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Summary

  1. Updates for Wednesday 6 July 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 Thursday

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By Calum McKenzie

All times stated are UK

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Our live coverage across the day

Our live updates have now ended for today, but will return tomorrow morning from 08:00. 

Weather: Dull and cloudy but mostly dry

Alexandra Hamilton

BBC Weather

It’ll be quite dull and cloudy for the rest of the afternoon but it will mostly stay dry.

BBC weather grid
BBC

Highs of 19C (66F).

Your photos: July across Leicestershire

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

If you are looking for some entertainment on your commute home - why not have a go at trying to count the cows in this picture. 

Cows in Melton
Ruby's Dad

Thanks to BBC Weather Watcher Ruby's Dad for taking the image in Melton Mowbray.  

Your chance to grill the mayor

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Democracy in action folks...

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Latest headlines for Leicestershire

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Here's what's happening across Leicestershire: 

Online retailer provides jobs boost for Leicestershire

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Amazon says its creating a thousand new permanent jobs across the UK.

Amazon website
Matt Cardy

A number of these positions will be at the company's new premises just outside Coalville.  

This brings the total number of full-time Amazon permanent UK employees to more than 15,500 by the end of this year. 

Foxes need five wickets for third win

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Thrilling finish...

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Premier League TV fixture changes imminent

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Just a quick heads up Foxes fans - we understand that the first batch of TV fixtures will be announced tomorrow. 

TV cameras at the King Power
Getty Images

I can't give you an exact time yet though. 

Garnier: I questioned Blair's 'conduct' over Iraq

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Sir Edward Garnier has also been speaking about how he spent time after the invasion of Iraq questioning what Tony Blair had done. 

Edward Garnier and Tony Blair
Conservative Party/BBC

He told BBC Radio Leicester: "I and other members of Parliament used to put down a motion every day for their to be an inquiry into the conduct of the then Prime Minister."   

Your photos: July across Leicestershire

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Another still day on the canal at South Wigston. 

South Wigston canal
xkizzi

Thanks to BBC Weather Watcher xkizzi for the pic. 

Listen: 'British Speedway simply can't produce enough local talent'

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Here's Leicester Lions owner David Hemsley on the implications of Brexit for speedway...

Foxes require six wickets to win

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Exciting finish...

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Garnier: We weren't told 'the entire truth' about Iraq

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

On this day of publication of the Chilcot Report into the Iraq War, Harborough MP Sir Edward Garnier has been reflecting on the period leading up to the conflict. 

Sir Edward Garnier
BBC

"I remember being persuaded by Tony Blair's speech in the House of Commons," Sir Edward told BBC Radio Leicester. 

"It was a very effective oratory and then over the course of the next 18 months it became clear we perhaps hadn't been told the entire truth."  

Your photos: July across Leicestershire

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Thanks to BBC Weather Watcher Loki's keeper for capturing this magnificent sunrise at Castle Donington. 

Sunrise at Castle Donington
Loki's keeper

Kudos as well to Loki for being up at 04:50 to capture it. 

Police appeal for info about Abbey Park murder

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Leicestershire Police have been speaking about the murder investigation in Abbey Park.

Police tape
BBC

Det Ch Insp Mick Graham, who is leading the investigation, said: "Our enquiries are continuing today, with officers working in the park.

"We’re keen to hear from anyone who may know what happened to this man, or anyone with information about how he came to be in the park."

City could get extra Wembley date

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

So Leicester under 21s vs. Arsenal under 21s in a Wembley final then? 

Wembley
JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images

All sounds a bit bizarre if you ask me... 

Foxes to play Grimsby?

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

City's academy will be drawn into one of 16 groups made up of four teams.

Blundell Park
Getty Images

The top two from each group will then qualify for the first knockout round of 32 teams. 

The group stage draw will be announced by the EFL in due course.  

Foxes to compete for new trophy

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Leicester City's academy side will be taking part in what was the Johnstone's Paint Trophy.

Trophy
Getty Images

The tournament has been given a snazzy re-brand for 2016/17 and will be known as the English Football League (EFL) Trophy.  

BBC television to show some Riders matches

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

And for those of you worrying that the basketball might be replacing EastEnders - don't worry. 

I've been told the matches will be on the BBC Sport website and BBC Red Button. 

East Midlands Green Party member on ballot for deputy leadership

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Kat Boettge, the Green Party's East Midlands lead candidate for the 2014 European Parliament elections, could soon be in line for an altogether more prominent role. 

Kat Boettge
BBC

She's on the ballot for the deputy leadership of the party. 

Murder probe launched after 'boating lake' death

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Here is the full story of that Abbey Park murder inquiry. 

Abbey Park
Google

Latest headlines for Leicestershire

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Latest headlines for Leicestershire: 

Riders games to be shown on BBC

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Are you a fan of the Leicester Riders but struggle to get to all the matches? 

Drew Sullivan
Ville Vourinen/BBL

Well fear not. 

BBC Sport will be broadcasting 32 games from the British Basketball League and the Women's British Basketball League. 

Eid celebrations in Leicester

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Here is another pic from the Eid celebrations taking place in Victoria Park. 

Eid celebrations
BBC

Abbey Park closed for murder investigation

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Here is the scene of the murder investigation in Abbey Park. 

Police cordon
BBC

Major Tom 'is still out there'

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Action Man's space trip, was all part of the 50th anniversary of the doll, which was made at the Palitoy Factory in Coalville. 

Action Man
Wisdom Design

His owner, Rob Wisdom, hopes he will be found. 

"I like to think if the camera made it back, Major Tom is still out there" he said. 

Action Man 'lost in space' after Coalville launch

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Here is that remarkable footage of Action Man's trip to space...

Footage shows missing Action Man's space trip

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

You might remember last week I told you about an Action Man doll that had been launched from Leicestershire had gone missing - well we might be a step closer to tracing him. 

Major Tom in space
Wisdom Design

The camera of "Major Tom's" space trip has been found and shows his capsule falling apart. 

Eid celebrations taking place across region

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Leicester South MP Jon Ashworth tweets...

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Good forecast for final day at Worcester

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Can Leicestershire get their third Championship win today..? 

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Foxes pushing for win at Worcester

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Leicestershire will be looking for quick runs this morning before attempting to claim the ten Worcestershire wickets they need to win their third County Championship game of the season. 

New Road, Worcester
Getty Images

The Foxes will resume at New Road against Worcestershire on 172-2, a second innings lead of 230.  

M1 reopens following crash

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Highways England tweets...

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Eid celebrations in Leicester

Geeta Pendse

BBC East Midlands Today reporter

Hundreds of Muslim families gather in Leicester to mark the end of Ramadan and to celebrate Eid.  

Eid celebrations in Leicester
BBC

Long queues on M1

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

This image gives you an idea of the heavy traffic on the M1 following the overnight crash. 

Traffic
Highways England

If you need information about diversions and the like then you can get it here.

Latest headlines for Leicestershire

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Foxes midfielder in line for first start at Euros

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Foxes midfielder Andy King tweets...

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Watch: East Midlands weather forecast

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

What has the weather got in store us today? Sara Blizzard has the details...

Weather for Wednesday in East Midlands

'Boating lake' death being treated as murder

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Police are treating the death of a man near to the boating lake in Abbey Park in Leicester as murder.

Police tape
PA

Post-mortem examination results show that the man died as a result of a head injury. 

A 27-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the incident and remains in custody.