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Summary

  1. Updates for Monday 21 December
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 Tuesday

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.

    They'll start again tomorrow from 08:00.

  2. Weather: Turning cold later

    Charlie Slater

    BBC Weather presenter

    Staying dry with clear spells this evening and for the first half of the night. 

    The cloud will thicken up later and the winds will pick up again bringing in another batch of wet and windy weather through the early hours of Tuesday morning. 

    Weather

    A chilly night with lows of 5C (41F).

  3. Rugby: European Cup details later this week

    BBC Sport

    Details of the time and date of matches in the European Champions Cup Round Five and Six will be released by Thursday morning.

    Leicester Tigers will be hosting Benetton Treviso at Welford Road in Round Five on the weekend of January 15, 16 and 17.

    We'll tell you more about this later in the week.

  4. Two-week warning period over for taxi drivers

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    Leicester mayor, Peter Soulsby, has been talking about the warning notices given to taxi drivers in the first two weeks of the penalty points pilot.

    He said: “We have been reasonable in allowing a two-week period at the start of this trial scheme to issue warning notices to taxi drivers who are caught breaching these regulations, rather than immediately issuing them with penalty points.

    “However, we’ve now given these drivers fair warning that the scheme is under way. With that initial period at an end, enforcement is now under way properly and the penalty point scheme is in effect.”

  5. New home for family living in garage

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    A landlord has been banned from renting out a converted garage after the council found a family living in sub-standard conditions.

    The detached double garage in Braunstone Town had undergone a partial conversion but environmental health officers found there was no heating, inadequate insulation and no smoke alarms, whilst the windows and doors were found to be rotten.

    Garage where family lived

    A family with a young child had been living there for seven months but have now been moved to new home.

  6. May 'welcomes' police collaboration in Leicestershire

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    The Home Secretary says she "welcomes" news that Leicestershire police are exploring a three-force Strategic Alliance with Northamptonshire and Nottinghamshire.

    Theresa May

    In a statement, Theresa May said: "It is another example of how chief constables and police and crime commissioners up and down the country are looking for ways to collaborate to make savings and pool resources.

    “The last five years have shown that the police can work more effectively and more cheaply if forces collaborate, without sacrificing local identity in the process."

  7. Dozens of taxi drivers warned about parking

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    We've had an update from the city council on how the new penalty points scheme is going.

    The trial began on 1 December and requires drivers to do things like park legally, always wear identification badges and use their meters to record journeys accurately. 

    If they fail to do this, they'll now get points that could lead to them losing their licence.

    Taxi parked on double yellow lines

    In the first two weeks of the new scheme the city council says 35 warning notices were issued to both Hackney carriages and private hire cabs for inappropriate parking in the city centre.

  8. Latest Leicestershire headlines

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    • Taxi drivers in Leicester are holding their fifth 'go-slow' protest in the city
    • De Montfort University has withdrawn an honorary degree given to Sepp Blatter
    • Details on the European Champions Cup Round Five and Six will be announced by Thursday morning  
  9. Travel: Three vehicle accident in Market Bosworth

    BBC Travel

    Station Road in Market Bosworth is partially blocked in both directions around the Market Place junction, because of an accident involving three vehicles.

  10. Taxi vehicles suspended following spot checks

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    The new penalty point scheme has also focused on roadworthiness of taxi vehicles.

    In the first two weeks, spot-check tests were carried out on 33 taxis.

    One Hackney cab and 11 private hire vehicles were suspended for having significant faults and one private hire vehicle was given a prohibition notice for having a bald tyre.

    Taxi

    The first two weeks of the month were a trial period for the new scheme and drivers were not given points for the offences.

  11. G4S 'disappointed' police rejected deal

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    A G4S spokesman says the firm are "disappointed" that Leicestershire Police have decided against using their company to answer control room calls.

    G4S staff at Lincolnshire Police

    John Shaw said: "We firmly believe that we can help police forces unlock resources in their support functions to release money for front-line policing and keep more officers on the beat."

  12. Protests set to continue into 2016

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    If you were hoping the taxi protests might come to an end as 2015 does, it seems you could be disappointed.

    Members of the RMT Union in Leicester are warning they could go long into next year and beyond.

    Taxi in protest

    The city mayor, Sir Peter Soulsby, says he's still not willing to meet or negotiate with drivers over the penalty points scheme.  

  13. Taxi protest: Ready for round five?

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    Taxi drivers are setting off on their fifth "go-slow" protest around Leicester.

    Drivers will take the same route as Thursday between 16:00 and 19:00, adding to the already busy shopping traffic.

    Taxi in protest

    They're protesting against the city council's new penalty points scheme which sees drivers given points for "breaking the rules". 

    Collecting twelve points could result in a loss of their taxi licence.  

  14. 'Concerned' university withdraws degree

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    I've just had a statement from De Montford University about the withdrawal of Sepp Blatter's honorary degree.

    Sepp Blatter

    A spokesperson said: "The university has long been concerned by the nature of the allegations, had been closely monitoring events at FIFA, and in October formally withdrew the honorary doctorate in Arts and Humanities awarded to Mr Blatter in 2005."  

  15. Blatter stripped of DMU honorary degree

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    Leicester's De Montfort University has taken away Sepp Blatter's honorary degree on the same day that he has been banned from football for eight years.

    Sepp Blatter

    Blatter and his colleague Michel Platini, who also given an eight-year ban, have said they will appeal the decision.

    More details from the university to come.

  16. More charges were heading Janner's way

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    An update now on the death of Lord Janner.

    The BBC has learnt that the former Leicester MP was going to be charged with new historical abuse offences.

    Lord Janner

    The 87 year old died at his home on Saturdayafter a long illness.