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Summary

  1. Updates for Wednesday 6 April 2016
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Thursday

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By Sandish Shoker

All times stated are UK

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Today's updates have come to an end. Local Live will return at 08:00 on Thursday.

Weather: Staying breezy and cold tonight

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

It's staying breezy with further showers possible tonight.

weather
BBC

It has been colder than of late, with a chance of frost in places.

Lows of 3C (37F).

Latest headlines for Leicestershire

  • A paedophile is given a life sentence for a sex attack on a boy in a Leicester park
  • There are severe delays on the M1 southbound after a crash
  • Leicester City goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel says the side are under less pressure for this season's run-in than at the same time last year

Schmeichel: 'We're under no pressure'

BBC Leicester Sport

We've been talking to Kasper Schmeichel today. 

He told us: "We are under no pressure at all and it's great. The pressure was last season."   

Kasper Schmeichel
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Travel: M1 closed after crash

BBC Travel

The M1 southbound is closed between J23a and J23 following an accident involving two overturned vehicles. A diversion is in operation.

Probation service reviewing Jetha case

The National Probation Service say they were monitoring Jetha following his previous offences.

A statement from them said: "Serious further offences such as this are rare but each one is taken extremely seriously and investigated fully.

Ajay Jetha
BBC

"In all cases a review is carried out to identify any lessons for the better management of future cases. Public protection is our priority and we are carefully considering the findings in this case."  

Travel: Crash on M1

Snow in Spring?

BBC Weather Watchers

It looks pretty sunny in Melton Mowbray right now but if you looked out the window just an hour ago you might have seen snow.

Yes, snow!!

Melton Mowbray
Bridget

Latest headlines for Leicestershire

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Season is inspiring new fans

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

The chief editor of a Leicester City supporters group says the problem of buying football tickets is getting worse.

Phil Holloway is from 100% LCFC and says the system needs to welcome new fans.

He said: "This season might support Leicester for the next 20-30 years with fans who are 10-years-old now coming through and supporting the team." 

Foxes ticket goes on sale for £15k

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Talking of fans not being able to get tickets to Leicester City games for the rest of the season, one is being sold on eBay for £15,000.

It's for their away game against Manchester United next month.

Not sure I'd pay that much for it!

Leicester City FC
PA

Brussels flights to resume to and from East Midlands

Airline bmi regional says its evening flights between Brussels and East Midlands Airport will resume later following last month's terror attack.

However, morning flights remain cancelled for the rest of this month.

Temporary lights for area around burst water main in Beaumont Leys

Park attack paedophile 'highly dangerous'

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Judge Nicholas Dean said he considered Jetha to be "a highly dangerous predatory paedophile".

He added: "I am satisfied that Jetha will remain dangerous for the rest of his life.

park sex attack Leicester
BBC

In a statement released after Jetha's guilty plea, the victim's family said they are glad he has been spared "the trauma of having to go through the horrific details of what happened to him all over again."  

Your views: Big screen for Foxes run-in?

Facebook

On our Facebook page, a lot of you seem to be in favour of Leicester City's final few games being shown on a big screen in the city centre.

Paul Watson wrote: "Of course it would be fantastic for the city and help a few local businesses it's a win win and if a few thousand fans at the KP can cause an earth quake imagine what a city full of fans can do."

While Rebecca Warrington wants all sports to be covered and said: "Fine. If they put the rugby, cricket and basketball on there too. It's not just about football in leicester."

Tests to identify river body

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Police say a post-mortem examination is being carried out today following the discovery of a body in the River Trent yesterday.

Sawley Marina
BBC

The force said while formal identification has not yet taken place, they believed it to be missing 22-year-old Josh Cotton, who was last seen on his narrowboat at Sawley Marina near Kegworth on 11 March.

Weather update: Staying sunny and rainy this afternoon

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

One minute the sun is out, the next it is raining heavy.

It is going to stay blustery this afternoon with the odd sunny spells and scattered showers, which could at times be heavy with a risk of hail. Highs of 11C (52F).

Latest headlines for Leicestershire

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

  • A 32-year-old man has been sentenced to life for a sex attack on a teenage boy in a Leicester park last year
  • Post-mortem tests are being carried out on the body of a man that was found in the River Trent yesterday
  • Two Leicester City fans want to get a big screen in the city to show the team's final matches for this season

Sex attack was planned in advance

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

The judge said Jetha's attack on 13 October was "pre-planned and premeditated" and reflected his "persistence in seeking out sexual encounters with young boys".

Ajay Jetha
BBC

After giving the 32-year-old a life sentence, he told the court: "He is a very dangerous offender."  

Jetha's actions 'violent and depraved'

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Sentencing Jetha, the judge said: "Jetha's actions were violent and depraved, they were both terrifying and humiliating for the child who knew Jetha was photographing aspects of what was happening."

He said the defendant had not only caused physical harm to the child involved, but also long term psychological damage. 

Jetha 'not remorseful' says judge

Mike O'Sullivan

Reporter, East Midlands Today

In 2004, Ajay Jetha had been sentenced to nine years for kidnapping and indecent assault on a 12-year-old boy in London.

At Leicester Crown Court today, Judge Nicolas Dean, said: "I consider it to be beyond doubt that Jetha is a highly dangerous predatory paedophile.

"I reject though the submission that he is remorseful. He is not."

Jetha in breach of jail sentence when attack happened

Mike O'Sullivan

Reporter, East Midlands Today

Ajay Jetha, 32, attacked the child, who was under 13, in a park near Knighton Lane East in October.

Ajay Jetha
BBC

At the time of the offence Jetha was in breach of an eight-week jail sentence, suspended for two years, imposed at Leicester Magistrates in March 2015, for failing to supply his address to the sex offenders register.  

Months later, his offender manager warned in a report that he could at any time take a child off the street.  

BreakingSex attacker given life sentence

Mike O'Sullivan

Reporter, East Midlands Today

Ajay Jetha has been sentenced to life with a minimum term of 11 years for the imprisonment and sexual assault of a young boy in a Leicester park.

Council checking if screen is 'practical'

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Campaigners calling for Leicester City's final games of the season to be shown on a big screen say a park setting might work best.

The city council says it is checking whether this will be practical or not.

Gerry McCann: PM has broken promises over press regulation

BBC Radio Leicester

Gerry McCann has told BBC Radio Leicester victims of press intrusion feel David Cameron is at risk of  "betraying the public" over newspaper regulation.

Gerry McCann
PA

In an open letter in the Guardian, a number of signatories including Gerry and Kate McCann from Rothley, who have received libel damages over false stories linked to their daughter Madeleine's disappearance in 2007, said the prime minister has broken his promises over press regulations.

Mr McCann says victims are frustrated that a "relatively small legislative change" which was approved by Parliament has not come into law.  

Sex attacker Jetha due to be sentenced

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

We can't tell you Ajay Jetha's address as magistrates previously ordered that it should not be made public for fear of a vigilante attack.

Jetha was 'out of control' on day of attack

Mike O'Sullivan

Reporter, East Midlands Today

The judge has now retired to consider his verdict for 32-year-old Jetha.

During the hearing, the court heard Jetha had taken pills and drunk alcohol before the attack, and had cannabis in his bag.

Wash Brook Nature Park, Leicester
BBC

His defending lawyer, Barnaby Shaw, said: "He describes himself as being out of control on this day and the days running up to it and his life was in nothing better than a tailspin."

He said the defendant had lost his job days earlier and had previously been abused as a child by a group of men, although he had never reported it.

Lawyer says sex attacker is 'remorseful'

Mike O'Sullivan

Reporter, East Midlands Today

I'm at Leicester Crown Court where a judge has heard mitigation in the case of Ajay Jetha, who's being sentenced for the imprisonment and serious sexual assault of a young boy at Wash Brook Nature Park in October last year.

Barnaby Shaw for Jetha who pleaded guilty, said: "He recognises only too well the ordeal he put Child A through and the on-going trauma he has suffered and the on-going trauma he will suffer in the future.

Ajay Jetha
BBC

Mr Shaw added: "Remorseful he is and he understands the gravity of his actions. He describes himself immediately afterwards and now as filled with self-loathing and disgust at his actions."  

Couple want to recreate jubilant scenes in city with screen

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Husband and wife Kris and Donna Robinson have collected 2,000 signatures on their petition to get the big screen back in the city centre and recreate the scenes of the World Cup.

big screen Leicester
BBC

They have not managed to get tickets for any of Leicester City's final games and said they wanted their children to experience the atmosphere.

"I don't really want to take my young children to a pub to see the games," said Kris.

Big screen call for Foxes season climax

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Two Leicester City fans say they want a big screen in the city centre to show the final Foxes games.

There used to be a screen in Humberstone Gate but it was removed by the council three years ago to save money.

Humberstone Gate screen
BBC

Now Kris and Donna Robinson say the screen will be ideal for anyone who wants to see the matches but didn't get tickets.  

Snooker: Woollaston in World Championship action

BBC Leicester Sport

Leicester's Ben Woollaston is in action this morning against Chris Wakelin in Round 1 of World Championship qualifying.

Ben Woollaston
BBC

Latest headlines for Leicestershire

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

  • Police say a body they found in the River Trent yesterday is thought to be missing man Josh Cotton
  • Hundreds of appointments are cancelled as junior doctors stage 48-hour strike
  • There are calls for the big screen to return to Leicester for fans to watch the last Foxes games of this season

Your photos: Sunrise over Castle Donington

BBC Weather Watchers

Weather Watcher Loki's keeper was up early this morning to catch this lovely sunrise at Castle Donington.

Castle Donington
Loki's keeper

Foxes make habit of 1-0 scorelines

A 1-0 win might be a close shave, but how many do you need to win a Premier League title?

Leicester have won 1-0 five times in their last six games.

Leonardo Ulloa
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Foxes make habit of 1-0 scorelines

BBC Sport

A 1-0 win might be a close shave, but how many do you need to win a Premier League title?

Leicester have won 1-0 five times in their last six games.

Wes Morgan
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Wes Morgan

Does winning 1-0 help claim the title?

Leicester have won five of their past six games 1-0 - but how many 1-0 victories do you need to win a Premier League title?

Read more

Doctors on strike at Glenfield Hospital

Helen McCarthy

BBC Radio Leicester Reporter

I've been at Glenfield Hospital this morning where the picket line is well under way.

Government legislation means only six doctors can picket each entrance into the hospital - but members of other unions can come along to support them. So there are six at the Groby Road entrance and six at the main entrance to the hospital.

Junior doctors
BBC

These two junior doctors were there with a cut out of Jeremy Hunt dressed as the grim reaper. 

Government laments 'regrettable' strike

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Almost 600 appointments at Leicester's hospitals have been cancelled or postponed today because of the latest junior doctor's walkout.

Later this month there will also be all-out stoppages from 08:00 to 17:00, with junior doctors refusing to staff A&E departments as well as emergency surgery and intensive care. 

Junior doctors strike
BBC

NHS England says the continued disruption is "deeply regrettable". 

Junior doctors 'do not feel valued' says student

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

It's the fourth time junior doctors have walked out in their dispute over changes to their pay and conditions on their contracts.

Junior doctors strike
PA

One of those on the picket line today is Charlotte Eggleston, a third year medical student at the University of Leicester who says the new employment contracts doesn't make a career in the NHS very attractive.

She said: "I have gone into this profession to look after patients and it is looking like it is going to get harder and harder."