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  1. Updates for Friday 20 May 2016
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Monday

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By Sandish Shoker

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Live updates for Leicestershire have finished for the day but we'll be back at 08:00 on Monday with all the latest news, sport, travel and weather.

Weather: Staying largely dry and cloudy

Anna Church

Weather Presenter, BBC East Midlands Today

Remaining dry but cloudy to end the day with a strengthening south westerly wind. 

Rain will push in from the west overnight but this is likely to be fairly light and patchy. 


It’s a mild night with minimum temperatures of 11C (52F).

Latest headlines for Leicestershire

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

  • The mother of a Leicester stab victim says there are more knife crime incidents in the city than reported to police because people have no confidence in the force
  • Leicester has been hosting an international cycle event today to prove how it will become a cycling city in the next eight years
  • Leicester Tigers are set for a massive game when they take on the Saracens in the Premiership semi-final tomorrow

Listen: Tigers looking forward to semi-final

BBC Leicester Sport

If you're looking forward to the game between Saracens and Tigers tomorrow, BBC Radio Leicester Sport's Martin Ballard has a little preview here.

Prepare for a good semi-final battle tomorrow

BBC Leicester Sport

It could be one hell of a game between the Saracens and Leicester Tigers tomorrow. 

Saracens v Tigers

T20 play starts at 18:00

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Don't forget it's Leicestershire Foxes first T20 Blast game against Northants at Grace Road tonight.

You can follow all the action online and on 104.9FM from 18:00.

Hundreds of pupils cycle to city event

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

We've been talking a lot about cycling today and if you were out on the roads earlier, you might have seen a lot of children cycling into the city.

They were all heading to the Cycle City event at the Curve Theatre to learn about safe cycling as part of the annual schools' bike ride.


Men may have information on assault

Police investigating an assault on a 22-year-old man in April say they want to talk to these two men who may have information.

The assault happened at about 01:00 on Saturday 30 April on The Newarke Bridge, near to The Soar Point pub.

CCTV assault
Leicestershire Police

Leicester assistants sign new deals

BBC Sport

Steve Walsh (left) and Craig Shakespeare (right) joined Leicester City in November 2011 and have been key to the team's rise.

Boss Claudio Ranieri said he was "very happy they have committed further with the football club".

Steve Walsh (left) and Craig Shakespeare (right)
Getty Images

Mother of stab victim says people lack confidence in force

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

The claims about knife crime being higher in Leicestershire than police figures show came from Cheryl Armatrading - the mother of murdered football coach, Antoin Akpom.

She was talking at an event at the African Caribbean Centre and suggested not all knife crimes were being reported to the police because of a lack of confidence in the force.

Cheryl Armatrading

Sheep escape from field onto A42

Leicester Mercury

The Leicester Mercury have more on the escaped sheep that we told you about earlier near Ashby.

Highways England said there were no delays to traffic but the sheep were "milling around on grass verges".

City welcomes new Lord Mayor

Leicester's new Lord Mayor councillor Stephen Corrall was sworn in last night.

He took over from Ted Cassidy and says it will be a struggle to top the highlights of his predecessor's year in office.

Leicester Lord Mayor Councillor Stephen Corrall
Leicester City Council

PCC thinks knife crime is higher than reported

BBC Radio Leicester

Leicestershire's new police and crime commissioner (PCC), Willy Bach, says the force needs to continue working with communities in Leicester to work out why knife crime is being under-reported.

Figures show the number of knife crimes in Leicestershire has gone down slightly in the last two years but Mr Bach thinks the figures are higher in reality.    

It comes after claims earlier this week that many cases are going unreported because of a lack of trust in the force.

New deals for Foxes duo

Ian Stringer

BBC Radio Leicester Sport

Leicester City have confirmed head of recruitment Steve Walsh and assistant manager Craig Shakespeare (pictured) have signed new contracts with the club.

Craig Shakespeare
Getty Images

Phone footage of failed bank robbery

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Police have released this mobile phone footage from a member of the public who caught two men leaving the scene of an attempted bank robbery in Wigston.  

The footage was taken on 11 May of the pair who went into the Nationwide in Leicester Road and threatened staff before leaving empty-handed.

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Latest headlines for Leicestershire

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

  • Two people remain in police custody after there were two crashes on Nanpantan Road, Loughborough, yesterday afternoon
  • The council is hosting an international cycling event today as part of its ambitions to make Leicester a cycling city
  • Leicester Tigers see the return of Manu Tuilagi, Mike Fitzgerald and Brendan O'Connor for their semi-final against the Saracens tomorrow

Whirlpool response at 'unprecedented level'

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Leicestershire Fire Service says since 2014 there were 143 fires due to a fault in equipment or an appliance  - 31 of these specifically involved tumble dryers.

In response to the Which? report, Whirlpool said: "Whirlpool's response to the tumble dryer issue is at an unprecedented level, and our staff are working round-the-clock to ensure we're able to resolve the matter as quickly as possible for our customers."

Leicester Tigers ready for semi-final battle

BBC Sport

Tigers are contesting their 12th successive Premiership semi-final tomorrow but were beaten at this stage by Northampton and Bath respectively in the last two seasons.  

Richard Cockerill
Getty Images

Speaking to BBC Radio Leicester, director of rugby, Richard Cockerill, said: "It's huge. We have been to Allianz a few times and have never won there and have never won on that plastic pitch. But this is a different scenario and is a great opportunity for us.

"It could be one hell of a game. The set-piece battle will be massive. They did a job on us down there last time, and our set-piece won us the battle when we played them at home."

Check your tumble dryer

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

If you're worried about whether your tumble dryer might be one of those affected by the recall, you can check your model here.

The brands affected are Hotpoint, Indesit and Creda.

Consumer group finds 'multiple failings' with firm's response

Last year Whirlpool, which owns the Hotpoint brand as well as Creda and Indesit, announced a recall due to a fault in the heating element of tumble dryers made between 2004 and 2015.

It's thought more than five million customers were potentially affected and the advice was to call the company to set a date for the appliance to be fixed. 

Hotpoint dryer

But an investigation by the consumer group Which? has now found multiple failings by Whirlpool in their dealings with affected customers.

Two still in custody over Loughborough crash

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Two people, a 23-year-old woman and 21-year-old man, who were arrested yesterday on suspicion of burglary after a crash in Nanpantan Road, Loughborough, remain in police custody.

A VW Golf being chased by police crashed into a Lamborghini at about 12.30 and two police cars were involved in a separate crash nearby. 

Engineer was 'gobsmacked by damage'

Matthew McMullen said they have been "completely dissatisfied" with the way things have been dealt with by Whirlpool, who made their Hotpoint tumble dryer.

He said they sent out a regular engineer the day after the fire to look at the appliance but had not heard anything from the manufacturer since - and that was six weeks ago.

Earl Shilton fire damage
Matthew McMullen

"He [the engineer] rang head office to say how gobsmacked he was by the extent of the damage it had done and that's all we have heard from them."

Tigers team news for tomorrow

Martin Ballard

BBC Radio Leicester Sport

Here's the line up for Saracens v Leicester Tigers Premiership semi-final tomorrow:

LEicester Tigers line up
BBC Sport

Manu Tuilagi, Mike Fitzgerald and Brendon O’Connor return to the Leicester Tigers team.

Tuilagi and Fitzgerald missed the last two games of the league season, while O’Connor is named in the back row for the first time since the European Champions Cup quarter-final win over Stade Francais.

Your views: Cycle plan a 'good idea'


Some of you have been heading to our Facebook page to comment on our story about Leicester's ambitions to rival Amsterdam as a cycling city.

Maggie Brown wrote: "Please, no more cyclists! What next - ban pedestrians so cyclists can have free run of pavements and so called pedestrian areas?"

While Karen Gent simply said: "Sounds like a good idea.."

House ruined by tumble dryer fire

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

This was the state of the McMullen family's kitchen after their Whirpool tumble dryer caught fire last month.

Matthew McMullen, his wife and two young sons were asleep at the time in their Earl Shilton home and fortunately managed to get out. 

kitchen fire
Matthew McMullen

Taxi drivers handed penalty points by council scheme

Leicester Mercury

More than 100 penalty points have been issued to Leicester taxi drivers in the first six months of a new city council scheme to penalise licensed cabbies for committing offences, such as illegal parking and missing safety checks.

Family 'let down' by appliance firm

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Next, the story of faulty tumble dryers catching fire has been in the news a lot lately.

But one Leicestershire family who had their house destroyed by their dryer say they feel "let down" by the manufacturers, Whirlpool.

Floodlights are 'significant' step for club

BBC Leicester Sport

It's a big night for Leicestershire Foxes as they face their first T20 Blast match at Grace Road and also test run their new floodlights.

Wasim Khan told BBC Raio Leicester: "Friday night matches under floodlights is another significant step forward in terms of our profile." 


Latest headlines for Leicestershire

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

  • The city council says it has ambitious plans to turn Leicester into a "cycling city" on par with Amsterdam
  • A Leicestershire family whose home was destroyed by a fire caused by their tumble dryer say they're one of many households who feel let down by manufacturer Whirlpool
  • Leicestershire Foxes begin their T20 Blast series at Grace Road tonight with more than 3,000 fans expected to turn up

Lanes are 'laughable' says cyclist

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Jules Richards from Syston cycles into Leicester every day for work.

He's told BBC Radio Leicester a lot of work still needs to be done to make Leicester a "cycle city".

cycle lane

"My experience is nothing like Amsterdam," he said. "The strips painted onto the roads as cycle lanes are laughable...and down Melton Road the surface has multiple holes and bumps in it."  

Team line-up expected at midday

BBC Leicester Sport

 Leicester Tigers will name their line-up at lunchtime for tomorrow's Premiership semi-final at Saracens.  

Leicester Tigers
Getty Images

Travel: Sheep on the motorway

Council wants city to be safe for cylists

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

You might have already noticed there is a lot of work going on around the city to increase the number of cycle lanes around Leicester and improve existing ones.

Councillor Adam Clarke, Leicester's assistant city mayor who is responsible for energy and sustainability, said: "We want to become a city that's safe for cyclists like those in Europe.

"We want our city to be welcoming for cyclists, for all the health benefits and benefits in reducing congestion."

'No reason' why Leicester can't rival the Dutch says Boardman

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

British Cycling policy adviser Chris Boardman sees no reason why Leicester can't match or even rival Amsterdam's cycling levels.

He said he'd seen some "innovative" work going on in the city and liked the city's "can do attitude".

Chris Boardman

"Just less than 300 miles from here, on the continent, 50% of kids ride to school. It's the same climate, similar conditions so why not?"

Your views: Leicester has long way to go

Bumper crowd at Grace Road

BBC Leicester Sport

More than 3,000 people are expected at Grace Road for Leicestershire's T20 Blast opener tonight against Northamptonshire.

Grace Road Leicester

The club has invested £500,000 installing floodlights at the ground for the first time ever so tonight will be the perfect time to test them out.

Leicester wants to become a 'cycle city'

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

The Cycle City Active City event is being hosted by Leicester this year and sees experts from all over the world come together to talk about how British cities can become efficient "cycling cities" of the future.

Leicester already has plans in place to increase the number of people cycling around the city by 2024 and to create more cycle lanes.

Travel: Breakdown causing some delays

Cycling experts to meet in the city

BBC Radio Leicester

Leicester City Council is announcing ambitious plans today as international transportation experts meet at a special event in the city.

The authority wants to quadruple the number of cyclists in Leicester over the next eight years and wants to become a future cycling city.


The event at the Curve Theatre today is being chaired by former British Olympic champion Chris Boardman who is now a policy advisor on cycling.