck
Getty Images/Harry Trump

The wickets were shared between Gavin Griffiths (two), Rob Sayer and Charlie Shreck (pictured). 

Leicestershire were bowled out for 194 in their first innings.  

M1 'smart motorway' plans criticised over hard shoulder loss

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

The RAC has criticised plans to turn a stretch of the M1 in the East Midlands into a smart motorway. 

Cars on the M1
BBC

The scheme, which work begins on today, will see signs put above lanes on the M1 between junctions 23a and 25 which tell you when it's closed or what the speed limit is.

It also means the hard shoulder could become a full time driving lane.

But the RAC believe this part of the plan could cause safety issues.  

Smart Motorway
Balfour Beatty

Simon Williams from the RAC said: "The concerns are that the hard shoulder is there as a place of refuge when something goes wrong or you break down or you have an accident. 

"While smart motorway schemes have refuge areas my main concern is they are not close enough together. They are up to two and a half kilometres apart."  

Highways England has said the scheme is safe, and they have procedures in place to help any motorists facing difficulty on the motorway.

Good morning: Welcome to today's live updates

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

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

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