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Summary

  1. Updates for Wednesday 20 April 2016
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Thursday

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By Amy Woodfield

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    That's all from Leicestershire Local Live today. We'll be back with more updates tomorrow from 08:00.

  2. Wood inspired Leicester comedian

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    We've found out this afternoon that Victoria Wood has died of cancer aged 62.

    A Leicester comedian who's performed some of Victoria's songs said she was a massive inspiration to her.

    Victoria Wood

    Elaine Pantling said: "She certainly knew her craft, there's no question about that.

    "There's something to be learnt from Victoria Wood. There are not that many women doing it in comedy and she really stood up for us women and I think she's a great example."

  3. Latest Leicestershire headlines

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    • Bakery workers in Leicestershire are meeting with union officials to discuss changes to pay and conditions
    • Tougher rules are introduced for dog walkers in Bradgate Park
    • Leicestershire have eased to a 10-wicket win over Glamorgan in their opening match in the County Championship
  4. Leicestershire boss speaks after win in Cardiff

    BBC Leicester Sport

    Leicestershire Elite Performance Director Andrew McDonald hails a "very professional performance" in their 10-wicket win over Glamorgan...

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    Video caption: Leicestershire Elite Performance Director Andrew McDonald on 10-wicket win over Glamorgan
  5. Goneva nominated for European Player of the Year award

    BBC Leicester Sport

    Leicester Tigers wing Vereniki Goneva has been nominated for the 2016 European Player of the Year award. 

    The winger is joint top try-scorer in the European Champions Cup this season with six tries in his five appearances so far.

    Vereniki Goneva

    The 15-man shortlist also includes six of England's Grand Slam-winning squad.

  6. British Gas moving operations to Leicester?

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    British Gas is planning to close an office and call centre in the West Midlands with the loss of more than 680 jobs.

    British Gas in Leicester

    The company say this won't affect workers at the British Gas depot near Fosse Park in Leicester.

    Instead, the union Unite say some operation at their Oldbury site may be relocated to here.

  7. Tigers need to play like Foxes

    BBC Sport

    It looks like Leicester Tigers will be taking a leaf out of Claudio Ranieri's book in the hope of making it to the European Champions Cup final.

    City are five points clear at the top of Premier League with four games left, while Tigers face Racing 92 in their Champions Cup semi-final on Sunday.

    Mathew Tait

    Tigers centre, Mathew Tait, says: "For us it's been great to see how they cope with pressure.

    "Claudio Ranieri speaks very well about taking it game by game and the players seem to respond to that.

    "It would be nice if we can show that same composure come Sunday." 

  8. MP pays tribute to 'totally brilliant' comedian

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    Tributes are being made locally to the comedian Victoria Wood who's died after a short battle with cancer.

    Jonathan Ashworth is the MP for Leicester South...

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  9. Your photos: Blossom in Uppingham

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    Isn't it just lovely out there today? It feels like a summer afternoon in Leicestershire.

    Thanks to Kirsty Ludgate for sending us this photo of a Cherry Blossom tree and beautiful blue sky in Uppingham.

    Cherry Blossom tree
  10. Win for Leicestershire

    BBC Leicester Sport

    Leicestershire have beaten Glamorgan by 10 wickets to claim their first opening County Championship victory since 2012.  

    Here's the BBC's Richard Rae from Cardiff...

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    Video caption: BBC Radio Leicester's Richard Rae with commentary of the winnings runs.
  11. Delay in strip club decision

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    A decision on whether or not to grant a licence to a "sexual entertainment venue" near the Highcross in Leicester has been delayed.

    A Leicester City Council committee was due to make a decision on Lily's Lounge, in New Bond Street, last night.

    New Bond Street in Leicester

    It's been postponed after the committee's chairman withdrew saying "he could not hear the application fairly" but the reason why has not been disclosed.

  12. Loros 'backing the blues'

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    As you'll have probably seen, BBC Leicester are "backing the blues" next Friday. 

    We've teamed up with the Leicester Mercury to show our support for Leicester City by painting the town blue... not literally.

    The Loros hospice in Leicester is the latest to join the campaign...

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    Video caption: Loros are joining the 'backing the blues' campaign for Leicester City
  13. Thousands sign for football screen

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    More than 7,000 people have now signed a petition for big television screens to be put up in the city to show Leicester City's last game of the season.

    The petition only needs another 266 supporters to reach their target.

    Leicester City fans

    It'll then be handed in to Leicester City Football Club and Leicester City Council.

    The last game will be away to Chelsea - a lot of fans have been unable to get tickets.

  14. Wenger not giving up yet

    BBC Leicester Sport

    Arsenal 's boss isn't surrendering to Leicester City yet...

    Arsene Wenger says the Premier League title race is "far from over" despite being 13 points behind Leicester and eight points behind rivals Tottenham.

    Arsene Wenger
  15. Your comments: New rule at Bradgate Park

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    The story about dogs being kept on their lead at Bradgate Park has got you talking on Facebook.

    Most of you seen pleased.

    Wall at Bradgate Park

    Sue Sprason says: "Good! They should be on a lead all over the park as you don't know when a dog is going to take off."

    Beverley Wallis says: "Responsible dog owners I hope would keep their dogs on a lead anyway"

  16. More people out of work

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    The number of people out of work has risen for the first time in nearly a year, increasing by 21,000 to 1.7m between December and February.

    Unemployment graph

    In the East Midlands unemployment has risen by 5,000 to 106,000 over that period.

  17. Latest Leicestershire headlines

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    • A new rule, banning dogs from being off their lead in areas of Bradgate Park, has been welcomed by several dog owners
    • Unemployment figures for the East Midlands have gone up by 5,000 between December and February
    • It looks like it's only a matter of time before Leicestershire win their first County Championship match