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  1. BreakingLeicester explosion victims named

    Jonathan Lampon

    BBC Radio Leicester News Editor

    Police have confirmed the identities of four of the five people who lost their lives in the explosion in Leicester on Sunday evening.

    Brothers Shane Ragoobeer, 18, and Sean Ragoobeer, 17, lived in the flat above the mini supermarket in Hinckley Road.

    Leah Beth Reek, 18, came from Melton Mowbray and Viktorija Ijevleva, 22, was from Oldham.

    Although the fifth person has still to be formally identified, it is believed to be the body of Shane and Sean’s mother, Mary Ragoobeer, aged 46.

    Victims of the Leicester explosion
  2. Brakes and cakes!

    Kamlesh Purohit

    BBC Radio Leicester

    Eating lots of cakes is not awfully healthy but two women from Narborough, Leicestershire, have the perfect solution by cycling all over the globe eating cake!

    Brakes and Cakes is a blog by Debs and Jo which involves exploring the world by bike, and eating a range of bakery items on the way.

    Brakes and cakes bloggers Debs and Jo

    The pair set off in 2015 cycling around Europe. Then they pedaled across the USA and to Japan, with a hop to New Zealand for some summer sun. In 2017 they crossed Asia, taking in China and Russia.

    They finished their journey in Finland with a cup of tea and Swiss roll at the roadside. The two are now back in the UK, concentrating on home based trips.

  3. Leicestershire author's story goes stateside

    Kamlesh Purohit

    BBC Radio Leicester

    A story written by a Burbage author is one of several included in a book for people with memory loss.

    Jessica Jones' story was inspired by her grandma, who has late stages of Alzheimer's, about an adventure her grandma and her sisters might have had during their childhood in Wales.

    The book has been picked for Read Across America day which celebrates storytelling and a love of reading. Flash Fiction for Flash Memory is a collection of 50 stories aimed at encouraging people to visit relatives with memory loss and enjoy a story together.

    Author Jessica Jones with the book Flash Fiction for Flash Memory
  4. Ashley Johnson: New arrest made

    Jonathan Lampon

    BBC Radio Leicester News Editor

    Police have arrested a 20-year-old man from Leicester on suspicion of murder in connection with the death of Ashley Johnson.

    The 24-year-old died on his way to hospital after suffering a stab wound. He was found injured on Dannett Street in the early hours of Saturday morning, 24 February.

    A 39-year-old man who was previously arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit murder has been released with no further action.

    Picture of Ashley Johnson
  5. BreakingLeicester explosion: Two more arrested

    Jonathan Lampon

    BBC Radio Leicester News Editor

    Two more men have been arrested by police investigating the cause of an explosion and fire at a Leicester convenience store which left five people dead on Sunday evening.

    The men, both in their 30s, and from East Anglia, have been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to cause an explosion and for offences under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

    Leicester explosion scene

    Leicestershire police said: "No further details about these men, or the three others arrested on Wednesday and still in custody, will be released at this time."

  6. Watch: Lorry rescued in Rutland snow

    Jonathan Lampon

    BBC Radio Leicester News Editor

    Rutland 4x4 response driver Nigel sent us this video as he was out last night rescuing drivers caught out by the Beast from the East.

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    Video caption: Lorry rescued from snow in Rutland
  7. Speedway rider breaks back sledging

    Mike McCarthy

    BBC Radio Leicester Sport

    Leicester Lions will be without rider Josh Bates for the start of the season after he broke his back sledging.

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    Bates landed on a brick underneath the snow and has broken a vertebrae.

    It is not clear how long the 22-year-old will be out of action but the Lions say they are hopeful of a swift recovery.

    Bates, who also rides for Sheffield Tigers, won't be replaced by either side until the full extent of his injury is known.

  8. BreakingMan guilty of attempting to murder Muslim woman

    Andy Trigg

    BBC Radio Leicester reporter

    A 21-year-old man has been found guilty of attempting to murder a Muslim woman in Leicester by running her over.

    Nottingham Crown Court heard that Paul Moore targeted Zaynab Hussein because she was wearing a hijab.

    The incident happened in Beaumont Leys last September.

    Moore, of Letchworth Road in Leicester, was also convicted of seriously injuring a 12-year-old Muslim schoolgirl.

    He'd previously denied attempted murder and grievous bodily harm.

  9. Rugby: Tigers make two changes for Worcester

    Mike McCarthy

    BBC Radio Leicester Sport

    Leicester Tigers have made two changes to their starting fifteen to face Worcester on Sunday.

    Captain Tom Youngs returns to the side with Tatafu Polota-Nau moving to the replacements.

    Matthew Tait also starts, replacing the injured Gareth Owen.

    Leicester Tigers teamsheet

    Tigers begin the weekend seventh in the Premiership table, but a third straight league win would keep the pressure up on their playoff rivals.

  10. Witness appeal following Leicester explosion

    Andy Trigg

    BBC Radio Leicester reporter

    Detectives have launched an appeal urging anyone who used the Polish convenience store that exploded in Leicester on Sunday night to come forward.

    Officers want to speak to those who may have witnessed suspicious behaviour in the hours leading up to the blast.

    Hinckley Road explosion

    Five people died in the explosion on Hinckley Road.

    Three men continue to be questioned by police on suspicion of manslaughter.

    Quote Message: It’s vital that we speak to anyone who may have information about any people they saw coming and going into the supermarket in Hinckley Road in the hours leading up to the explosion. Was there anyone acting strangely or in a suspicious manner? Did you see any vehicles parked up, or being driven in a strange manner in the area around the supermarket?" from Det Insp Michelle Keen Leicestershire Police
    Det Insp Michelle KeenLeicestershire Police
  11. Leicester refugee uses passion for art to teach others

    Alex Blakemore

    Reporter, BBC Radio Leicester

    An artist in Leicester is using his passion for colour and creativity to teach other budding artists in the city.

    Ali Agrave came to Leicester in 2000 to study electronics but found a love for art. He now runs Leicester's Art Zone, teaching and encouraging others in the city to pick up a pencil or a brush.

    Ali Agrave teaching others how to paint
  12. Leicester explosion: Friends pay tribute to missing teenager

    Matt Smith

    BBC Radio Leicester Breakfast Show producer

    The friends of 18-year-old Shane Ragoobeer, who is feared dead after Sunday night's explosion, have been paying tribute to him.

    Ché Simms, left, and James Sweeney knew Shane from the age of twelve.

    The two friends of Shane Ragoobeer

    They're now trying to raise money for his father and younger brother.

    Quote Message: He was one in a million and such a big character. The whole of Leicester basically knew him but it's so nice to see how everyone is getting together and supporting each other." from James Sweeney Friend of Shane Ragoobeer
    James SweeneyFriend of Shane Ragoobeer
  13. Cold weather puts plumbers in high demand

    Andy Trigg

    BBC Radio Leicester reporter

    A plumber from Quorn says his workload has more than trebled this week due to the heavy snow and sub-zero temperatures.

    Peter Booth from PB Plumbers has been fixing up to 20 broken boilers a day.

    Plumber Peter Booth fixing a broken boiler

    He says frozen condensate pipes have been the most common reasons for boilers breaking down.

    It's often due to poor workmanship when the boilers are installed.

    Frozen condensate pipe
  14. Mother's plea to find son's killers

    Jonathan Lampon

    BBC Radio Leicester News Editor

    The mother of a young man who was stabbed to death in Leicester has made a heartfelt plea to find her son's killers.

    Ashley Johnson was found injured in Dannett Street in the city in the early hours of Saturday, 24 February.

    His mum, Karen Johnson, said: “Ashley was a lovable, kind, young man who had his whole life ahead of him. He’d do anything for anybody.

    "I don’t know why somebody would want to do this. I want to know who and why."

    Picture of Ashley Johnson

    Police believe there may have been a fight between two groups of young men who were in separate vehicles travelling in the Fosse Road North or New Parks area.

  15. Holidaying with dementia

    Kamlesh Purohit

    BBC Radio Leicester

    A specialist travel agent is helping people living with dementia and their relatives or carers enjoy holidays together.

    Leicestershire-based MindforYou offers time away throughout the year as an alternative to traditional respite.

    Couple sitting on a bench looking out at water

    Experienced dementia support staff help take the stress out of planning long journeys and packing.

    They are also on hand at dementia-friendly accommodation and trips away.

  16. Okazaki a doubt for Bournemouth clash

    Mike McCarthy

    BBC Radio Leicester Sport

    Shinji Okazaki

    Shinji Okazaki remains a doubt for Leicester City's clash with Bournemouth this weekend.

    The Japanese international has missed the Foxes' last three matches with a knee injury.

    City boss Claude Puel said the 31-year-old returned to training this week and will be assessed tomorrow.

  17. Selby criticises Welsh Open scheduling after defeat

    Mike McCarthy

    BBC Radio Leicester Sport

    Mark Selby

    Mark Selby has criticised the organisers at snooker's Welsh Open after his late-night exit in the second round.

    Selby lost 4-3 to Liang Wenbo in a match that didn't finish until 01:00 GMT.

    It was the second time in as many matches Selby had to wait until late into the evening for another game to finish.

    Quote Message: I've won the World Championships, I'm world number one, and get no priority. The other day I followed [Judd] Trump. No disrespect to Trump but I feel as though I probably should be going on first instead of him." from Mark Selby
    Mark Selby
  18. Lambing season hit by cold weather

    If you're struggling with the cold this morning, spare a thought for the farmers of Leicestershire and Rutland and their animals.

    It's lambing season and without the help of farmers to keep the newborns warm, many wouldn't survive the cold.

    Two newborn lambs
    Image caption: These shivering lambs are just two hours old
  19. Leicester explosion: Three arrested

    Jonathan Lampon

    BBC Radio Leicester News Editor

    Three men continue to be questioned by police after being arrested yesterday on suspicion of manslaughter following Sunday night's explosion at a shop on Hinckley Road.

    The three men, all in their 30s, come from different parts of the country.

    Explosion scene

    One man comes from East Anglia, the second from the North West of the country, and the third from the East Midlands.

    Leicestershire Police said there remains no evidence that the events of Sunday night are in any way terrorist related.

  20. Rugby: Tigers' Owen out for the season

    Mike McCarthy

    BBC Radio Leicester Sport

    Gareth Owen

    Leicester Tigers centre Gareth Owen looks set to miss the rest of the season.

    Owen dislocated his shoulder in the second minute of Tigers' Premiership victory at Saracens.

    Quote Message: The medics got it back in at the weekend, but he'll have surgery on that early next week and it'll probably put him out for the rest of the season." from Matt O'Connor Leicester Tigers head coach
    Matt O'ConnorLeicester Tigers head coach