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BreakingLeicester explosion victims named

Jonathan Lampon

BBC Radio Leicester News Editor

Police have confirmed the identities of four of the five people who lost their lives in the explosion in Leicester on Sunday evening.

Brothers Shane Ragoobeer, 18, and Sean Ragoobeer, 17, lived in the flat above the mini supermarket in Hinckley Road.

Leah Beth Reek, 18, came from Melton Mowbray and Viktorija Ijevleva, 22, was from Oldham.

Although the fifth person has still to be formally identified, it is believed to be the body of Shane and Sean’s mother, Mary Ragoobeer, aged 46.

Victims of the Leicester explosion
Leicestershire Police

Brakes and cakes!

Kamlesh Purohit

BBC Radio Leicester

Eating lots of cakes is not awfully healthy but two women from Narborough, Leicestershire, have the perfect solution by cycling all over the globe eating cake!

Brakes and Cakes is a blog by Debs and Jo which involves exploring the world by bike, and eating a range of bakery items on the way.

Brakes and cakes bloggers Debs and Jo
Brakesandcakes

The pair set off in 2015 cycling around Europe. Then they pedaled across the USA and to Japan, with a hop to New Zealand for some summer sun. In 2017 they crossed Asia, taking in China and Russia.

They finished their journey in Finland with a cup of tea and Swiss roll at the roadside. The two are now back in the UK, concentrating on home based trips.

Leicestershire author's story goes stateside

Kamlesh Purohit

BBC Radio Leicester

A story written by a Burbage author is one of several included in a book for people with memory loss.

Jessica Jones' story was inspired by her grandma, who has late stages of Alzheimer's, about an adventure her grandma and her sisters might have had during their childhood in Wales.

The book has been picked for Read Across America day which celebrates storytelling and a love of reading. Flash Fiction for Flash Memory is a collection of 50 stories aimed at encouraging people to visit relatives with memory loss and enjoy a story together.

Author Jessica Jones with the book Flash Fiction for Flash Memory
Jessica Jones

Ashley Johnson: New arrest made

Jonathan Lampon

BBC Radio Leicester News Editor

Police have arrested a 20-year-old man from Leicester on suspicion of murder in connection with the death of Ashley Johnson.

The 24-year-old died on his way to hospital after suffering a stab wound. He was found injured on Dannett Street in the early hours of Saturday morning, 24 February.

A 39-year-old man who was previously arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit murder has been released with no further action.

Picture of Ashley Johnson
Johnson family photo

BreakingLeicester explosion: Two more arrested

Jonathan Lampon

BBC Radio Leicester News Editor

Two more men have been arrested by police investigating the cause of an explosion and fire at a Leicester convenience store which left five people dead on Sunday evening.

The men, both in their 30s, and from East Anglia, have been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to cause an explosion and for offences under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

Leicester explosion scene
AFP

Leicestershire police said: "No further details about these men, or the three others arrested on Wednesday and still in custody, will be released at this time."

Watch: Lorry rescued in Rutland snow

Jonathan Lampon

BBC Radio Leicester News Editor

Rutland 4x4 response driver Nigel sent us this video as he was out last night rescuing drivers caught out by the Beast from the East.

Speedway rider breaks back sledging

Mike McCarthy

BBC Radio Leicester Sport

Leicester Lions will be without rider Josh Bates for the start of the season after he broke his back sledging.

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Bates landed on a brick underneath the snow and has broken a vertebrae.

It is not clear how long the 22-year-old will be out of action but the Lions say they are hopeful of a swift recovery.

Bates, who also rides for Sheffield Tigers, won't be replaced by either side until the full extent of his injury is known.

BreakingMan guilty of attempting to murder Muslim woman

Andy Trigg

BBC Radio Leicester reporter

A 21-year-old man has been found guilty of attempting to murder a Muslim woman in Leicester by running her over.

Nottingham Crown Court heard that Paul Moore targeted Zaynab Hussein because she was wearing a hijab.

The incident happened in Beaumont Leys last September.

Moore, of Letchworth Road in Leicester, was also convicted of seriously injuring a 12-year-old Muslim schoolgirl.

He'd previously denied attempted murder and grievous bodily harm.

Rugby: Tigers make two changes for Worcester

Mike McCarthy

BBC Radio Leicester Sport

Leicester Tigers have made two changes to their starting fifteen to face Worcester on Sunday.

Captain Tom Youngs returns to the side with Tatafu Polota-Nau moving to the replacements.

Matthew Tait also starts, replacing the injured Gareth Owen.

Leicester Tigers teamsheet
BBC Sport

Tigers begin the weekend seventh in the Premiership table, but a third straight league win would keep the pressure up on their playoff rivals.

Witness appeal following Leicester explosion

Andy Trigg

BBC Radio Leicester reporter

Detectives have launched an appeal urging anyone who used the Polish convenience store that exploded in Leicester on Sunday night to come forward.

Officers want to speak to those who may have witnessed suspicious behaviour in the hours leading up to the blast.

Hinckley Road explosion
BBC

Five people died in the explosion on Hinckley Road.

Three men continue to be questioned by police on suspicion of manslaughter.

It’s vital that we speak to anyone who may have information about any people they saw coming and going into the supermarket in Hinckley Road in the hours leading up to the explosion. Was there anyone acting strangely or in a suspicious manner? Did you see any vehicles parked up, or being driven in a strange manner in the area around the supermarket?"

Det Insp Michelle KeenLeicestershire Police

Leicester refugee uses passion for art to teach others

Alex Blakemore

Reporter, BBC Radio Leicester

An artist in Leicester is using his passion for colour and creativity to teach other budding artists in the city.

Ali Agrave came to Leicester in 2000 to study electronics but found a love for art. He now runs Leicester's Art Zone, teaching and encouraging others in the city to pick up a pencil or a brush.

Ali Agrave teaching others how to paint
BBC

Leicester explosion: Friends pay tribute to missing teenager

Matt Smith

BBC Radio Leicester Breakfast Show producer

The friends of 18-year-old Shane Ragoobeer, who is feared dead after Sunday night's explosion, have been paying tribute to him.

Ché Simms, left, and James Sweeney knew Shane from the age of twelve.

The two friends of Shane Ragoobeer
BBC

They're now trying to raise money for his father and younger brother.

He was one in a million and such a big character. The whole of Leicester basically knew him but it's so nice to see how everyone is getting together and supporting each other."

James SweeneyFriend of Shane Ragoobeer

Cold weather puts plumbers in high demand

Andy Trigg

BBC Radio Leicester reporter

A plumber from Quorn says his workload has more than trebled this week due to the heavy snow and sub-zero temperatures.

Peter Booth from PB Plumbers has been fixing up to 20 broken boilers a day.

Plumber Peter Booth fixing a broken boiler
BBC

He says frozen condensate pipes have been the most common reasons for boilers breaking down.

It's often due to poor workmanship when the boilers are installed.

Frozen condensate pipe
BBC

Mother's plea to find son's killers

Jonathan Lampon

BBC Radio Leicester News Editor

The mother of a young man who was stabbed to death in Leicester has made a heartfelt plea to find her son's killers.

Ashley Johnson was found injured in Dannett Street in the city in the early hours of Saturday, 24 February.

His mum, Karen Johnson, said: “Ashley was a lovable, kind, young man who had his whole life ahead of him. He’d do anything for anybody.

"I don’t know why somebody would want to do this. I want to know who and why."

Picture of Ashley Johnson
Johnson family

Police believe there may have been a fight between two groups of young men who were in separate vehicles travelling in the Fosse Road North or New Parks area.

Holidaying with dementia

Kamlesh Purohit

BBC Radio Leicester

A specialist travel agent is helping people living with dementia and their relatives or carers enjoy holidays together.

Leicestershire-based MindforYou offers time away throughout the year as an alternative to traditional respite.

Couple sitting on a bench looking out at water
Thinkstock

Experienced dementia support staff help take the stress out of planning long journeys and packing.

They are also on hand at dementia-friendly accommodation and trips away.

Okazaki a doubt for Bournemouth clash

Mike McCarthy

BBC Radio Leicester Sport

Shinji Okazaki
Getty Images

Shinji Okazaki remains a doubt for Leicester City's clash with Bournemouth this weekend.

The Japanese international has missed the Foxes' last three matches with a knee injury.

City boss Claude Puel said the 31-year-old returned to training this week and will be assessed tomorrow.

Selby criticises Welsh Open scheduling after defeat

Mike McCarthy

BBC Radio Leicester Sport

Mark Selby
Getty Images

Mark Selby has criticised the organisers at snooker's Welsh Open after his late-night exit in the second round.

Selby lost 4-3 to Liang Wenbo in a match that didn't finish until 01:00 GMT.

It was the second time in as many matches Selby had to wait until late into the evening for another game to finish.

I've won the World Championships, I'm world number one, and get no priority. The other day I followed [Judd] Trump. No disrespect to Trump but I feel as though I probably should be going on first instead of him."

Mark Selby

Lambing season hit by cold weather

If you're struggling with the cold this morning, spare a thought for the farmers of Leicestershire and Rutland and their animals.

It's lambing season and without the help of farmers to keep the newborns warm, many wouldn't survive the cold.

Two newborn lambs
BBC
These shivering lambs are just two hours old

Leicester explosion: Three arrested

Jonathan Lampon

BBC Radio Leicester News Editor

Three men continue to be questioned by police after being arrested yesterday on suspicion of manslaughter following Sunday night's explosion at a shop on Hinckley Road.

The three men, all in their 30s, come from different parts of the country.

Explosion scene
Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service

One man comes from East Anglia, the second from the North West of the country, and the third from the East Midlands.

Leicestershire Police said there remains no evidence that the events of Sunday night are in any way terrorist related.

Rugby: Tigers' Owen out for the season

Mike McCarthy

BBC Radio Leicester Sport

Gareth Owen
Getty Images

Leicester Tigers centre Gareth Owen looks set to miss the rest of the season.

Owen dislocated his shoulder in the second minute of Tigers' Premiership victory at Saracens.

The medics got it back in at the weekend, but he'll have surgery on that early next week and it'll probably put him out for the rest of the season."

Matt O'ConnorLeicester Tigers head coach

Rugby: Tait signs new Tigers contract

Mike McCarthy

BBC Radio Leicester Sport

Matthew Tait
PA

Matthew Tait has signed a new contract at Leicester Tigers which will keep him at Welford Road until 2019.

Tait, 32, made his 100th Premiership appearance for Tigers in Sunday's bonus point win at Saracens.

The versatile back told the Leicester Tigers Rugby Show that he knows his job at the club is different to when he joined in 2011.

Obviously the role changes a little bit as you get older. That role for me is basically coming off the bench and making an impact or being someone who can cover a number of positions."

Matthew Tait

A community coming together

Kamlesh Purohit

BBC Radio Leicester

Emergency services at the scene on Hinckley Road in Leicester
Press Association

Community groups have rallied round to support the emergency services investigating the cause of the explosion on Hinckley Road in Leicester. A blast on Sunday night claimed the lives of five people.

People from all walks of life and backgrounds have pulled together. Among them was the Midland Langar Seva Society, a Sikh charity that feeds the homeless and those in need all over Leicestershire.

The Seva Society was founded by our Guru. The concept is the whole community dining together, for equality amongst all people in oneness and sharing. There were about 30 police and rescuers and we just wanted to support them and the fantastic work they are doing.

Ginda BasraCharity co-ordinator

Leicester explosion: Four people leave hospital

Jonathan Lampon

BBC Radio Leicester News Editor

Four people taken to hospital after an explosion on Hinckley Road on Sunday night have been discharged from the Leicester Royal Infirmary.

A fifth person who was in hospital with life-threatening injuries is now in a critical but stable condition.

Picture of explosion scene
AFP

Leicestershire Police say a search and recovery operation is continuing today at Hinckley Road which remains closed.

Walking trail to explore WW1 history

Kamlesh Purohit

BBC Radio Leicester

A World War One centenary walking trail will provide a unique opportunity to explore Melton Mowbray's World War One history. The town has a rich heritage, and the walk will take the visitor around buildings and landmarks that have a connection to the Great War.

The trail is not for just the people of Melton, but also visitors to the town and for schools in the district for their project work. It is an A3 sized map that can be folded and put in your pocket or handbag. It will cost £1 with proceeds going back into the community via the Rotary Club community projects.

Melton Mowbray WW1 Centenary Walking Trail map
BBC

M1 southbound re-opens after van fire

Jonathan Lampon

BBC Radio Leicester News Editor

Fortunately no-one was injured after this van caught fire on the M1 near Leicester.

The lanes have now re-opened and traffic is running as normal.

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Community leaders condemn 'bomb factory' tweet

BBC Radio Leicester

Community leaders in Leicester have condemned tweets by the former British National Party Leader, Nick Griffin, linking Sunday night's explosion on Hinckley Road to a 'jihadi bomb factory'.

Nick Griffin's tweet
Twitter

An hour after the blast at a Polish convenience store, Nick Griffin tweeted that 'Leicester is one of the most colonised cities in England, so a Jihadi bomb factory might have just gone up".

The tweets are trying to create divisions in the community and don't represent Leicester. People don't appreciate how close knit our community is here."

Fayyaz SulemanChairman of Leicester's Faith Group

Latest pictures from explosion site

BBC Radio Leicester

New pictures show the extent of the damage to the area where an explosion happened at a shop on Hinckley Road.

Rescue workers are expected to remain at the site for several days to identify the cause of the blast on Sunday night.

Pictures of explosion scene
BBC News
Pictures of explosion scene
BBC News

Selby 'not worried by form'

Mike McCarthy

BBC Radio Leicester Sport

Mark Selby
PA

Mark Selby says he isn't worried by his form with the World Championship just two months away.

Despite making the semi-finals of the World Grand Prix last week the world number one was critical of his "poor" performances.

Selby is through to the second round at the Welsh Open after a 4-2 win over Christopher Keogan.

If my form was like this a week before the Worlds then I’d be a bit worried but hopefully in the next few tournaments I can play myself into form."

Mark Selby

Living Out Loud

BBC Radio Leicester

A new support group for transgender adults launches tomorrow at Leicester's LGBT Centre.

Adult trans project logo
Leicester LGBT Centre

The Living Out Loud Project has been developed to support adults who identify as transgender or who are questioning their gender identity. It will also give families and relatives information, guidance and help.

The group meets tomorrow at 18:00.

'No survivors' left in wreckage

BBC Radio Leicester

Rescue teams at the site of Sunday night's explosion on Hinckley Road in Leicester don't expect to find anymore survivors in the wreckage.

Five people remain in hospital, one is in a critical condition.

The cause of the explosion is still unknown.

Picture of Leicester explosion
AFP

Tragically, all we are now looking for is any further human remains. This is vital work that is being done, on behalf of the victims and their families, and it will take some time to complete."

Supt Shane O’NeillLeicestershire Police

Victims of Leicester explosion named

BBC Radio Leicester

Shane, Sean and their mother Mary Ragoobar are believed to be among the five people who died in the blast at the flat above the shop on the Hinckley Road in Leicester.

Five people remain in hospital, one is in a critical condition.

The cause of Sunday night's explosion is still unknown.

Picture of the mother and two sons who died in Sunday night's explosion
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Dozens attend Leicester explosion meeting

Namrata Varia

BBC Radio Leicester producer

A public meeting has taken place on Hinckley Road, following Sunday night's explosion and fire in Leicester.

Five people died in the incident, with five others being treated in hospital, one of whom remains in a critical condition.

The investigation into the cause of the explosion is set to continue in the area for a number of days.

About 80 people attended last night's meeting - including Leicester West MP Liz Kendall - organised by the emergency services and the city council at Dovelands School.

Meeting
Leicestershire Police