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Summary

  1. Updates for Friday 29 April 2016
  2. Join us from 12:00 on Sunday for coverage of Man Utd v Leicester

Live Reporting

By Amy Woodfield

All times stated are UK

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Our live coverage across the day

That's all from Leicestershire Local Live. We'll be back with a Man Utd v Leicester special on Sunday.

Weather: Clear and cold night

Anna Church

Weather Presenter, BBC East Midlands Today

Remaining blustery to end the day with a few isolated showers. The showers will die out overnight to leave clear skies and lows of 2C (36F).

Weather
BBC

Graffiti artist creates football tribute piece

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Richard Wilson from Wembley has come to Leicester to create this masterpiece...

Latest Leicestershire headlines

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

  • The mother of one of Colin Pitchfork's victims fears he would re-offend if he's introduced back into the community
  • Serge from Kasabian says their concert at King Power Stadium was suppose to take place next year but they couldn't wait
  • Leicester City can win the Premier League title for the first time in their history this weekend

Pitchfork 'still a danger to women'

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Barbara Ashworth also believes Pitchfork could still be a danger to women.

She told us: "My opinion is, he's been kept in conditions where he can't act on any urges that he may feel, my biggest fear is that it's only when he's out in the community that he's got the opportunity to act on anything."

Barbara says he can't hurt her or her family any more than he already has but she worries it will be another family that fall victim.

A poster asking for help catching the killer of schoolgirls Lynda Mann and Dawn Ashworth
BBC

The Parole Board says any prisoner can be returned to closed conditions if there are adverse developments that make it no longer safe.

Pitchfork victim mother 'taken aback' by open prison suggestion

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

The mother of Dawn Ashworth, who was raped and murdered by Colin Pitchfork in the 1980's, has been talking to us about his potential move to an open prison.

Today the Parole Board recommended that Pitchfork be denied parole but moved to prison with more freedom.

Barbara Ashworth in the 1980s
BBC

Barbara Ashworth says: "I was taken aback because I would have preferred that he was given something like what they have in America whereby you get life without parole.

"I think that would be a far better system."

Cardie for Vardy at university

At the University of Leicester they have been wearing a blue "cardie for Vardy" and doing a conga with about 300 people too...  

Conga
BBC

Could Kasabian keep the party going?

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Serge says the football has taken over his life this season and he's still nervous the title win isn't confirmed.

He said most years he's on the road and struggles to watch Leicester City games but unusually he's made it to most games this season.

Kasabian
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He also dropped hints that when tickets for the King Power concert go on sale tomorrow, if they prove to be popular, they might consider extending the party...

Gig was moved forward by a year

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

More now on that Kasabian gig that was announced last night.

We've been talking to the band's guitarist and songwriter Serge who said the past few days have been like a whirlwind.  

Serge Pizzorno
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He said they were planning to put on the gig at the King Power Stadium next year but they moved it to next month saying the city "deserves this party now".

Walk of shame for Forest fan

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

We love a good "friendly" rivalry and so do Rainbow Hospice in Loughborough by the looks of it.

They're "backing the blues" by shaming a Nottingham Forest fan...

College release 200 blue balloons

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Hundreds of students at the Abbey Park campus of Leicester College have joined the campaign to "back the blues".

This lunchtime they released 200 bright blue balloons to show their support for Leicester City...

Graffiti tribute to Leicester City

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

How amazing does this look?

Our BBC reporter is on his way to find the artist now. We believe the graffiti art has been commissioned and is on a wall near Kate Street in Leicester.

More to come.

Graffiti art in Leicester
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Tuilagi sidelined for Warriors match

BBC Leicester Sport

Leonardo Ghiraldini and Ed Slater return to the Leicester Tigers line-up on Saturday for their match against Worcester Warriors. 

Ghiraldini is back in action after a shoulder injury.

Manu Tuilagi
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Owen Williams comes in at fly-half after Freddie Burns suffered an ankle injury in the Champions Cup semi-final against Racing last weekend. 

Manu Tuilagi is sidelined this week after tweaking medial ligaments in his knee.

Backing the Blues: Landmark chair painted blue

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

This Leicester landmark has been painted blue especially for today!

If you don't recognise it, it's the big chair outside County Display in Aylestone.

Huge blue chair
BBC

Foxes could earn big bucks from next years sponsorship

BBC Leicester Sport

It's thought Leicester City could be making a lot more money next season from sponsorship.

The Foxes are though to earn around £5m a year from their shirt and stadium sponsorship agreements with King Power.

King Power Stadium
Getty Images

After such a successful season, Joe Hall from the business newspaper City AM reckons Leicester could make around £10m shirt sponsorship and between £5-10m for the stadium sponsorship.

Backing the Blues: Leicestershire MP #backingtheblues

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Backing the Blues: Radio presenter turns hair blue

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

BBC Radio Leicester's Jonathan Lampon has gone to extreme lengths to show he's backing the blues...

Huge scarf made by local knitwear company

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

The scarf that the mayor was putting around the Statue of Liberty is a whopping 10 foot long.

It was made at Park Lane Knitwear in the city...

Mayor dresses up Statue of Liberty

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

So this is what the mayor was up to this morning...

Mayor hanging scarf on Leicester's Statue of Liberty
BBC

Even our Statue of Liberty is "backing the blues".

'Backing the blues' baby named after Claudio Ranieri

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

A proper "awwwww" moment here... baby Daniel George Claudio was born at 09:20 this morning.

His dad Jake told me he wanted to have Claudio as his first name but his wife wouldn't let him.

I'm sure Claudio Ranieri would still be flattered.

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Backing the Blues: Your #backingtheblues

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

I'm lost for words..

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Snooker: Selby semi-final continues

BBC Sport

Leicester's Mark Selby is back in action this afternoon in the World Snooker Championship.

He's playing Marco Fu in the tournament's semi-final at 14:30.

Mark Selby
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The first session yesterday finished 5-3 to Selby.

Backing the blues: Pupils in India

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Even a school in India has gone blue today.

The Rushey Mead School in Gujarat was set up by funds from Leicester after the 2001 Gujarat Earthquake.

Pupils at Rushey Mead School in Gujarat
Bhasker Solanki

Woman dies in house fire

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Fire investigators are at the scene of a fatal house fire in Donisthorpe to try and work out what caused it.

One woman died in the fire on Acresford Road in the early hours of yesterday morning. 

She hasn't yet been formally identified, but people living nearby have said she was in her 80s.

Funeral for stabbed teen

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

The funeral is taking place for the Leicester teenager Dante Francis who was stabbed in Derby.

The Muslim funeral is at Saffron Lane Cemetery.

Scene of stabbing
BBC

Dominic Halliday-Fox from Derby was charged with his murder earlier this month.

Latest Leicestershire headlines

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

  • The convicted Leicestershire murderer, Colin Pitchfork, has been refused parole but recommended to be moved to an open prison
  • People around Leicester are showing their support for Leicester City in our "backing the blues" campaign
  • Leicester's Mark Selby will continue his World Snooker Championship semi-final against Marco Fu this afternoon

Backing the Blues: Your #backingtheblues

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

We've gone global...

Leicester flag on a house in Canada
Bev Bethell

Bev Bethell has just sent us this on Facebook all the way from Canada.

Backing the Blues: Your #backingtheblues

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

So much great stuff from everyone using the #backingtheblues on Twitter.

This video by children Krishna Avanti Primary School really made me smile... 

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Your photos: Even Leicester dogs are 'backing the blues'

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Thanks to Danuta Jeeves who got in touch on Facebook to send us this photo of her dog Tyson.

He's got his shirt on "backing the blues".

Dog wearing a Leicester City shirt
Danuta Jeeves

Backing the Blues: School uses drone to make LCFC video

Manor High School in Oadby used a drone to make this video showing their support for LCFC...

Pitchfork refused parole

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Colin Pitchfork was handed a 30-year minimum term sentence at Leicester Crown Court in 1988 after pleading guilty to two offences of murder, two of rape, two of indecent assault and one of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice. 

The minimum term was cut by two years in 2009.

Leicester Crown Court
BBC

A spokeswoman for the Parole Board says: "We can confirm that a three-member panel of the Parole Board has not directed the release of Colin Pitchfork but has recommended to the Ministry of Justice that he is suitable for a move to open conditions. 

"It is up to the Ministry of Justice whether or not to accept this recommendation. We are unable to comment further on the details of this case."

BreakingPitchfork set for open prison move

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

It's been recommended that Colin Pitchfork should be moved to an open prison.

Colin Pitchfork
Leicestershire Police

Pitchfork, who was jailed for life after killing two schoolgirls in Leicestershire in 1983 and 1986, was the first man to be convicted of murder on the basis of DNA evidence.  

Backing the blues: Blue bangers

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

First we had the Ranieri sausage now we have a blue sausage - great "backing the blues" from a butchers at Leicester Market.

Blue sausages
David Tattershall

Backing the Blues: Arriva bus joins in the fun

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Even the buses across Leicester are getting involved with the Leicester City celebrations...

Backing the Blues: Manor High School in Oadby

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Children at Manor High School in Oadby are "Backing the Blues"...

Children at Manor High School in Oadby
BBC

They've also recorded an amazing video- I'll show you that soon.  

Foxes fans visit Premier League trophy

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Fans of Leicester City have been having their photo taken with the Premier League trophy at BBC Leicester.

It has now left the building - well done it you made it here in time!

Backing the Blues: Your #backingtheblues photos

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Kasabian to hold 'the greatest party'

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Talking about their celebration concert, Kasabian guitarist and songwriter, Serge Pizzorno, says: "This has been an unbelievable year for the city and it seemed like the perfect thing to do this summer. 

"We cannot wait to throw the city the greatest party they have ever seen.”

Sergio Pizzorno
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