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Summary

  1. Updates for Monday 22 August 2016
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Tuesday

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By Amy Woodfield

All times stated are UK

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Our live coverage across the day

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

Weather: Some sunshine tomorrow

Kaye Forster

Weather Presenter

Fairly cloudy with a few drizzly showers this evening. The showers will clear overnight but the cloud will remain.

Weather
BBC

A warm but cloudy start tomorrow. The cloud will break up fairly quickly through the morning and there will be some decent sunshine into the afternoon.

Listen: Will hospital radio survive closure threat?

BBC Radio Leicester

The manager of Castle Mead Radio says he's optimistic they will still be on the airwaves despite uncertainty over the future of Mount Road Hospital in Hinckley.

BBC Radio Leicester's Jack Rafferty has been over there to talk to them...

Cricket: Thoughts on Sheikh's departure from Foxes

Richard Rae

BBC Radio Leicester cricket commentator

Atif Sheikh is an outstandingly quick young bowler, a very fast left arm seamer but he's a little bit inconsistent.

I think there have also been one or two issues in terms of discipline and things like that so maybe it's better he goes on and finds another club.

Atif Sheikh
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Cricket: Surprise over Taylor's departure

Richard Rae

BBC Radio Leicester cricket commentator

It is a little bit of a surprise about Rob Taylor in particular - I think he's been pretty effective in white-ball cricket. 

He's a very good all-rounder - a class batsman, a very useful left arm swing and seam bowler and a very fine fielder as well. It might have been thought that he'd have had a role in white-ball cricket.

Rob Taylor
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End of the road for hospital radio station?

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Luckily I've never needed to go to Mount Road Hospital in Hinckley but if I had I might have found myself listening to Castle Mead Radio.

It's the hospital's radio station and one of the smallest in the country.

Castle Mead Radio studio
BBC

There's been a lot of uproar recently about plans to close the hospital - so does this also mean the end for the station?

Travel: Delays on M1 northbound

BBC Travel

The M1 has a lane blocked on the exit slip road northbound at J19. There's a broken down car and recovery work going on, with congestion is back to J18.

Burglary in Copt Oak

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Police are looking for two men suspected of burgling a house in Markfield on 10 August.

The house in Copt Oak was broken into at about 18:30 with the suspects taking money and getting away on foot in the direction of Shepshed.

Goodbye BHS

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Take a last look at BHS in Leicester this week...

British Home Stores
BBC

It's one of the last 35 BHS shops that are still open but is expected to close this week.

British Home Stores is set to disappear from the high street entirely by the weekend.

On this day last year

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Well it was certainly sunnier...

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Cars still banned from bridge

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

It seems like there's still a lot of work to be done over in Barrow Upon Soar. 

The bridge over the Midland Main Line is still closed to vehicles and plans to make the bridge safe for traffic again are still being drawn up.

Bridge collapse in Barrow Upon Soar
BBC

Network Rail say they will release more information when the plans are finalised.

Network Rail thanks locals for 'bearing with them'

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Work being carried out on collapsed bridge
Network Rail

“This was a significant incident and a lot of work has gone into securing the bridge and getting it ready to be used. I’m pleased that pedestrians can now access the bridge again and thank those living nearby for bearing with us while the work has taken place. We have been in regular contact with those living near the bridge and will continue to let them know about the future plans.”

Gary WalshNetwork Rail

Burkini ban 'simplistic and problematic'

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Dr Saeeda Shah, from the University of Leicester, said: "Banning any type of clothing by measuring it against secular and religious criteria is not only simplistic and highly problematic.

"It rightly raises questions such as why religious symbols including the Jewish Kippa, the Sikh turban and the headdresses of Christian nuns were not being banned. 

A Tunisian woman wearing a 'burkini'
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"The perception that Muslim women are oppressed, silenced, invisible and confined to domestic is another force that Muslim women have to fight against besides the patriarchal structures in their own societies.

"Rulings such as banning of birkinis is one more step barring them from participation in the public as equal citizens."  

Footpath reopens after bridge collapse

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

There's good news for commuters in Barrow upon Soar - the bridge over the Midland Mainline that partially collapsed earlier this month has reopened to pedestrians.

Footpath
Network Rail

There's been disruption at the station since 1 August when the collapse happened.

The footpath now has a 2.4m high fence.

Academic hits out at burkini ban

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

You might have seen the story last week about the "burkini" being banned in a part of France.

If you don't know what it is, it looks like this...

Woman in a bikini and woman in a burquini
Getty Images

It's basically a swimming costume that covers the whole body and is often worn by Muslim women.  

According to an expert at the University of Leicester, banning the swimwear is a step towards depriving Muslim women of equal citizenship.

Eckersley rewarded for 'class and character'

Leicester CCC's chief executive Wasim Khan paid tribute to batsman Ned Eckersley after he put pen-to-paper on a new two-year deal.

He said: "The fact that he has broken some long-standing records for centuries batting at number seven, particularly after bouncing back from the disappointment of a pre-season injury, shows his class and character."

Leicestershire duo sign new deals

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Here's more on the news Leicestershire have handed new deals to Ned Eckersley (pictured) and Charlie Shreck while Rob Taylor and Atif Sheikh will leave the county

Ned Eckersley
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Teachers and students await Vaughan Centre decision

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

So what happens next? Well the teachers have sent their idea to the vice-chancellor of the university to look at. 

The university has held a meeting to discuss the plans and now the teachers are awaiting a response, with a final decision on the centre's future due next month.  

University of Leicester
Google

Revamped Vaughan Centre 'would be independent'

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

If the university went ahead with the plan for the Vaughan Centre the department would become a "central service", according to tutor Elizabeth Bryant.

She says it would also probably be "self-sustaining".

Student writing in a book
Thinkstock

Consultation over Vaughan Centre 'ongoing'

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

"The University of Leicester is working to ensure that the proposal about the future of the Vaughan Centre for Lifelong Learning is considered thoroughly. As part of that consultation we are listening to all views put forward. "

StatementUniversity of Leicester

More students could help bring in extra funding

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

"Widening participation is about looking at everyone who is under-represented at university - disabled people, people from low-income families. Rather than having them as separate services we want to work together with them to provide part-time learning."

Elizabeth BryantTutor at Vaughan Centre

Cricket: New deal for Eckersley and Shreck

BBC Leicester Sport

It's good news for these two though...

Ned Eckersley and Charlie Shreck
get

Ned Eckersley and Charlie Shreck have signed new deals at Leicestershire.

Plan to open up Vaughan Centre to more people

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Teachers and campaigners trying to save the Vaughan Centre have come up with a plan to save it by widening participation. 

They want people from a wider variety of backgrounds to be able to use the centre for education - and more people means more funding.

Cricket: Taylor and Sheikh to leave Foxes

BBC Leicester Sport

Rob Taylor and Atif Sheikh have NOT been offered new contracts by Leicestershire for the 2017 season.

Rob Taylor and Atif Sheikh
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Plan to save Vaughan Centre from closure

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

A development now in the row over the future of the Vaughan Centre in Leicester.

If you've not heard of the Vaughan Centre, it's part of the University of Leicester and offers part-time courses for adults returning to education.

Vaughan Centre
Google

It's under threat of closure because the uni says it's too expensive to run.

Lead replaced with steel and zinc

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Eilis Scott is from Historic England and admits the thefts from churches are a growing problem and some churches are already replacing the lead with other materials.

Lead stolen from All Saints Church in Lubenham
BBC

She says: "Products such as stainless steel and zinc are increasingly being used and are very effective and have the longevity as well for parishes."

Afternoon weather update

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

Plenty of cloud around this afternoon with a couple of spots of drizzle. However occasionally the cloud will break allowing for some brighter weather, with highs of 22C (72F).

Crash in Thringstone

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

If you spotted the air ambulance in Thringstone earlier this is why...

Three cars were involved in a crash outside The George and Dragon Inn on Ashby Road.

One trapped person was freed and taken to hospital while others managed to get themselves out and were treated by paramedics.

Police to discuss lead thefts at conference

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

"Next month, we are hosting a Church Metal Theft Conference at Leicestershire Police Headquarters, in partnership with Historic England. The first of its kind, it will bring together those from the academic world and practitioners to seize the opportunity based on the principles of intelligence, prevention, enforcement, community confidence and engagement to explore current best practice nationally and endeavour to develop some innovative ideas to help tackle heritage crime - specifically church metal theft - in the future."

Leicestershire Police statement

Should lead be replaced with stainless steel?

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Tim Stratford, the Archdeacon of Leicester, says it may be time to stop using lead for church roofs.

The roof or All Saints Church in Lubenham
BBC

He says: "I wonder whether the days of lead on church roofs are numbered in the current climate where it appears to be taken so easily. 

"You have to question whether it is wise to put lead back or whether we should be putting stainless steel."

Police on church lead thefts

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

"We are working closely with churches across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland to help them with crime prevention advice and to make their premises' safe. Lots of work is being done in rural areas to help prevent lead thefts, through Rural Watch, a scheme set up to support rural communities in the fight against crime, especially those committed in remote areas."

Leicestershire Police statement

Lead thieves 'threaten' community life

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Archdeacon Tim Stratford says it's becoming harder to protect churches and the community from lead thieves...

Your photos: Harvesting in Melton

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

I do love this time of year when you see all the corn fields being harvested and these big rolls scattered across the countryside.

Field in Melton Mowbray
Ruby's Dad

This lovely scene was captured by Weather Watcher 'Ruby's Dad' in Melton Mowbray.

Lineker weighs in on penalty row

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Lineker thought Leicester City deserved at least one penalty on Saturday - although he's bound to be a bit biased...

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Ranieri: 'Mistakes are made in football'

BBC Leicester Sport

Claudio Ranieri has refused to criticise the performance of referee Mark Clattenburg, who waved away two appeals for a penalty by Leicester City.

Claudio Ranieri
Getty Images

The first came after Danny Drinkwater went down in the box in the first half followed by Ahmed Musa in the second half.

The Foxes boss says the referee was "OK" and that players, managers and referees make mistakes.

Church targeted three times by thieves

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

This is All Saints Church in Lubenham where a small amount of lead was stolen from the roof earlier this month - the third time the church has had its lead stolen.

All Saints Church in Lubenham
BBC

It's going to cost them about £2,500 to replace the lead roof.

What is Wenger doing?

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Funny photo alert...

Maybe it was a bit cold up north for Arsene Wenger - he was spotted warming up on the sideline with some star jumps.

Arsene Wenger
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