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Summary

  1. Updates for Wednesday 27 April 2016
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Thursday

Live Reporting

By Calum McKenzie

All times stated are UK

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Our live coverage across the day

Our live updates have now ended and will return tomorrow morning from 08:00. 

Weather: Cold night with wintry showers

Anna Church

Weather Presenter, BBC East Midlands Today

Scattered showers continue to end the day, these have the potential to be wintry.

BBC weather grid
BBC

The showers will tend to die out overnight to leave clear skies and light winds. 

It’s a chilly night with temperatures down to freezing with a frost developing. Minimum temperatures of 0C (32F).

Cockerill: De Villiers may have played last game

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Leicester Tigers boss Richard Cockerill has admitted Jean De Villiers may not play for the club again. 

Jean De Villiers and Nick Easter
Getty Images

The former South Africa captain's time at Welford Road has been blighted by injury and his contract isn't being renewed for next season. 

Latest headlines for Leicestershire

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Here's what's happening across Leicestershire: 

Radio Leicester staff 'Backing the Blues'

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

It appears someone has had a good time at the Leicester City club shop this afternooon...

Radio Leicester staff
BBC

Get involved: Backing the Blues

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

There's great excitement here at Local Live HQ ahead of BBC Leicester's "Backing the Blues" day on Friday.  

Calum at his computer
BBC

Even I'm getting into the spirit of it...

PCC postal votes being sent out

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Getting excited..? 

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Pork pies to celebrate Foxes' success

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

As part of their effort for the "Backing the Blues" campaign, Walker's Pies left some of their pork pies in the fridge here at BBC Leicester. 

Pork Pie
BBC

I've never seen some people in this office move so fast...

Punter makes 45p on Foxes' title bid

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

What a plonker...

Del Boy and Rodney
BBC

Punter makes 'worst cash out decision in history' on Foxes' title bid

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

One punter made the "worst cash out decision in history" after taking a 45p return on a 5000/1 bet on Leicester City winning the Premier League.

45p
BBC

The unnamed Ladbrokes customer staked 50p on the Foxes taking the title at the beginning of the season and stood to win £2,500 had they let the bet ride.

But instead they decided to take a 45p return after just the first game of the season which Claudio Ranieri's men won 4-2 against Sunderland.

Foxes chase victory against Kent

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Can Leicestershire now force an unlikely win...?

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Pensioner dies after Earl Shilton collision

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

The 77-year-old woman involved in the crash in Earl Shilton has died. 

Police are still appealing for witnesses and information about the collision.  

Bus station almost ready for grand opening

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

The new Haymarket bus station in Leicester will be officially opened on Saturday 7 May. 

Bus station
BBC

The £13.5m project replaces the old bus shelters along Charles Street. 

Selby: Luck helped me on my to semi-finals

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Mark Selby admitted his luck was in during his 13-8 victory over Kyren Wilson at the Crucible. 

Mark Selby
PA

"I played OK today but was lucky to still be ahead after yesterday," the Leicester cueman said.    

Mark Selby through to semi-finals

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Leicester's Mark Selby is through to the World Snooker Championships semi-finals after a 13-8 win over Kyren Wilson. 

Mark Selby
Getty Images

He'll play Barry Hawkins or Marco Fu next. 

Latest headlines for Leicestershire

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Here's what's happening across Leicestershire: 

  • Leicester's new Haymarket bus station will be officially opened on Saturday 7 May
  • A woman remains in hospital after she was hit by a lorry in Earl Shilton yesterday
  • Snooker: Mark Selby through to Crucible semi-finals  

BreakingInjury ends Burns' season

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Leicester Tigers fly-half Freddie Burns has been ruled out for the rest of the season through injury. 

Freddie Burns
Getty Images

Appeal for witnesses to Earl Shilton crash

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

A 77-year-old woman remains in a serious condition in hospital after she was hit by a lorry in Earl Shilton yesterday.

It happened in Wood Street outside a builders merchants. 

Weather: More snow on its way

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

Cloud building with showers expected through the afternoon.

BBC weather map
BBC

Some of them could contain sleet, snow and hale. 

Highs of 9C (48F).

Deadline approaching to register to vote

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

If you're interested in voting in the EU Referendum...

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Foxes star turned down chance to become Herr Vardy

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

I'll be expecting my cheque from the Leipzig Tourist Board shortly...

Vardy turned down life in 'trade-fair mecca'

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

And for those of you wondering the German city of Leipzig has been described as "The New Berlin" by Lonely Planet.  

It's also "a trade-fair mecca" allegedly.  

German minnows 'turned down' Jamie Vardy

German second tier side RB Leipzig claim they turned down the chance to sign Jamie Vardy two years ago - because the Leicester striker was too old.   

Jamie Vardy
BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images

That worked out well then...

Public meeting over 'closure' of Hinckley's Mount Road hospital

Hinckley Times

People with an interest in the future of health services in Hinckley are being invited to an open meeting organised in the wake of concern at the potential closure of Mount Road hospital.  

Selby on the verge of Crucible last four

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Leicester's Mark Selby needs just one frame to reach the World Snooker Championship semi-finals. 

Mark Selby
BBC

You can follow his match here, but be quick, as it appears he's in a hurry this morning.

Leicester Print Workshop an 'inspiring' space

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Valeria Passetti, the chair of the East Midlands branch of the Royal Institute of British Architects, has praised the Leicester Print Workshop's "inspiring architecture." 

Leicester Print Workshop
RIBA/Anton Gorlenko

"The range and diversity of the projects selected really showcases the truly inspiring architecture that this region has to offer,” she said.   

Latest headlines for Leicestershire

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Here's what's happening across Leicestershire: 

Junior doctors across region back out on strike

Helen McCarthy

BBC Radio Leicester reporter

I spoke to some of the junior doctors on the picket line outside the Glenfield Hospital on day two of the strike.

Junior doctors
BBC

There was certainly a continual cacophony of supporting beeps from cars, buses, lorries on the A50 past the Glenfield. 

'Cracking' pitch to produce unlikely result?

Richard Rae

BBC Radio Leicester cricket correspondent

Looking hopeful at Grace Road. 

Grace Road picth
BBC

Pitch is a cracker, pacy but something for bowlers too.  

Snow stops play

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Snow, yes snow, stopped play in the cricket for a time yesterday. 

Snow at the cricket
BBC

Good luck trying to predict what you'll need to pack for a day at Grace Road today...

Cricket: Foxes and Kent to play out draw?

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Leicestershire will look to force an unlikely win on the final day of their County Championship match against Kent at Grace Road.  

Mark Cosgrove
Getty Images

Captain Mark Cosgrove (pictured) resumes on 99 not out as the Foxes look to get past Kent's 267 all out. 

Mark Selby three frames from semi-finals

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Leicester cueman Mark Selby will need just three frames in this morning's final session (10:00) to beat Kyren Wilson at the World Snooker Championships. 

Kyren Wilson and Mark Selby
Getty Images

'Transformed' Leicester building up for top award

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Leicester Print Workshop was a glass warehouse in 1970's. 

Leicester Print Workshop
Anton Gorlenko/RIBA

It was transformed into a studio and gallery primarily thanks to funding from Arts Council England. 

Play to start on time at the cricket

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Get yourself down to Grace Road for 11:00...

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Latest headlines for Leicestershire

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Here's what's happening across Leicestershire: 

Pie maker gets behind Foxes title bid

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Thanks to Walker's Pies for getting behind BBC Radio Leicester's "Backing the Blues" day with some new creations.

Pies at BBC Radio Leicester
BBC

First there was the Ranieri Sausage, now we've got the Mahrez Melton - whatever next...?