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

Live Reporting

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. Updates will start again on Friday at 08:00.

  2. Weather: Some showery rain

    Sara Blizzard

    BBC Weather

    Cloud will thicken more generally from the eas, and although most parts will stay dry, some showery rain is likely during the early hours with lows of 8C (46F).


    Friday will be a mostly cloudy day with some showery rain spreading west during the afternoon and highs of 15C (59F).

  3. Hundreds of Lutterworth workers to strike

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    A row over Argos’ plans to transfer 96 drivers in Leicestershire to the haulier Eddie Stobart Ltd has sparked two sets of strike action next week.

    Over 400 drivers, warehouse workers and admin team will walk out of the Lutterworth site for six days starting next Tuesday.

    Argos lorry

    Workers are worried that if drivers are transferred to ESL the rest of the workforce may follow. They worry it could impact on pay, employment conditions and job security.

  4. Taylor meets Muamba

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    Former Leicestershire cricketer James Taylor has met his "inspiration" Fabrice Muamba.

    If you missed it yesterday- he's tweeted a link to the BBC footage...

    View more on twitter
  5. Cricket: Pettini wants more runs

    BBC Leicester Sport

    Leicestershire's T20 captain says he'd like to improve his personal contribution to the Foxes' game by weighing in with more runs.

    Mark Pettini failed to score against Yorkshire in the T20 last week but did knock 43 in the first clash of the season against Northamptonshire.

    Mark Pettini

    The Foxes have a double header this weekend starting with a trip to take on Derbyshire tomorrow.

  6. Pearson 'delighted' for Foxes

    BBC Leicester Sport

    Nigel Pearson... remember him?

    The former Leicester City manager says he's kept a low profile during the Foxes' Premier League-winning season on purpose.

    Nigel Pearson

    He's was unveiled as the new Derby County manager at a press conference this afternoon and took the opportunity to heap praise on Leicester City's achievements.

    He said he was "delighted" and described their title win as an "amazing story".

  7. Your views on Ivanhoe line

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    BBC Radio Leicester have been out in Coalville this afternoon talking to local people about the report into the Ivanhoe railway line - more on that tomorrow.

    But if you're from the area and have a view you like to share you can let me know by email, Facebook or Twitter.

  8. Line would need thousands more potential passengers

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    The railway line goes from Leicester to Burton passing through areas like Coalville and Ashby.

    The report found the number of potential passengers would need to dramatically increase for the service to be able to operate without subsidy.

    Train tracks

    At the moment there are 60,000 households along the line. That would have to increase by up to an additional 206,000 houses. There are no plans to increase housing by this much.

  9. Line wouldn't make enough money

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    At the moment the Ivanhoe Line operates as a freight line with a speed limit of 45mph. Some parts of the track are limited to 20mph.

    Railway line

    If the line was made suitable for passengers the county council funded report says it would generate £340,000 of economic benefit per year.

    It would however cost big bucks - it's thought an investment of about £100m is needed.

  10. Line would be 'poor value for money'

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    The report for the county council found it would cost up to £175m to make the line suitable for passenger trains.

    It found the line would then cost up to £4m per year to run.

    Railway tracks

    The authority says it would be unable to attract Government funding for the line claiming it would be "poor value for money" under Department for Transport criteria.

    It also says there is no realistic prospect that Network Rail or HS2 would fund it.

  11. Passenger trains to Burton 'unlikely'

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    If you were one of those hoping for the Leicester to Burton passenger trains to return then there's some bad news today.

    East Midlands Train

    The county council has published a report into the idea which concludes getting government funding for the project would be "unlikely".

  12. Second attempt to hack ATM

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    If you often visit Bradgate you might be familiar with the Post Office Tea Rooms in Bradgate Road.

    They had a break in last night and someone tried to get into the cash machine inside.

    Police are not linking it to the attempted theft of a cash machine in Burbage that happened this morning.

  13. Warning about work on Marble Street

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    An advanced warning about some major work due to be carried out in Leicester’s Old Town later this month.

    The city council is going to be reconstructing Marble Street from Monday 13 June, meaning the road will be closed to all traffic.

    Artist impression of an improved Marble Street

    Four other streets in the area will also be spruced up over the next two years.

  14. Watch: Time-lapse video shows Vardy being painted

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    How cool is this?

    The oil painting was created by the Leicestershire artist Megan McMullan...

    Video content

    Video caption: A Leicestershire painter has recorded herself creating an oil painting of Jamie Vardy
  15. Blaze at Loughborough garage

    Crews have been dealing with a fire at a car garage in Loughborough.

    The Derby Road building contained acetylene cylinders which are being inspected now the fire has been put out.

  16. Man killed in Shepshed crash named

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    A 57-year-old motorcyclist who died in a crash in Shepshed has been named as Francis Morette from France.

    He was driving on Hallamford Road in the evening of Saturday 28 May when he collided with a car.

  17. Hospital machines 'will save the lives of great apes'

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    Dr Sharon Redrobe is the boss of Twycross Zoo and director of the Ape Heart Project.

    She says: “We are delighted to receive such a generous donation of cardiac equipment from the George Eliot Hospital. These machines will be used around the world to screen and assess apes that could be at risk of heart disease. 

    "They will provide invaluable data for our research to better understand how we can help prevent the onset of cardiac problems and their diagnostic capabilities will undoubtedly help to save the lives of great apes.”

    Western Lowland Gorillas Lope and Ozala