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Summary

  1. Updates for Wednesday 9 December 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Thursday

Live Reporting

By Calum McKenzie

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Our live updates have now ended and will return at 08:00 tomorrow morning. 

  2. Weather: Dry night at first with rain later

    Anna Church

    BBC East Midlands Today weather presenter

    A breezy evening with a strengthening southwesterly wind. The night will start dry but rain will arrive from the north later with lows of 9C (48F).

    BBC weather map
  3. Slater: New contracts a 'show of intent'

    Calum McKenzie

    BBC Local Live

    Leicester Tigers captain Ed Slater has said key players signing new contracts at Welford Road is a big statement of intent from the club. 

    Freddie Burns

    Slater was joined by Manu Tuilagi, Ben Youngs and Freddie Burns (pictured) in putting pen to paper on a new deal on Monday.

  4. Your comments: Leicestershire's maligned Christmas trees

    Calum McKenzie

    BBC Local Live

    Birstall's blue Christmas tree/cone, call it what you like, is certainly dividing opinion this afternoon. 

    Paul Stephenson on Facebook writes: "Luv birstall Christmas tree think everyone is being a bit boring". 

  5. Hospital bosses: 'Use 111 - not A&E'

    Calum McKenzie

    BBC Local Live

    People are being advised to use the NHS 111 number, unless it's an emergency, to help ease pressure on Leicester's hospitals. 

    NHS 111 service call handler

    Last week the LRI A&E department had it's busiest ever week.

    And if, like me, you've never needed to call 111, here's some handy information about the service. Always good to be prepared.  

  6. Wheel of Light 'lights up' Leicester

    Monica Winfield

    BBC Radio Leicester presenter

    Leicester's looking rather lovely this evening. 

    Panoramic view of Leicester
  7. Latest headlines for Leicestershire

    Calum McKenzie

    BBC Local Live

    Here's what's happening in Leicestershire: 

    • Health bosses are encouraging people to use the NHS 111 hotline to ease pressure on the city's hospitals 
    • The East Midlands has seen one of the biggest falls in the number of people using public libraries over the past year
    • New Leicestershire batsman Paul Horton says they are hoping to draw inspiration from the city's sporting success next season
  8. Dignitaries attend green plaque unveiling

    Calum McKenzie

    BBC Local Live

    The world of engineering was well represented yesterday at the unveiling of a green plaque in honour of famous Leicestershire railway pioneer George Stephenson.

    John Wood and Peter Lewis

    Here's John Wood (pictured left) from the Mechanical Engineers Institution’s Heritage Committee with Leicestershire County Council cabinet member Peter Lewis (pictured right) enjoying the big moment.

  9. Your photos: December across Leicestershire

    Calum McKenzie

    BBC Local Live

    Thank you to Conor Pitcher for sending in this great photo of the sunset in Nether Broughton this evening. 

    Sunset in Neather Broughton

    I love seeing where you have been so keep sending in your pics via Facebook,Twitter and email.

  10. Your comments: Leicestershire's maligned Christmas trees

    Calum McKenzie

    BBC Local Live

    Much of the talk online has been about Leicestershire's maligned Christmas trees/cones, including the blue one in Birstall. 

    Mark Bale on Facebook offers this assessment of it: "Looks good at night but needs more stuff around it to look right during the day!"

  11. Leicester Royal Infirmary's A&E revamp

    Calum McKenzie

    BBC Local Live

    After the Leicester Royal Infirmary's A&E department had it's busiest ever week ever, I thought it might be worth reminding you there are huge plans to redevelop accident and emergency there. 

    Leicester Royal Infirmary emergency floor plans

    A new £43m emergency floor will open in late next year. 

  12. Green plaque for 'Father of the Railways'

    Calum McKenzie

    BBC Local Live

    You might remember me telling you yesterday about a plaque being unveiled at George Stephenson's former Leicestershire home yesterday. 

    Well the waiting is over...here it is...

    George Stephenson green plaque

    For those of you unaware, Stephenson is known as the "Father of the Railways" after creating the first ever railway to carry passengers by steam locomotion. 

  13. Horton: We're out to emulate city's sporting success

    Calum McKenzie

    BBC Local Live

    He may not have even turned out for the Foxes yet, but new Leicestershire batsman Paul Horton claims they can get promoted to Division One next season. 

    Paul Horton

    He's said they can draw inspiration from the recent successes of Leicester Tigers and Leicester City. 

    Bold. 

  14. Your comments: Leicestershire's maligned Christmas trees

    Calum McKenzie

    BBC Local Live

    We been talking about Leicestershire's much maligned Christmas trees/cones, including the blue one in Birstall. 

    Elliot Weedon on Facebook makes a good point: "It's not even green".   

  15. Manu Tuilagi loses weight gained on holiday

    Calum McKenzie

    BBC Local Live

    Were you wondering what Manu Tuilagi was up to whilst he was out injured? 

    Manu Tuilagi

    According to Tigers boss Richard Cockerill he put on two and a half stone on holiday in Samoa. 

    He's now lost the weight and should be set for a return to action in January.