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Summary

  1. Updates for Monday 27 March 2017
  2. Two arrested for fatal Beaumont Leys stabbing
  3. Sex offender fails to reverse guilty plea
  4. Scheme launched to protect cyclists
  5. Barrow upon Soar bridge reopens after collapse
  6. Selby beats Stefanov in China Open
  7. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 Tuesday

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By Amy Woodfield

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

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

  2. Weather: Dry start to Tuesday with some rain in the afternoon

    Jennifer Bartram

    BBC weather

    Becoming fairly cloudy through this evening with the risk of some patchy mist and fog through the night. 

    Staying dry through the night with light winds and lows of around 5C (41F).

    Weather

    A rather grey, misty start on Tuesday but cloud will break up through the morning to give some brighter spells at times.

    Dry through the morning, but some scattered showers will develop through the afternoon, especially further west, and some of these could be rather heavy and thundery.

  3. Your comments: Scheme to promote cyclists' safety

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    Here's another comment from a Local Live reader on the new police scheme to get drivers to keep a safe distance when passing cyclists...

    Quote Message: Cyclists should be made to use cycle ways where they are provided or face a fine if they cycle on the road. Councils have spent time and money upgrading footpaths. Also cyclists should have to pass a test to cycle on the road, pay the same fines and obey the same rules as motorists if they use the road." from Anonymous
    Anonymous
  4. MP apologises for failing to declare a financial interest in HS2

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    The MP for North West Leicestershire has apologised to the Commons after failing to declare a financial interest during a parliamentary debate on the HS2.

    Conservative Andrew Bridgen, who opposes the high speed rail link, sold his home 500 yards from the proposed route under what's called the Exceptional Hardship scheme. 

    He received more than £1.8m from the sale but had paid £2.1m when he bought the property more than six years ago.

    HS2

    Raising a point of order in the Commons to apologise, he said: "I should have declared that, due to a court order caused by my divorce, I was in the final act of selling my house to HS2 under the extreme hardship scheme.

    "I've sought to co-operate with the Commissioner for Standards throughout this inquiry, I've never made any secret of how close HS2 was running to my then-property in north west Leicestershire, and this in no way clouded my view of the HS2 project, a project I opposed before the route was announced, during my interest and since.

    "I apologise to the House profusely for any omissions I may have made."

  5. Pride festival at risk of cancellation

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    Organisers of Leicester Pride have said this year's festival might not go ahead because of problems with funding. 

    Pride flag

    The lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender festival is due to take place at Victoria Park on the first weekend in September but more money is "urgently" needed.

    Organiser Simon Harrison told the BBC they need to find about £10,000 in the next couple of weeks otherwise the event will be cancelled.

    The event normally attracts about 10,000 people.

  6. Snooker: Selby beats Stefanow in China Open

    BBC Leicester Sport

    Leicester's Mark Selby has beaten Adam Stefanow 5-3 in his opening match at the China Open in Beijing.

    Mark Selby
  7. Your comments: Scheme to promote cyclists' safety

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    A Local Live reader has been in touch about Leicestershire Police's new scheme to get drivers to keep a safe distance from cyclists...

  8. Homes for homeless soldiers in Coalville

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    Four ex-servicemen who were sleeping rough in Leicestershire have been given new homes thanks to a partnership between North West Leicestershire District Council and the Coalville charity Once We Were Soldiers. 

    One of them is Pete (middle) who was in the RAF. He said: "I couldn't wish for anything else. It makes life worth living again."

    Andy, Pete and Fergus

    Alongside Pete in this photo are Andy and Fergus from the charity who say they can relate to the men they work with.

    Up until last year Fergus was homeless after serving in the Gulf, Bosnia, Cyprus, Northern Ireland and Iraq.

    Andy told BBC Radio Leicester he was also homeless when he first came out the army. He said he was sofa-surfing with a newborn baby.

  9. Man fails to change guilty plea for sex offences

    Amy Harris

    Reporter, BBC East Midlands Today

    I'm at Leicester Crown Court for the appearance of Michal Podlaszczyk who's pleaded guilty to sex offences in a city park.

    Podlaszczyk wants to change his plea - the court has been told the defendant was suffering from mental illness at time of the sex offences in a park.

    The judge won't allow a plea change and adjourned the case to 6 April for sentencing.

  10. Your photos: Sunny Sunday in Loughborough

    Facebook

    Paul Blackwell has shared these lovely photos with us - they were taken yesterday in Queens Park in Loughborough...

    Queens Park, Loughborough
    Queens Park, Loughborough
  11. Two arrested in Beaumont Leys stabbing case

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    Two people have been arrested in connection with the murder of a man in Leicester.

    A 19-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of murder and a 21-year-old woman for assisting an offender. Both are in police custody.

    Car park with police cordon

    A post-mortem examination revealed the 22-year-old man found fatally injured on Canonsleigh Road yesterday had been stabbed.  

  12. Tigers players show support for Mauger after beating rivals

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    Aaron Mauger had his last game in charge of Leicester Tigers on Saturday - and what a game it was!

    Tigers beat rivals Northampton Saints 31-36 at Franklin's Gardens.

    Some players took to Twitter after the game to show their emotions about their coaches exit...

    View more on twitter
    View more on twitter
  13. Leicester Mercury front page

    Leicester Mercury

    The police and social services have been criticised for not prosecuting a self-confessed paedophile who sexually abused his step-daughter in the 1980s - leaving him free to foster a vulnerable teenage girl whom he twice made pregnant.

    Leicester Mercury
  14. Scheme to protect cyclists launched in Leicestershire

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    Drivers that get too close to cyclists in Leicestershire could find themselves getting a lesson from the police.

    Cyclists

    The force here is adopting a scheme started in West Midlands called #GiveSpaceBeSafe.

    Plain clothes officers on bikes pull over motorists seen driving too close to cyclists - they then show them exactly how much room they should be giving.

    It's resulted in a drop in the number of close-passes reported to them, West Midlands Police said.

    Cycling sign

    Eric Ludlow is from the Leicester Cycling Campaign Group - he said: "If you're riding along and something comes so close that you can touch it, at any kind of speed, it really does frighten you. 

    "I've been cycling for some time but it you were young or inexperienced chances are that would put you off for good. 

    "It's intimidating, it's frightening, it shouldn't happen."

  15. Football: Goalkeeper's Leicester warning for Stoke City players

    Matt Sandoz

    Stoke City commentator, BBC Radio Stoke

    The Stoke City goalkeeper Lee Grant says they shouldn't underestimate Leicester City this weekend. 

    Lee Grant

    The Potters are back in action on Saturday after the international break and Grant told BBC Radio Stoke that the players will need to be on top form.

    Quote Message: They were the champions of this country just short of 12 months ago so it will be a tough ask, going away from home in the Premier League is never easy in any circumstances, so we know we'll have to be right on our mettle." from Lee Grant Stoke City goalkeeper
    Lee GrantStoke City goalkeeper
  16. Snooker: Selby in China Open

    BBC Leicester Sport

    Leicester's Mark Selby takes on Adam Stefanow in the opening round of the China Open today. 

    Play's due to begin at 19:30 local time.

    Mark Selby
  17. Concern over 'racist' police form to be raised

    Victoria Derbyshire

    The government is to respond to fears a police risk assessment form has been used in a "racist" way to target grime artists, the BBC understands.

    Promoters and licensees in many areas are asked to complete a "Form 696" before hosting some music events featuring "DJs and MCs".

    Giggs

    The Victoria Derbyshire programme has found some forces, such as Leicestershire Police, still ask for the ethnic make-up of the audience attending and the music genre being played at an event, on the form.

    Leicestershire Police Form 696

    Leicestershire Police said its form was under review and its contents may change, but gave no date for when this may happen.

  18. Watch: East Midlands weather

    Charlie Slater

    BBC Weather presenter

    Video content

    Video caption: Charlie Slater has the outlook for the start of the week.
  19. Barrow upon Soar bridge to reopen after collapse

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    Cast your mind back eight months and you might remember us telling you about the railway bridge in Barrow upon Soar collapsing ...

    Barrow upon Soar bridge

    Parts of the bridge fell onto the Midland Mainline in August 2016 and the bridge has been closed ever since while repairs were made.

    Well - work is now complete and it will reopen to vehicles today.

    Network Rail said it has removed 200 tonnes of debris, restored the brick parapet wall, reconnected gas and water mains which run through the bridge and resurfaced the road.

    This is what it looks like this morning...

    Barrow upon Soar bridge
    Quote Message: Repairing this bridge has been a huge project. Work to repair old bridges such as this one are complicated and can run into unforeseen challenges. I appreciate that the work has caused disruption to those living in the area and I apologise for this." from Gary Walsh Network Rail
    Gary WalshNetwork Rail