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  1. Updates for Thursday 17 March 2016
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Friday

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By Amy Woodfield

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Our updates have now finished for the day. They will start again on Friday at 08:00.

  2. Weather: Chance of drizzle this evening

    Charlie Slater

    BBC Weather presenter

    A pleasant end to the day with some early evening sunshine. There is the potential for some isolated fog patches before cloud increases from the east by dawn. 

    Light drizzle possible by the end of the night with lows of 3C (37F).

  3. Latest Leicestershire headlines

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    • Market Harborough Railway Station is to get a share of £16m to upgrade facilities
    • Police are continuing to look for a 22-year-old man who went missing near Sawley Marina on Friday
    • Claudio Ranieri has ruled himself out of becoming Italy manager, saying he'd like his job at Leicester City to be his last
  4. Fancy playing foot golf?

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    There's a new sporting craze hitting the county - a combination of football and golf and it's called... foot golf.

    BBC Radio Leicester's Mike McCarthy has been to give it a go.

    Video content

    Video caption: How about a new sport that brings together two of the country's favourites sports?
  5. Landmark reached in St Luke's Hospital project

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    A topping out ceremony has been held at St Luke's Hospital in Market Harborough.

    It's a tradition when the last beam is placed atop of the structure being construction.

    St Luke's Hospital

    The site had been waiting to be redeveloped for nearly 30 years but work finally began in November.  

    The new unit is costing £8m and is expected to open next February.

  6. Chancellor invests in railway station

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    Market Harborough railway station is set for a major upgrade.

    Chancellor George Osborne made the announcement in his Budget yesterday.

    Market Harborough Railway Station

    He said the Leicestershire station would be one of eight receiving a share of £16m to improve facilities. 

    He also allocated £1m to expand car parking at the station.

  7. More than 400 child sex offences reported last year

    Hinckley Times

    At least one child sex offence a day was reported to Leicestershire Police over the last year, new figures reveal.  

  8. Arrests after teenager injured at swimming pool

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    Three women aged 49, 61 and 62 have been arrested on suspicion of neglect after an 18-year-old man was injured at a swimming pool in Leicester.

    The 18-year-old is in a stable condition in hospital following the incident in Glenfield Road in January.

  9. City boss hopes to stay

    BBC Leicester Sport

    Here's a clip of Claudio Ranieri explaining how he doesn't want the job of Italy manager.

    He says he wants to stay put in Leicester for the rest of his career...

    Video content

    Video caption: Claudio Ranieri wants to retire at Leicester City and for them to be his last job.
  10. Your comments: Drinkwater's England call up


    On our Facebook page you've been showing your support for Leicester City's Danny Drinkwater, who's been called up to the England squad.

    Danny Drinkwater

    Jean Rees says: "Well deserved Drinky !! I am so pleased for you, your family and your family of fans who have been alongside you and hoping you would get the call and you have - it is also good for Leicester City."

    Janice Pinchess says: "Very well deserved Danny, so pleased for you."

  11. City boss happy with Deschamps decision

    BBC Leicester Sport

    The Leicester City manager was also pleased for N'Golo Kante who's been selected by France for the first time.

    Claudio Ranieri said he was happy because Didier Deschamps already has very good midfielders but he's clearly interested in what Kante can do for them.

    Didier Deschamps
  12. Ranieri 'pleased' for Drinkwater

    BBC Leicester Sport

    Speaking at a press conference this afternoon, Claudio Ranieri said he was pleased that Danny Drinkwater had been called up to play for England.

    Ranieri said: "I'm pleased and so are his team-mates. It means we're working well. (Drinkwater) deserves it." 

    Claudio Ranieri at the press conference
  13. Travel: Car and lorry crash near Coalville

    BBC Travel

    There's been a crash involving a car and a lorry on the A511 in Copt Oak. The road has been closed causing heavy traffic around Coalville.

    The fire service say they've managed to free a person trapped in the car by cutting off the roof.

    They have now been taken to the Leicester Royal Infirmary in an ambulance.

  14. Ranieri dismisses Italy job talk

    BBC Leicester Sport

    Some news just in: Claudio Ranieri has ruled himself out of the running for the Italy job.

  15. Vaz supports sugar tax

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    One of the surprise announcement's in the budget yesterday was the introduction of a sugar tax on soft drinks. 

    Long time campaigner against sugary drinks and Leicester East MP, Keith Vaz, says the tax sends a firm message to the manufacturers.

    Cans of fizzy drinks

    Mr Vaz says: "The biggest importance of this is to tell the manufacturers and the retailers, first of all, that they need to change their lifestyles.

    "They need to promote their non-sugar drinks, which I'm sure some of the organisations will be very keen to do immediately."

  16. Genge wants to stay at Tigers

    BBC Leicester Sport

    Leicester Tigers on-loan prop-forward, Ellis Genge, has said he wants to secure a permanent deal at the club.

    The 21 year old made his Premiership debut as a replacement last weekend against Wasps.

    Ellis Genge
  17. Local magician pays tribute to Paul Daniels

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    If you haven't yet heard, the Magician, Paul Daniels has died at the age of 77 after being diagnosed with a brain tumour.

    The Leicestershire magician Magic Amit says he was inspired by Paul Daniels to take up magic.

    Paul Daniels

    He says: "If it wasn't for him I don't think I'd be a magician.

    "I remember watching his TV shows every single week when I was a kid and Paul Daniels was such a true showman and if it wasn't for his box of tricks, I don't think I'd have had a love for magic."