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  1. Updates for Tuesday 26 April 2016
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Wednesday

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By Amy Woodfield

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That's all from Leicestershire Local Live today. Updates will start again on Wednesday from 08:00.

Weather: More snow tomorrow

Alexandra Hamilton

BBC Weather

Wintry showers continuing into the evening but eventually dying away overnight. 

Becoming dry and clear later with a frost in rural areas. Lows of 0C (32F).


A dry and sunny start to tomorrow with plenty of sunshine early on. 

Again the cloud will bubble up later and there will be some heavy, wintry, showers developing into the afternoon.

Have Leicester scientists found Alzheimer's cure?

James Roberson

Reporter, East Midlands Today

Scientists in Leicester have discovered a way of reversing the symptoms of conditions like Parkinson's and Alzheimer's.

The experts say that if they can make it work in fruit flies and in the future they may also be able to make it work in humans.

Scientists testing on fruit flies
University of Leicester

Man dies in mobility scooter crash

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

An elderly man has died after the mobility scooter he was riding was involved in a collision with a car.

It happened on Sandringham Drive in Loughborough just before midday.

Sandringham Drive

The man on the scooter was in his 90s. He was taken to hospital in Nottingham but later died.

The road was closed for a while but it's now reopened.

Travel: Queuing in Wigston

BBC Travel

Youngs: We got what we deserved

BBC Sport

Ben Youngs has been talking about Leicester Tigers' defeat to Racing 92 in the Euopean Champions Cup on Sunday.

The scrum-half thinks the disappointment could help them in their quest for Premiership glory.

Ben Youngs
Getty Images

Youngs says: "We got what we deserved. You can't play semi-final football and turn the ball over that amount of times. 

"Every time we tried to put them under pressure, we lost the ball. I don't know if it was nerves but when we look back at the tape that is what we will look at.

"We need to identify the reasons for that because that was really unlike us."

Policeman charged with burglary

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

A serving police officer has been charged with burglary. 

PC Neville Thompson, who lives in Syston, will appear at Leicester Magistrates' Court on 6 June.

Leicestershire Police says he has been suspended from duties.

Your photos: Sunshine in Calke Woods

BBC Weather Watchers

The weather really can't make it's mind up in Leicestershire today. 

This photo lovely sunny photo of flowers in Calke Woods was taken this morning by our BBC weather watcher sky girl.

Flowers in Calke Woods
sky girl

Latest Leicestershire headlines

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Lights turning blue for Leicester City celebrations

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Our "backing the blues" day is on Friday and preparations to turn the city blue, in support of Leicester City, are under way.

Workman have been putting a blue filter in lights around the city.

Workman in aerial lift putting blue filter in light

Mayor excited by new bus station

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Talking about the opening of the city's new bus station, Leicester mayor Peter Soulsby said: “The new Haymarket Bus Station will help dramatically improve services for bus passengers.

"The new building and the improvements made to the surrounding street scene have provided a tremendous lift to what was becoming a rather run-down-looking part of the city centre.

“It will make a huge difference to the journeys of thousands of people who travel into the city centre by bus every day, and I am grateful for the patience they have shown during this challenging project.”

Parents tribute to daughter Megan

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Following the sentencing of Anastasia James, the family of Megan Marchant has released a statement calling her "the most beautiful, caring and thoughtful daughter".

Megan's parents, Scott and Vicki Marchant, say their daughter was always happy and content with the simple things in life.

Megan Marchant
Leicestershire Police

They say: “Megan had a natural gift to light up any room she entered. She was beautiful both inside and out. Megan appreciated everything in her short life.

“We have been given a life sentence of grief, torture and longing for our Megan to be home with us. Not a moment passes by where Megan is not thought of."

Appeal after fatal M6 crash

Hinckley Times

Warwickshire Police is appealing for witnesses to a fatal collision on the M6 motorway which occurred just before 4.45am on Saturday.

Criticism over Hillsborough inquest

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

The unlawful killing verdict was what the families of victims were hoping to hear.

John Williams, a sociologist at the University of Leicester, says there needs to be a better way of dealing with tragedies like Hillsborough.

Tribute to the 96 killed
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He said: "We need a completely new system to look at major disasters of this kind, we need something much more independent with experts.

"Not this kind of coalition of forces, judges, police forces and others essentially looking after their own interest."

Hillsborough verdict: Leicester teenagers among 96 unlawfully killed

There's been some HUGE news for the families of victims killed in the Hillsborough disaster.

The jury at the inquests has concluded that the 96 football fans who died WERE unlawfully killed.

Carl and Nick Hewitt
Hillsborough Inquests

This includes two brothers from Leicester, 17-year-old Carl and 16-year-old Nick Hewitt.  

Pulis backs Leicester's 'wonderful, wonderful story'

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Were you one of those Foxes fans eagerly watching Spurs play West Brom last night?

I think it's fair to say the Baggies did us a big favour by achieving a 1-1 draw.

Tony Pulis
Getty Images

After the game, West Brom boss Tony Pulis said: "I just want Leicester to win, no disrespect to Tottenham.

"Leicester is such a wonderful story, I don't think this can happen anywhere else apart from in this country.

"What Leicester can do is they can dig results out, they've played exceptionally well at times and won games but when they haven't played well, they've dug things out."

'Jihadi' mother loses custody of children

Ben Truslove

BBC News Online

A mother-of-three who was funded by "jihadists" to take her children to Syria has had them taken into care.

The family, who cannot be identified, were stopped at Birmingham Airport moments before boarding a plane.

Her mobile phone was found with so-called Islamic State images and pictures of masked children with guns.

Armed and masked Islamic State militants marching with IS in 2014

The High Court ordered the youngsters should live with their grandparents after Leicester City Council brought care proceedings.

The children's father is believed to have fled Britain in 2013 and is now in Chechnya with a terrorist group.

Bus station opening date announced

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Leicester’s new £13.5m Haymarket Bus Station will open on Saturday 7 May.

On this day there'll be a chance to see inside the new building at an opening event. Buses will start using it the following day.

Haymarket Bus Station being built

Striking doctors defend disruption

Helen McCarthy

BBC Radio Leicester Reporter

I questioned doctors about the number of operations cancelled across Leicestershire’s hospitals, which is 55, and more than 1,200 appointments cancelled.

Junior doctors' on strike in Leicester

The doctors responded that there are many operations cancelled because of a lack of beds and lack of staff every day, which just proves how poorly staffed the service is before the new contracts come into place.

Hospitals are #backingtheblues

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Hospitals in Leicester will be joining in with our Backing The Blues event on Friday...

View more on twitter

Hospitals 'in safe hands' during strike

Helen McCarthy

BBC Radio Leicester Reporter

I questioned the doctors on how they could be in a caring profession and yet not cover emergency care, as well as all other care, at our three hospital sites.  

They were more than keen to point out that consultants would be leading the care around the hospitals today and tomorrow.

They said there would then be senior nurses under them, who in some cases have more experience than junior doctors.

Junior doctors on strike in Leicester

Some doctors told me many would be going back to work when the strike ends at 17:00 to continue their shifts.

Investigation into suspected arson

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Fire investigators believe a blaze at disused building in Leicester was started deliberately.

The fire on St Saviours Road started at about 20:40 yesterday.

Rugby: Tigers 'not sulking'

BBC Leicester Sport

The Leicester Tigers return to training today, determined to seal their place in the Premiership semi-finals.

They're playing Worcester on Saturday.

Leicester Tigers
Getty Images

After their defeat against Racing 92 in the Champions Cup, boss Richard Cockerill says they need to bounce back.

He says: "We're not ones for sulking, that's not really my style. 

"Sometimes you get your nose blooded, you wipe it clean and you start again and that's exactly what we'll do on Tuesday morning.

"We've got a big, important game against Worcester at the weekend. We need to win to secure top four and that's exactly what we aim to do."

Cannabis crash: Victim's mother given 'life sentence of grief'

Before sentencing, the court heard a victim impact statement from Megan Marchant's mother, Vicki.

It said: "Megan was a unique young lady who should have had many years ahead of her. She had dreams and ambitions to fulfill but sadly she will not be able to do this, through no fault of her own.

"We have been given a life sentence of grief, torture and longing for our Megan to walk through the door and be home with us again."

April snow shower arrives in Leicester

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Bizarre snow shower in Leicester... 

Snow in Jubilee Square

McCann search coming to an end?

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

The investigation into the disappearance of Leicestershire's Madeleine McCann may be drawing to a close. 

She was three-years-old when she went missing on holiday in Portugal in 2007.

Madeleine McCann

The head of Scotland Yard says unless new information is uncovered, investigators would follow their one remaining line of inquiry, which is expected to conclude in the coming months.

Mother had smoked drugs before fatal crash

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

The crash happened on the M1 in Leicestershire in January 2014. 

The car left the road at 70mph and hit a tree, killing teenager Destiny James-Keeling and 18-year-old Megan Marchant.

Megan Marchant (left) and Destiny James-Keeling (right)

Anastasia James, 37, from Braunstone, had smoked cannabis at a birthday party before the crash.

BreakingCannabis crash mother jailed for two years

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Anastasia James has been sentenced to two years in prison for killing her daughter and her son's girlfriend in a car crash.

The 37-year-old, who had smoked cannabis before the accident, was given a two-year sentence for each life lost, to run concurrently.

Anastasia James

Watch: Junior doctors walk out

Helen McCarthy

BBC Radio Leicester Reporter

There were more people on the picket line this morning than I’ve seen for any of the previous junior doctors' strikes and I’ve covered them all in this contract dispute.

This morning between 30 and 40 people gathered outside the Leicester Royal Infirmary, which houses Leicestershire’s only emergency department.

For the first time in history, strike action includes emergency care.

Despite this, I felt more drivers passing by on Welford Road were honking their horns in support.

Latest junior doctors' strike begins

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Away from football, junior doctors are back on strike in Leicester.

About 55 operations and more than 1,000 appointments have been cancelled at hospitals in the city for the next couple of days.

Junior doctors on strike in Leicester

This time the strike is a bit different - junior doctors' who provide emergency care have also walked out.  

Hanks: 'I put £100 on Foxes'

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Here's that video of Tom Hanks claiming he put £100 on Leicester City to win the Premier League...

Your comments: Spurs fans pleased for Leicester


Even some Tottenham supporters are showing their respect to Leicester City...

Premier League trophy
Getty Images

Jez Watkins says: "I am a Spurs fan tonight we stumbled I was hoping for a close run in and would of loved to see Spurs win it but now I think you have got it congratulations to Leicester"

Natasha Playne says: "Begrudgingly excited for you! Come on Ye Spurs"

Vardy ban extended

BBC Leicester Sport

In less exciting Leicester City news, last night we found out Jamie Vardy will miss another game after the FA charged him with improper conduct towards the referee in the game against West Ham earlier this month.

Jamie Vardy reacting to Jon Moss decision
Getty Images

The striker will now miss the game against Manchester United on Sunday where the Foxes could be crowned champions. He's also been fined £10,000.

Your comments: One win away from the title


On Facebook you've been talking about Leicester City being on the brink on Premier League success...

Claudio Ranieri
Getty Images

Malcolm Biddles says: "Sixty years a supporter in September and never expected to see this. Is it OK for grown men to cry?"

Richard Merry says: "What a great place to win the league. Theatre of Dreams' We are living the dream. Tony Pulis and the West Brom players. Thank you."

Latest Leicestershire headlines

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

A-list actor talking about Leicester City

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Proof Leicester City's success has gone global - even actor Tom Hanks has been talking about it...

Tom Hanks
Getty Images

He joked with a journalist saying he put £100 on the Foxes to win the title at the start of the season.

Leicester aim for glory at 'Theatre of Dreams'

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Fans and sport commentators are still enthralled by Leicester City's success, with one pundit describing it as something that happens "once in five lifetimes".

Old Trafford Stadium
Getty Images

Long time Leicester fan and BBC football presenter Manish Bhasin says: "You speak to fans in Nigeria, Singapore, Hong Kong, they're all wearing their Leicester shirts, it's phenomenal.

"To do it potentially at the Theatre of Dreams, as they call it, on Sunday - there's no better title for it."

One win away from the title

BBC Sport

So let's look at the stats now - Leicester City and Tottenham have just three more Premier League games left to play this season. The Foxes are seven points clear at the top.

Leicester City
Getty Images

So, that means Leicester City are just one win away from the Premier League title.

Claudio Ranieri's men could claim at Manchester United next weekend if they win.

If the Foxes draw or lose, Spurs could still overtake them.

Weather: Cloudy with sunny spells

Alexandra Hamilton

BBC Weather