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Summary

  1. Updates for Thursday 28 April 2016
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Friday

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By Amy Woodfield

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

Weather: Wintry showers by dawn

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

Outbreaks of rain will continue this evening. This will be heavy at times with the potential for hail/sleet and a rumble of thunder. 

The rain will clear leaving a largely dry night with clear skies and a patchy frost.  The wind will be strengthening and isolated wintry showers will arrive by dawn. Min 2C (36f).

Weather
BBC

Friday will be a windy day with a scattering of showers. The showers have the potential to be wintry. 

There will be some sunshine in between the showers. Max 8C (46F).

Latest Leicestershire headlines

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

  • People and organisations across the county are preparing for our "backing the blues" day tomorrow in support of Leicester City
  • A 77-year-old woman who died in a crash in Earl Shilton earlier this week has been named
  • Richard Cockerill says he believes Leicester Tigers can still finish third in the Premiership

Cockerill aiming for third-place finish

BBC Leicester Sport

Richard Cockerill says Leicester Tigers winning this weekend is the most important thing.

They play Worcester at Welford Road on Saturday and a win would guarantee Tigers a place in the Premiership semi-final for a 12th consecutive year.

Richard Cockerill
Getty Images

The Tigers boss says: "We've got to make sure we get it right at the weekend. Third place isn't out of the equation if things go our way.

"We're going to win and looking forward to Bath the week after, hopefully with less pressure if we're already in the semi-final."

College banner ready for tomorrow

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Special needs college 'backing the Blues'

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

We've had an email from Ellesmere College in Leicester to say tell us how they're "backing the Blues" tomorrow.

Pupils at the special needs school will be decorating classrooms to show their support for Leicester City FC.

Ellesmere College
Google

They'll also be creating messages to the football club wishing them a successful end to the season - and of cause they'll be wearing blue.

Selby facing Fu in semi-final

BBC Leicester Sport

Leicester's Mark Selby is back in action this evening at the World Snooker Championships.

He's playing Marco Fu in the semi-finals at 19:00.

Mark Selby
Getty Images

Our new sign

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

The bunting isn't the only thing going up today- check out our new jazzy sign...

BBC Radio Leicester sign
BBC

City getting ready for 'backing the blues'

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

The bunting is going up around Leicester ahead of "backing the blues" tomorrow.

Bunting being hung up
BBC

Police name pedestrian killed in crash

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

A woman who died in a crash in Earl Shilton has been named as Margaret Finney.

The 77 year old, who lived in the town, had been walking on Tuesday when she was hit by a lorry at a builders’ merchant in Wood Street.

The driver of the lorry wasn't hurt.

Local firm knits massive Foxes scarf

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Come and see the Premier League trophy

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

You can come and see the trophy at BBC Leicester tomorrow between 08:00-09:00... maybe 09:30 if we can be cheeky.

Premier League Trophy
Getty Images

Any donations made from people posing for a selfie with the trophy will go to charity.

Premier League trophy here tomorrow

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Guess where this beauty's going to be tomorrow... that's right, HERE!

I can't wait to see it, and you can too.

Premier League trophy
Getty Images

If you don't know what it is, it's the Premier League trophy and it's coming into BBC Leicester.

For a donation you can also have a selfie with it. Pretty cool.

Police appeal for help after Hinckley attack

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Police want to talk to the people in these CCTV photos below...

CCTV images of wanted people
Leicestershire Police

It's after a 58-year-old man was assaulted while walking to a taxi rank on George Street in Hinckley.

It happened in the early hours of Sunday 3 April.

The man was punched in the eye, causing him to fall to the floor. He needed to go to hospital for treatment.

Cockerill 'backing the Blues'

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

I think it would be fair to say Leicester Tigers are far more used to being top of the league than Leicester City, so how does it feel for rugby to be in the shadows of football this season?

Well, Tigers boss Richard Cockerill says he is "backing the Blues".  

Richard Cockerill
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He says: "I think it's brilliant, I don't know where they are on the spend list in the Premiership but I'm pretty sure they're quite far down on it so it just goes to show that money doesn't always buy success.

"I hope they win it, they should, and I'm hoping the rugby team can match their success in the Premiership."

Cockerill also praised the work of manager Claudio Ranieri.

MP lobbied to save dementia care services

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Ranieri 'a master of player psychology'

BBC Sport

The England and Chelsea forward, Eniola Aluko, thinks the secret to Leicester City's success this season is psychological.

She says pressure can do funny things to players and Leicester started their season without this pressure by only narrowly avoiding relegation last season.

Claudio Ranieri
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Aluko says Claudio Ranieri has managed to maintain the mindset of "nothing to lose" and by has prevented the "fear of failure" mindset, which she says can cripple some players.

Bookie on brink of biggest payout ever

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

A Leicester bookmaker could be paying out over £1m this weekend...

If Leicester City win the Premier League title it'll be one of the biggest pay-outs in Mark Jarvis's history.

Leicester City fans
Getty Images

Scott Upton from the company says: "At the start of the season Leicester were 5000/1 - now they're 1/20.

"Forget football, forget the Premiership, forget anything else, this is the biggest thing in sport. Nothing has ever, in any sport, won at this sort of prize, never." 

Your photos: Frosty start in Melton Mowbray

BBC Weather Watchers

Thanks to our BBC Weather Watcher jord88 for this lovely photo of a cold and frosty Melton Mowbray this morning.

Frosty Melton Mowbray
jord88

Blues success 'worth celebrating'

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Not only will Leicester's Hare Krishna temple be lighting up blue tomorrow but members will be showing their "backing the Blues" support by taking to the streets to sing their mantras.

Leicester's Hare Krishna temple
Google

Pradyumna Dass is from the temple and says: "Human endeavour, human motivation is worth celebrating. 

"When a group of people or individuals endeavour, work hard, apply themselves and bring such value and joy, not only to themselves but to people around them, it's worth participating, it's worth celebrating."

Hare Krishnas are #backingtheblues

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Mandaric talks past, present and future of Leicester City

BBC Leicester Sport

Here's the full interview with the former chairman and owner of Leicester City, Milan Mandaric.

He talks about selling the club and what he believes the future will be under the current owners...

Paralysed woman has garden trashed

Leicester Mercury

An elderly wheelchair-bound woman has been left heartbroken after vandals smashed up her beloved garden.

Foxes aim to keep up the good work

BBC Leicester Sport

Leicestershire are hoping to add to their successful season so far against Sussex on Sunday.

Batsman Neil Dexter has called on his team mates to maintain their level of consistency as they prepare for the trip.

Neil Dexter
Getty Images

So far the Foxes have beaten Glamorgan and drawn against Kent in their opening two matches of the Championship season.

Neighbours asked to help fight church thefts

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

The Archdeacon of Leicester is calling for the help of neighbours to stop more churches falling victim of lead theft.

The Venerable Tim Stratford, said: “The increasing instances of lead theft from both rural and urban churches is financially crippling for many congregations. 

"The high cost of material stolen and damage to our historic churches is not reimbursed by insurers and the church members and local communities are left to foot the bill. 

"We need the help of neighbours and the police to help prevent the crime, and to ensure churches do not have to close due to insufficient funding for repairs.”

Video: Save our bluebells

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

As well as "backing the blues" maybe we should be "backing the bluebells"... like it?

It's because there's worry this spring about bluebells in the county.

BBC Radio Leicester was at Burrough's Wood in Ratby this morning talking to the Woodland Trust which says people have been trampling the flowers.

There's also a fear non-native Spanish bluebells are cross-breeding with our English bluebells.

Lead theft costing thousands

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Most recently, St John the Baptist Church in Enderby had more than 75% of the lead taken from the roof.

The repair bill and cost of replacing the lead was estimated to be in excess of £100,000.

St John the Baptist Church in Enderby
Google

Mick Kaiser is the county's crime reduction coordinator and has organised the meeting today.

He says: “It is very sad when thieves target our places of worship.

“The high value of scrap metal continues to drive up demand and leaves our churches and other buildings vulnerable to lead thieves.”

Meeting to stop more lead thefts from churches

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Leicestershire Police is holding a seminar to try to stop more churches becoming victims of lead theft.

The meeting is this afternoon at St Mary’s Church in Melton Mowbray.

Organisations like Crimewatch, Historic England and the Diocese of Leicester will be there.

Lead theft poster
Leicestershire Police

Since March 2015, 20 churches in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland have been targeted.

We're #backingtheblues tomorrow

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

If you didn't see this yesterday, here it is again, with a reminder that tomorrow is our Backing the Blues day.

BBC Radio Leicester "backing the blues"
BBC

You may not recognise some of their faces but I'm sure you'll know their voices - they're a mixture of reporters, presenters and producers at BBC Radio Leicester.

Certainly made me smile this morning.

Dementia centre's funding to continue

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

So here's what the CCG has said about its change of heart on funding for Gloucester House...

"The value of the service offered at Gloucester House was never in doubt and we have appreciated the opportunity to see this first hand and talk to the people it supports. However the nature of the service that we awarded the grant for has evolved. Because of this we believe we have made the right decision regarding the appropriateness of the grant funding in this case and it will cease in July 2016 at the end of the six month notice period. We will be looking at providing more appropriate funding via formal contract routes to support services beyond July 2016. Essentially this means the service for dementia patients at Gloucester House will continue."

Karen EnglishManaging Director of East Leicestershire and Rutland Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG)

Dementia patients bruised and burned by 'painfully hot' radiators

Hinckley Times

A retirement home in Market Bosworth has been found to be failing to protect people from “abuse and improper treatment”, inspectors have said.

Orchard House in Market Bosworth
Hinckley Times

Visit to centre was an 'eye-opener'

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

So it's great news for Gloucester House, but the future of Birstall Mental Health Centre remains still uncertain. 

Inside Gloucester House
BBC

Tony Donovan, from Age UK, says health managers changed their mind about funding after a visit to Gloucester House.

He says: "I think that was a real eye-opener to them and they realised the quality of the service.

"Without this service, perhaps these people, many of them if not all of them, would go into care."

Latest Leicestershire headlines

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

  • Services at a day centre for people with dementia in Melton will continue following a public outcry
  • A special meeting is taking place in Leicestershire later to try to prevent more lead thefts from local churches
  • Leicester Tigers have been expressing their joy at Leicester City's Premier League success

People power prevails in Melton

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Some good news this morning for people using dementia services in Melton...

Earlier this month we heard how services provided at Gloucester House and Birstall Mental Health Centre were at risk because the Clinical Commissioning Group was stopping £70,000 of funding.

Gloucester House
BBC

Well, more than 4,000 people signed petitions opposing the cuts and now the CCG says it will find funding so Gloucester House can stay open.

Strike affects flight from East Midlands

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Former Foxes chairman praises club's owners

BBC Leicester Sport

A former Leicester City chairman has been talking to the BBC ahead of our "backing the blues" day tomorrow.

Milan Mandaric owned the club between 2007 and 2010 before selling to the Srivaddhanaprabha family. 

Since then, City have been promoted to the Premier League, qualified for the Champions League and are on the verge of winning the title for the very first time in the club's history.

Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha and Milan Mandaric
Getty Images

Mandaric calls the current owners "very ambitious people" and believe they can take the club as high as possible.

Travel: Accident in Broughton Astley

BBC Travel

Good morning: Join us for today's live news coverage

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Hello Leicestershire, I hope you're all well this cold Thursday morning.

I'll be looking after you Local Live page today with all the day's news, sport, weather and travel.

You can get in touch with me throughout the day by email, Facebook or Twitter.