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  1. Updates for Monday 6 March 2017
  2. Survivor from Melton remembers Zeebrugge disaster
  3. Leicester schoolboy trialling portable air monitor
  4. Reports link Tigers with move for Mike Brown
  5. Netball: Loughborough Lightning play Bath
  6. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 Tuesday

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By Calum McKenzie

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Our live updates have now ended and will return tomorrow from 08:00. 

  2. Teaching assistant gets suspended jail sentence for theft

    Simon Ward

    East Midlands Today reporter at Leicester Magistrates Court

    A teaching assistant has been given a prison sentence of 26 weeks, suspended for 18 months, after she admitted stealing more than £3,000 from her own school. 

    Nadine Ledwith, 46, of Saffron Lane, Leicester, took the cash raised by families and staff at Montrose Primary School in the city.  

    She was treasurer of the school PTA and stole a total of £3,384. 

    Leicester magistrates also ordered that she pay the full amount back to the school. 

    The court heard she was in debt and was very ashamed about what she had done. The school said the "community has been badly let down by her actions". 

  3. Weather: Rain and frost around overnight

    Lucy Martin

    BBC Weather

    Tonight, showers will continue for a time but drier conditions will develop in the early hours. There will be some clear spells, allowing for a touch of frost in the coldest spots.  

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  4. Ryanair flights from East Midlands Airport to Limoges cancelled due to strike action

    Calum McKenzie

    BBC Local Live

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  5. Drugs patrols in Leicester 'reduce violent crime by 30%'

    Calum McKenzie

    BBC Local Live

    BBC Radio Leicester was granted special access to go out with the police on the force's bi-monthly drugs crackdown on Saturday evening. 

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    Video caption: Watch: Drugs police search Leicester city centre

    Named Operation Fall, it uses a sniffer dog to try and get drugs off the streets of the city in the evening. 

    Leicestershire Police believe that on weekends when the operation runs, violent crime drops by 30%. 

    Officers on patrol

    Officers were joined on this weekend's patrol by Leicestershire's Police and Crime Commissioner, Lord Willy Bach (pictured above, second right). 

    "Medical evidence shows pretty clearly that if you take cocaine and then alcohol you are more prone to be violent," he said. 

    "Anything that stops the level of violence that there can sometimes be in the city centre is to be encouraged." 

  6. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M1 Leicestershire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M1 Leicestershire northbound severe disruption, between J21 for M69 and J22 for A50.

    M1 Leicestershire - One lane closed and heavy traffic on M1 northbound between J21, M69 (Leicester) and J22, A50 (Coalville), because of a broken down vehicle.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

  7. O'Neill would consider Foxes approach

    BBC Sport

    Northern Ireland boss Michael O'Neill  has said he could be "tempted" by the Leicester City job - but insists he is not "actively seeking" a new post.  

    Michael O'Neill

    O'Neill is among several names to have been linked with the Premier League side since Claudio Ranieri's sacking, although caretaker boss Craig Shakespeare has strengthened his prospects after guiding the Foxes to  two straight wins.

    "You have to consider these things if the opportunity is presented to you," said O'Neill, 47.

    "I don't think you can ever say 'no' in football but equally I'm not actively looking for another job."

  8. Artist wants help naming Richard III painting

    East Midlands Today

    An artist from Leicester is hoping the public can help her choose a name for her painting about Richard III. 


    Kirsteen Thomson's painting was on display at Leicester Cathedral at the weekend as part of BBC Radio Leicester's Story Festival. 

    It's taken nearly two years to complete, but is without a title. 

    Woman with a painting
  9. Your photos: March across Leicestershire

    BBC Weather Watchers

    Jumpers for goalposts? 


    Thanks to BBC Weather Watcher Ruby's Dad for sending this pic in from Melton Mowbray. 

  10. Netball: Loughborough Lightning out to maintain unbeaten start

    Calum McKenzie

    BBC Local Live

    Loughborough Lightning could go top of the Netball Superleague with a win over Team Bath this evening.

    Loughborough lightning

    Karen Atkinson's side will also be looking to maintain their unbeaten start to the season, having beaten the Severn Stars and Manchester Thunder in their opening two matches. 

    It would appear lightning has struck twice... 

  11. Weather: Sunny afternoon with rain around

    Alexandra Hamilton

    BBC weather presenter

    Cloud will continue to thicken this afternoon with a mixture of scattered showers and some bright, sunny spells.

    BBC Weather map
  12. Listen: Melton man remembers Zeebrugge disaster, 30 years on

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Brian Gibbons, from Melton, has been speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live about being pulled alive from the Zeebrugge ferry disaster 30 years ago.

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    Video caption: Brian Gibbons remembers Zeebrugge 30 years on.

    In total, 193 people lost their lives when the Herald of Free Enterprise passenger ferry sank.  

  13. Your photos: March across Leicestershire

    Calum McKenzie

    BBC Local Live

    Thanks to BBC Weather Watcher Loki's keeper for this picture of the sunrise over East Midlands Airport. 

    East Midlands Airport sunrise
  14. Title wins 'making life awkward' for Tigers' coaches

    BBC Sport

    Exeter Chiefs head coach Rob Baxter has said Premiership rivals Leicester Tigers need to "weather the storm" to get back to their best.

    Leicester Tigers lose

    The Devon side got a  bonus-point win  at Welford Road on Friday, leaving Leicester fifth with five games to go.

    Tigers have a record 10 league titles, but face missing out on the play-offs for the first time since 2004.

    "Leicester are in an awkward situation and I do feel a little bit for their coaching staff," Baxter told  BBC Devon.

    "They're wanting to evolve and they're wanting to change a little bit, and that's actually pretty difficult to do when your base line is being in Premiership finals every year and finishing in the top four."

  15. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M1 Northamptonshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M1 Northamptonshire northbound severe accident, between J18 for A5 and J19 for M6.

    M1 Northamptonshire - Delays on M1 northbound between J18, A5 (Rugby) and J19, M6 (Catthorpe Interchange), because of an accident earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

  16. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M1 Northamptonshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M1 Northamptonshire northbound severe accident, between J18 for A5 and J19 for M6.

    M1 Northamptonshire - Slow traffic and two lanes closed on M1 northbound between J18, A5 (Rugby) and J19, M6 (Catthorpe Interchange), because of an accident.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

  17. Watch: Leicester schoolboy trialing portable air monitor

    David Shukman

    Science editor, BBC News

    Scientists at the  University of Leicester  are trialling a portable air monitor to gather precise data at a personal scale.  

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    Video caption: Carry on breathing

    Schoolboy Logan Eddy, from Leicester, has been helping the study by carrying the device in a specially adapted backpack.

    The results have changed his friends' habits.

  18. Paralympic star in bid to boost apprenticeships

    Calum McKenzie

    BBC Local Live

    Rio gold medallist Sophie Hahn (pictured centre) is back at Loughborough College to encourage students to try an apprenticeship. 

    Students with Sophie Hahn

    It is all part of National Apprenticeship Week 2017.