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  1. Updates for Wednesday 11 November 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Thursday

Live Reporting

By Amy Woodfield

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Thanks for following our live coverage today. We'll be back again tomorrow from 08:00.

  2. Latest Leicestershire headlines

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    • Leicester Hospitals Trust admits failings that led to the death of a baby girl
    • A Leicester-led research program into blood cancer treatment has had life-changing results
    • Rugby: Tigers boss Richard Cockerill says he's delighted to have Marcos Ayerza back
  3. Mother speaks out about 'heartbreaking' daughter's death

    Delilah Hubbard's mother Clara has said: "I am still trying to come to terms with losing my little girl and now to find out that there were a number of failings by the staff caring for me and Delilah and that this could have been prevented is heartbreaking". 

    Clara Bassford and partner Mark with Delilah

    The hospital trust has admitted there was a delay in taking Clara for a caesarean section and had it been done sooner, Delilah would have survived.

  4. Man killed in Manton crash named

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    A man that died in a crash in Manton yesterday has been named by police as 69-year-old Clifford Knapp, from Lyddington in Rutand.

    Officers would like to speak to anyone who saw what happened.

  5. Rugby: Cockerill cuts Balmain some slack

    Leicester Tigers boss Richard Cockerill says they're delighted to have Marcos Ayerza back. He also thinks his early season replacements deserve some slack.

    Marcos Ayerza

    While Ayerza was out, tight-head Fraser Balmain had to play on the loose-head side of the scrum.

  6. Hospital admits failings in baby's death

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    Another story to tell you about this afternoon is about the death of a baby girl at Leicester Royal Infirmary.

    Delilah Hubbard was born at 32 weeks with no heartbeat and staff at Leicester General Hospital resuscitated her. She was then transferred to Leicester Royal Infirmary's Neonatal Unit but died two days later.

    Delilah Hubbard

    Hospital bosses have now admitted liability for "failings in their care".  

  7. Drug trial was like 'turning the lights on'

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    One of the patients involved with a Leicestershire-led blood cancer drug trial said: “After just 48 hours of taking this tablet it was like turning the lights on”.

    The study looked at the efficacy of a new inhibitor to treat Chronic Lymphocytic Leukaemia and Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma.

    Drug trial patient

    Patients with Chronic Lymphocytic Leukaemia showed the best response and most of them are still on the study after three years without notable toxicities.

  8. Blood cancer trial 'hugely rewarding'

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    Some more now on that blood cancer drug trial in Leicester that's being hailed a huge success.

    Dr Harriet Walter, University of Leicester says: "This drug has changed patients’ lives; from desperate and tired they are now leading a normal and really active life. This is hugely rewarding and encouraging."

    Drug trial

    Ninety patients took part in the study, including 28 from Leicester.

  9. Blood cancer breakthrough

    An exciting story now about a study carried out at the University of Leicester and Leicester Hospitals.

    Researchers have had a breakthrough in the treatment of blood cancers.

    Drug trial in Leicester

    They say patients with lymphocytic leukaemia and other blood cancers have responded well to a new drug during clinical trials.

  10. Melon tribute to Indian PM

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    Here's something a bit... different.

    With the Indian prime minister Narendra Modi coming to the UK this week a local man has created an image of his face on a melon.

    Melon with Narendra Modi's face on

    It was created by 74-year-old melon artist Amrat Parvar, from Thurmaston.

  11. Your comments: Should the Loughborough Lego men stay or go?


    Onour Facebook pageyou've been telling us what you think of these yellow chaps, painted on a wall in Loughborough.

    Lego men

    Most of you have said you like them and want them to stay.

    Sue Sharp says: "Stay - they are beautiful x"

    Michael Batchelor says: "Stay looks good."

  12. Diwali: Preparations under way for rangoli exhibition

    BBC Radio Leicester has been to Belgave Neighbourhood Centre to see how they're getting ready for Diwali celebrations tonight.


    This is one of the large pieces of rangoli artwork that will feature at an exhibition tonight.

    The director of the exhibition says making rangoli patterns is supposed to be a fun family or community activity.

  13. Cabbies to protest rule change

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    I told you a bit yesterday about taxi drivers in Leicester organising a protest on Friday against a new rule being brought in by the city council.

    The rule states that if cabbies receive 12 points in three years for poor conduct they could have their licenses revoked.

    Taxis in Leicester

    Representatives from transport union RMT told BBC Radio Leicester this morning they hope the public will understand why the drivers are protesting.

    The plan is for cabbies to slowly drive in convoy from Oadby to the city at 16:00 on Friday.

  14. Weather: Mostly dry but showers are possible

    Charlie Slater

    BBC Weather presenter

    This afternoon should be mainly cloudy with plenty of dry weather.

    However, a couple of light showers are possible in the mid-afternoon. Highs of 15C (59F).

  15. Council ultimatum on Lego men 'not so awesome'

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    Remember the story about the Lego men in Loughborough? Well the artist who painted them has been given an ultimatum by the council.

    Lego men

    He's been told he either has to apply for permission properly or remove the artwork. Otherwise he'll be prosecuted.

  16. Latest headlines for Leicestershire

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

  17. Tigers welcome new prop

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    It's confirmed - Leicester Tigers have signed loose-head prop Matías Agüero.

    Matías Agüero
  18. Tigers in talks with Italian prop

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    The sports team here at BBC Leicester have told me Leicester Tigers are lining up loose-head prop Matías Agüero as potential cover for injured Michele Rizzo and Logovi'i Mulipola.

    Matías Agüero

    Agüero is an Italian international and played 46 times for Saracens between 2007-2010.

    Tigers' director of rugby Richard Cockerill has already said he wants to strengthen the loose-head side of the scrum before the start of the European campaign on Friday.

  19. Unemployment down again

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    The latest job figures have been released and they show the number of unemployed in the East Midlands fell by 4,000 to 105,000 between July and September.

    Nationally, unemployment has fallen to its lowest level for seven years.

  20. Diwali in Leicester: Ballet performance in shop window

    Rupal Rajani

    BBC Radio Leicester Presenter

    Diwali celebrations will take place along Belgrave Road tonight as you've been hearing.

    Apart from events on the park and the main stage, one saree shop owner on the Golden Mile is hosting something slightly unusual in his window.

    Shop window

    Karan Modha, from Anokhi House of Sarees, said: "What we have done is bring east meets west and will have two live ballet performers in our shop window."

    Thousands of people along the road will be able to watch the Swan Lake performance.

  21. Your photos: Cropston Reservoir

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    Thanks to John Isgar for providing the main photo for our Local Live page today.

    Cropston Reservoir

    You can send us your pictures too by emailFacebook or Twitter.  

  22. Two minutes of silence for Armistice Day

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    Here at BBC Leicester we're about to fall silent for two minutes for Armistice Day.

    It follows similar ceremonies at the weekend on Remembrance Sunday paying tribute to all those who died in the two world wars and every conflict since.

    Poppy field
  23. Rugby: New prop for Tigers?

    Leicester Tigers are looking at recruiting a new loose-head prop.

    Marcos Ayerza

    Marcos Ayerza (pictured) is now fit but Michele Rizzo and Logovi'i Mulipola are still out injured.

    Fraser Balmain had to play on the opposite side of the scrum last Saturday at Exeter.

  24. Council already planning for next year's Diwali

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    This year's Diwali celebrations may still be going on but preparations for next year's festival are already under way.

    The city council has been given a £45,000 Heritage Lottery Fund grant to look at the history of the festival outside India.  

  25. Diwali to light up Leicester this evening

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    More now on Leicester's Diwali celebrations.

    The main event takes place tonight with live music and dance on the stage on Cossington Recreation Ground. There will also be a performance of Ram Lila on Belgrave Road.

    Diwali lights in Leicester

    The big firework display starts at 20.30.

  26. Travel: Broken down vehicle causing delays

    BBC Travel

    There's queuing traffic on A563 Asquith Way westbound in Aylestone between the A5199 Welford Road junction and Pork Pie Roundabout.  

    Also, the A594 Oxford Street in Leicester is partially blocked and there's slow traffic at the Carlton Street junction because of a broken down vehicle.

  27. Council proud of revamped Diwali celebrations

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    A nice story to tell you all about today, Diwali in Leicestershire.

    I'm sure you'll have already seen the lights on Belgrave Road and this year's new addition to the festival - the big wheel.

    Diwali wheel in Leicester

    Well city councillors are feeling quite proud of themselves, saying they're confident this year's Diwali celebrations have been improved.

    Last year there was a lot of criticism claiming the festival had become boring and repetitive.

  28. Weather: Dry start but turning cloudy

    Charlie Slater

    BBC Weather presenter

    Dry and occasionally bright to start the day however things will cloud over this afternoon with some outbreaks of light rain. 

    Breezy with highs of 15C (59F).


    This evening will start cloudy but into the night the clouds will clear to leave a colder night with lows of 8C (46F).

  29. Good morning: Join us for today's live news coverage

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    Hello Leicestershire and a very happy Diwali.

    I do love this time of the morning when the sun is still rising and the city still has a sleepy peacefulness about it.

    Tuesday morning in Leicester

    I'll be looking after Local Live today and I'd love to hear from you. 

    Whether it's a contribution to the day's news, sport, travel and weather, or maybe you just want to send me a pretty photo.

    You can either get in touch by emailFacebook or Twitter.