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  1. Updates for Friday 18 December 2015
  2. More from 08:00 on Monday

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Our live updates have now ended for the week and will return at 08:00 on Monday morning. 

  2. BBC Leicester gets into the Christmas spirit

    Calum McKenzie

    BBC Local Live

    We're starting to get into the festive spirit at BBC Leicester - here's presenter Ben Jackson... 

    ...or is it Santa? 

    Ben Jackson in a santa hat
  3. Listen: Wes Morgan 'one of the best'

    Calum McKenzie

    BBC Local Live

    Video content

    Video caption: Claudio Ranieri: Wes Morgan's "one of the best centre backs in the Premier League now."
  4. Weather: Dry, clear and mild night

    Kaye Forster

    East Midlands Today weather presenter

    The rain that's around will clear this evening, leaving a largely dry night with some clear spells. 

    Midlands weather map

    It will continue to feel exceptionally mild too. 

  5. New Year's Eve changes to railway network

    Calum McKenzie

    BBC Local Live

    If you haven't already given up the will to live, here's a final look at timetabling changes on the railways over the festive period. 

    East Midlands Trains

    On New Year's Eve CrossCountry will be running a normal Thursday service, that just ends slightly earlier than normal. 

    East Midlands Trains are running a revised timetable, with trains again, ending slightly earlier than normal. 

  6. Dubai pre-season tour for Foxes

    Calum McKenzie

    BBC Local Live

    Leicestershire have announced they'll be going on a pre-season tour to Dubai in March 2016. 

    Dubai marina

    Very nice. 

  7. Kayleigh Haywood accused appear in court

    Calum McKenzie

    BBC Local Live

    The man accused of the rape and murder of Kayleigh Haywood appeared in court via videolink earlier. 

    Stephen Beadman and Luke Harlow

    No plea was entered and Stephen Beadman, 28, of George Avenue, Ibstock, was remanded in custody ahead of trial in June, accused of murder and one count of rape.

    A second man, Luke Harlow, 27, also of George Avenue, is charged with grooming and two counts of sexual activity with a child and appeared in person at court.

  8. Latest headlines for Leicestershire

    Calum McKenzie

    BBC Local Live

    Here's what's happening in Leicestershire: 

  9. Watch: Leicester v Arsenal from 1922

    Calum McKenzie

    BBC Local Live

    If you fancy procrastinating for 30 seconds or so, then head over to the BBC Leicester Facebook page to see some brilliant archive football footage.

    A screenshot of a Facebook post
  10. Further changes to Christmas timetable on railway

    Calum McKenzie

    BBC Local Live

    I hope you're keeping up because here's all the info you'll need if you are planning to use the trains on Tuesday 29 and Wednesday 30 December.  

    East Midlands Train

    East Midlands Trains are running a revised timetable on both days, and there will be a bus replacement between Market Rasen and Grimsby if you're heading that way. 

    CrossCountry are running a normal timetable on both days. 


  11. EMAS expecting 'significant pressure' on service

    Calum McKenzie

    BBC Local Live

    East Midlands Ambulance Service
    Quote Message: We're expecting a 20% increase in demand this evening and that's obviously going to put significant pressure on the service. With busy times like this we plan ahead and we'll be having more crews on the road this evening to meet that demand." from Rachel Hurford East Midlands Ambulance Service Technician
    Rachel HurfordEast Midlands Ambulance Service Technician
  12. How fast is Santa's sleigh?

    Calum McKenzie

    BBC Local Live

    Now here's the answer to a question that you've always wanted to know the answer to...

    What speed does Santa's sleigh travel at? 

    Father Christmas and a reindeer

    Well boffins at the University of Leicester have calculated he'd need to be travelling at 1% of the speed of light to get his sleigh off the ground. 

    They've based their calculations on the weight of presents for seven billion people around the world. 

  13. Ranieri pondering Huth replacement for Everton

    Calum McKenzie

    BBC Local Live

    Leicester City boss Claudio Ranieri has said it's a choice between Marcin Wasilewski and Yohan Benalouane (pictured) to replace the suspended Robert Huth for tomorrow's trip to face Everton.

    Yohan Benalouane

    Decisions, decisions...

  14. Street pastors to hand out free flip flops tonight

    Calum McKenzie

    BBC Local Live

    Christmas party goers in a takeaway
    Quote Message: Generally everything is very light hearted. There's the odd one or two who will fall by the wayside when they've had too much to drink. So we help clean them up and send them off and keep them warm. But mostly it's handing out free flip flops to young ladies who can't walk on these huge high heels any longer and lollipops for the lads keeps them going. from Russell Bentley Chairman, Leicester Street Pastors
    Russell BentleyChairman, Leicester Street Pastors
  15. Buses replace rail services after Christmas

    Calum McKenzie

    BBC Local Live

    Remember I said the trains get a bit complicated after Christmas? Well here we go... 

    CrossCountry trains in a station

    On Sunday 27 December, buses replace East Midlands Trains services between Kettering and Corby and between Market Rasen and Grimsby Town.

    It's a normal service otherwise on that network. 

    CrossCountry are also running a normal Sunday service, but trains to and from Manchester Piccadilly will take half an hour longer.

    The same restrictions (woe) on Monday 28 December.