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Summary

  1. Updates for Monday 18 April 2016
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Tuesday

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By Amy Woodfield

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Today's updates have now finished. We'll be back from 08:00 tomorrow.

Weather: Sunny start tomorrow

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

Staying mostly dry but fairly cloudy for the rest of the day.

It will be a dry night but the cloud will thin and break, leading to clearer skies by the end of the night. 

Turning cooler with lows of 1C (34F) in rural areas.

Weather
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A dry and sunny morning tomorrow with plenty of sunshine. 

The cloud will bubble up a touch into the afternoon but it will stay dry and bright throughout the day.

Latest Leicestershire headlines

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Multimillion pound investment in future of bell foundry

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

More now on the big financial investment in Loughborough's bell foundry.

Times haven't always been easy for the bell makers -  you might remember in 2009 they went into administration and were sold on.

John Taylor and Co bell foundry
Google

David Potter is one of the company directors at John Taylor and Co and says: "It has been turned round and it now has a very good order book and is trading profitably.

"The success is due to the workforce here we have a very good workforce.

"As things develop the plan is to ensure there is a healthy future for this business."

Former West Ham player disputes yellow card decision

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Lineker vents anger over Vardy charge

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

James Taylor retirement 'highlights need for heart tests'

Calum McKenzie

BBC Online

The retirement of former Foxes batsman James Taylor could lead to all young people being tested for heart problems, a leading professor has said.

James Taylor batting
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Taylor, 26, revealed last week he had been diagnosed with arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy (ARVC) and could no longer play.

Professor David Kelsell, who carries out research funded by the British Heart Foundation, said: "After what's happened to James, people will want to know if they are at risk.

Leicester City charged with 'failing to control players'

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

As well as Vardy being charged with improper conduct, Leicester have been charged with failing to control their players.

It's after West Ham were awarded a penalty in the 83rd minute at the King Power Stadium yesterday.

Jamie Vardy pointing at referee Jon Moss
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Vardy was shown a second yellow card early in the second half for simulation and appeared to confront referee Jon Moss before leaving the field.

Both club and player have until 18:00 on Thursday to respond to the charges.

Man arrested for murder

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Earlier I told you about a man being arrested after a body was found in a flat in Evington earlier this month.

Police have now confirmed that the 46-year-old man in custody has been arrested on suspicion of murder.

I'll keep you updated as we get more.

BreakingVardy faces misconduct charge

Leicester striker Jamie Vardy has been charged with improper conduct for his behaviour following his second-half dismissal against West Ham on Sunday, the Football Association has announced.

Albrighton will be watching nervously tonight

BBC Leicester Sport

Tottenham can close the gap on the Foxes to five points at the top of the Premier League with victory at Stoke this evening. 

Harry Kane is expected to overcome a dead leg to be fit tonight. 

Leicester's Marc Albrighton says he'll be watching - and I'm sure a few nervous Leicester City fans will be as well.

Marc Albrighton
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Dog owner was in breach of her Community Protection Notice

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Councillor David Hayes, from Charnwood Borough Council's said: “We simply cannot tolerate dogs attacking other dogs and causing distress to other members of the community and that’s why we brought this prosecution. “We believe this is one of the first prosecutions for the breach of a Community Protection Notice in the Midlands which shows we are willing to use all the powers available to us to protect the public.”

Woman fined after second dog attack

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

A woman from Syston as been given a Criminal Behaviour Order and told to pay more than a thousand pounds after her dog escaped and attacked other dogs.

Stacie Beeby who's 35-years-old and lives on Hallaton Drive, was given the order after her Alaskan Malamute attacked a Labrador near a children's play area. 

It was the second time Nikita had attacked another dog. The first time it attacked and nearly killed a Yorkshire Terrier and Beeby was given a Community Protection Notice.

The CBO means the dog can't leave the house without a muzzle, lead or harness.

Should microchipping law extend to cats?

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

You might remember that earlier this month a new law came in that all dogs had to be microchipped. Well what about cats?

Some animal charities are calling for the law to be extended to cover felines.

Cat
BBC

Tudor Lloyd is a vet in Leicester and says: "I think anybody that cares enough about their cat to get it microchipped is going to do that anyway.

"Should it be law? I think it would be quite a difficult one to enforce."

Millions to be spent on historic bell foundry

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Plans are in place for a multi-million pound restoration to an historic bell foundry in Leicestershire. 

The Taylor family operate the largest bell foundry in the world in Loughborough.

It's been going since the 16th Century.

Taylors bell foundry
Google

In the next five years the owners are investing £5m in restoration work on the foundry.

They're also set to receive £600,000 from the English Heritage to repair its roof and gutters.

Riders now focus on BBL Playoff's

BBC Leicester Sport

I know it happened on Friday night but I can't not say a HUGE well done to the Leicester Riders on winning the BBL Championship title.

Leicester Riders with BBL Trophy
Dr Peter Simmons

Leicester Riders will now compete in the BBL Playoff's, which involves the top eight teams in the BBL.  

They'll play Leeds Force in the Quarter Final this Friday.

More than 300 children miss out on preferred schools

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

I bet there's been a lot of worried parents out there today with the primary school places announced.

We've found out 231 children in Leicester didn't get a place at any of their three choices.

In Leicestershire, that figure is 181.

Later this afternoon one of the parents will be going on BBC Radio Leicester. I'll let you know what they have to say.

Milkins capable of beating Selby

BBC Leicester Sport

It looks like Mark Selby might be feeling the nerves already.

The Leicester snooker player will be kicking off his Championship this afternoon against Robert Milkins.

Robert Milkins
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Selby says: "Rob's been in the top 16 for many years, he's not going to come here fearing the tournament, he's been out there and knows what it's all about.

"He's a dangerous opponent, he's capable of beating anyone but all I can do is concentrate on my game and make sure I'm ready for the match."

On this day in 2009

BBC Leicester Sport

Do you remember this?

Leicester City players celebrating promotion
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It was exactly seven years ago today that Leicester City beat Southend 2-0 to secure promotion back to the Championship.

Cyclists going all out #backingtheblues

Some cyclists are preparing Foxes costumes, others plan to decorate their bikes with blue lights and flags.

Those taking part are hoping for a big turnout, maybe up to 300 people.

People on bicycles
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There’s an open invitation from the "Ranieri riders" to Ranieri himself and any of the players, should they want to join in the ride.

'Ranieri Ride'

Helen McCarthy

BBC Radio Leicester Reporter

If you’ve ever been in Leicester city centre on the last Friday of the month you may have come across the Critical Mass Cycle Ride, it’s been running for five or six years now.  

In the peak summer months, around 200 cyclists can be seen cycling slowly around the city, often in fancy dress.

Ranieri Ride poster
BBC

This month the ride is being dubbed the "Ranieri Ride" as Leicester Critical Mass is #BackingtheBlues.

Selby in World Championship action

BBC Leicester Sport

Leicester's Mark Selby admits he faces a "tough challenge" in the opening round of the World Snooker Championships.

He takes on Robert Milkins this afternoon.

Mark Selby
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Selby won the tournament in Sheffield in 2014.

Cafe has sentimental value to family

Helen McCarthy

BBC Radio Leicester Reporter

Mel talks of the café as her baby. She says she’s built up the custom, her three children have all helped in painting the café and making it homely.

Inside Mel's Diner
BBC

Regulars say they need an affordable space where they can get out of their cab and sit and relax and anyway the food and friendly welcome is better than that any service station.

Vardy's first yellow was a 'mistake'

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

The former head of the refereeing association says Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy should NOT have been sent off yesterday. 

Vardy was shown a second yellow card in the second half for "diving" in the club's Premier League draw against West Ham at King Power Stadium.

Jamie Vardy
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The first yellow card was for a foul, but Keith Hackett says: "It was a total mistake, it was a careless challenge at worst, it certainly wasn't reckless and not worthy of a yellow card."

Council suggest smaller kiosk without seating

Helen McCarthy

BBC Radio Leicester Reporter

Mel says, if the diner collapses, the county council don’t want it replaced.

She says they want a much smaller, mobile kiosk which can be removed and wouldn’t include seating.      

A statement from the council says...

Highways England advised the council that the street trading licence for Mel's Café should not be renewed because its current location is preventing exploratory work to address the issue of persistent flooding in the layby. Following a meeting between both parties on Wednesday 6th April, a compromise has been agreed which should give Highways England the access it needs to drainage systems while also allowing the licensee to continue trading onsite.

Rutland County CouncilSpokesperson

Agency to discuss relocation with Mel

Helen McCarthy

BBC Radio Leicester Reporter

Mel says the diner's structure is fragile and she's worried it won't survive being moved to a different location.

Here's what Highway's England had to say...

"Safety is our number one priority and it is essential that in order to conduct repair and maintenance work, we can access the drainage system at the location of the café to prevent flooding in the future. We are due to meet with the owner of the business to discuss the matter further later this month to look at the potential relocation options for the café within the same area."

Highways EnglandSpokesperson

Fear Vardy's reaction could have consequences

BBC Radio 5 Live

There's worry Jamie Vardy could face action by the FA for his reaction towards referee Jon Moss following his sending off yesterday...

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Fan's of diner send in photos

Helen McCarthy

BBC Radio Leicester Reporter

Mel’s Diner is a bright pink portacabin style roadside café.

It’s hot and steamy, smells of bacon sandwiches, omelettes and sizzling sausages, all served up with a smile by Mel and her employee and friend Julie Canham.

Inside Mel's Diner
BBC

The café can seat twenty people, drivers send in pictures of their lorries which adorn the walls along with pink fairy lights.

Mel has owned it for five years but she told me it had been in the layby for 33 years.

Much-loved diner at risk of closure

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Now, a story about a woman in Rutland who's been running a popular diner in a lay-by on the A1 but is now being told her licence for the business won't be renewed.

Mels Diner
BBC

Melanie Watson, who runs Mel's Diner, has been told by Highways England that the site she's parked on is prone to flooding and they want to carry out some work there.

Children to find out which school they're going to

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

It's that nail-biting time of year for parents when they find out if their child has got a place at one of their preferred primary schools for September.

More than 12,000 parents have applied across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.

Children playing in a playground
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In Leicestershire, 97% of children will be offered a place at one of their top three choices of school.

In Ruland, it's 99% and in Leicester it's 95%.

Tigers almost guaranteed play-off place

BBC Leicester Sport

Other sporting news from the weekend included Leicester Tigers' win over local rivals Northampton Saints.

The game did get a bit nervy at towards the end, but Tigers held on to win 30-24.

Leicester Tigers playing Northampton Saints
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Leicester Tigers are now comfortable in fourth position and fly-half Freddie Burns says it's where they should have been at the start of the season.

Vardy to miss Swansea game

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

The other big news from the game was Jamie Vardy getting sent off after getting two yellow cards - was it the right or wrong decision?

The Foxes striker will now miss next weeks game with Swansea.

Jamie Vardy leaving the field
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Ranieri keeping quiet about referee criticism

BBC Leicester Sport

After the game, Claudio Ranieri refused to comment on the referee's "dubious performance".

Claudio Ranieri
Getty Images

The Leicester City boss says he accepts all the referee's decisions.

He says what's important is how the players perform.

Ref 'couldn't handle the pressure'

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Other footballing pundits have been sharing their thoughts on Jon Moss's refereeing decisions.

Alan Shearer says: "The game became too much of a pressurised situation for him. He could not handle the pressure and I think that clouded his decisions.

"The inconsistencies were mind-boggling."

Referee Jon Moss
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Ian Wright said: "I would give Moss a mark of three out of 10, and I think I am being quite generous".

Latest Leicestershire headlines

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Man arrested following unexplained death

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

In other news, police released information last night about a body being found in a flat in the Evington area of Leicester earlier this month.

Carl Pask's death is being treated as unexplained at the moment and police say they are working to find out what happened to the 47-year-old.

Kimberley Road
Google

Yesterday they arrested a 46-year-old man.

Referee accused of 'inconsistency'

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

It seems Andy Carroll isn't the only one having a dig at the refereeing.

Gary Lineker tweeted this during the game...

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Weather: Light showers this afternoon

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

Referee decision criticised

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

So, to that Leicester City game yesterday...

The West Ham striker, Andy Carroll, has accused the referee of making "bad decisions" throughout the game and even trying to "even things up" by awarding Leicester an injury-time penalty.

Leonardo Ulloa scoring a penalty
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The referee, Jonathan Moss, penalised Carroll when Leicester's Jeffrey Schlupp went down in the penalty area allowing Leicester to equalise 

The Hammers had been awarded a penalty earlier in the game.