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  1. Updates for Thursday 16 March 2017
  2. Former BBC radio presenters in court
  3. Man jailed for fatal crash
  4. Council approves alcohol recovery hub
  5. Tuberculosis in Beaumont Leys school
  6. Congestion leads to bus timetable changes
  7. Shakespeare: Vardy 'not a cheat'
  8. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 Friday

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By Amy Woodfield

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That's all from Leicestershire Local Live - updates will start again on Friday at 08:00.

Weather: Chance of heavy rain on Friday

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

It’ll be cloudy tonight with a few patchy, drizzly showers to begin with. There’ll be some clearer spells in the early hours. 

Lows of 3C (37F).


There’ll be some bright spells to start Friday . Cloud will then increase with rain, which could be heavy at times, moving in from the west over the course of the afternoon. 

Highs of 9C (48F).  

Glen Parva 'to close in June'

Tim Parker

BBC Radio Leicester political reporter at County Hall, Glenfield

The Prisons Minister has told a Leicestershire MP that Glen Parva jail will close in the next three months.

Glen Parva prison

South Leicestershire MP Alberto Costa has been told that all inmates will be moved out of the prison by the end of June. 

Plans for the prison's complete reconstruction - doubling its capacity - were revealed in January.

Man jailed for fatal crash in Westcotes

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Cast your mind back to 9 March 2016 when this happened on Fosse Road South in Leicester...

Crash on Fosse Road South in Leicester

Two people died in the crash - David Anger and Christopher Needham.

They were passengers in a car being driven by Guy Tomlinson, who has today been jailed for nine years.

Guy Tomlinson
Leicestershire Police

The 37-year-old from Norfolk Walk in Leicester previously pleaded guilty to two counts of causing death by dangerous driving, two counts of causing death by driving while uninsured and two counts of causing death by driving while unlicensed.  

Tomlinson was being followed by an unmarked police car when the crash happened - this led to an investigation by the Independant Police Complaints Commission. The IPCC has yet to publish its findings.

“This was a horrific collision which resulted in the death of two men. Prior to the collision Tomlinson was travelling at speeds in excess of 64mph and failed to stop for a police officer on Narborough Road South. He took a massive risk that night when he disregarded the traffic lights and used excessive speed, he will now be facing a considerable amount of time in prison.”

Det Sgt Mark WatlingLeicestershire Police

Off-duty South Yorkshire firefighter saves football fan's life

Claire Renwick

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

An off-duty South Yorkshire firefighter's been hailed a hero after helping to save the life of a Leicester City supporter during the club's Champions League win over Sevilla.  

Firefighter, Caz Whiteman.
South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue

Caz Whiteman was in the crowd for the match at the King Power Stadium on Tuesday night when a fellow spectator collapsed with a suspected heart attack.

She rushed to help pitch-side first aiders give CPR for more than 15 minutes, until he was taken to hospital by ambulance. 

The man, who has three children, is now making a full recovery.

Anyone with the right skills and training would have done the same thing. But I’m just so relieved that he has made it and I wish him well for a full recovery.”

Caz WhitemanFirefighter

BBC presenters deny having sex in front of boys

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

The two former BBC Radio Leicester presenters, Tony and Julie Wadsworth, denied five charges of outraging public decency over allegations they had sex against a tree in full view of a group of boys

Tony and Julie Wadsworth

The married couple from Broughton Astley also pleaded not guilty to charges of indecent assault at a court hearing in Warwick earlier today.

Mrs Wadsworth, who used the on-air name Julie Mayer, is alleged to have "touched" seven complainants, including on an occasion when her husband "kept watch" and had a camera in his possession.

Film about Leicestershire nurse

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Most of us have heard of Florence Nightingale - the nurse who transformed military hospitals into more hygienic, well run units during the Crimean War.

But have you ever heard of Ann Hely? Probably not.

Actor as Ann Hely

As a widow in her 30s she also set sail for Crimea to nurse injured soldiers.

A short film about the heroine is being recorded in Ravenstone this week - she lived in the village in the 19th century.


You'll be available to see the film at the Ashby Arts Festival on 27 May at the Venture Theatre.

Watch: Last day of Highcross archaeological dig

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Archaeologists are finishing their excavation of land near the John Lewis car park in Leicester.

They will hand the site back to builders tomorrow. 

Experts from the University of Leicester have uncovered all sorts of artefacts, including the largest piece of mosaic that's been found in Leicester in the last 30 years.

More recently, they found this intact jug - thought to be 700 years old...


Rugby: Murphy eyes Anglo-Welsh Cup boost

BBC Sport

Leicester Tigers assistant coach Geordan Murphy says victory in Sunday's Anglo-Welsh Cup final against Exeter would be a big boost for their Premiership play-off aspirations.  

Geordan Murphy
Rex Features

MP calls for improved safety at junction after cyclist accident

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Leicester South MP Jon Ashworth has called for safety improvements on a junction following an accident involving a cyclist this morning.

The cyclist was believed to have suffered "minor injuries" after being involved a crash with a car at about 09:00 on the corner of London Road and Clarendon Park Road, Leicestershire Police said. 

This photo was tweeted to Mr Ashworth by Phil Shelton, who said there are "too many accidents here". 

Cyclist crash in Leicester
Phil Shelton

Mr Ashworth responded by asking deputy mayor Rory Palmer if they can start a discussion about improving safety in that spot. 

Shakespeare: Vardy 'not a cheat'

BBC Leicester Sport

Shakespeare has defended his striker Jamie Vardy, who was involved in a "clash of heads" with Sevilla midfielder Samir Nasri who then accused Vardy of "cheating".

Jamie Vardy and Samir Nasri
Getty Images

The Foxes boss said: “Jamie's not a cheat. Never has been and never will be. Jamie responded well to the comment and we have to put it to bed.

“The referee made a decision and we have to move on.”

Former radio presenters in court over sex offences allegations

Vanessa Pearce

BBC Local Live

Two former BBC Radio Leicester presenters have pleaded not guilty at Warwick Crown Court this morning to a string of sex offences against boys .

Tony and Julie Wadsworth

Tony Wadsworth, aged 69, and his 59-year-old wife Julie both live on Old Mill Road in Broughton Astley.

The court heard the 17 offences  are alleged to have taken place between July 1992 and August 1999. 

The couple both pleaded not guilty to five counts of outraging public decency.

Mr Wadsworth also pleaded not guilty to ten counts of indecent assault against young boys.

Mrs Wadsworth also pleaded not guilty to twelve counts of indecent assault against young boys. 

The pair face a trial due to start on 15 May.

Foxes will miss Champions League draw

BBC Leicester Sport

Craig Shakespeare has arrived at Leicester City's pre-West Ham press conference.

He starts with questions about the competition everyone is talking about - the Champions League.

He said: "I haven't banned talk of the Champions League but the players are focusing on West Ham and that's all the talk that's been today.”

Craig Shakespeare
Getty Images

Shakespeare said they will be training when the draw happens tomorrow.

He doesn't seem to have a preference over who they get: "We can't affect it. They all have their own strengths but we have our strengths as well."

School testing for tuberculosis

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

A school in the Beaumont Leys area of Leicester has held a meeting with parents after two pupils tested positive for tuberculosis at the end of last year.

Barley Croft Primary posted on their Facebook page last night to say that children who were identified as contagious in December were treated before coming back to school.

They've had to wait three months to test any other children but claim those that had any chance of catching it are being screened.

Barley Croft Primary

They said to parents "please don't worry" and "it's a rare disease, that's hard to catch and easily treatable".

They're working with Public Health England - Dr Philip Monk from PHE said: "TB is a serious disease, but the risk of catching the infection is very low. 

“It requires prolonged and close contact with somebody who has TB and it can be easily cured with a course of antibiotics."

Leicester City have 'done the country proud'

Press Association

Leicester and England great Peter Shilton believes the giants of European football will all want to avoid the Foxes in the Champions League quarter-finals. 

Craig Shakespeare's side will discover their next opponents in Friday's draw after they beat Sevilla 3-2 on aggregate following a 2-0 win at the King Power Stadium on Tuesday.

Leicester City

Juventus' Gianluigi Buffon and Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane have already said they do not want to face the Foxes and former goalkeeper Shilton, England's record appearance holder, understands that point of view.

Peter Shilton
Getty Images

He said: "They're going to cause problems to anyone they play. It's not going to be easy but they are through to the quarter-finals and anyone who is there can win it. 

"But you're not going to start shouting from the rooftops and saying they definitely will because there are too many wonderful sides. I hope they get Real or Barcelona, the fans will want to see that. They have done the country proud."   

Afternoon weather update

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

Generally dry and cloudy with scope for a couple of brighter spells on an otherwise overcast afternoon. 

Highs of 11C (52F).

A look at Leicestershire racing team

Helen McCarthy

BBC Radio Leicester Reporter

The highlight of my morning was having the chance to use an air gun to change a tyre on Team Parker’s car in the British Touring Car Championship...

          Helen McCarthy using an air gun to change a tyre on Team Parker’s car

There’s around 10 BTCC races across the country between now and October - the race at Donington Park is over Easter weekend (15/16 April).

Stephen Jelley from Leicester is hoping for great things after being away from BTCC for several years. He’s confident in his Team Parker which is based in Desford and has about 20 cars in its garages there.

Stephen Jelley

It’s the first time I’ve seen inside the big transporter lorries which take the cars around the country.

They are essentially mobile garages that look like galley kitchens with all the equipment stored below the two side counters....

Inside transporter lorry

Foxes' win 'a great result for English football'

BBC Sport

West Ham boss Slaven Bilic has been speaking to the media two days before his side's clash against Champions League quarter-finalists Leicester.

He said: "Leicester are a different team to a few weeks ago. Their result against Sevilla was a great result for English football.

"They play simply but it's productive. They are again, now, playing like they did last season. It's electric."

Tigers named in England Six Nations team

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Ben Youngs and Dan Cole will start for England in their match against Ireland on Saturday...

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Watch: Jelley returns to racing

BBC Radio Leicester

After seven years away, a Leicester racing driver is returning to one of the longest running UK racing championships.

Stephen Jelley, along with Leicestershire based Team Parker Racing, are preparing for the start of the new British Touring Car Championship - the competition stops off at Donington Park for one of the races.

We've been for a look behind the scenes...

Police appeal for missing man

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

This is 20-year-old Samuel Bainbridge who was reported missing on Saturday...

Samuel Bainbridge
Leicestershire Police

Samuel is originally from Sheffield but has been living in a shared house on Welford Road in Leicester.

He was reported missing by his housemate who said it is very out of character for Sam to go missing.

The Birch sends best wishes to fan who had cardiac arrest

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

The Leicester City legend Alan Birchenall has commented on our story yesterday about a man who suffered a cardiac arrest during the Leicester v Sevilla match on Tuesday...

Post by Alan Birchenall

"The Birch" went through a similar experience earlier this year at an awards ceremony where a defibrillator was used to help save him.

Council approves plans for alcohol recovery hub

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Last night councillors for Leicester City Council voted on plans to open a new recovery hub in the city centre for people with alcohol related issues - this was one councillor's thoughts...

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Mr Grant, who represents the Knighton ward and could not vote on the item because of his objections, later tweeted to say it was "passed unanimously".

Lisa Paris, who runs Little Angelz nursery on Humberstone Gate, has said she will now have to rethink her child safety measures.

Here you can see how close the new centre will be to the nursery...

Leicester Mercury front page

Leicester Mercury

A driver who failed to stop after a crash which left a cyclist with fatal injuries has been given a suspended prison sentence.

Leicester Mercury
Leicester Mercury

Watch: East Midlands weather forecast

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

City congestion leads to changes to bus timetables

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

If you regularly drive into Leicester you'll know that at times it can feel like one big traffic jam on our roads. 

Well the bus company Arriva has said congestion has become such an issue, they're having to change the timetable and routes for some of their services.

Arriva bus

The services that will change are: 

  • 31/31A (Leicester - Oadby)
  • 44/44A (Leicester - West Knighton and Wigston Fields)
  • 49 (Leicester - Wigston Harcourt)
  • 58 (Lutterworth - Market Harborough)

More information will be made available next month when Arriva holds "roadshows" for passengers.

Bus users

Simon Mathieson from Arriva said: "We have a system that tracks all our buses all the time and we've built up a database of actual times buses are taking to get between places. 

"That is saying it's taking longer to get between places like Haymarket, the Clock Tower and sections of Narborough Road.

"We've got to keep up to pace with the modern world of the county and the city."

Your photos: Mist in Leicestershire

BBC Weather Watchers

Where has the sunshine gone?

Mist in Leicestershire
Kizzi Grand Union Canal

It's certainly not in South Wigston this morning. Thanks to Kizzi Grand Union Canal for the picture.

Foxes boss to speak with media

BBC Leicester Sport

Craig Shakespeare is due to hold his pre-West Ham press conference at lunchtime - all the key headlines here on Local Live from 13:00.

King Power Stadium

Foxes are last English club in European competition

BBC Leicester Sport

Last night's Champions League match between Manchester City and Monaco means Leicester City will be the only English side to continue into the quarter-final of the competition.

Monaco players celebrate
Getty Images

Manchester City lost 3-1 meaning the sides draw 6-6 on aggregate - Monaco won on away goals.  

The quarter-final draw will happen tomorrow. These are the sides the Foxes could face next...

List of football club names left in the Champions League

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Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Good morning Leicestershire - I hope you're all well this Thursday morning.

I'll be writing the updates on your Local Live page today with all the latest news, sport, weather and travel.

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