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  1. Updates for Thursday 14 April 2016
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Friday

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By Calum McKenzie

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Today's updates have now ended and will return tomorrow morning at 08:00. 

  2. Weather: Hail and thundery showers

    Kaye Forster

    Weather Presenter

    There will be a few showers heading in this evening and some of them will again be heavy with some hail and thunder.

    BBC weather grid

    Most of them will clear away overnight so it will become dry for most but we will keep the cloud. Lows of 5C (41F).

  3. Latest headlines for Leicestershire

    Calum McKenzie

    BBC Local Live

    Here's what's happening across Leicestershire

    • East Midlands Ambulance Service has told the BBC it is interested in taking over the contract to run the region's non-emergency hospital transport 
    • A cash machine is ripped from the wall of a post office in Shepshed
    • Nigel Owens will referee Leicester Tigers' Champions Cup semi-final against Racing 92 
  4. Nigel Owens to referee Champions Cup semi

    Calum McKenzie

    BBC Local Live

    World Cup Final referee Nigel Owens has been chosen to officiate Leicester Tigers' Champions Cup semi-final against Racing 92. 

    Nigel Owens

    The Welshman also took charge of Tigers' quarter final against Stade Francais last weekend. 

  5. Leicester Mercury editor steps down

    Calum McKenzie

    BBC Local Live

    The editor of the Leicester Mercury has announced he's standing down for personal reasons. 

    Kevin Booth has been in the role for 18 months, having taken over from Richard Bettsworth in September 2014. 

    The paper's owners - Trinity Mirror - say they're disappointed by the decision, and described him as a passionate ambassador - who has doubled online audience figures.

  6. Post office ram-raid: Cash machine recovered

    Police say the cash machine stolen from a post office in Shepshed earlier has been recovered in Hickling.

    Thieves used a fork lift truck stolen from the Belton area for the ram raid in Market Place.

  7. Monday afternoon start for Selby

    Owen Phillips

    BBC Sport Online

    World number one Mark Selby will play qualifier Robert Milkins in the first round of snooker's World Championship.

    The jester from Leicester gets under way against the world number 21 Milkins at Sheffield's Crucible Theatre on Monday afternoon, with the game finishing on Tuesday morning.

    Selby won snooker's showpiece event in 2014.

  8. Listen: City Mayor's Question Time

    Calum McKenzie

    BBC Local Live

    If you fancy listening to last night's Question Time with Leicester City Mayor Sir Peter Soulsby then here you go...

    Be warned: It is 55 minutes long so you might want to fetch some ironing too. 

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    Video caption: Ben Jackson hosts the second of City Mayor Sir Peter Soulsby’s Question Time events.
  9. Non-emergency transport 'could be improved'

    Calum McKenzie

    BBC Local Live

    Toby Sanders from West Leicestershire CCG has been speaking about their decision not to renew Arriva's contract for non-emergency transport. 

    "Vehicles are turning up too late to take people to their home or care home and we think that could be improved," he said. 

    "There are also patient groups that aren't catered for by the current service as well as we'd like them to be." 

  10. World T20 finalist signs for Loughborough Lightning

    Calum McKenzie

    BBC Local Live

    Loughborough Lightning have unveiled three overseas players ahead of the inaugural Women's Cricket Super League this summer. 

    Ellyse Perry abtting against England

    World T20 finalist Ellyse Perry (pictured) from Australia will join alongside New Zealand's Sophie Devine and Dane van Nierkirk from South Africa. 

  11. Analysis: EMAS 'interested in' non-emergency contract

    Rob Sissons

    East Midlands Today health correspondent

    This non-emergency service involves transporting thousands of patients every week between home and hospital. 

    Arriva has been repeatedly criticised in Leicester because of delays. 

    Now the NHS has rejected the original option of automatically renewing Arrivas current five-year contract for a further two years when it ends in June next year. 

    East Midlands Ambulance service says it is interested in bidding but wants to see the fine print of any new contract.

  12. Patient: Arriva 'bit off more than it could chew'

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    Video caption: Patient John Sutherington says he's been unimpressed with Arriva
  13. EMAS interested in taking Arriva's non-emergency contract

    Calum McKenzie

    BBC Local Live

    East Midlands Ambulance service has told the BBC it would be interested in taking over non-emergency ambulance services for Leicestershire when Arriva's contract runs out next year. 

    EMAS ambulances

    West Leicestershire Clinical Commissioning Group confirmed yesterday it wouldn't be extending the transport provider's contract following feedback from patients. 

  14. Your photos: Spot the pigeon

    Calum McKenzie

    BBC Local Live

    Thanks to BBC Weather Watcher Ingrid for spotting this pigeon in Leicester last night. 


    Let's hope it wasn't interfering with anyone trying to watch Masterchef...

  15. Cockerill: De Villiers was 'just for this season'

    Calum McKenzie

    BBC Local Live

    Leicester Tigers boss Richard Cockerill has been speaking about Jean De Villiers leaving the club at the end of the season. 

    Richard Cockerill

    "He is out of contract, and with Matt Toomua coming, it was always just for this season" Cockerill said. 

    "Whether Jean decides to carry on playing or not is a question for him."