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England internationals return for Tigers

England internationals Dan Cole, Jonny May and George Ford come straight into the Leicester Tigers starting 15 for Sunday's Premiership clash with Wasps.

Prop Ellis Genge is fit enough to join the replacements, but injuries to back-rowers Mike Williams and Brendon O’Connor rule them out.

Leicester Tigers team
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Basketball: Riders finally complete Tawiah signing

Owynn Palmer-Atkin

BBC Radio Leicester Sport

Leicester Riders have completed the signing of 6ft 10in forward Chris Tawiah from Czech Republic side BK Lions.

The Brit had already put pen to paper on a deal to keep him at the club until the end of the season, but the move stalled for nearly two weeks due to a paperwork issue.

Chris Tawiah at Riders practice
Leicester Riders

Tawiah, 24, has been brought in as cover behind Andy Thomson and Shane Walker who have both travelled with England to the Commonwealth Games.He could make his Riders debut tonight at Glasgow Rocks in the BBL Championship.

England defender 'might have gone into finance'

Mike McCarthy

BBC Radio Leicester Sport

Leicester City defender Harry Maguire could have gone into accounting or finance if football had not worked out.

Maguire, 25, could win his fourth England cap this evening when Gareth Southgate's side take on the Netherlands but picked up an A* in maths at GCSE.

Sue Cain, deputy headteacher at St Mary's Catholic High School in Chesterfield, says Maguire was a model pupil.

You can hear more about the rise of Harry Maguire on the Leicester City Boot Room podcast.

X Factor: Auditions coming to Oakham

Bridget Blair

BBC Radio Leicester Reporter

Bill's Bar in Oakham has been chosen to host open auditions for the X Factor TV show after one of the owners sent videos of talented singers at open mic nights there.

Jonathan Spencer at Bill's Bar
BBC

Jonathan Spencer who owns the bar said the auditions are a great opportunity for talented local performers to showcase their work. Many people have told him they didn't expect the TV show to come to Rutland.

The auditions take place on 25 April.

Leicestershire record third successive profit

Mike McCarthy

BBC Radio Leicester Sport

Grace Road
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Leicestershire have announced a net profit for the third consecutive year.

The Foxes made £3,620 in 2017, down slightly from £8,813.

Between 2012 and 2014 the Foxes made cumulative losses totaling more than £500,000.

It's been a lot of hard work from the all staff at the club. The same staff are here that were here three years ago. We're probably one of only one or two counties who can boast that we've returned a net profit for three years in a row.

Wasim KhanLeicestershire CCC Chief Executive

Pupils at a Leicester school make a buzz with music

Khush Sameja

BBC Radio Leicester reporter

School children in Leicester are among the first in the country to test a pioneering new musical instrument.

It's called 'P-Buzz' and sounds like a brass instrument - but is made entirely of plastic.

It's designed by the Midlands based company Warwick Music Group, who've teamed up with the charity Music for All to distribute them at selected schools.

Thanks to this partnership, pupils at Alderman Richard Hallam Primary School can now play more brass music.

School kids
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Hundreds of people mark the start of Iranian New Year

Khush Sameja

BBC Radio Leicester reporter

Today marks the celebration of Nowruz for many ethno-linguistic groups living across the world and in our city and county.

It's the name of the Iranian New Year but is also celebrated by members of the Baha’i, the Kurdish and Afghans - among many others - who also share the same celebration.

Later today one of the largest gatherings of the Baha’i communities will take place in Market Harborough to mark the end of their fasting period, with members from Leicestershire and Northamptonshire taking part in the dinner event.

Barbara Winner (pictured below), from Evington, will be celebrating Nowruz with her family and friends throughout the day.

"We look forward to the New Year after the fast," she said.

Barbara Winner
BBC

Family want to keep convicted killer 'where he belongs'

Rob Watson

BBC Radio Leicester reporter

The family of a 12-year-old girl, murdered in Leicester in 1991, have launched a petition to keep their daughter's killer in prison.

Raymond Varley, who indecently assaulted and murdered Claire McIntyre at his home in 1991, has been granted a parole hearing.

Claire's brother Scott, pictured, launched the petition, which currently has almost 2,500 signatures.

After he was found guilty of her murder, Varley was sentenced to life, with a minimum term of 18 years.

Claire's brother Scott
BBC

Down's syndrome video featuring Leicester mum goes viral

Namrata Varia

BBC Radio Leicester producer

A carpool karaoke video featuring a Leicestershire mum and her son who has Down's syndrome has gone viral.

Mum Nicola and son Barney
Youtube

Nicola and her four-year-old son Barney joined 49 other mothers from an online support group to make the video ahead of World Down's Syndrome Day

It has since been watched and shared by people all over the globe, including celebrities such as James Corden.

She is one of dozens of members of a Facebook group called Designer Genes, for parents with children with Down's syndrome born in the years 2013 to 2014.

The idea for the video to mark the awareness day on 21 March came after seeing videos by the group Singing Hands who do nursery rhymes in Makaton - a form of sign language.

Selby struggles continue

Mike McCarthy

BBC Radio Leicester Sport

Leicester's Mark Selby looks to be struggling for form heading towards the World Championships.

The world number one defends his title in Sheffield next month but lost 6-3 to Ryan Day in the opening round at the Players Championship earlier.

Mark Selby
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Selby hasn't made a final since winning the International Championship in November.

A semi-final appearance at the World Grand Prix is his best performance in the nine tournaments he has entered since.

Rugby: Genge set for Tigers return

Mike McCarthy

BBC Radio Leicester Sport

Ellis Genge
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Leicester Tigers prop Ellis Genge is set to make his first appearance since December.

The 23-year-old England international needed shoulder surgery after Tigers' match at Wasps, but will be available for Sunday's return fixture in the Premiership.

Gengey's trained really well through that Anglo-Welsh break. He's worked really hard, he's done all the contact, he's hit all his markers and he'll be available at the weekend."

Matt O'ConnorLeicester Tigers head coach

Rise in hate crime against Leicesteshire children

Figures obtained by the NSPCC from Leicestershire Police show there were 100 hate crimes against children recorded across the county in the space of a year.

That's a 64% rise on the year before.

The NSPCC has described the increase in offences as 'heartbreaking'.

What a load of rubbish!

BBC Radio Leicester

More than 1,000 children are taking part in a joint litter pick across Leicester.

Fifteen schools have signed up to the Great British Spring Clean.

Children and teachers from Alderman Richard Hallam Primary School in Leicester
BBC

The litter pick is thought to be the biggest event of its kind in Great Britain.

At 14:00, the collected rubbish will be taken to Abbey Park to be sorted.

This litter pick is important because that means we're saving the environment and helping everyone."

EllaYear 5 student at Alderman Richard Hallam Primary School

Leicester 'youngest city'

Jonathan Lampon

BBC Radio Leicester News Editor

Welcome to Leicester sign
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Leicester is one of the UK's youngest cities where the population's average age is 36-years-old.

Over the past two decades the average age of a UK resident has risen by two years, to 40. Within 30 years one in four people is expected to be aged 65 and over.

The Centre for Cities looked at built-up urban areas with 135,000 or more people, rather than just officially recognised cities.

Teens bailed over Loughborough stabbing

BBC Radio Leicester

Three teenage boys arrested after a man was stabbed in Loughborough last week have been released on police bail.

Magnolia Avenue
Google

The attack happened on Magnolia Avenue on Wednesday night when the victim says he confronted a group of youths who were slashing the tyres of his car.

The man was taken to hospital and was discharged over the weekend.

In total, six teenagers have been arrested in connection with the attack.