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Summary

  1. Updates for Wednesday 29 June 2016
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Thursday

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By Amy Woodfield

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Today's updates have come to an end. We'll be back with more news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Thursday.

Weather: Further rain expected

Scattered showers will continue through the evening but it should become mostly dry overnight with some clear spells. Lows of 12C (54F). 

Son-in-law told 'no link' to death

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

A Leicester man arrested in connection with the murder of his father-in-law is told he faces no further action.

Read the full story here.

Steve Paxman
Diss Express

Thousands sign hospital petition

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

A petition to save a community hospital in Hinckley now has more than 5,000 signatures. 

The NHS says Hinckley Hospital is no longer fit for purpose and plans to move services to other health centres.

Mount Road Hospital in Hinckley
Google

Pair deny killing businessman

 A 26-year-old man from Leicester has appeared in court accused of murdering a businessman outside a warehouse in Birmingham.

Akhtar Javeed
West Midlands Police

Suraj Mistry and 18-year-old Lemar Wali, from Derby, pleaded not guilty via video-link to shooting dead company director Ahktar Javeed in February.    

Deputy mayor calls for Corbyn to quit

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

The deputy city mayor for Leicester is among 77 Labour councillors calling on Jeremy Corbyn to step down. 

Rory Palmer has also emailed every single council colleague urging them to do the same.

Jeremy Corbyn
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Lineker: England lack mental strength

BBC Leicester Sport

Leicester's Gary Lineker claims England's shock exit from Euro 2016 is down to the players not being psychologically tough enough.

England team disappointed
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He says: "I think there's a degree of a lack of mental strength, which maybe comes from a lack of success. But don't you think for one minute there's more pressure on the England team than there is on the Spanish team, the Italian team, the German team.

"The expectancy in those counties is higher than it is in our country where we tend to be more realistic."

Elderly woman killed in crash

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

A 76-year-old woman who died after a collision on Six Hills Lane in Grimston has been named.

Dorothy Ecob was a passenger in a car that collided with a minibus on Sunday.

The driver of the car and another passenger are in hospital with serious injuries.

Nobody in the minibus was seriously hurt.

Rubbish cleared from Grace Dieu Brook

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Two weeks after Whitwick flooded, the Environment Agency has been clearing Grace Dieu Brook to try to stop it from happening again.

Just in time by the looks of this weather.

Grace Due Bridge
Environment Agency

Tigers boss: European Cup draw 'mouthwatering'

BBC Leicester Sport

Leicester Tigers director of rugby Richard Cockerill has been giving his reaction to the European Cup draw...

Rugby: Thoughts on European cup draw

Mike McCarthy

BBC Radio Leicester Sport

A tough draw for Tigers - Racing 92 are the French Champions and beaten finalists in this competition. 

Munster are rebuilding and will surely offer a tougher challenge than Tigers faced in the pool stages last season.

Leicester Tigers playing Racing 92 in the European Rugby Champions Cup 2015/16
Getty Images

It seems unlikely anyone at Tigers will relish a trip to face Glasgow on their new artificial surface.

Councillors fall silent for murdered MP

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Cricketers take to the farm

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

When it rains all day, Leicestershire cricketers need to find other ways of keeping busy...

Cricketers feeding goats
Nic Pothas

'No place for this behaviour in Leicester'

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

"Council parks' staff saw the graffiti on two banners on arriving at work this morning. They reported it to the police and arranged for the banners to be taken down. Eid is a very special celebration for members of the Muslim community. This offensive and racist act of vandalism is repulsive. There is no place for this behaviour in Leicester or anywhere else."

SpokespersonLeicester City Council

MP reacts to racist graffiti

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Yet another disgusting racist incident today in Leicester. I've spoken to our Police & Crime Commissioner and am in constant touch with community leaders. Yesterday I signed a letter along with community leaders organised by the Bishop of Leicester condemning division, xenophobia and racism reiterating our recognition that we have more in common that what divides us."

Jonathan AshworthMP for Leicester South

Was racist graffiti prompted by Brexit?

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Dr Abu Salam said: "Because of the timing, the impression I have is that this vandalism might be related to Britain leaving the EU, but there is no way to be certain. 

"We have been running this Eid festival in Victoria Park for many years and have never had any incident of vandalism or racial abuse."

Vandalised banners were advertising Eid event

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

The vandalised banners were advertising an Islamic event that happens at the end of Ramadan.

Dr Abu Salam, one of the Eid festival organisers, said the graffiti does not bother them because Eid is a festival of peace and living in harmony.

Henna tattoo painted onto hands during Eid festival celebrations
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BreakingRugby: European Cup draw

BBC Leicester Sport

Leicester Tiger's will play Racing 92, Glasgow and Munster in Pool One of the European Rugby Champions Cup.

Racist graffiti on banners spotted this morning

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Police say they are treating the graffiti as "religious hate crime" and say enquiries are being carried out locally to find out who did it.

They were alerted by a member of the public at about 07:30. Officers went to two separate areas of the park and took down the banners, which were fixed to railings.

Racist graffiti added to park banner

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Hate crime police officers in Leicester have removed this banner from Victoria Park after racist graffiti was written on it.

Banner with abuse blurred
Fayola Francis

They now say they are starting an investigation into who was responsible.

It’s not known whether the vandalism is connected to the recent EU referendum but there have been a number of hate crime cases reported across the UK since the result last week.

Morgan 'most northern' leadership hopeful

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Nominations for the next Conservative leader will open this evening, with Boris Johnson and Theresa May widely expected to run.

Nicky Morgan
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Nicky Morgan argues her profile is supported by the fact that she's a marginal seat MP.

She says: "I don't know who else is going to be running in this but off its current list I'm the most northern Member or Parliament to be running of the Conservative party and that says something."

Morgan a 'safe option' for PM?

Tim Parker

BBC Radio Leicester Political Reporter

Nicky Morgan is being careful, weighing up her options and no doubt putting out the feelers on potential support for a bid.

But in the current extraordinary political world, could she be one of the safer options as future leader? 

Nicky Morgan
Getty Images

Not too sullied by the recent referendum campaign and with experience in the cabinet and a growing profile, she certainly has a respectable candidacy to put forward.

Cricket: Rain washes out day's play

Richard Rae

BBC Radio Leicester Sport

Umps braving the wind and rain to confirm no chance of play today.

Umpires at Fischer County Ground
BBC

Foxes fan beaten at Euro tournament is improving

Hinckley Times

An England fan from Hinckley who was brutally beaten into a coma by Russian ultras at the Euro 2016 tournament has opened his eyes for the first time.

Cricket: Pitch update

Richard Rae

BBC Radio Leicester Sport

Umpires will don wellies and sou'westers and inspect again at 12.30 at the Fischer County Ground.

Cricket: Wet weather spoiling cricket season

Richard Rae

BBC Radio Leicester Sport

As rain and wind batters the Fischer County Ground, I make it 895.2 County Championship overs and 223 one-day overs lost to weather this season...so far.

Morgan for PM?

Tim Parker

BBC Radio Leicester Political Reporter

In October, Loughborough MP Nicky Morgan said she'd "consider" standing to replace David Cameron. 

A few days ago she thought there "should be a woman on the shortlist" to be the next Tory leader.

Nicky Morgan
Getty Images

Now she's "actively considering" running to be what could be our next Prime Minister.

Rugby: European Cup draw later

BBC Leicester Sport

Leicester Tigers will find out who they'll play in the pool stages of the European Rugby Champions Cup this lunchtime. 

The draw takes place about 13:20.

EU rally: Bishop calls for calm and unity

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

The Bishop of Leicester was one of those speaking at the rally.

The Rt Revd Martyn Snow said: "Leicester's had a long history of welcoming people from all around the world, that matters to us, it's important and we want to go on welcoming people."

Poster at Leicester rally
BBC

He also called for calm and a stop to the rise in hate crimes reported in parts of the country since the referendum.

Leicester rally following Brexit

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

A rally was held in Jubilee Square last night involving about 150 people. It was to show "solidarity and unity" following the result of the EU referendum.

Rally in Jubilee Square
BBC

Cricket: Pitch report

Richard Rae

BBC Radio Leicester Sport

It's out there, under that. Just appalling weather.

The umpires have inspected the pitch and were due to look again 10.30 but that now looks unlikely with more rain falling.

Rain on cricket pitch
BBC

Cricket: Looking a bit wet at Grace Road

Richard Rae

BBC Radio Leicester Sport

Pavilion roof report....

Wet cricket pavilion
BBC

Cricket: Will weather allow for play?

BBC Leicester Sport

In the County Championship, Gloucestershire will resume on 69 without loss in their first innings, trailing Leicestershire by 265.

Play was abandoned yesterday because of the rain - our cricket commentator thinks the weather might cause more disruption today...

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Fuel thefts high in Leicestershire

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

It looks like Leicestershire is a hot spot for people stealing fuel from petrol stations.

Petrol pumps
Thinkstock

Last year there were 1,200 incidents of people driving off without paying - that's the highest number in the East Midlands.

Fuchs ends international career

BBC Leicester Sport

Leicester City's Christian Fuchs has announced he's retiring from international football following Euro 2016.

The defender was captain for Austria in the tournament. They were knocked out in the group stages by Iceland.

Christian Fuchs
Getty Images

Latest Leicestershire headlines

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

  • There are calls for better education and safety over how children use the internet in the wake of the Kayleigh Haywood trial
  • The Bishop of Leicester is calling for calm following a rise in Brexit-related hate crimes around the country
  • Leicester's Christian Fuchs has retired from international football after Euro 2016

Kayleigh case prompts campaign to improve online safety

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

The MP for North West Leicestershire has also been commenting on the verdict this morning.

Andrew Bridgen says this case indicates children should be given lessons on internet safety.

Kayleigh Haywood
Leicestershire Police

Kayleigh met and communicated with Harlow on Facebook - now her family is campaigning to raise the minimum age that children can have a Facebook account.

Watch: Today's weather outlook

Alexandra Hamilton

BBC Weather