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  1. Updates for Thursday 10 December 2015
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 Friday

Live Reporting

By Amy Woodfield

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Updates on Leicestershire Local Live have now finished for the day but they'll start again from 08:00 on Friday.

  2. Weather: A damp and chilly night

    Sara Blizzard

    BBC Weather

    Some light and patchy rain possible through this evening but this will gradually clear. 

    It’s a chilly night with a few isolated showers, but with a breeze in most places it will be frost free. 

    A low of  5C (41F).


    Tomorrow will be a chilly day and it will be largely dry with sunny spells and just a few isolated showers.

  3. RMT anger over removal of taxi 'privileges'

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    The RMT union has accused Leicester's mayor of acting like "a bully in a playground" as he reviews and removes taxi drivers' privileges.

    If follows their protesting against a council pilot scheme where drivers will get points for things like parking on double yellow lines and not displaying their licence badge properly. 

  4. Mayor taking away taxi 'privileges'

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    The city mayor is to take away taxi parking spots on Slater Street and Conduit Street as a review of "privileges" given to the hackney cab drivers.

    It follows the three protests that brought the city to a stand-still and the announcement of two more protests next week. 

    Taxis protesting

    Sir Peter Soulsby says: "They are a particularly privileged bunch these Hackney Cab drivers and they have, by behaving in they way they have been behaving, been putting that privilege at risk.

    "So what we're looking at now is the beginnings of making them realise they cannot take these privileges for granted, particularly the free parking they get around our city in addition to the taxi rank."

  5. Winter burglaries reduced in Leicestershire

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    Some good news from the police next - police say burglaries in Leicestershire are at a 10-year low. 

    This year, the force has had a dedicated team of officers to deal with the traditional spike during October, November and December. So far, 85 arrests have been made.


    In all, there were 718 burglaries over the last two months, compared with a peak of 1,057 in 2009. 

    This follows a pilot by Leicestershire Police where forensic evidence was only collected in attempted burglaries of even numbered houses.

  6. Tigers fight for number eight

    BBC Sport

    Leicester Tigers number eight Jordan Crane has been talking about the competition at the club saying it's "hotter than ever".

    Jordan Crane

    The 29-year-old has played more than 200 times for the Tigers and seen off plenty of rivals in the past.

    He now has to contend with Lachlan McCaffery, Opeti Fonua and Lawrence Pearce for a place in the starting 15.

  7. Scaffolding firm fined for street collapse

    Sandish Shoker

    BBC News Online

    Cast your minds back to January when a large tower of scaffolding collapsed into Charles Street and closed it to traffic for most of the day.

    As it came down it hit a passing bus, a parked van and two pedestrians who were lucky to escape with only minor injuries.

    Charles Street scaffolding

    This week, the Leicester firm responsible for the scaffolding has been fined £8,000 in court after an investigation found workers hadn't properly secured the scaffolding or followed "a safe system of work".

  8. Latest Leicestershire headlines

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    • Taxi drivers in Leicester are to ranks near the railway station
    • Winter burglaries are at a 10-year low across the county, police say
    • Claudio Ranieri says his nomination for Premier League Manager of the Month is a recognition the whole team is doing well
  9. History found under Leicester's old bus station

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    Some news now from archaeologists at the University of Leicester.

    They've been excavating two areas of the former Southgates Bus Depot and have unearthed new evidence of Roman and medieval Leicester.

    Southgates Bus Depot archaeological site
  10. Taxi parking bays to be removed from railway station

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    The "Taxi Drivers V City Council" row is rumbling on in Leicester.

    Now, the mayor is removing taxi ranks around the railway station.

    Taxi protesters

    It follows the news yesterday that taxi drivers were going to hold two more protests next week - a static one on Tuesday and a go-slow on Thursday.  

  11. Your photos: Snowdrops in Syston

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    Thanks to Syston Town Council for sending us this photo of snowdrops that have already appeared in their cemetery.

  12. 'Storm of support' for wind farm

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    The company hoping to develop the wind farm is called Renewable Energy Systems.

    They say there are as many people in favour of the plans as there are against them. 

    Site proposed for wind farm

    Chris Banks, from RES, said: "You could just as easily say this project's causing a storm of support, there's just as much support being offered to this project as there is opposition.

    "On the basis of that we still feel that the project is strong, it's on a very good site and we look forward to a full and thorough debate on it this evening."

  13. Your photos: Sonny inspecting Santa collection


    Thanks to Frank Robinson for sending us this lovely photo on Facebook of his grandson Sonny inspecting some his vast Santa collection.

    That is a lot of Santas...

    Sonny looking at Santa statues
  14. Locals acknowledge positives of Woolfox wind farm

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    Not everyone disagrees with plans for the Woolfox wind farm. BBC Radio Leicester has been out in Uppingham to get some local views.

    How windfarm could look from Greetham

    One man said: "I don't think they're necessarily a bad idea, they're something we've got to have at some point or another."

    Others acknowledged a need for renewable energy.

  15. FA close investigation into Mahrez and Williams 'scrap'

    BBC Sport

    The Football Association says it's closed an investigation into a clash between Riyad Mahrez and Swansea's Ashley Williams.

    Riyad Mahrez and Ashley Williams

    Williams and Mahrez had to be separated outside the dressing room after the Foxes' 3-0 win. 

    Williams then attempted to follow Mahrez on to Leicester's team bus.

  16. Thousands object to Rutland wind farm

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    Some more now about that meeting being held tonight on proposals for a wind farm on a disused airfield in Rutland

    Hundreds of people are expected to go to the council planning meeting on the "controversial" project.

    What the wind farm would look like from Exton Park

    Clifford Bacon, from the action group campaigning against it, claims 4,000 local people have writen letters of objection to the council.

    He says: "This would wreck the current landscape here, which is beautiful, rolling landscape.

    "It would do damage to the amenity of parks and gardens around here, Exton Park slightly over to the west, would have a very good view of them."

  17. Your photos: Christmas at Leicester's Town Hall

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    Thanks to Leigh Spencer for sending us this lovely photo of the fountain outside the Town Hall all decorated for Christmas.

    Town Hall fountain

    You can send us your photos too by email, Facebook or Twitter.