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Summary

  1. Updates for Wednesday 30 March 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 Thursday

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By Amy Woodfield

All times stated are UK

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Updates on Leicestershire Local Live have now finished for the day.

They will start again on Thursday at 08:00.

Weather: Plenty of sunshine

Anna Church

Weather Presenter, BBC East Midlands Today

Any showers will ease to leave a pleasant end to the day with plenty of early evening sunshine. 

It's dry overnight with light winds and clear skies. A frost is likely in rural areas. Min 1C.

Weather
BBC

Thursday will start dry and chilly with plenty of sunshine. 

Showers will develop during the afternoon but these will be well scattered allowing for plenty of dry and sunny spells in between. Max 11C.

Tigers season 'still alive'

BBC Leicester Sport

Richard Cockerill has declared Leicester Tigers season "still alive" despite their defeat to Sale on Sunday. 

They're a point outside the play-off places with just four games to go.

Richard Cockerill
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He says: "It's not ideal but it's not the end of the world.

"We're a point behind Saints, we have Gloucester at home while Saints got to Wasps, we then go to Saints, Worcester and Bath.

"We're a fighting chance aren't we? Not withstanding we have a home quarter-final against Stade Français so the season's alive for us."

Latest Leicestershire headlines

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

  • The death of a 24-year-old man in Leicester yesterday is no longer being treated as suspicious
  • Leicester Friends of the Earth has criticised plans to reopen a pedestriansed street in Hinckley to traffic
  • Leicester Tigers captain Ed Slater is back in full training after recovering from a knee injury

Travel: Traffic building up at Syston roadworks

BBC Travel

Words of advice from former Leicester and England player

BBC Leicester Sport

A former Leicester City and England goalkeeper has been talking about Danny Drinkwater's future as an international player.

Peter Shilton says the midfielder has every chance of making the England squad for Euro 2016 but does worry a lack of experience may ultimately cost him.

Danny Drinkwater
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He says: "He hasn't got the experience and Roy Hodgson will need that in the Euros but who knows, he's got a chance and that's the main thing."

He claims both Drinkwater and Vardy should now focus on the rest of the season at Leicester and not worry about England.

De Montfort House death no longer suspicious

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

The two men who were arrested on suspicion of murder after a man's death in Leicester yesterday have been released by police with no charges.

De Montfort House
Google

The 24-year-old man was found injured at a flat at De Montfort House on Oxford Street. He later died in hospital. 

The death is no longer being treated as suspicious.

Men left battered and bruised in Braunstone Gate

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Recognise these men?

Police are trying to track them down after two men were assaulted in Braunstone Gate.

CCTV images of wanted men
Leicestershire Police

There was a fight at about 23.30 on Saturday 27 February. Two men in their 30s were kicked in the head and left unconscious in the road.

Seven years of homelessness fears come to an end

Hinckley Times

Dozens of mobile home owners, some in their 80s and 90s, have been saved from eviction after a new owner was found for their park.

Worries about increased pollution in Hinckley

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

The environmental group, Leicester Friends of the Earth, are not pleased about plans to reopen a street in Hinckley to traffic.

Regent Street has been pedestriansed for the last 12 years.

Regent Street in Hinckley
BBC

Steve Massey says: "We know across the UK as a whole there are between 50,000 - 60,000 deaths every year related to air pollution.

"We know that lots of towns in the UK, including Leicester, are in breach of EU regulations on many days of the year due to their poor air quality."

Latest Leicestershire headlines

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

  • An environmental campaign group has criticised plans to reopen a pedestriansed street in Hinckley to traffic
  • Two men are still being questioned on suspicion of murder over a man's death in Leicester
  • A former Leicester City and England players claims Danny Drinkwater's lack of experience might stop him making the Euro 2016 squad

Your photos: Sunshine at Bradgate Park

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Thanks to BBC Leicester's Ian Stringer for sending us this photo from Bradgate Park this afternoon, it looks gorgeous.

Bradgate Park
Ian Stringer

Dog microchipping to become law

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

From next week, if you own a dog you'll have to have it microchipped by law.

It's a way of helping to reunite dogs with their owners when they go missing.

Dog getting it's microchip scanned at DogsTrust
BBC

The charity Dogs Trust in Loughborough is offering microchipping for free.

It says in 2015 more than 18,000 dogs were picked up by dog wardens in the East Midlands but a microchip helped half of them to get back home again.

Police appeal for help following crash near Ryhall

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Police are asking for help investigating a collision near Ryhall on Easter Monday.

Early in the morning a Fiat Panda came off Essendine Road and ended up in the bushes.

The driver picked up some minor injuries.

A 34-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol.

Travel: Car blocking underpass

BBC Travel

Pickpockets target Stoneygate area

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Police in the Stoneygate area of Leicester are warning of a rise in pickpocketing.

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Riders take on Surrey

BBC Leicester Sport

Leicester's basketball team could climb to the top of the BBL Championship table tonight. 

The Riders host Surrey at the Leicester Community Sports Arena and a win would see them move above current leaders Newcastle.

Leicester Riders court
BBC

Following in the footsteps of Shilton, Weller and Worthington

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

John Hutchinson is the Leicester City historian and has been telling BBC Radio Leicester about the last time Leicester City had two players in England's starting squad.

Peter Shilton in the 1970's
Getty Images

He says: "There were three games, the 15th, 18th and 22nd of May. 

"In the first of those games against Northern Ireland at Wembley Peter Shilton and Keith Weller were in the starting line up. Frank Worthington came on as a sub.

"Three days later they all went up to Glasgow and five days after that in a game against Argentina at Wembley, Peter Shilton, Keith Weller and Frank Worthington were all in the starting line up."

Rugby: Burns and Aguero could also make squad

BBC Leicester Sport

Tigers fly-half Freddie Burns could also be in contention after coming off last weekend with a back problem.

Freddie Burns
Getty Images

Prop Matias Aguero is also back in full training. The Italian hasn't featured since Boxing Day.

Rugby: Slater available for Gloucester?

BBC Leicester Sport

Leicester Tigers captain Ed Slater is back in full training after recovering from a knee injury.

Slater missed the win over Saracens and last weekend's defeat at Sale with the problem, but could be available for the visit of Gloucester this weekend.

Ed Slater
Getty Images

Vardy and Drinkwater make history for Leicester City

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

A nice little history fact for you here...

Last night was the first time two Leicester City players started an England international match since 1974.

Jamie Vardy and Danny Drinkwater
Getty Images

Latest Leicestershire headlines

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

  • Police are still questioning two murder suspects following the death of a 24-year-old man in Leicester
  • Hospital bosses in Leicester say the struggle to recruit nurses means they're having to hire a third from the EU
  • Last night was the first time two Leicester City players started for England since 1974

Police still questioning murder suspects

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Police are continuing to question two men arrested on suspicion of murder following the death of a man in the city.

De Montfort House
Google

A 24-year-old man was found injured at a flat in De Montfort House on Oxford Street early yesterday morning.

He was taken to hospital but later died. 

Men, aged 19 and 20, were arrested yesterday and are still in police custody.

Bosses still 'looking at options' for hospital food

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Also discussed during this morning's "hot seat" was the future of hospital catering.

Last month bosses announced they were ending their contract early with Interserve, who were providing cleaning, catering and maintenance services at Leicester's hospitals.

Sign post at Leicester Royal Infirmary
BBC

Chief nurse Julie Smith said: "Providing it in-house and having your own kitchens requires significant investment but there are other ways to do that where you still have lots of control over the quality.

"So we are looking at all of those options to see what will be the best deal for people all round, financially and from a quality perspective."

Fire service free injured person trapped in car

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

The fire service were called to that crash in Cadeby this morning.

They say it involved two cars with one person was trapped inside. They helped to release them and they were taken to hospital in an ambulance.

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Healthcare bosses still struggle to hire nurses

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Some big names in local healthcare have been on BBC Radio Leicester this morning in "the hot seat".

Chief nurse Julie Smith and medical director at University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust, Andrew Furlong were answering some tricky questions.

One area spoken about was recruiting nurses. 

Leicester Royal Infirmary
BBC

They said it's still a major challenge with more than a third of Leicester's nurses coming from within the EU. 

Julie Smith says it's made more difficult because they're restricted on who they can recruit from abroad.

Hinckley Regent Street U-turn: 'Better for business'

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

If the shopkeepers requested the change they must be chuffed right?

Well, Fiona Gurney runs a wool shop on Regent street and says the short-term upheaval will be "awkward" but thinks it will be much better in the long run.

Regent Street in Hinckley
BBC

She said: "There'll be more parking along here and we'll have two-way traffic.

"People will be coming down in their cars, which at the moment they don't do, consequently there'll be able to see all the shops that are down here."

Councils split the bill of scrapping pedestrianisation

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Work to reopen Regent Street to traffic will start next week in a project costing £75,000.

It's expected to take six weeks to complete.

Regent Street in Hinckley
BBC

The bill is being split between the county council, the borough council and the Hinckley Business Improvement District (BID).

They decided to do the work after getting requests from local businesses.

A mixed reaction to scrapping Hinckley's pedestrian zone

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Shoppers in Hinckley have been telling BBC Radio Leicester what they think about reopening Regent Street to traffic.

One person said: "I like it like this, it's safer and cleaner."

Road sign in Hinckley
BBC

Another person said it should have happened years ago and then some shops wouldn't have had to close.

There were also mixed reactions to there being parking bays for shoppers. Some said it would help businesses but others claim it will be dangerous with the buses navigating around cars.

Fight at crash scene

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Two people have been injured in Loughborough when a number of vehicles crashed and then a fight broke out.

It happened on Gladstone Avenue just before 16:00 yesterday.

Two people picked up minor injuries and were taken to hospital.

Birthday goal for Kante

BBC Leicester Sport

There were plenty of other Leicester City players representing their countries last night... 

It was N'Golo Kante's birthday yesterday and what better way for him to celebrate than by scoring his first international goal.

Kante scored for France to help them beat Russia 4-2. 

N'Golo Kante
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Riyad Mahrez started in the second leg of Algeria's African Cup of Nations Qualifier against Ethopia,.

There was defeat for Kasper Schmeichel and Denmark, they lost 1-0 to Scotland.

Residents and councillors join forces to campaign against hospital closure

Hinckley Times

Protests continue over the possible loss of Hinckley District Hospital ahead of a formal consultation on the future of healthcare in the town.

Rosemary Wright, president of Hinckley Chamber of Trade
Hinckley Times

Council U-turn on pedestrianised Hinckley

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Work to reopen Regent Street in Hinckley to traffic again starts next week.

Regent Street in Hinckley
BBC

More than £1m was spent on pedestrianising the shopping area in 2003 but now the council has decided it would be better for the town to reopen it to vehicles.

This is going to cost £75,000.

Serious sexual assault in Leicester

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

A woman has been seriously sexually assaulted by two men in Leicester.

It happened on the morning of Thursday 10 March at about 00.45.

E-fit of two man police want to talk to
Leicestershire Police

The victim met two men on Kent Street and walked with them to a parking area at the back of the library, off Stoughton Street, where she was subjected to the assault.

Police investigating want to identify the people in these e-fit images.

Latest Leicestershire headlines

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

A 'very special occasion' for Drinkwater

BBC Leicester Sport

It wasn't all about Jamie Vardy last night, Leicester City's Danny Drinkwater made his England debut and was named "man of the match".

Danny Drinkwater
Getty Images

Speaking after the game, he said: "It was a disappointing result, I'd have liked to have finished my first campaign with a win but I'll try to take the positives out of a very special occasion personally.

"It's a massive honour to be selected and to get on the pitch to start a game, it's a bit overwhelming."

A 'blip' in England's Euro preparations

BBC Leicester Sport

Staying with England's game last night...

The Leicester City striker, who scored his first goal at Wembley, says there is plenty to be happy about from the week despite losing to the Netherlands.

Jamie Vardy
Getty Images

Jamie Vardy said: "I think we didn't play with the same tempo and the same aggression. It's put a little blip in it but overall from the week we've had together I think you can take a lot of positives from it."