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  1. Updates for Wednesday 24 February
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 Thursday

Live Reporting

By Amy Woodfield

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Leicestershire Local Live has now finished for the day. Updates will start again tomorrow at 08:00.

  2. Weather: Yellow warning of Ice

    Charlie Slater

    BBC Weather presenter

    A few wintry showers possible this evening and overnight but it will be mostly dry with clear skies and light winds. 

    It’s a cold night with a widespread frost and the potential for some ice on untreated surfaces.

    Min -1C (30f).


    Thursday will start cold and crisp, it’s a dry day with plenty of winter sunshine. 

    Another cold day. Max 5C (41f).

  3. 'I couldn't have gone on living without her'

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    Monti says it means the world to her to have Gog back home, she says: "I couldn't have gone on living without her." 

    Monti Shortt and Gog reunited

    The police have confirmed they went to an address in the city today to identify the missing Yorkshire Terrier and return her to Monti.

  4. Gog has been 'subdued since returning home'

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    Monti says she was reunited with her dog after getting a call from a man claiming she was at his house.

    She says she didn't let herself believe it until she saw Gog.


    Monti says Gog has been subdued since returning home.

  5. Gog 'has been well looked after'

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    I've just got off the phone to Gog's owner Monti Shortt and she says it hasn't quite sunk in yet that her dog has been returned.

    She says Gog has clearly been well looked after since she was taken nearly three weeks ago in Leicester.

    Monti Shortt
  6. Leicester children learn about eating less sugar

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    A familiar face has been in Leicester today to start a campaign to reduce the amount of sugar children are eating and drinking.

    Holly Bell at Marriott Primary School

    It's Holly Bell, a finalist from the Great British Bake Off.

    Today she was at Marriott Primary School.

  7. Former councillors say 'no cuts'

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    Last February, former Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition councillors Wayne Naylor and Barbara Potter, proposed a "no cuts" motion which was rejected.

    They lost their seats in May's council elections but now will try to make their case to the new Labour councillors as they go into the meeting tonight.

  8. Missing dog Gog is back

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    We're just hearing Gog the missing dog has been found.

    More details to come.

    Missing Gog poster
  9. Protests against cuts outside Town Hall

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    The city council is meeting at the Town Hall to talk about their budget.

    Anti-austerity campaigners will be lobbying councillors as they go in, asking individual Labour councillors if they will be willing to oppose the latest cuts, led by City Mayor Sir Peter Soulsby.

    Leicester Town Hall
  10. Inside Leicester's football dream

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    Video caption: Inside Leicester's football dream

    Newsnight's Stephen Smith has been in Leicester to examine the city's current football success - and if it is rubbing off on the locals.

  11. School never spoke to relatives about selling medals

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    Keith Willis says he's "outraged" and "disappointed" that the school wants to sell his Great Uncle’s legacy.

    He says it's even more upsetting that the school never attempted to contact him about selling the medals.

    Even if the medals are not sold, Mr Willis says he'd prefer if they didn’t stay in the care of the school. He'd like them to be with the regiment.

  12. New home is better than being in storage

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    A county council spokesman said: "Bennie is going on loan to the Vintage Excavator Trust and we are pleased he will be restored to full working order. 

    "If we hadn't agreed this loan, we would have had to put Bennie into storage, so this is a good result."

  13. Bennie has 'real historic value'

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    Maurice Rogers from the Vintage Excavator Trust says Bennie will be re-engined and restored at his new home near Keswick.

    Snibston Discovery Museum

    He said: "There are only three of Bennie's type remaining in the UK and he's got a real historic value. We have more than 60 excavators at our trust and we didn't have one of Bennie's type.

    "We are hoping, in the next 12 to 18 months, to return Bennie to working order."

  14. Riders have 'no time for niceties'

    BBC Leicester Sport

    Leicester Riders forward Harrison Gamble has been talking about their upcoming BBL Trophy final on Saturday.

    The team face Newcastle and there will be no time for niceties.

    Leicester Riders court

    Gamble says the rivalry between the two sides runs right through the club: "We can be friendly with our own team but as soon as we see them, it's business time."

  15. Crocuses bloom at least two weeks early

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    Richard Gornall, director of the garden, said: “This is a remarkably early flowering for this species of crocus and shows that the unusually warm weather is clearly having an effect here.

    “Our crocuses are blooming at least two weeks early this year. This means that our two special Crocus Sundays will not quite be as planned because the displays will largely have gone over.

    "Nevertheless there will still be a good display of spring colour in the Alpine House and in other places around the garden."

    Crocuses at the Botanic Gardens
  16. Latest Leicestershire headlines

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    • One of the few surviving relatives of Lt Col Philip Bent is threatening legal action against Ashby School who plan to sell his war medals
    • Bennie, the giant yellow excavator that stood outside Snibston Discovery Museum, has moved to a new home
    • Tom Youngs, Mike Williams and Adam Thompstone have all recovered from injury and are available to play for Leicester Tigers this weekend
  17. Bennie goes to Cumbria to be restored

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    If you visited Snibston Discovery Museum in Coalville then you'll have seen Bennie stood beside the entrance...

    Bennie being transported to Cumbria

    Following the museum's closure last year, the historic excavator has found a new home in Cumbria where it'll be returned to working order.

  18. Key players return for London Irish game

    BBC Leicester Sport

    Tom Youngs, Mike Williams and Adam Thompstone have all recovered from their injuries and are available to play for Leicester Tigers this weekend.

    Tigers are playing London Irish at Welford Road on Sunday.

    Tom Youngs, Mike Williams and Adam Thompstone

    Vereniki Goneva is also available, as is Dom Barrow who's missed the last two weeks through suspension. 

    Hooker Leo Ghiraldini has joined up with the Italy squad for the Six Nations.

  19. Fire service warn drivers about icy roads

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    Billesdon Fire Service has tweeted this dramatic photo of a crash they went to earlier with a warning about driving on the icy roads.

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