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Summary

  1. Updates for Thursday 24 March 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 Tuesday

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By Calum McKenzie

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Our live updates have now ended for the Easter weekend. They will return at 08:00 on Tuesday morning. 

  2. Weather: Rain lingering throughout the evening

    Anna Church

    Weather Presenter, BBC East Midlands Today

    Remaining cloudy this evening with some patchy rain, the rain will ease and the skies will clear through the night.

    BBC weather grid

    There is the potential for some isolated fog patches. 

    Minimum temperatures of 5C (41F).

  3. Weather alert for high winds issued for region

    Anna Church

    Weather Presenter, BBC East Midlands Today

    Before I get to the main forecast, I need to let you know their is a yellow wind alert for the East Midlands on Saturday between 06:00-21:00. 

    A swathe of strong winds, accompanied by heavy rain at times, will move east across the country on Saturday. This is expected to bring gusts of 45-55 mph, perhaps 60 mph later.     

  4. Cockerill: Miles will always be welcome at Welford Road

    Calum McKenzie

    BBC Local Live

    Here's what Leicester Tigers boss Richard Cockerill has had to say about the retirement of winger Miles Benjamin. 

    "It is very disappointing news that Miles has had to confirm his retirement from rugby at such a young age."The tries he scored for the Tigers showed just how much of a threat his pace and power could present to opposition defences and made him a valuable member of the squad here."We wish Miles well for the future and he will always be welcome at Welford Road."  

  5. 'Life is so quiet without Steve,' widow says

    Calum McKenzie

    BBC Local Live

    Steve McKinnon's wife Clare has paid tribute to her husband following the conviction of his attackers. 

    "Steve, or Scouse as he was known to those closest to him, was a beloved husband, father, son, brother, granddad, uncle and friend who will always be remembered," she said. 

    "Life is so quiet without him around, the silence will be ever present now that he has gone and we all share that empty space." 

  6. Loughborough to 'light up' for the Queen

    Calum McKenzie

    BBC Local Live

    It's been announced that a beacon will be lit in Queen's Park in Loughborough next month to celebrate her majesty's 90th birthday. 

    Queen Elizabeth II

    Charnwood Borough Council is organising the celebration and say the beacon - which is currently being made - will become a permanent feature after the event on Thursday 21 April.

  7. Latest headlines for Leicestershire

    Calum McKenzie

    BBC Local Live

    Here's what's happening across Leicestershire: 

  8. Trio found guilty following Leicester pub death

    Calum McKenzie

    BBC Local Live

    Eugene Bell, Phillip Merry and Gurdev Sangha have been found guilty of the manslaughter and assault occasioning actual bodily harm of Steven McKinnon outside a pub in Leicester. 

    They were all cleared of murder.

    Ross Lowndes has been found not guilty of all charges.

  9. Benjamin: Tigers spell provided 'great memories'

    Calum McKenzie

    BBC Local Live

    Miles Benjamin has said he is now looking at "another challenge" having announced his retirement from rugby. 

    Miles Benjamin is tackled against Bath

    "Injuries are part and parcel of the game, but on this occasion I have been told I must look to a future away from playing the game professionally," the Solihull-born flyer said. "I have thoroughly enjoyed my time with great groups of players at Worcester Warriors and Leicester Tigers, and have some great memories, but now it is time to consider another challenge for the future."  

  10. Belgian flag flying in Leicester

    Giles Taylor

    BBC Radio Leicester reporter

    Whilst out and about I spotted the Belgian flag is flying outside Leicester City Hall following this week's attacks in Brussels. 

    City Hall
  11. BreakingPolice confirm identity of Ben Nevis bodies

    Calum McKenzie

    BBC Local Live

    Police Scotland have confirmed the bodies found on Ben Nevis are Leicestershire climber Tim Newton and his partner Rachel Slater. 

  12. Ben Nevis couple 'still had climbing ropes on'

    Calum McKenzie

    BBC Local Live

    Miller Harris from Lochaber Mountain Rescue has been describing the moment they found what's thought to be the body of Leicestershire climber Tim Newton and his partner. 

    Miller Harris

    "They still had their climbing ropes and gear on and we know that there was a very big avalanche in the observatory gully area on the Saturday morning," he said. 

  13. Your photos: March across Leicestershire

    Calum McKenzie

    BBC Local Live

    Sticking with the animal theme we seem to have developed today...

    Deer in Bradgate Park

    Here's a nice pic of the deer in Bradgate Park. 

  14. O'Neill: Everybody in Europe wants to see Foxes win

    Calum McKenzie

    BBC Local Live

    The Foxes were the talk of a recent UEFA meeting, according to former boss Martin O'Neill...

    Video content

    Video caption: Former Leicester manager Martin O'Neill says the buzz has swept the continent.
  15. Ben Nevis body discoveries 'just so final,' dad says

    Helen Astle

    BBC East Midlands Today reporter

    Father of missing climber Tim Newton, Chris, has told me: "I knew in my heart there wasn't any hope but now it's just so final." 

    Chris Newton