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Summary

  1. Updates for Tuesday 23 February
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 Wednesday

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 will start again at 08:00 on Wednesday. Until then, keep an eye on the BBC News website or listen to BBC Radio Leicester.

  2. Weather: Frosty night

    Charlie Slater

    BBC Weather presenter

    A dry night with clear skies and light winds. It will be a very cold night with a widespread frost and lows of -4C (25F) in sheltered areas.

    Weather

    A frosty start tomorrow but a sunny one. There will be sparkling blue skies through the morning and most will stay that way into the afternoon too.

  3. Your photos: Stringer and swans enjoy Hermitage Fishing Lake

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    Thanks to our very own Ian Stringer for sending in this photo of Hermitage Fishing Lake in Whitwick.

    It's looking like a beautiful afternoon out there.

    Hermitage Fishing Lake

    If you've got some photos please send them in to us by email, Facebook or Twitter.

  4. Latest Leicestershire headlines

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    • A school in Leicestershire is planning to sell a First World War soldiers Victoria Cross to raise money for a new sports pavilion
    • A new scheme aimed at uniting rural communities‎ in the fight against crime has launched in Leicestershire
    • Leicester Tigers Ben Youngs and Dan Cole are expected to be named in England's Six Nations squad this evening to play Ireland at the weekend
  5. School aware selling the medals could 'divide opinion'

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    Elaine Blunt, chairman of governors at Ashby School, said: "The governing body was made aware that the Victoria Cross and other associated medals had been locked in a safety deposit box in a bank for over 40 years.

    "The governors determined that having received a valuation for the medals they would seek to sell them and use the funds to develop facilities for the benefit of future generations at Ashby School.

    "While the governing body is fully aware that such a decision can divide opinion, it was a unanimous view that this was an opportunity to bring great benefits to the school and the wider community."

    Ashby School
  6. Soldier's family don't want medals to leave Leicestershire

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    Captain Tim Wilkes, chairman of trustees at the Royal Leicestershire Regiment, said he felt selling the medals would be wrong.

    He said: "You have to consider what the wishes of Mrs Bent were when she gave the medals into the safeguarding of the school - to inspire future generations. We don't want the medals to be sold.

    "We have tracked down Lt Col Bent's family in Hampshire and they don't want the medals to leave Leicestershire.

    "The regimental family has always attached great importance to its collection of medals because soldiers always attach a great deal of importance to their medals."

  7. Medals worth around £250,000

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    The medals were given to the school in 1923 and were later lent to the Royal Leicestershire Regiment Museum to go on display at Newarke Houses Museum.

    The cost to insure the medals on display became too high so for more than 40 years they've been locked in a safety deposit box in a bank.

    Newarke Houses Museum

    It's estimated that Lt Col Bent's five medals could fetch about £250,000 for the school to build a new sports facility.

  8. Launch of rural watch scheme draws in a crowd

    The scheme launched by the police today is a "Rural Watch Scheme" and is supposed to create a network of villagers, farmers, churches and businesses that can work together.

    It looks like the launch was popular...

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  9. Rural Watch: 'A two-way process'

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    Under the new scheme there will be crime prevention events like barn meets, tack marking days and activities where people can get crime prevention advice from local police officers.

    Rural Watch logo

    Deputy Chief Constable Roger Bannister said: “Being a member of the scheme is a two-way process. We will provide members with crime alert messages, telling them about incidents that have occurred and, in exchange, we ask our Rural Watch members to actively report suspicious persons, vehicles or activity to us."

  10. Cost of rural crime

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    A new scheme has been launched to help farmers fight rural crime.

    The NFU estimates the problem cost farmers in our area £750,000 in 2014 with items like quad bikes, tools, and machinery stolen.

    Farming
  11. School planning to sell Victoria Cross medal

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    Ashby school has been criticised for planning to put a First World War soldier's Victoria Cross up for sale to help fund new sports facilities.

    A Victoria Cross medal

    The medal was awarded to Lieutenant Colonel Philip Bent, who served in the 9th Battalion The Leicestershire Regiment.

    He was killed in service aged 26.

    The Victoria Cross and four other medals awarded to Lt Col Bent were donated to Ashby School by his mother to inspire pupils.

  12. De Villiers will have to compete for selection

    BBC Leicester Sport

    Leicester Tigers South African international Jean de Villiers says he's looking forward to getting some more game time after making his club debut against Harlequins last Friday.

    Jean de Villiers

    The World Cup winner had to wait to pull on the Tigers shirt after joining the club with a broken jaw and then picking up a calf injury. 

    He says there's lot of competition for places at Welford Road and his selection isn't guaranteed.

  13. Council to sell Settling Rooms

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    Do you remember me telling you yesterday about the Settling Rooms in Market Harborough and how the council were meeting to decide what was going to happen to it?

    Well they've made a decision.

    Settling Rooms

    They've agreed to look to sell the Grade II listed building, which sits in a Sainsbury's car park.

    They also said they will work with the two charities currently based inside the building regarding its future use.

  14. New leader of Rutland County Council

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    A new leader of Rutland County Council has been elected following the death of Roger Begy earlier this month.

    Councillor Terry King, the ward member for Exton, was voted to replace Mr Begy.

    He says: "It is an honour to be elected leader of Rutland County Council. The time I have spent as deputy leader and my experience of working closely with Cllr Begy for many, many years will no doubt prove invaluable and I am absolutely committed to ensuring Rutland remains a happy and prosperous place to live."

  15. Libraries: What the council is suggesting

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    The council is going to consider waiting until 19 April to make a decision on Braunstone Town library to give them time to assess a bid that has come from a staff-based social enterprise.

    They're also suggesting they wait until the same date to make a decision on Mountsorrel library to give them time to talk to the building’s landlord about a potential bid to run the library.

    Mountsorrel library

    In Narborough there is a group interested in running the library and the council is suggesting they get until 31 March to submit a viable plan.

    Kirby Muxloe Parish Council has been unable to progress its bid to run the library. The county council said it was seeking legal advice to establish the appropriate way forward.