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  1. Updates for Friday 20 November 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Monday

Live Reporting

By Amy Woodfield

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Our updates have now finished for the day. The service will start again on Monday at 08:00.

  2. Weather: Very cold with a chance of snow

    Charlie Slater

    BBC Weather presenter

    Skies are clearing this evening and temperatures will tumble quickly. A bitterly cold night with gale force northerly winds reaching 60mph. 

    Some rain sleet and wet snow is possible but this is not expected to settle. Lows of 1C (34F).


    For Saturday, any morning showers will clear quickly to leave a dry day with plenty of sunshine. 

    However it will feel raw in the biting north westerly wind with highs of just 4C (39f).

  3. Loughborough racist abuse: Action promised

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    Sally Penny from Charnwood Borough Council says she'd not been aware of the ongoing problem the Patel family were facing at their shop but an investigation had now begun.

    Sally Penny

    She says: "We've already planned to go out with the police, hopefully at the beginning of next week and some of the police beat teams are going out this evening to do door-to-door knocks to see if anybody's seen anything."   

  4. 'The law will now take its course'

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    A video message from Leicestershire Police, directed at the communities of Ibstock and Measham, has encouraged them to keep supporting each other the way they have been.

    Kayleigh Haywood

    Det Ch Supt David Sandall says the police will continue to support her family and that "the law will now take its course" in regards to the two men charged.

  5. Police thank Ibstock and Measham communities

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    Police have put a video message on their website, thanking the communities in the Ibstock and Measham areas for their support during the search for Kayleigh Haywood.

    Detective Chief Superintendent David Sandall

    Det Ch Supt David Sandall says he has been "overwhelmed and humbled" for the way the public helped by coming forward with information, helping them search, providing refreshments to officers and recirculating their appeals.

  6. Family's fear as shop is burnt

    Puja Patel was told about the racist abuse written on the side of her shop in Loughborough by a passer-by.

    Moore Lane Stores

    Her son Vipul said he wasn't offended by the words written but was more worried that someone would try to set fire to the shop, which is also their home.

  7. Leicester taxi protest to move a bit faster

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    The taxi protest under way in the city right now has been renamed from a "go-slow" protest to a "moving" protest after organisers decided not to drive as slowly as they did last week.

    Taxi protesters
  8. Second taxi protest begins

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    Taxi drivers have gathered at Victoria Park for their second protest over the city council's new penalty points scheme.

    Taxi at protest
  9. Racist abuse written on shop wall

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    An unpleasant story to tell you about next. A family in Loughborough says it has been on the receiving end of racist abuse.

    Damage done to Moore Lane Stores

    The family, who runs Moore Lane Stores, had racist graffiti written on their wall and it looks like someone even attempted to set it on fire. 

  10. Wrestling star predicts Foxes defeat

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    Leicester City are back in Premier League action this weekend following the international break but WWE wrestling star Neville says they're heading for defeat at Newcastle.

    You can see all of his and Mark Lawrenson's predictionson the BBC Sport website.

  11. Police put up cordon on Humberstone Gate

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    Part of Leicester city centre has been cordoned off over concerns for the welfare of a man.

    Area cordoned off

    Police say: "Officers were called to a building on Humberstone Gate at 1520 this afternoon, after concerns were raised about the welfare of a man. 

    "Police at the scene have cordoned off the area from the clock tower at Humberstone Gate to Charles Street, as they deal with the incident.  

    "Specialist officers are communicating with the man, and members of the public are advised to avoid the area at this time."

  12. Minute silence at Christmas in Coalville event

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    There'll be a minute's silence in Coalville's Belvoir Shopping Centre and in Coalville Market on Saturday, to show "community support" for the family of Kayleigh Haywood.

    Purple ribbon

    Purple ribbons will also be displayed throughout the town.

  13. Councillor says Christmas in Coalville will go ahead

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    Ahead of the Christmas in Coalville event this weekend, where there'll be a minute silence for murdered teenager Kayleigh Haywood, the district council chairman has made a statement.

    Quote Message: It is important that, at this sad time, we pull together as a community and keep Kayleigh’s family and friends in our thoughts. This is why we’ve decided our community event will go ahead on Saturday, where I’m sure visitors will have the family at the forefront of their minds.” from Councillor John Bridges Chairman of North West Leicestershire District Council
    Councillor John BridgesChairman of North West Leicestershire District Council
  14. Man jailed for selling illegal TV boxes

    A man from Leicester has been sentenced to 32 months in prison for selling illegal TV set-top boxes online.

    The boxes contained hardware which enabled users to watch Virgin Media television services without subscribing.

  15. Council: Kayleigh's murder 'heartbreaking'

    Leicestershire County Council has sent its condolences to the family of murdered Measham teenager Kayleigh Haywood.

    Ivan Ould, cabinet member for children and families, said: Kayleigh was just 15 years old and it’s heart-breaking that her life appears to have been cut so very short.

    Kayleigh Haywood

    “This is an extremely difficult time for children and young people and our priority is ensuring that they are supported.

    “We are continuing to work closely with Ashby School which has support services in place for students and staff, and have offered further support to them and other schools if required.”

  16. Rugby: Croft back from injury

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    Tom Croft also returns to the Tigers team after missing the win over Stade Francais Paris last weekend with a back injury.

    Tom Croft

    International quartet Matias Aguero, Dan Cole, Ben Youngs and Seremaia Bai are among the replacements, alongside club captain Ed Slater.

  17. Veainu and Bell back in Tigers squad

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    Leicester Tigers have announced who will be in the squad this weekend.

    Telusa Veainu (pictured) and Tommy Bell both return with Veainu named at full-back and Bell at fly-half in the absence of Owen Williams.

    Telusa Veainu

    Their return allows a reshuffle in the back line, with Peter Betham restored to the wing and captain Mathew Tait at centre alongside Matt Smith.

  18. Wind warning for Leicestershire

    There's a yellow weather warning for wind that's on its way to Leicestershire.

    Weather warning

    It looks like the worst of the wind will be tomorrow morning, with gusts reaching speeds of about 40mph.

  19. Youngs: Back line 'can cause some trouble'

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    More rugby now...and Leicester Tigers scrum-half Ben Youngs has been talking about improvements made to this year's squad.

    The team scored four tries in a game just five times in the Premiership and Europe last season.

    Ben Youngs

    Youngs said: "In terms of the back line, we probably underachieved last year in terms of our strike rate and tries. This year we really look like we could cause teams some trouble and some damage."

  20. Tigers play Treviso this weekend

    Leicester Tigers head to Treviso in the European Cup this weekend after their first bonus point win of the season last week against Stade Francais.

    Leicester tigers against Stade Francais
  21. Latest headlines for Leicestershire

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    • Two men have appeared in court following the suspected murder of a Measham teenager
    • Taxi drivers will stage another protest in Leicester during the afternoon rush
    • Rugby: Tigers welcome back Telusa Veainu, Tommy Bell and Tom Croft to the squad this weekend
  22. Kayleigh Haywood: Pair appear in court

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    These court sketches show the two men charged in connection with the murder of Kayleigh Haywood.

    Court sketches

    Stephen Beadman (left), from Ibstock, has been charged with the teenager's murder and rape.

    Luke Harlow (right), also from Ibstock, has been charged with grooming the 15-year-old and two counts of sexual activity with a child.

  23. Ranieri sings praises for Drinkwater

    Claudio Ranieri says Danny Drinkwater is an "amazing player" but he would like to see his name on the scoresheet more often.

    Danny Drinkwater

    At a press conference yesterday, the Leicester City manager praised Drinkwater for forming a strong central-midfield partnership with N'Golo Kante this season.

  24. Mayor 'not backing down' on taxi penalty scheme

    The city mayor Peter Soulsby was also on BBC Radio Leicster this morning defending the new penalty points system for taxi drivers.

    He thinks the protests will just annoy customers and drive them to other private hire firms.


    He said "We have a duty to make sure this trade is run properly and I'm utterly determined that we're going to carry out that duty in an effective way.

    "I think all they will do is make a lot of people very angry. They will certainly not make us drop a scheme that is perfectly reasonable."

  25. Penalty scheme 'risking livelihoods'

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    This morning, BBC Radio Leicester spoke to Umar Khan, the Leicester branch secretary for the RMT union for taxi drivers.

    Taxi on protest in Leicester

    He says: "There's certain parts of this that we are in favour of but there are other things on there that will risk our members losing their livelihoods, like the parking contravention that I think is totally unfair." 

  26. This afternoon's taxi protest: The route

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    Drivers will meet in Coach Drive in Victoria Park. They'll then head into the city along Regent Road, turning right onto Waterloo Way and past the railway station.

    After that they'll go anticlockwise around the inner ring road along St George's Way, St Matthews Way, Burleys Way and Vaughan Way.

    Taxis in Leicester

    The procession will then go down into the Southgates underpass, before turning onto Newarke Street, Pocklington’s Walk, Horsefair Street, Charles Street and back past the station.

    Finally they'll travel along London Road before finishing at the Mayfield Road roundabout.

  27. Why taxi drivers are protesting

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    Let me remind you of why the taxi drivers are protesting this afternoon.

    They're angry about a trial penalty points scheme, due to be brought in at the start of next month. 

    Under it, cabbies will be given points if they're caught breaking one of 10 rules. If they reach 12 point, they could lose their licence.

    Taxi parked on yellow lines

    Offences include anything from failing to show an official badge to not wearing a seatbelt or refusing to pick up a passenger without a valid reason. 

    The most contentious penalty is four points for parking incorrectly, including on double yellow lines.

  28. Kayleigh Haywood: Pair due back in court next month

    Mike O'Sullivan

    Reporter, East Midlands Today

    Luke Harlow and Stephen Beadman have both been remanded in custody and are due to appear at Leicester Crown Court on 18 December.

    An application for bail is being made at Leicester Crown Court this morning for Mr Beadman.

  29. BreakingKayleigh Haywood murder: pair appear in court

    Mike O'Sullivan

    Reporter, East Midlands Today

    Two men have appeared in court following the murder inquiry into the disappearance of teenager Kayleigh Haywood. 

    Stephen Beadman, 28, of George Avenue, Ibstock, is charged with murder and rape on November 15. 

    Luke Harlow, 27, also of George Avenue, has been charged with grooming and two counts of sexual activity with a child between November 12 and 16. 

    They were both remanded into custody. No pleas were entered.

  30. Taxi protest tweaked to help ambulance service

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    Taxi drivers have altered the route of this week's protest after concerns were raised by the emergency services.

    EMAS ambulance

    East Midlands Ambulance Service said the route used last week had the potential to interfere with ambulances trying to get to Leicester Royal Infirmary.

  31. Taxi drivers to stage second 'go slow' protest

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    Let take a look at some of the other stories in the news today.

    Taxi drivers in Leicester have organised another "go-slow" protest for this afternoon's rush hour to show their disdain for a new penalty points scheme being brought in by the city council.

    It will involve hundreds of cabbies driving in a slow convoy around the city centre between 16:00 and 18:00.  

    Taxi 'go-slow' protest

    Their first protest, at the same time last week, caused some disruption.

  32. Police praised for Kayleigh investigation

    Leicestershire's police officers have been praised for their investigation into Kayleigh Haywood's murder.

    They broke the news that they'd charged two men on the force's Facebook page last night.

    Police investigating Kayleigh's murder

    Jillee Peace commented to say: "A big thank you to Leicestershire Police who worked tirelessly around the clock in horrendous weather."

    Emma Winter Vincent said: "Well done leicestershire police. You did your very best for kayleigh."

  33. Thousands raised for family of murdered teenager

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    An online fundraising page, set up to raise £500 for Kayleigh Haywoods family, has now raised nearly eight times that amount.

    Fundraising page for Kayleigh's family

    The page was set up by a mother in Ibstock who was "shaken" by the 15-year-old's murder.

  34. Kayleigh Haywood murder: Men's homes searched

    Giles Taylor

    BBC Radio Leicester reporter

    The two men appearing in court are both from George Avenue in Ibstock, which is where police began their searches on Sunday night.

    Street where men live
  35. At the scene: Church to stay open for more to pay respects

    Giles Taylor

    BBC Radio Leicester reporter

    Rev Linda Cox from St Laurence Church in Measham says it will be open throughout the day for people wanting to pay their respects to Kayleigh Haywood.

    Rev Linda Cox
  36. At the scene: Books of condolences for Kayleigh's family

    Giles Taylor

    BBC Radio Leicester reporter

    Two books of condolences have been opened here at St Laurence's Church in Measham. They will both eventually be handed to the family of Kayleigh Haywood.

    Two books of condolences
  37. At the scene: Tributes for Kayleigh remain at local church

    Giles Taylor

    BBC Radio Leicester reporter

    Dozens of candles have been burning through the night here at St Laurence Parish church in Measham, following a special service for Kayleigh Haywood.

  38. Latest headlines for Leicestershire

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    • A man is due to appear in court charged with the murder and rape of Kayleigh Haywood
    • About 200 taxi drivers will protest in Leicester again this evening against a new council penalty points scheme
    • Claudio Ranieri has called Danny Drinkwater an "amazing player" but says more goals could make him even better
  39. Hundreds attend Kayleigh vigil

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    Yesterday evening Kayleigh's family joined about 500 people at a vigil at St Laurence Church in Measham. 

    Vigil for Kayleigh

    Purple balloons were released into the sky by the family and hundreds of candles were lit in her memory.   

  40. Kayleigh Haywood: Second man charged with grooming

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    A second man, 27-year-old Luke Harlow, also of George Avenue in Ibstock, was charged with grooming and two counts of sexual activity with a child.

    Kayleigh Haywood

    He will also appear at Leicester Magistrates' Court this morning.

  41. Kayleigh Haywood: Man charged with murder and rape

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    I'll start today by bringing you the latest on the death of 15-year-old Kayleigh Haywood from Measham. 

    Last night police charged a 28-year-old man with the teenager's murder and rape.

    Kayleigh Haywood

    Stephen Beadman, of George Avenue in Ibstock, will appear in court this morning.

  42. Weather: Cold with wind picking up

    Charlie Slater

    BBC Weather presenter

    A mainly dry start to Friday with sunny spells though the morning before some showers this afternoon.

    Winds will strengthen through the afternoon and bring in much colder air with highs of 8C (46F).


    Tonight will be cold, windy and wintry with more rain that could fall as snow over higher ground. Lows of 0C (32F).

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

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    Morning all, it's looking a bit dull and grey out there this morning but it's ok because it's Friday and the weekend is nearly upon us!

    Thanks to John Isgar for sending us this picture we've used at the top of today's page.

    Autumn in Leicestershire

    I'll be writing your Local Live updates for Leicestershire again today. I'll bring you the latest shortly on the developments overnight in the Kayleigh Haywood investigation, as well as having all the rest of the day's news, sport, weather and travel.

    If you'd like to contact me during the day you can by email, Facebook or Twitter.