Leicester

England, United Kingdom

Latest Stories

Weather: Mostly dry with chance of odd showers

BBC Weather

A generally dry with a few clear intervals and the chance of an isolated shower.

Tomorrow will be mostly dry with some sunshine at times but high cloud will turn this hazy, with gentle westerly breezes.

Weather
BBC

M1 crash: Motorway reopens

Sandish Shoker

BBC News

The M1 northbound has fully reopened after the earlier closure.

The motorway between J24A at Kegworth and J25 were closed for several hours following a crash at midday between a lorry and two cars.

Jump in Euro election turnout in Leicestershire

Nick Smith

BBC News Online

Figures released so far show an increase in turnout for yesterday's European Parliament Election, compared to 2014.

View more on twitter

M1 crash: Two cars and lorry involved

Sandish Shoker

BBC News

A lorry and two cars are involved in the accident on the M1 northbound, police have confirmed.

It happened at about 12:00 and injuries are "believed to be serious", according to Nottinghamshire Police.

M1 crash
Highways England

Highways England said there are still around 75 minutes of delays in the area.

Police have advised motorists to find alternative routes.

Four arrested after city street fight

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

Four men have been arrested after a fight involving a large number of people in Leicester last night.

Police were called to the Evington area just after 19:00 - they later posted this message on Twitter warning people to stay away from the area...

View more on twitter

Two men were taken to hospital, where they're being treated for non-life threatening injuries.

One man was arrested at the scene on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm. Three others were arrested on suspicion of affray at an address nearby.

Police cordon on Osmaston Road
BBC

An eyewitness told the BBC there were about 50 people involved and he saw some of them using knives.

Watch: East Midlands weather forecast

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

It's another warm and sunny day but this will change over the weekend - here's the full forecast.

Weather: Dry and clear night ahead

BBC Weather

It will remain dry tonight, with mostly clear skies and light winds. One or two mist patches could also develop.

There will be more in the way of cloud tomorrow, which could allow an isolated shower to develop.

It should remain largely dry however.

Weather
BBC
Four jailed for jewellery store armed robbery
CCTV shows the masked gang raiding the shop in Leicestershire and making off with £80,000 of items.

Two lanes of M1 closed by crash

Nick Smith

BBC News Online

There are currently delays on the M1 due to a crash just past the Catthorpe Interchange.

Two lanes of the southbound carriageway between J19 and J18 are currently closed.

View more on twitter

Dogs head to the polls for EU elections

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

The best thing about polling day? #dogsatpollingstations of course.

Leeloo the rescue greyhound has been with her owner to vote in Leicester.

Leeloo the rescue greyhound
Sophie Noon

It looks like Laika enjoyed the walk to the polling station in Beeston.

Laika
Matt J Young

Bandit the Havanese needed a lift but that didn't stop him from joining in with the fun in Ilkeston.

Bandit the Havanese
Kerry L Wheatley

Man robbed woman on busy city street

Nick Smith

BBC News Online

Police are looking for a man who robbed a woman in a Leicester street.

The woman was walking along Maidstone Road at 09:50 on Monday when she was pushed over from behind and had her bag and phone taken.

She suffered a head injury and remains in hospital in a stable condition.

A suspect, believed to be in his late 20s or early 30s, was seen running off through Apollo Close.

Maidstone Road
Google

Notice served to clean up front garden

Nick Smith

BBC News Online

What a mess!

City wardens in Leicester have served a notice to get this mess in Westcotes cleared up.

View more on twitter

'Unique' Iron Age shield found by archaeologists

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

An Iron Age shield has been discovered by archaeologists at the University of Leicester.

They claim it's the only one of its kind to be found in Europe.

Shield
University of Leicester

The 2,300-year-old shield was found to the south of the city on the Everards Meadows site in 2015. The last four years have been spent analysing the pieces.

It was "severely damaged", which is thought to have been caused by the pointed tips of spears.

Shield
University of Leicester

It's made from bark and has wooden laths to help stiffen the structure. It also has a wooden edging rim and a woven boss to protect the wooden handle.

The outside of the shield has been painted and scored in red chequerboard decoration.

Radiocarbon dating has revealed that the shield was made between 395 and 255 BC. It has now been conserved and will be given to the British Museum.

Savage talks dementia with Foxes fan

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

Former Leicester City player Robbie Savage has been back in the city to meet a fan who is living with dementia.

Savage is hoping to raise awareness and cash for the Alzheimer's Society.

The cause is one close to his heart - he lost his own dad to the condition.

View more on twitter

Concern for welfare of missing teen

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

Have you seen 15-year-old Kristina Ginova?

She was reported missing on Tuesday afternoon after leaving the cinema at the Meridian Leisure Park in Leicester.

Kristina Ginova
Leicestershire Police

It's thought she may have been seen in Melton Mowbray at about 14:00 but there have been no reported sightings since.

Leicestershire Police say they're becoming "increasingly concerned" for her welfare.

Murder arrest after man found dead in flat

Samantha Fisher

BBC News Online

A man has been arrested on suspicion of murdering a man who was found dead in a flat.

St Peters Road
Google

The man's body was found in the property in St Peters Road, Leicester, on Friday and police said following a post-mortem examination, his death was declared suspicious.

A 52-year-old man from the city was arrested on suspicion of murder in Prebend Gardens earlier.

Police said he remains in custody and inquiries are ongoing.

Watch: East Midlands weather

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

Plenty of sunshine and blue sky - here's the full forecast.

Weather: Dry and partly misty night

BBC Weather

Any cloud will melt away this evening, to leave a dry and largely clear night with a few mist patches in places.

Once any mist patches fade in the morning, tomorrow will be another dry, fine day with a good deal of sunshine and just a little fair-weather cloud.

Weather
BBC

Crash blocks city centre road

Nick Smith

BBC News Online

Bad news for people heading home in Leicester this evening...

View more on twitter

Delays on A42 after crash

Nick Smith

BBC News Online

Delays are expected on the A42 near Ashby de la Zouch following a crash.

There are queues on the northbound carriageway between junctions 12 and 13.

A42
Google

Foxes kick off pre-season with trip to Scunthorpe

Nick Smith

BBC News Online

Leicester City will start off their pre-season campaign with a trip to League Two side Scunthorpe United.

The fixture on 16 July will be the Foxes first trip to Glanford Park since 2011, when both sides were playing in the Championship.

This is the third pre-season fixture announced for the Foxes, who will send first team squads to Stoke City and Rotherham United on 27 July.

Glanford Park
Scunthorpe United FC

New willow sculpture of King Richard III

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

A new sculpture has arrived in Leicester celebrating the city's connection with King Richard III.

The 8ft willow hand holding a crown was installed on King Richard Road yesterday.

Sculpture
Mike Spencer

It's part of the city council's shop improvement scheme where £615,000 is spent on improving the local environment and shopping experience for residents and visitors.

It's hoped the sculpture will last for about five years. It will eventually have flowers growing around the bottom, which local shop keepers will be expected to help maintain.

Watch: East Midlands weather

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

Another fine day but with a bit more cloud than yesterday - here's the full forecast.

Weather: Dry night ahead

BBC Weather

It will remain dry overnight and there will be some clear periods, though some mist may develop later in the night.

Tomorrow is expected to be another dry day and feel pleasantly warm in the sunshine.

Weather
BBC

Council invests in 'economic growth' staff

BBC Radio Leicester

Up to half a million pounds a year is to be spent by Leicestershire County Council on new staff to support housing and economic growth.

Leaders have defended the decision by claiming the county faces unprecedented pressure for more roads, schools and transport infrastructure that could cost £600m over the next 25 years.

Leicestershire County Council
BBC

Councillor Byron Rhodes told the BBC it's going to be difficult to find the money at a time when the authority continues to face budget cuts.

He said: "We are anticipating that in the future, eventually our revenues will start to improve so we will provide for that out of those improvements."

Man jailed for sexually abusing teenage girl

Nick Smith

BBC News Online

A man has been jailed for two-and-a-half years for sexually abusing a teenage girl.

Robert Moseley, 55, of Bowhill Grove, Leicester, was jailed on Friday at Leicester Crown Court and also made subject to a 10-year sexual harm prevention order.

Police say Moseley began abusing his victim when she was 13 years old, from 2009 until 2013.

He was convicted of two counts of sexual assault following a trial at the same court.

Robert Moseley
Leicestershire Police

Moseley was found not guilty of two counts of indecent assault and no verdict was reached on five counts of sexual assault and two of indecent assault. The charges will lie on file.

Drug dealer 'found with 133 class A wraps' jailed

Nick Smith

BBC News Online

A drug dealer who police said they found with 133 wraps of cocaine and heroin has been jailed for two years and eight months.

Andrew Manjengwa, 20, of Samson Road, Leicester, pleaded guilty to 13 counts of supplying class A drugs and two counts of possession with intent to supply class A drugs at Leicester Crown Court yesterday.

Andrew Manjengwa
Leicestershire Police

Man jailed for knifepoint hotel robbery

Nick Smith

BBC News Online

A man has been jailed for more than five years for threatening a woman with a knife at a hotel.

Ali Golzari, 40, of Handsworth, Birmingham, threatened the woman and stole cash from her at a hotel in Leicester city centre in November.

Golzari pleaded guilty to robbery at Leicester Crown Court yesterday and was sentenced to five years and four months in prison.

Ali Golzari
Leicestershire Police

Pre-season double-header for Foxes

BBC Leicester Sport

Leicester City have confirmed pre-season friendlies away to Rotherham United and Stoke City.

bet365 Stadium in Stoke
PA

The matches will take place simultaneously, with first-team squads sent to both on Saturday 27 July

'Racist comments' reported at helicopter crash match

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

Reports of racist comments made towards Leicester City fans at King Power Stadium are being investigated.

Photos of man
Leicestershire Police

They are alleged to have been said during the game against West Ham on 27 October - the night the chairman's helicopter crashed.

Police investigating the claims would like to speak to the man seen in these photos and are appealing for help to identify him.

Gordon Banks' Foxes contract being auctioned

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

A Leicester City contract signed by Gordon Banks in the lead-up to the 1966 World Cup is being sold at auction next month.

Banks, who played in every game of England's 1966 World Cup campaign, died earlier this year.

Contracts for sale
Richard Winterton Auctioneers Ltd

Paying tribute, Gary Lineker described him as "one of the greatest goalkeepers of all time".

The Leicester City contract is signed by Banks and the club secretary Edward Plumley. It's dated 1964, the year the club won the League Cup, and runs to June 1966

The contract is among three going under the hammer hoped to fetch about £5,000 in total.

Banks - who started his career at Chesterfield before signing for the Foxes and later Stoke City - is credited with one of the greatest saves in World Cup history when he denied Pele a goal.

Gordon Banks and Pele
PA

Train speed improvements set to disrupt journeys

East Midlands Today

Passengers using the Midland Mainline are being warned to expect major disruption next week.

Market Harborough station
BBC

From next Tuesday, no services will be stopping at Market Harborough station for six days as work is carried out to straighten the line and install a new footbridge.

There will also be fewer trains between the East Midlands and London and services that do run will take longer.

When work on the line is completed, it will allow trains to travel at greater speeds. A replacement bus service will run in the meantime.

Watch: East Midlands weather

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

A dry, warm and sunny day across the East Midlands - here's the full forecast.

East Midlands weather: Dry night ahead

BBC Weather

Lingering daytime showers will slowly die away this evening. It will then be dry overnight with clear periods, although some mist is likely to develop later in the night.

weather
BBC

Tuesday is expected to be a dry day with sunny periods. However, there is a small chance of a few fairly isolated showers developing during the day which are most likely in the afternoon.

Firefighters take on dawn to dusk cycling challenge

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

A team of Leicestershire firefighters are preparing to cycle 200 miles in memory of a colleague who died while on duty in 2016.

The 14 firefighters will travel from Tynemouth in Tyne and Wear to Prestwick in Scotland in the Chase the Sun challenge.

Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service Cycling Club
Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service

Before his death, Paul Wilkens suggested the event to his colleagues in the cycling club but sadly he never got to take part.

The 47-year-old was found dead while on duty at a fire station in what Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service called a "sudden and tragic loss".

Paul Wilkens
Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service

The Chase the Sun challenge is now a "tradition" for the cycling club as a way of remembering Paul and raising money for charity.

Syria trip pair jailed for terror charges

Sonia Kataria

BBC News

Two men found guilty of trying to get into Islamic State-controlled Syria to commit terrorist acts have been jailed for 14 years.

Hanzalah Patel, 23 and Safwaan Mansur, 23, were arrested at an Istanbul hotel in June 2017 after contacting a US agent posing as an IS sympathiser.

Hanzalah Patel (left) and Safwaan Mansur
West Midlands Police

The pair, who denied preparation of terrorist acts, claimed the talk was just "thoughts and banter".

Patel, from Leicester, and Mansur, from Birmingham, were given 14 years in prison at Birmingham Crown Court.

They were also sentenced to 12 months on extended licence.

Driver hits two trees at 'ridiculous speed'

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

Police are still looking for the driver of this car, which crashed on Saffron Lane in Leicester on Saturday.

Crash on Saffron Lane in Leicester
Leicestershire Police

Police have said the man lost control and hit two trees "at a ridiculous speed".

He fled the scene leaving his female passenger trapped in the car - fortunately she only had minor injuries.

Crash on Saffron Lane in Leicester
Leicestershire Police

Leicestershire Police said: "The driver will be dealt with when we find him."

'Dirty protest' in police van

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

Thought you had a bad Sunday? Spare a thought for the police officers who had to deal with this.

View more on twitter

Watch: East Midlands weather

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

It's a sunny start but there’s a chance of a shower later - here's the full forecast.