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Weather: Cloudy with chance of drizzle

BBC Weather

It will stay rather cloudy this evening and overnight, though conditions will become mainly dry with just the outside chance of the odd spot of drizzle through the early hours.

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BBC

It will be another cloudy start on Tuesday, but the cloud will steadily lift and thin through the morning to reveal a bright afternoon with sunny spells and perhaps just the odd shower.

Rape and attempted murder accused in court

Nick Smith

BBC News Online

A man accused of attempted murder and rape after a woman was found seriously injured in a Leicester play park has appeared in court.

leicester play area rape
BBC

The woman, in her 50s, was found in the early hours of Friday, 3 August off Cedar Road in the Evington area of the city.

Zakarya Etarghi, 24, of no fixed address, appeared at Leicester Magistrates' Court this morning where he entered no plea to the rape or attempted murder charges. He is due in Leicester Crown Court next month.

Mr Etarghi denied an unconnected charge of affray which will be dealt with by magistrates.

'Rude' note left on emergency call ambulance

Dave Wade

BBC News

Ambulance staff responding to a patient returned to find this note on their windscreen.

ambulance note
EMAS

The crew had been responding to a "genuine emergency" in Leicester in the early hours of the morning, East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) said.

The note read: "You blocked my driveway, I waited for 45mins for you to move. Please have some consideration where you park the ambulance."

Lee Brentnall, from EMAS, said: “It is so disappointing to see that a rude note has yet again been left on one of our ambulances."

He said crews are "approachable" and will move their vehicles if needed.

“However, there will be times that we are treating someone experiencing a life-threatening and time-critical emergency and moving our ambulance will not be our priority," he said.

"In these cases, you will need to be patient as we try to save someone’s life.”

Young Foxes midfielder handed six-year deal

Gavin Bevis

BBC News

Leicester City midfielder Wilfred Ndidi has been awarded a new six-year contract by the club.

The 21-year-old, who joined the Foxes from Belgian side Genk in 2017, has been named the club's young player of the year for the past two seasons.

He also represented Nigeria at this summer's World Cup in Russia.

Wilfried Ndidi
Leicester City

'Homeless charter' being drawn up for Leicester

Gavin Bevis

BBC News

The Diocese of Leicester is teaming up with local charities and the city council to draw up a new charter to tackle homelessness.

The aim is to not only improve the help available for rough sleepers in Leicester but to try to tackle some of the issues that lead to people becoming homeless in the first place.

Groups involved in the project include Action Homeless and Soundcafe Leicester.

Rough sleeper
BBC

A draft version of the charter, available here, prioritises a co-ordinated approach between churches, police and homeless charities to provide a more extensive support network.

It also emphasises the need for people who have been homeless themselves to be involved by advising agencies on the most effective ways of helping people.

Attempted murder accused due in court

Greig Watson

Reporter, BBC News Online

A 24-year old man is due in court today charged with attempted murder and rape after a woman was found badly injured in Leicester.

The woman, in her 50s, was discovered with serious injuries in a play area off Cedar Road in Evington, Leicester, two weeks go.

Play area
BBC

Zakarya Etarghi, 24, of no fixed address, was charged on Saturday and remanded into custody to appear before Leicester Magistrates' Court this morning.

A 54-year-old and a 16-year-old previously arrested in connection with the attack have both been released and will face no further action.

The woman is said to be a in a stable condition.

Watch: East Midlands weather

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

A cloudy day with a chance of some sunshine and rain - here's the full forecast.

Weather: Breezy evening ahead

BBC Weather

A dry and breezy evening with a minimum temperature of 14C (57F).

weather
BBC

Saturday will be warm and humid with a maximum temperature of 24°C (75°F),

Sunday looks to be quite breezy with a chance of some patchy rain later.

Dashcam plea in serious sex assault investigation

Ben Truslove

BBC News Online

Detectives investigating a serious sex assault in a play park have asked drivers to check dashcam footage.

A woman was left severely injured after the attack in Cedar Road, Leicester, in the early hours of 3 August.

Police
BBC

Investigating officers want to speak to anyone who may have dashcam footage between 22:00 on 2 August and 06:00 on the following day, particularly delivery drivers and taxis.

Det Insp Mark Sinski said: "Although our inquiries are continuing, I am today asking any motorists who were passing through Cedar Road, Evington Road or the surrounding area to check their dashcams for any footage that they think might be of interest."

A 24-year-old man was arrested this morning on suspicion of attempted murder and a serious sexual assault and remains in custody.

A 56-year-old Leicester man arrested the on suspicion of attempted murder and a serious sexual assault remains on bail. A 16-year-old boy arrested on the same offences was later released while investigations continue.

All lanes reopen on M1

Nick Smith

BBC News Online

Good news for drivers on the motorway.

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Stop smoking group backs vaping report

Nick Smith

BBC News Online

A smoking specialist hopes a report by a group of MPs into e-cigarettes will clarify the advantages.

The report recommends they are promoted as a healthier alternative to cigarettes, but some scientists disagree saying more research is needed into the health implications.

Melanie Perry, of Stop Smoking Leicester, said: “We just want some confidence to be able... to reassure patients that they can switch to vaping from smoking."

Vaping
Reuters

Travel: M1 barrier repairs under way

Dave Wade

BBC News

It's after a lorry collided with the barriers this morning.

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M1 lorry crash
Highways England

Driver parks outside police station and 'rolls joint'

Gavin Bevis

BBC News

Not this driver's finest hour - officers said the car pulled up outside a Leicester police station, parked in a bus stop before the driver rolled a joint.

Officers stopped and searched the car and drugs were seized.

Leicester
Leicestershire Police

BreakingMan arrested in connection with sex attack

Sandish Shoker

BBC News

Police investigating a serious sexual assault in Leicester have arrested a 24-year-old in Stoke-on-Trent.

A woman in her 50s was found badly beaten and unconscious in a play area off Cedar Road, Evington at about 04:45 on 3 August.

The man, of no fixed address, was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and a serious sexual assault.

He remains in police custody.

Cedar Road
BBC

M1 lorry recovery a 'complex' operation

BBC News Travel

This is what's causing those delays on the M1 near Loughborough. It appears a fully laden HGV has crashed into the central reservation.

Lorry
Highways England

Highways England said the recovery operation is "complex" because of the position of the lorry and the fact it is fully loaded.

Two lanes north and one south are shut, causing long tailbacks, particularly in Leicestershire.

M1 crash
Highways England
Lorry
Highways England

M1 lorry crash causing long delays

BBC News Travel

There are lengthy tailbacks on the M1 heading north because of a crash involving a lorry.

Two of three lanes are closed between junctions 22 and 23, near Loughborough, while the HGV is recovered from the central reservation.

M1 crash
Highways England

Watch: East Midlands weather

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

A fresh feeling Friday with some sunny spells - here's the full forecast.

Weather: Cooler night ahead

BBC Weather

Tonight will be dry with some lengthy clear periods and just a few patches of cloud. A cooler night than last night with lows of 8C (46F).

weather
BBC

Tomorrow will be dry with some sunshine, particularly early on, but with large amounts of cloud spreading from the west at times too. Top temperature of 20C (68F).

A-level results day: Looking back to 90s uni days

Dave Wade

BBC News

BBC Newsbeat has been looking back at how university has changed since 1997.

Oasis
Getty Images

Hamant Verma, now 39, started at Leicester's De Montfort University that year - when Britpop, New Labour and chunky mobile phones were all the rage.

Read his story here.

Leicester City players answer university phones

Sandish Shoker

BBC News

Three Leicester City stars, Ricardo Pereira, Wilfrid Ndidi and Layton Ndukwu missed training today to help De Montfort University with its clearing process.

As thousands of potential student collect their A-level results today the three players have been answering the phones and speaking to some of the young people trying to get a place at the university.

Ndidi said: "It was surprising for some of them when I answered the phone but their reactions have been good. This is my first experience of clearing but it's been fun talking to so many happy people."

Leicester City
BBC

Söyüncü officially signs for Leicester City

Owynn Palmer-Atkin

BBC Radio Leicester Sport

Turkish defender Çağlar Söyüncü has officially signed for Leicester City, according to manager Claude Puel.

It’s official, he’s a Leicester City player. We wish him a good welcome and he will arrive this evening. He won’t be fit for this game [vs Wolves]. He had a little injury, so he will come back in the training session step by step”

Claude PuelLeicester City manager
Caglar Soyuncu
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The central defender signed for the Foxes on deadline day from German side Freiburg in a deal reported to be worth up to £19m.

However, the deal was subject to a work permit being granted, which is now thought to be complete.

Leaflets distributed in sex attack investigation

Sandish Shoker

BBC News

Hundreds of leaflets are being handed out by police today as part of their investigation into a "horrific" sexual assault in a Leicester play area.

leaflets police
Leicestershire Police

A woman in her 50s remains in a serious condition in hospital after she was found in the park near Cedar Road, Evington shortly before 05.00 on 3 August.

Police are hoping leaflets and posters, including some printed in Polish, will encourage people who live nearby to come forward with information.

Det Insp Mark Sinski, who is leading the investigation, said: "This was a horrific, violent attack and we need to find out who is responsible.”

Cedar Road
BBC

A 56-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and serious sexual assault and released on bail.

A 16-year-old boy was also arrested on the same offences and released while investigations continue.

Watch: East Midlands weather

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

It's a wet start but the rain will clear for a dry afternoon with some sunshine.

PCSO getting creative at the Curve

Sonia Kataria

BBC News

As part of a family fun event at Leicester's Curve people were encouraged to help cartoon artist David ‘Max’ Millgate bring colour to the building's windows.

An officer took a break and joined in on the fun...

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Have you had your tools stolen?

Sonia Kataria

BBC News

Officers have seized these stolen tools from an address close to Thurcaston Road, near Mowmacre Hill, in Leicester, on Monday.

The items include a holesaw kit and a toolbox containing drill bits, wrenches, a hammer and pliers

Tools
Leicestershire Police

A 36-year-old man, from the city, has been arrested on suspicion of theft from a motor vehicle and handling stolen goods. He has been released while investigations continue.

Leicestershire Police said victims should contact them and will need to provide proof of ownership to have their tools returned.

'New low' small flats approved

Sonia Kataria

BBC News

Can you fit a bed, seating area, kitchen and en-suite bathroom in a room that's 16 sq m?

Graphic showing size of a 16 sq metre apartment
BBC

One councillor doesn't think so but Labour-run Leicester City Council has approved 13 studio apartments on Upper New Walk, in the city centre ranging from 16 to 32 sq m.

Labour councillor Patrick Kitterick said the size of the smaller flats was a "new low... and unacceptably small for people to live in full-time".

Building on Upper New Walk,  Leicester
bbc

Mikey Halford, deputy chairman of Leicester's Conservative Party, said it was "absolute madness" to give the developers the go-ahead.

However developers Dosani Properties Limited said it had been "unfairly singled out" as many similar-sized apartments have already been approved by the city council.

The company said that some of the units had to be smaller because the building was in a conservation area and therefore cannot be changed.

Building on Upper New Walk,  Leicester
Google

Leicester City Council told the BBC that it was looking to include the national minimum standard of 37 sq m in its new local plan.

Boy, 16, arrested over 'horrific' park attack

Sonia Kataria

BBC News

A 16-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and a serious sexual assault after a woman was "horrifically" attacked in a children's play park in Leicester.

He was questioned by detectives and released yesterday night while investigations continue.

The woman, in her 50s and from the city, remains "seriously ill" in hospital after she was found unconscious in the park, on Cedar Road, on 3 August.

A 56-year-old man, who was arrested for the same offences, has since been released on police bail.

Attack at park on Cedar Road, Leicester
BBC

Police said they now know that the victim left her home shortly after midnight and was seen on CCTV entering the One Stop shop on Evington Road at about 00:40 but the next three hours "remains a mystery"

Officers have searched drains for a weapon used in the attack adding that witnesses recall "hearing the sound of a woman screaming" on the night,

Attack at park on Cedar Road, Leicester
BBC

Det Insp Mark Sinski said: “The amount of violence used in this sustained and horrific attack was significant.

"He, or they, have shown a propensity to use extreme violence, and they remain a threat until they are caught."

Attack at park on Cedar Road, Leicester
BBC

It's thought that whoever is responsible would have had "blood on their lower clothing".

Public toilets mapped: Where have they all gone?

It's always a worry - visiting a new city and not knowing where to spend a penny.

Public toilet provision has been declining for a number of years and the BBC has learnt that some UK high streets and tourist hot spots now no longer have any council-run public toilets.

Across the East Midlands, many of the councils cut the number of facilities they managed between 2010 and last year.

toilet map
BBC

Only Leicester City Council increased its provision from 30 toilets to 33. Nottingham meanwhile reduced the number of conveniences from seven to just two.

And in Derby, the number dropped by more than half from 13 toilets to six.

Use the interactive map in this story to see the change in the number of council-run public toilets between 2010 and 2018.

'Most officers' would not recommend joining police

Nick Smith

BBC News Online

Almost 70% of Leicestershire Police officers who answered a recent survey would not recommend joining the force to a friend, the Local Democracy Reporting Service said.

Pay and morale were the main issues highlighted by the 270 officers who answered the annual survey carried out by the Police Federation of England and Wales.

Police officers
PA

When asked about morale within the force, just over 89% of the survey's respondents felt it was currently low across the force.

About 58% said that they personally felt their own morale was low, while almost 70% would not recommend joining the force to a friend.

Leicestershire Chief Constable Simon Cole
BBC

Both the Chief Constable Simon Cole and Leicestershire Police Federation branch secretary Matt Robinson believe cuts have had an impact on the morale of officers.

Chief Constable Cole added: "We have over 500 fewer officers than we did in 2010.

"The pressure that brings on colleagues is reflected in surveys."

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

Some brightness this morning but cloud is expected to build through the day.

Join us for today's live news coverage

Sonia Kataria

BBC News

Good morning East Midlands - I'll be writing your live page updates today along with Sandish Shoker and Nick Smith.

We'll have all of Wednesday's news, sport, weather and travel from across the region.

If you'd like to get in touch you can send an email or use Facebook or Twitter.

Mother 'to fight' struck-off doctor's appeal win

Sonia Kataria

BBC News

The mother of six-year-old Jack Adcock, who died in the care of a doctor at Leicester Royal Infirmary, has said she is getting legal advice to take his case to the Supreme Court.

Yesterday, Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba, who was struck off, won her court appeal battle to practice medicine again.

Nicola Adcock
PA

Nicola Adcock said: "If I can take it to the Supreme Court then I will.

"She has been able to appeal it at every single level, so why shouldn't I?"

Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba
PA

The junior doctor was convicted of manslaughter by gross negligence for a "catalogue" of mistakes in Jack's care.

She was struck off in January, but the decision was overturned at the Court of Appeal.

Jack Adcock
PA

Jack died of a heart attack caused by sepsis after being admitted to the hospital in 2011 with sickness and diarrhoea.

Uncertain future for Leicester’s ‘Wall of Champions’

Nick Smith

BBC News Online

The famous mural of Leicester City’s title winning heroes could be under threat.

Artist Richard Wilson immortalised the 2015/16 Premier League champions along King Richards Road in Leicester at the back of the Marks Electricals site.

Mural
BBC

However, the company is looking to sell its base and there are no guarantees the mural will be protected as part of the deal.

But the firm said it will stress the importance of the artwork to any potential buyers.

A spokesman said: “We are making it very clear to anyone who wishes to buy the building that the mural is a local treasure and a source of great pride to the city.

“We firmly believe that it would be in everyone’s best interests if the mural was to stay as it is.”

Dead mouse takeaway owner sentenced

Sonia Kataria

BBC News

The owner of a Leicester takeaway where a dead mouse was found on a glue board has been sentenced.

Inspectors also discovered mouse droppings in the kitchen and a toilet seat stored on top of frying baskets at Khana Khazana on St Saviours Road between October and November last year.

Dead mouse on glue board
Leicester City Council

Sayedmiam Mussagibai, 47, of Hartington Road, Leicester, admitted to nine food hygiene regulation offences and failing to comply with hygiene improvements.

He was sentenced to four months in prison suspended for 12 months and ordered to do 100 hours unpaid work.

Toilet seat stored on top of frying baskets
Leicester City Council

The latest inspection was carried out in April and the Indian takeaway was given a one star food hygiene rating out of five.

Leicester City Council said the takeaway is open and currently meeting hygiene standards.

Windrush man has 'dignity back' with new passport

Sandish Shoker

BBC News

Rolston Knight, a child of the so-called Windrush Generation, has said he's "got his dignity back again" after receiving a new passport following a seven year wait.

Mr Knight, who lives in Leicester, came to England from the Caribbean in 1960 when he was two years old and has been trying to renew his British passport since 2011.

However, the Home Office refused his application because they said he wasn't a British citizen and he's been unable to work since.

Rolston Knight
BBC

This week, helped by his MP Jon Ashworth, Mr Knight has got his new passport and said he has been able to start a new job.

He said: "I've had seven years of applying to try and get his passport and it's taken jumping through hoops and hurdles to get this.

"It's just been a minefield."