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  1. Updates for Thursday 28 January 2016
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on 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. They'll start again tomorrow from 08:00.

  2. Weather: Very windy tomorrow morning

    Charlie Slater

    BBC Weather presenter

    Tonight will be cloudy and windy with outbreaks of showery rain. Not as cold as last night with lows of 6C (43F).

  3. Diversity and beauty of landmarks will be a deciding factor

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    Ben Thompson is from Winning Moves UK, who are making this official version of Monopoly for the games owners Hasbro.

    He says: "We originally began with a list of 12 but have shortlisted these 'fab four'.

    "The factors that will decide are two-fold. Firstly the strength of popular feeling and pride for a particular place. Secondly, the diversity and beauty of potential landmarks to fill the board." 

    Richard III statue

      ... Oh come on we're the only place in the East Midlands with a car park king, that's got to win us the board!

  4. Travel: Delays on M1 northbound

    BBC Travel

    It's slow traffic on M1 northbound between J23a and J24 because of an accident earlier on. 

    All lanes have been re-opened but congestion is back to J23.

  5. Latest Leicestershire headlines

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    • Plans to expand Europe's biggest distribution centre near Lutterworth could be approved this evening
    • Leicester could be getting its own Monopoly board
    • Foxes defender Daniel Amartey says he's "mentally prepared and ready to challenge for a place in the first team" 
  6. Farmer causes power cut to 900 properties

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    The power cut was caused by a farmer in a tractor with a hedge cutter damaging an electricity post.

    Engineers are on the site now repairing the post.

  7. Power cut still affecting over 150 properties

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    Here's some more information on that power cut. 

    I'm not sure on the specific towns/villages affected but it's in the LE16 area, which is around Hallaton/ Market Harborough in the south east of Leicestershire.

    Map of LE16 area

    Originally more than 900 properties were affected but power was restored to 741 of them.

    The remaining properties will have power back by 19:00.

  8. East Midlands contest for Monopoly board

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    The makers of Monopoly have shortlisted four East Midlands places in a region-wide contest. 

    Whichever place gets the most votes will get its own board.

    Monopoly board

    At the moment the vote is neck and neck between Derby and Leicester, with Grantham third and Newark coming in last.  

  9. Could there be a Leicester Monopoly?

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    Monopoly is banned in my house (it's a long story!) but this is quite exciting news...

    There could be a board for Leicester.

    Just imagine, this could be your opportunity to buy the King Power Stadium or you could have to sell your house if you visit Leicester Cathedral.

    Monopoly game
  10. Power cut in LE16

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    I've seen on Twitter there's a power cut in the LE16 area of Leicester and am trying to get a few more details for you.

    This was the latest tweet by Western Power Distribution...

    View more on twitter
  11. Your photos: This morning in Empingham

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    Another gorgeous view across Rutland this morning.


    This was sent in by our BBC Weather Watcher Andy's Rutland in Empingham.

  12. Council 'delighted' with volunteers

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    Jackie Sykes is street environment officer at North West Leicestershire District Council.

    They provide volunteers with litter picking equipment.

    Litter picking

    Jackie says the 120 volunteers are very helpful for the council: "It's fantastic, it's absolutely brilliant, we're delighted that we've got so many people that volunteer."

  13. Litter picking helps with depression

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    As well as making the town a cleaner and nicer place to live, Nita says she does it because it's good for her mind.


    She says: "It helps me, I suffer a lot with depression and I have done for years and getting out and talking to other people helps me. 

    "It also helps my dog because he's meeting new people and he's no longer as aggressive as he used to be. 

    "You meet a lot of new people, a lot of new friends and it gives you a sense of achievement, you can look around and think it looks a lot better than when you started."  

  14. Litter picker gives up hours every day

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    Nita Pearson, chairman of the Friends of Thringstone community group, has been picking up litter in the village for about 12 years.

    She says she spends at least two hours a day picking up rubbish.

    No dog fouling sign

    She even picks up dog poo left behind by pet owners.  

  15. Record for rubbish collectors in Thringstone

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    Does it make your blood boil when you see people throwing their rubbish on the floor? I know it does me.

    Well there's a group of volunteer litter-pickers in North West Leicestershire who have been cleaning up their town for years and last year they set a new record.

    Litter picking in Thringstone

    The Friends of Thringstone community group collected more than 2,000 bags of rubbish last year, their biggest haul ever.

  16. Teenager flew via Berlin for cheaper trip to Essex

    Sandish Shoker

    BBC News Online

    Ever been shocked by the price of a train ticket?

    consumer blogger flew from East Midlands Airport to go from Sheffield to Essex via Berlin because it was cheaper than going directly by train.

    Jordan Cox

    The entire journey took him 12 hours instead of three-and-a-half and he only really saved £8, but he said he had time to see the centre of Berlin.

  17. Tom Bedford death: Parents want to make other families aware

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    John and Helen now want to make other parents aware of Tom's sudden death because as far as they were aware, he was a healthy teenage boy.

    Tom Bedford

    Tom's mum Helen says: "He was just lovely, he was family orientated and he was just my boy." 

  18. Family could have to wait months for answers

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    Tom's dad said doctors at the hospital did all they could to save his 16-year-old son but he'd gone.

    John and Helen were told that Tom's death was likely caused by an irregular heartbeat or a blood clot but a post-mortem examination revealed it was not clear how Tom died.

    Tom Bedford

    Further tests are being carried out on his heart at a specialist centre in London, but the family expect they could have to wait months to find out exactly why their son died.