Got a TV Licence?

You need one to watch live TV on any channel or device, and BBC programmes on iPlayer. It’s the law.

Find out more
I don’t have a TV Licence.

Summary

  1. Updates for Tuesday 5 July 2016
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Wednesday

Live Reporting

By Amy Woodfield

All times stated are UK

Get involved

Our live coverage across the day

That's all from Leicestershire Local Live today. Updates will start again on Wednesday at 08:00.

Weather: Dry night and bright start to Wednesday

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

A mostly fine and dry end to the day with some decent sunny spells. 

Highs of 19C (66F).

Weather
BBC

It’ll be a dry night with clear spells and scattered cloud. Lows of 11C (52F).A bright start to the tomorrow with plenty of sunshine.

Basketball: Gamble staying with Riders

BBC Leicester Sport

Leicester Riders have re-signed Harrison Gamble for next season, making it his fourth campaign with the club. 

Leicester Riders court
BBC

Gamble becomes the third signing of the summer for the Riders following previous announcements that Drew Sullivan and Tyler Bernardini will also be back next year.

Leicester near bottom of drug baby chart

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

We've managed to get our hands on some hospital figures that show say how many babies born in 2015 were addicted to substances their mother took while pregnant.

Baby
Thinkstock

Leicester actually has one of the lowest rates - one in every 5,000 babies born at Leicester General Hospital was addicted to a harmful substance.

Latest Leicestershire headlines

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

  • Abbey Park in Leicester is closed after a man was found with fatal injuries
  • A motorcyclist has been airlifted to hospital after a crash in Ab Kettleby
  • Nigel Pearson is speaking to the Leicester City's U16 coach about a move to Derby County

Boy's sadness after Disco disappears

Hinckley Times

A parakeet called Disco has flown away from his Hinckley home, leaving his 11-year-old owner “absolutely gutted”.  

Motorcyclist airlifted to hospital

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

The police have just issued some more information on that crash in Ab Kettleby earlier that closed the A606 for hours.

There was a car and a motorbike involved. The 56-year-old motorcyclist has "serious" injuries and was taken to hospital in Nottingham by air ambulance.

Police have arrested a 24-year-old man in connection with the crash and he's been released on bail.

Pearson after Foxes coach

BBC Leicester Sport

Derby County manager Nigel Pearson has confirmed the Rams have been given permission to speak to Leicester City coach Inigo Idiakez. 

Nigel Pearson
Getty Images

Idiakez is currently in charge of the Foxes' U16 side but Pearson wants the Spaniard to coach his first team.

Statue creator visits on anniversary

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

The artist behind the Thomas Cook statue has been back in the city today for the 175th anniversary of the travel agent's first excursion.

James Butler next to Thomas Cook statue
Leicester City Council

James Butler also created the city's Seamstress and Richard III statues.  

Man found in park has died

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Abbey Park in Leicester has been closed to the public since about 08:10 this morning after a man was found injured by the boating lake.

The man was taken to hospital in Coventry but has since died from his injuries.

Police say they are treating his death as "unexplained".

Travel: Road reopens after crash

BBC Travel

The A606 in Ab Kettleby is open again after a serious collision earlier this afternoon.

View more on twitter

University to study Jupiter

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Juno will spend the next 18 months orbiting Jupiter. During this time scientists and astronomers in Leicester will study the planet's magnetosphere, dynamic atmosphere and its beautiful polar auroras throughout.

Juno flying around Jupiter
European Photopress Agency

Jupiter mission solar winds monitored in Leicester

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

The University of Leicester is the only UK science lead for this Jupiter mission.

Juno spacecraft
Getty Images

Juno has taken five years to get there and during its final cruise toward the planet, scientists and astronomers in Leicester observed the effect of the solar wind on Jupiter’s auroras.

Leicester scientists involved in Juno experiment

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

There's been a lot of talk about Jupiter today because a NASA spacecraft has travelled all the way to the planet and managed to start orbiting around it.

Juno around Jupiter
NASA/JPL-Caltech

A team of international scientists were involved in the development of Juno including a team from the University of Leicester's Department of Physics and Astronomy.

Drug dealer 'ashamed and embarrassed'

Leicester Mercury

A serving prisoner who arranged a drugs transaction, for almost a kilo of cocaine to be delivered on the outside, has been jailed for seven-and-a-half years.

What are you doing this Olympics?

Amy Harris

Reporter, BBC East Midlands Today

The Rio Olympics are just around the corner and we want to know how you're getting involved...

On your bike

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

This shiny new cycle hub has just opened at Loughborough Railway Station with space for 130 bikes...

Cycle hub
BBC

It cost £180,000, paid for by East Midlands Trains and the Association of Train Operating Companies.

Guide dog row: 'No religious justification' for refusal

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Suleman Nagdi from the Federation Of Muslim Organisations in Leicester says taxi drivers using religion as a reason not to allow assistance dogs into their vehicles are wrong.

Charles Bloch and Carlo
De Montfort University

He says: "What I think often happens is a crossover between culture and faith. People who come from a certain cultural background confuse that cultural practice with faith and this is totally unacceptable.

"There is absolutely no reason why this driver should refuse this individual to board the taxi."

Steam train arrives in Loughborough

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Confusion over dogs and religion

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Yesterday I showed you this video for the first time of a Leicester taxi driver refusing to allow a blind student with a guide-dog in his car...

The taxi driver was a Muslim man and claimed he couldn't take the dog as a passenger for religious reasons.  

We've been speaking to the Federation of Muslim organisations in Leicester who say some people are confusing cultural practices with faith.

Man punched by driver

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

A man has been assaulted in his van in Harby.

He was on Stathern Lane at about 17:00 on 2 July when a man smashed the window and punched him before driving off.

Mayor pays tribute to Thomas Cook

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Earlier today the city mayor marked the 175th anniversary by laying flowers at the Thomas Cook statue...

Peter Soulsby laying flowers at staute
Leicester City Council

Mayor Peter Soulsby says: “Thomas Cook was a truly remarkable man who had a huge impact on Victorian Leicester.

“Perhaps his greatest gift was to make travel accessible.

"Today, tourism is worth around £540m to Leicester’s economy, so it’s quite extraordinary to think that the modern travel industry all began with a 12-mile train ride 175 years ago.”

Police at scene of Ab Kettleby crash

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Police are still at the scene of the crash in Ab Kettleby and tell me they don't know how long the road will be closed for.

The police couldn't give me any further details on the arrest.

Travel: Serious crash in Ab Kettleby

BBC Travel

There's been a serious crash on the A606 Ab Kettleby involving two cars and a motorbike.

The road is closed at the junction with Clawson Lane.

One man has been airlifted to Queens Medical Centre in Nottingham and another has been arrested in connection with the crash.

Thomas Cook re-enacts first excursion

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Celebrations started in Loughborough this morning with a Victorian-themed reception...

There will then be a re-enactment of Thomas Cook's first excursion from Leicester to Loughborough by steam train.  

Teachers get their message out

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Speeches are being made to the union members who have come well equipped with signs and flags...

NUT flag and sign
BBC

Thomas Cook celebrates 175th anniversary

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Well I've learnt something this week - I didn't know Thomas Cook began by doing railway excursions.

I guess the statue outside Leicester Railway Station now makes sense to me.

Thomas Cook statue and artist
Leicester City Council

This photo is from 1994 when the statue first opened to mark 150 years since the travel agent's first excursion. Today there are celebrations to mark 175 years.

Protesting teachers march through Leicester

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

The teacher protest has arrived in Jubilee Square...

NUT rally in Jubilee Square
BBC

Bus causing delays in Wigston

BBC Travel

New jobs for Melton

Melton Times

Jobs have been created at a telemarketing company that has just opened its head office at Melton’s Pera Business Park.

Loughborough a 'community in bloom'

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Hilary Fryer is the Cabinet Member for Leisure and Open Spaces at Charnwood Borough Council.

Hilary Fryer and Harry Cook outside Mountfield Lodge on Epinal Way
BBC

She says: "We have two judges with us this morning - one from America and one from England.

"This is the first time we've been asked, and this is by invitation only, to enter this competition.

"There is an emphasis on communities and Loughborough has an amazing community, we all work together."

Kayleigh film screened in Ibstock

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

A film about the grooming and murder of teenager Kayleigh Haywood is today being screened at Ibstock Community College, where she used to study.

Kayleigh Haywood
Leicestershire Police

The 15-year-old was killed in Ibstock in November last years after being groomed online. The film was shown for the first time yesterday in her home town of Measham.

Loughborough gardeners take on the world

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

It's a blooming exciting day for some green-fingered locals in Loughborough - the town is taking part in a worldwide horticultural competition.

Garden in Loughborough
BBC

They are the first town in the East Midlands to be invited to take part and will be competing against places in America, Croatia and Italy.

Strike will 'harm children's education'

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

The Loughborough MP and education secretary says the teachers' strike is "unnecessary" and "harmful".

Nicky Morgan
Getty Images

Nicky Morgan says the government have protected school funding "when other areas of spending are having to be reduced".

She says: "Spending on education is the highest it has ever been this year at £40bn. It has gone up £4bn since 2011-12."

Cricket: Foxes have upper hand at New Road

BBC Leicester Sport

Leicestershire batsman Ned Eckersley says it's "all to play for" as they head into day three of their County Championship match at Worcestershire.

General view of New Road
Getty Images

The hosts are 193-7 in their first innings, trailing the Foxes by 214 runs.

Teachers to march in Leicester

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Part of today's teachers strike includes a march through Leicester.

Members of the National Union of Teachers will protest through the city centre from 10:30, finishing in Jubilee Square.

Headteacher backs striking staff

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Teachers are walking out over an ongoing dispute with the government over pay, conditions, and school funding. 

There are 25 schools closed in Leicester and seven in Leicestershire - not including academies.

Catherine Junior School
Google

Joy Denning, head of Leicester's Catherine Junior School, says: "We had no alternative but to close. People have thought long and hard about it. 

"I think the teaching profession feel that they're not being listened to and that they have no alternative. I support my teachers - they work incredibly hard."

Second man charged over pub death

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Another man, 47-year-old Terence Stevenson from Norfolk Walk in Leicester, has also been charged with perverting the course of justice.

Both men have been bailed and will appear at Leicester Magistrates’ Court on 11 August.

King Richard III pub
BBC

Gossip: Great Dane heading to Toffees?

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Everton are said to be looking into buying Foxes goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel, according to reports in the Liverpool Echo. 

Kasper Schmeichel
Getty Images

The paper reports the Denmark international has a £17m release clause. 

Latest Leicestershire headlines

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

  • School across the city and county are closed because of a teachers strike
  • A man has been charged with manslaughter after a fatal attack outside a city pub
  • Leicestershire play Worcestershire on day three of their County Championship game