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Summary

  1. Updates for Tuesday 29 December
  2. More from 08:00 on Wednesday

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Leicestershire Local Live has now finished for the day.

    You can scroll down to see Tuesday's news, sport, weather and travel.

    Updates will begin again from 08:00 on Wednesday.

  2. Changes 'will improve Welford Road for cyclists and pedestrians'

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    Work to change the layout of Welford Road is expected to take about five months.

    There will be some lane closures during this time.

    Welford Road

    The city's mayor Peter Soulsby says: “By reallocating road space in this way, we can create a safe route for the growing number of people who choose to travel by bike, and make this area much more attractive for pedestrians.

    “We want cycling to become a normal, everyday way of getting about in the city centre and providing more safe routes is absolutely vital to helping achieve that goal.”

  3. Work to begin on revamping Welford Road

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    Work to create this will start next month...

    Artist impression of Welford Road after the changes

    It's Welford Road, but not as you currently know it. 

    For the price of £1.7m the city council are going to remove the bus lane between Marlborough Street and Lancaster Walk, and create a two-way cycle lane and wider pavements in its place.

  4. Weather: Becoming very gusty

    Sara Blizzard

    BBC Weather

    Staying dry into the evening but the cloud will thicken up overnight and the winds will soon pick up too, becoming very gusty through the early hours of the morning. 

    There will be some light drizzly rain at times too. Lows of 7C (45F).

    Weather

    A very windy and cloudy start to tomorrow. There will be a little rain through the morning -however it will become more persistent and heavy into the afternoon. 

    Temperatures will peak at 12C (54F).

  5. Flood victims need cleaning products

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    Helen Crouch is one of those behind the Leicestershire Northern Flood Support Group.

    She says: "It's the downstairs area that is wrecked more than anything so they don't really need clothes and toys it's the kitchen stuff and the cleaning stuff.

    "That water is not clean water that's come through their doors it's dirty, grimy river water and a bit of sewage so they need to clean everything and if they've not got the cleaning materials they can't clean." 

    Flood victims in Mytholmroyd
  6. Locals rally round for flood victims

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    A group of people in Leicestershire have teamed up to collect donations of things like bottled water and cleaning supplies for people hit by the floods in the north of England.

    They've got drop off depots for donations in Coalville, Loughborough, Enderby, and South Wigston.

    Flooding in York

    At the weekend, two lorries and two Luton vans will be transporting the donations either to Cumbria or York - depending where the greatest need is.

  7. Former City striker praises Ranieri

    BBC Sport

    A former Leicester City striker says the Foxes success so far this season in the Premier League has been unforgettable.

    They could reclaim first place in the Premier League this evening.

    Dion Dublin

    Dion Dublin says credit has to go to the players and the staff but most of all to manager Claudio Ranieri.

  8. Latest headlines for Leicestershire

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    • The fire in Belgrave yesterday was "one of the largest" fire crews in the city have dealt with for years
    • Volunteers in Leicestershire are rallying to support victims of flooding in Lancashire and Yorkshire
    • South African hooker Michael van Vuuren is on a month-long trial with Leicester Tigers   
  9. Major blaze 'stretched fire resources'

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    Fire crews in Leicester were "stretched" yesterday.

    At one point, there were 15 fire engines in Belgrave dealing with the huge blaze but at the same time there was a fire in Glen Parva and in Loughborough.

    Smoke from Belgrave fire and Glen Parva fire

    Assistant chief fire officer Andrew Brodie says they were able to cover all the fires but it was a stretch.   

  10. Tigers bring in new hooker on trial

    BBC Sport

    Leicester Tigers have brought in South African hooker Michael van Vuuren on trial for a month.

    The 24 year-old, who’s previously played with Stade Franicais, has left EP Kings after cancelling his contract there.

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    Video caption: South African hooker Michael van Vuuren joins Leicester Tigers on trial for a month.

    Tigers boss Richard Cockerill says if the trial goes well, he could provide cover for Tom Youngs and Leo Ghiraldini while the pair are on Six Nations duty.

  11. Fire service and police working together

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    Andrew Brodie has described the fire in Belgrave yesterday as "one of the largest they've dealt with" in Leicester for many years.

    An investigation into what caused it is underway.

    Belgrave fire

    He said: "What we are now doing is working with the forensics team to identify the cause of the blaze, so it's a joint fire and police team in there now.

    "I think they should have some idea by the end of today or tomorrow but I expect it will take a few days until they have conclusively decided what the cause of the blaze was."

  12. Firefighters to stay in Belgrave all night

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    Assistant chief fire officer, Andrew Brodie, has been speaking to our reporter Jo Hollis at the scene of the fire.

    He said the fire is mainly extinguished now but there are still a few pockets that flare up so crews will stay there today, tonight and into tomorrow.

    Belgrave fire
  13. New law to help victims of humiliation, intimidation and coercion

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    In national news, there's a new domestic abuse offence coming into force today.

    It makes humiliation, intimidation and coercion a crime and offenders could face up to five years in prison.

    Woman looking sad

    Gemma is from Braunstone and was psychologically abused by her ex-husband.

    She says: "I think the new laws are fantastic. I just wish they'd been around seven years ago when I walked out on my marriage.

    "My ex-husband needed to realise what he'd done was wrong and it would have been easier to get a divorce had those laws been around."

  14. Explosion shattered windows

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    Reporter Jo Hollis has been talking to a man who's been evacuated from his house on Marjorie Street following the fire.

    He explained that his wife saw the smoke first and she alerted him. He then told his family to get out of the house because he was worried there could be an explosion.

    Belgrave fire

    They got outside and knocked on their neighbours door to alert them.

    There was then an explosion that caused all the windows to shatter.

    He's been allowed in to get medication but he says he has no idea when he'll be allowed home.

  15. Belgrave residents still waiting to go home

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    About 40 people are still waiting to return to their homes following a massive factory fire in the Belgrave area of Leicester.

    Most of them spent the night with family or friends but the Neighbourhood Centre has been open and available.

    Belgrave fire

    Our reporter Jo Hollis has been over there and says it's quite empty but there are a few people hanging around the streets waiting to find out when they can go home.

  16. Fight after crash in Enderby

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    One person picked up a minor injury in the collision in Enderby last night but more injuries were then caused in a fight afterwards.

    A 20-year-old man arrested on suspicion of violent disorder has been released on bail.

    Police want to hear from anyone with information about the crash.

  17. Your photos: Sunrise in Empingham

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    Our BBC Weather Watcher known as "Andy's Rutland" uploaded this beautiful photo yesterday of the the teasel and tree silhouetted against the dawn sky in Rutland.

    Sunrise in Rutland

    You can be a BBC Weather Watcher too by registering here.