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  1. Updates for Wednesday 17 February 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume on Thursday

Live Reporting

By Amy Woodfield

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Updates on Leicester Local Live have now finished for the day but they'll resume again tomorrow.

  2. Weather: Warning for ice and snow

    Charlie Slater

    BBC Weather presenter

    There's a yellow weather warning for ice and snow in Leicestershire and Rutland overnight. 

    A band of rain and sleet will slowly move southeastwards this evening before clearing by dawn.


    As temperatures drop there is the potential for this to turn to snow for higher ground. 

    As the rain moves away the skies will clear there is the risk of ice on untreated surfaces . 

    Lows of 1C (34f).

  3. Success for Leicester's snooker stars

    BBC Leicester Sport

    Two of Leicester's top snooker players have made it to the fourth round of the Welsh open.

    Mark Selby beat Fergal O'Brien 4-2 this afternoon and will now play Mark Williams tomorrow.

    Mark Selby

    Ben Woolaston came from behind to beat Anthony Hamilton 4-3.

  4. Site owners assisting with investigation

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    The quarry in Barrow upon Soar is run by Tarmac but it's believed the piece of equipment involved in the crash was being operated by Wabtec at the time of the incident. 

    A spokesperson for Tarmac said: "An incident occurred at Mountsorrel Quarry involving a conveyor arm and an East Midlands Train. 

    "We, and our contractor Wabtec, are assisting Network Rail, ORR and the Rail Accident Investigation Branch with their enquiries."

    I've asked Wabtec for a statement but am still waiting for a response.

  5. Leicester leading the Monopoly race

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    Do you remember hearing a few weeks back about a competition that could see Leicester get a new Monopoly board?

    You were asked to vote between Leicester, Derby, Grantham and Newark.

    Monopoly board

    Well, you've obviously been voting well because Leicester was neck-and-neck with Derby for a while but now we've got a healthy lead.  

  6. Latest Leicestershire headlines

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    • Leicestershire County Council has approved plans to cut millions of pounds from services and increase council tax
    • A train carrying 85 passengers has crashed into a piece of equipment at Mountsorrel Quarry
    • Leicester Tigers hooker Tom Youngs had to have an epidural to help his recovery from back spasms
  7. Council's plan to save £78.3m approved

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    Leicestershire County Council has agreed to make cut backs to services and increase council tax... news that's not going to please anyone in the county.

    County Hall

    We already suspected this was going to happen after the proposals were announced last month but now it's all been finalised in a full council meeting.

    The cut backs and tax increase will allow the council to save £78.3m over the next four years.

  8. Your photos: Red sky in the morning

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    It must be true what they say about a red sky in the morning, I don't think it's stopped raining all day and now we have warnings for snow and ice.

    This lovely "shepherd's warning" photo was taken by our BBC Weather Watcher Loki's keeper in Castle Donington.

    Sunrise in Castle Donington
  9. Investigation under way into railway collision

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    The Rail Accident Investigation Branch have told me they have carried out a preliminary investigation at the site of the crash.

    They are now deciding whether or not to launch a full investigation.

    East Midlands Train
  10. Search continues for missing climbers

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    The search for Leicestershire's Tim Newton, and Rachel Slater from Bradford, on Ben Nevis has resumed this afternoon. 

    Search and rescue helicopters in Scotland had been hampered by bad weather since yesterday when two rescuers narrowly escaped an avalanche themselves.

  11. Services disrupted for short time after railway collision

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    East Midlands Trains said the incident on Sunday involved "a ballast train used in the railway sidings at Mountsorrel quarry whose conveyor arm was wrongly overhanging the main railway line". 

    "The 10.20am Leicester to York service was in collision with the conveyor arm as the train passed through the Mountsorrel area at around 10.45am. 

    "Arrangements were made for passengers to continue their onward journeys. Train services were disrupted for a short time as a result of the incident," a spokesperson for the firm said.

  12. County Council budget approved

    Tim Parker

    BBC Radio Leicester Political Reporter

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    The Conservatives have a strong enough grip on control here to get the budget through.

    They've criticised the opposition this afternoon for fielding no amendments (alternative suggestions) at all. 

  13. Work severely restricted following railway crash

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    A Network Rail spokesperson said: “We are currently working alongside the Rail Accident Investigation Branch to carry out a full investigation into the incident at Mountsorrel sidings on Sunday 14 February. 

    "Work in the sidings has been severely restricted while this investigation takes place.”

    Railway line in Barrow upon Soar
  14. Travellers can appeal High Court ruling

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    Tenants were refused planning permission twice to turn the fields off Goadby Road into a travellers site. 

    The last refusal was followed by an Enforcement Notice by the council in November, insisting that the site be cleared and restored to its former condition. 

    As that notice wasn't complied with, the council took the rare step of going to the High Court to enforce it. 

    Travellers site near Waltham on the Wolds

    The tenants and landowner have a month to appeal.  

  15. Train crashes into quarry equipment

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    I've just been speaking to East Midlands Trains about a collision in Barrow upon Soar at the weekend.

    They confirmed a train carrying 85 passengers collided with a piece of quarry equipment on Sunday morning.

    Barrow upon Soar railway station

    It caused "significant damage" to the train but none of the passengers were injured.

    The driver was left very shaken.

    East Midlands Trains did say one person who was working at the railway sidings at the time was believed to have been injured.

  16. Waltham on the Wolds travellers update

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    Now, yesterday I told you about a High Court hearing after travellers "ignored" an enforcement notice to leave land near Waltham on the Wolds.

    I can now tell you what happened...

    Travellers site near Waltham on the Wolds

    Melton Borough Council were successful in getting an injunction to remove them BUT it's subject to conditions and a possible appeal.

  17. Bell to leave Tigers

    BBC Leicester Sport

    Leicester Tigers full-back Tommy Bell has signed for London Irish on a long-term deal. 

    He's scored 123 points in 25 games for Tigers will leave the club at the end of the season.

    Tommy Bell

    London Irish are currently bottom of the Premiership.

  18. County Council budget meeting under way

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    Leicestershire County Council's budget meeting got under way in the last half an hour.

    We already know it's going to be pretty grim with the budget being cut and hundreds of jobs set to go.

    BBC Leicester's Tim Parker is there and will keep us updated with any significant news.

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  19. Man in court over businessman death

    Dave Wade

    BBC Local Live

    A man from Leicester has appeared in court charged with the murder of company director Akhtar Javeed (pictured) at his warehouse in Birmingham. 

    Suraj Mistry, 26, is charged with conspiracy to commit robbery and possession of a handgun. 

    Akhtar Javeed

    He appeared at Birmingham Crown Court alongside Lemar Wali, 18, from Derby, who's accused of the same offences. 

    The pair were both remanded in custody until a hearing in May.