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  1. Updates for Friday 22 January
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Monday

Live Reporting

By Amy Woodfield

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    That's all from Leicestershire's Local Live service this week. Updates will start again on Monday from 08:00.

  2. Weather: Dry, clear and mild night

    Alexandra Hamilton

    BBC Weather

    Staying dry with clear skies for the rest of the day and overnight. 

    We have imported some milder air so it won’t be particularly cold with lows of 3C (37F). 

    There maybe some isolated patches of fog forming too.

  3. Ice Cube not predicting 'good day' for Foxes

    Those well-known football experts, Kevin Hart and Ice Cube, are predicting Leicester City's home match against Stoke City will end in a draw.

    Ice Cube and Kevin Hart

    You can see all their Premier League predictions here.

  4. Amartey: 'People are talking about Leicester'

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    New Leicester City signing Daniel Amartey said it was a "great pleasure" to be joining the club. 

    He said: "I know the club have been interested in signing me for some time and that was a big part of my decision to come here. 

    Daniel Amartey

    “All over Europe, people are talking about Leicester City and how well the club is doing in the Premier League. 

    "The team plays exciting, attacking football and I’m looking forward to being part of it.”

  5. Leicester City sign Amartey

    BBC Leicester Sport

    Leicester City have confirmed the signing of Daniel Amartey from FC Copenhagen.

    The 21-year-old defensive midfielder is a Ghanaian international.

    Daniel Amartey
  6. Baroness wants to get to know Leicester

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    Speaking to BBC Radio Leicester's Kevin Ncube, Baroness Lawrence admits she doesn't have much of a knowledge of Leicester yet.

    However, she said she was looking forward to changing that and plans to spend a lot of time here getting to know the city intimately.

    Kevin Ncube with Baroness Lawrence

    She says she thinks De Montfort University "complements" all the work she's done over the years.

  7. Baroness Lawrence becomes university chancellor

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    There's a very grand ceremony happening at De Montfort University right now.

    They're officially making Baroness Doreen Lawrence their new chancellor.

    Baroness Lawrence

    Baroness Lawrence was the mother of the murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence and has spent the years since his death helping young people through a trust set up in his name.

  8. DNA evidence from 1994 helps catch rapist

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    The Head of the CPS East Midlands rape and serious sexual offences team has been talking about the conviction of John Townsend for a rape more than 20 years ago.

    Lawrence English said: “This case demonstrates the value of securing evidence at the time of the offence, from witness accounts to DNA forensics. 

    "Although there was nothing that could be achieved with the samples at the time, modern scientific advances meant that when a sample was taken from Townsend, it identified him as the rapist.

    “Townsend subjected his victim to a terrifying ordeal. It cannot have been easy for her to have revisited the events of that night and part of her past life, but she has given clear, compelling evidence that has brought Townsend to justice for what he did."

  9. Man arrested over station attack

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    The attack happened yesterday on platform 3 at 21:15.

    Police arrested a 28-year-old man from the Leicester area who has since been released on bail.

    Loughborough Railway Station

    PC Jonathan Green from the British Transport Police said: “We believe a number of people were on platform 3 at the time of the assault and may have witnessed what took place. 

    "If that was you, I’d urge you to please contact us as you may have important information which will help this investigation.”    

  10. Man assaulted at Loughborough railway station

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    The British Transport Police are asking for help from anyone who witnessed an assault at Loughborough railway station last night.

    Loughborough Railway Station

    An 18-year-old man was pushed to the ground, assaulted and left with a suspected broken hand and an injured face.  

  11. Train tickets still valid for Foxes fans

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    It seems the Premier League has come to an agreement with East Midlands Trains following the fixture change between Leicester City and Arsenal.

    Fans that had already brought a train ticket to London for 13 February will now be able to use it the following day instead.

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  12. Post-war artworks given listed status

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    Do you recognise this Leicestershire statue? It lives at Beaumanor Hall in Woodhouse.


    Well now it's among dozens of post-war artworks that have been given listed status.

  13. Your photo: Rainy Rutland

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    Thanks to BBC Weather Watcher Andy's Rutland for this update a little earlier.

    Rainy window

    He writes: "The rain started here in Empingham in Rutland, at about 7am and has lasted all morning!"

  14. Nicky Morgan's train frustration

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    It's nice to know it's not just "normal people" who suffer when our railway network has problems.

    Loughborough MP Nicky Morgan had a pop at East Midlands Trains on Twitter after the train she was travelling on had to terminate in Luton because of a fault.

    Here's the exchange...

    Tweets between Nicky Morgan and East Midlands Trains
  15. Fans to protest over fixture switch

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    I told you earlier about some Leicester City fans being angry about a late change to the fixture against Arsenal.

    Well, a member of an independent fan's union has told BBC Radio Leicester  they plan to protest against the changes.

    King Power Stadium

    He said: "I don't think 23 days notice is at all fair on match-going supporters.

    "Let's not forget, the fans that go to matches are what makes it such an attractive prospect for Sky because who would want to watch an empty football stadium."

  16. Growth opportunities 'too good to turn down'

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    While many resident oppose the expansion of Magna Park, the East Midlands Chamber of Commerce thinks it makes good business sense.

    Magna Park

    Director of police Chris Hobson says the growth opportunities are "too good to turn down".

    He says the East Midlands is very good at making things and moving things but without development "there's a risk it could just become a region that people just travel through".

  17. Man jailed for 1994 gunpoint rape

    A man has been jailed after a DNA sample given in 2013 linked him to the rape of a sex worker in Leicester in 1994.

    The Crown Prosecution Service said John Townsend, now aged 45, agreed a price for sex and took her to a remote car park. 

    He then produced a handgun and raped her at gunpoint, forcing her to walk away from the car when the attack was over so he could drive away and abandon her.

  18. DNA evidence helps to catch 1994 rapist

    A man who raped a sex worker at gunpoint in Leicester 22 years ago has been jailed for 15 years after DNA evidence was used to identify him.

    John Townsend attacked the woman in a remote car park on the outskirts of the city in 1994 but was only caught when a DNA sample he provided in 2013 matched evidence taken at the time.