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Summary

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

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By Amy Woodfield

All times stated are UK

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That's all from Leicestershire Local Live for this week.

Enjoy your bank holiday weekend and we'll be back on Tuesday from 08:00.

Weather: Cooler night anticipated

Kay Crewdson

BBC weather presenter

Remaining dry with clear spells so a cooler night than of late. Rain expected tomorrow.

Weather
BBC

Listen: McDonald on his decision to leave Leicestershire

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

BBC Radio Leicester's Richard Rae has been to speak to Andrew McDonald about his decision to leave Leicestershire.

He admits it'll be difficult to leave. Listen to the full interview here...

Cadets will race in their soapbox

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

So at the soapbox derby cadets will build a soapbox (like a cart) and race it down a hill in the hope of getting the fastest time.

They're going to be racing against other cadets and people from Germany - it all sounds very competitive.

Soapbox Derby
Getty Images

Police Chief Simon Cole said: "Leicestershire Police are playing away in Europe before Leicester City - I'm quite proud of that."

Good luck!

Car crash discovered more than three hours later

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

We've had some more information from the police on this serious crash near Oadby Racecourse this morning.

They say the emergency services were called by a member of the public at 07:15 but it's thought the crash actually happened much earlier - at about 03:40.

The fire service reported at the time it involved only one vehicle that had gone down an embankment. A driver was airlifted to hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Cadets head to Germany

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Volunteer police cadets from Leicestershire are travelling to Leicester's twin town in Germany to take part in their annual soapbox derby...

Volunteer police cadets
BBC

I'm not going to pretend I knew what that was until now.

Listen: Crash victim's fiance talks to BBC Radio Leicester

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

If you'd like to hear to the full interview with Sam Boulton's fiance Alia you can do here.

She is understandably very upset and it's quite a tough listen...

Petition gets support worldwide

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Vaughan Centre
BBC

"People on the streets of Leicester and from across the world have signed our petition. We have been inspired and often moved to read their reasons. They make it very clear that Lifelong Learning is hugely valued for its ability to change lives."

Rob GreenhillSave the Vaughan Centre

Thousands sign petition against Vaughan Centre closure

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

The "Save the Vaughan Centre" petition has almost 3,000 signatures.

Campaigners who will hand it to Jon Ashworth say he "objects strongly" to the proposal to close the centre.

Vaughan Centre sign
BBC

He says: "The number of people signing the petition shows the strength of support for the Vaughan Centre.

“The Vaughan Centre is an invaluable resource for the whole of the city and beyond, and we must fight to save it.”

MP to receive petition from Vaughan Centre campaigners

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

We've spoken a lot on Local Live about the campaign to save the Vaughan Centre in Leicester.

Well it's back on the news agenda again today because a petition to try and stop it from closing is being handed to an MP.

Vaughan Centre
Google

The adult education centre is part of the University of Leicester - which says it's looking into closing it because operating costs are "unsustainable".

Airport expecting holiday rush

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

If you thought holiday season was nearly over- you're wrong - East Midlands Airport is expecting one of its busiest weekends of the year.

More than 90,000 passengers are expected to travel through it this bank holiday... not me though unfortunately.

East Midlands Airport
BBC

If you're one of them you might want to leave a bit of extra time and probably brace yourself for a queue at security.

Youngs tweets ahead of Ospreys match

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

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I'll be there - are you going?

I'm so excited the rugby season's nearly back.

Thousands raised for tragic firefighter's family

An appeal to raise money for the family of Leicestershire firefighter Paul Wilkens has already passed its £7,000 target.

Paul Wilkens
Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service

Mr Wilkens, 47, was found dead while on duty in Castle Donington earlier this week in what the service described as a "sudden and tragic loss".

Claudio Ranieri on Leicester City in the Champions League

BBC Leicester Sport

The Foxes boss doesn't want his players to approach Europe any differently...

Elliott thinks Leicester will qualify in Champions League

BBC Leicester Sport

The former Leicester City captain Matt Elliott has been giving his reaction to the Champions League draw.

Clarence Seedorf shows a piece of paper bearing the name of Leicester City FC during the UEFA Champions League Group stage draw
Getty Images

He says: "Every game's going to bring some difficulties of course but Porto and Leicester, there'll be a lot of money riding on them two going through and qualifying first and second.

"I have to say I fancy Leicester first."

Man bailed over cyclist death

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

The police did arrest a 50-year-old man over the death of Sam Boulton.

He's suspected of causing death by dangerous driving but has been bailed pending further enquiries.

Police investigating crash on London Road
BBC

Grieving woman's message to road users

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Alia say's her fiance loved art and he'd been cycling home from a studio when he came off his bike.

She's now calling for all road users to show more consideration for others.

Alia Ahmed and Sam Boulton
Alia Ahmed

"It's really important that we are so cautious and that we remember everybody we come into contact with as a traveller on our daily journeys has loved ones, they have children, they have people that love them more than anything. "

Alia Ahmed

Fiance speaks out about death

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

The memorial bike ride is being organised by Sam Boulton's fiance Alia Ahmed.

The pair had got engaged less than two weeks before he died while on holiday in Greece.

Alia Ahmed and Sam Boulton
Alia Ahmed

She's been talking about Sam to BBC Radio Leicester. She says: "He was just the most lovely man you could ever wish to meet in you life. He was full of joy, full of energy and full of love for everything he did."

Bike ride in memory of crash victim

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

You might remember reading the sad story last month about the death of Sam Boulton.

The 26-year-old was riding his bike along London Road in Leicester was involved in a crash with a van and died.

Sam Boulton
Leicestershire Police

Tonight there's going to be a memorial bike ride in his memory to raise awareness of cyclist safety in Leicester.

Road fully reopens after crash

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Afternoon weather update

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

Staying dry, bright and sunny although some cloud will build in to the picture at times. 

Highs of 22C (72F).  

Porto and Leicester's matching fountains

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Bizarre, right?

Fountain in Porto and fountain in Leicester
AFP/BBC

If you know the history behind these fountains and why they are they same please get in touch to let me know.

Fountain trivia

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Recognise this fountain..? 

Lion"s Fountain, in Porto
AFP

It's the one in Leicester's Town Hall Square right? Wrong.

It's actually an identical fountain in Porto in Portugal where Leicester will play in the Champions League.

Double celebrations for Drinkwater

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Another Foxes player to take to Twitter after the Champions League draw was Danny Drinkwater...

View more on twitter

An extra big day for him yesterday - he also signed a new five-year deal with the club.

Part of road reopens after crash

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

King 'can't wait' for Champions League football

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

It was a huge day for Leicester City yesterday finding out who they would play in the Champions League - and it's not just the fans that are excited...

View more on twitter

De Bruyn to replace McDonald at Leics

BBC Sport

Leicestershire have named Pierre de Bruyn as their new head coach, with elite performance director Andrew McDonald set to leave.

Andrew McDonald
Getty Images

McDonald thanks Leicestershire for his time at the club

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

“I’d like to thank the club for this fantastic opportunity, I’ll always be grateful for having the chance to both play and coach at the Fischer County Ground, and will continue to follow the club’s fortunes from afar. I also appreciate the fact that Leicestershire have allowed me the opportunity to return home and wish the club every success for the future.”

Andrew McDonald

A decision for his family

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

There's been a fair bit of that speculation that Andrew McDonald would leave the club for a while now.

Andrew McDonald
Getty Images

Now it's all official and he says his family were a bit part of the decision. He says they will now be able to settle back home in Australia.

Major route into city closed

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

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Area Traffic Control for Leicester say the road is expected to stay closed for several hours yet.

Listen: Khan on McDonald leaving Leicestershire

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Here's BBC Radio Leicester's full interview with Wasim Khan on the departure of Andrew McDonald...

McDonald tipped for bigger things

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Andrew McDonald
Getty Images

"Andrew's been an outstanding leader - he picked this club up when it was on its knees two years ago. It was just a case of how long we were able to hang onto him. I know he's highly thought of in Australia and I've no doubt that in four/five years time he'll be the head coach of Australia."

Wasim KhanLCCC chief executive

Hospital reveal details of changes to General Hospital services

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Plans to remove some services from Leicester General Hospital were made in 2012 but it's only now we're getting the details of what these services are.

Patient in hospital bed
BBC

Hospital bosses say they're part of a five-year plan.

Service to move to LRI and Glenfield Hospital

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

In a statement from the University Hospitals Leicester Trust they say: "The plan remains for acute services to be moved to the Royal Infirmary and Glenfield."

Leicester General Hospital
BBC

This also includes moving maternity service to the LRI.

They might however look to open a midwifery led unit at the General Hospital instead - like the one already in Melton Mowbray.

General Hospital service at risk?

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

The big story around this morning is about hospitals and how NHS services could be dramatically cut.

Leicester General Hospital
BBC

We're still trying to work out how this would affect us here in Leicestershire but it's thought plans could see a reduced service at Leicester General Hospital.

BreakingCricket: McDonald leaves Leicestershire

BBC Leicester Sport

Andrew McDonald has left Leicestershire Cricket Club to return to Australia where he will be head coach of Victoria.

Andrew McDonald
Getty Images

His replacement at Leicestershire has already been announced - it is Pierre de Bruyn.  

Your comments: Fireman's death

Facebook

Yesterday I told you the sad news about the death of a Leicestershire fireman who was on duty in Castle Donington.

This has had a lot of response from you on Facebook.

Crew Manager Paul Wilkens
Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service

Andy P King said: "Deepest condolences to his family, friends and crew members. Rest in Peace my friend."

Melvyn Hubbard: "Such sad news. Anyone in the emergency services are all hero's and I'm sure we all think they are invincible like Iron Man. This just brings it home to us all."

Man airlifted to hospital

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

A man involved in that crash by Oadby Racecourse has been taken to hospital by air ambulance.

The fire service say one vehicle has left the carriageway and was down an embankment.