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Summary

  1. Updates for Friday 21 October 2016
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Monday

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By Amy Woodfield

All times stated are UK

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That's the end of today's updates but join us from 08:00 on Monday for more news, sport, travel and weather.

This evening's weather

BBC Weather

Staying dry for most overnight. However a few showers are possible with lows of 8C (46F).  

Latest Leicestershire Headlines

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

  • The county and city councils have joined forces to request new trains are ordered for the Leicestershire to London route
  • Police are hunting two men suspected of scamming elderly and vulnerable people with fake lottery tickets
  • There'll be one-minute of applause in respect of the former Thai king before tomorrow' between Leicester City and Crystal Palace

Applause for King Bhumibol Adulyadej

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

There's going to be a minute's applause before the game at King Power Stadium tomorrow in respect of the Thai king who recently passed away.

The Leicester City squad, manager and owners kneeing in respect for the Thai king
Getty Images

Last week the players all wore a black armband as a mark of respect for Bhumibol Adulyadej.

How do you get an upside down rainbow?

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

BBC East Midlands Today weather presenter Kay Crewdson has been explaining why some of us might have spotted an upside-down rainbow, or a smiling sun in the sky this morning - like the one in Shepshed.

She says: "These sun smiles, or cirumzenithal arcs, are formed when sunlight reflects through ice crystals"

Now you know! 

Your photos: Unusual rainbow

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

So this is a bit bizarre - an upside down rainbow...

Upside down rainbow
jim g

This was spotted by jim g in Shepshed but a few other people also spotted it.

Faulty electrics start basement fire

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

It turns out that fire in Oadby earlier was caused by an electrical fault.

Fire crews were called to the basement of Lyn House this morning - 75% of the switch room has been damaged.

Mini JCB digger stolen

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Do you recognise these men?

CCTV images
Leicestershire Police

Police want to speak to them about the theft of a JCB Mini Digger from a site in Moira.

Other regions ahead of Leicestershire

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

The councils claim the 125mph bi-mode trains that they're calling for on the Leicestershire to London route are already being  ordered for other parts of the country.

They say the Great Western Main Line and the East Coast Main Line are already a step ahead.

East Midlands Train
BBC

We have requested a statement from the Department for Transport in response to the council's concerns - I'll let you know when we get it.

Mayor wants 'equivalent or better' trains for the future

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

The city mayor has also shared his concerns about the replacement trains.

Leicester Railway Station
BBC

Sir Peter Soulsby says: “The government needs to offer an assurance that the high speed trains due to be withdrawn in 2020 will be replaced with stock of equivalent or better specification." 

Train delays threaten economy

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Councillor Peter Osborne also says resorting to slower trains will have a negative impact on the Leicestershire economy.

He says this is something we "literally can’t afford".

Ticket office at Leicester Railway Station
BBC

Delays in ordering new trains could lead to a 'less frequent service'

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Loughborough platform
BBC

“With delays to electrification and the imminent withdrawal of the old High Speed Trains, we need the government to order new, 125mph bi-mode trains. If the government doesn’t make a decision soon, we won’t have new trains in time for 2020 – and that could mean a less frequent service, using second-hand trains from other areas."

Councillor Peter OsborneLeicestershire County Council

Councils call for new trains

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

The county and city council have teamed up to call on the government to order new trains.

They say they want to make sure the quality and frequency of Leicestershire to London services aren't worsened by the delay in the electrification of the line.

Train
BBC

The authorities say they fear "second-hand, slower trains" could be introduced after 2020, unless an order for new trains is submitted soon.  

Fire in Oadby basement

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

If you've been in Oadby this afternoon you might have seen all these fire engines...

Fire engines in Oadby
Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service

They were putting out a basement fire at Lyn House in The Parade.

Listen: Pardew on Leicester City

BBC Leicester Sport

Leicester City play Crystal Palace tomorrow at King Power Stadium - their boss Alan Pardew has been speaking about the Foxes ahead of the match...

Manufacturing giant cuts jobs

Hinckley Times

More than 100 workers are set to be axed in the latest round of job cuts at one of the area’s biggest employers.  

Lineker faces criticism for wading into refugee row

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

There have been calls for the BBC to sack the Leicester's Gary Lineker for wading into the debate over the treatment of child migrants arriveing in the UK.

The Match of the Day presenter responded by tweeting this first thing this morning...

View more on twitter

He also seemed pretty confident he won't lose his job.

Runners inspired by football success

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

So why come all the way from Norway? 

Well it seems there are a few reasons but the one I particularly like is that they were inspired by the success of our football team.

They've even got tickets to watch the Foxes play Crystal Palace tomorrow.  

Norwegian's gear up for Leicester Marathon

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

It's marathon day on Sunday - I won't be one of those in trainers and Lycra but I will be watching.

Among the thousands of runners pounding the pavements of Leicester will be four Norwegian men - Bjørn Ivar Haugen, Åge Westrum, Per Johan Hartviksen and Peder Talsnes.

Here they were on BBC Radio Leicester this morning...

Norwegian runners wit Jim and Jo
BBC

A season with the fox hunt investigators

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

A BBC camera crew was given special permission to film a pair of fox hunt investigators for a full hunt season around the Leicestershire-Lincolnshire border.

What happened was more dramatic than they expected, as you'll see in this footage.

Watch BBC Inside Out East Midlands on BBC One tonight at 19:30 or on iPlayer to see more,

Listen: Ranieri explains why he's not picking Demarai Gray

BBC Leicester Sport

Claudio Ranieri speaks about Demarai Gray who has played just 24 minutes for Leicester City in October so far...

Police warn public to be 'vigilant'

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

“These callous criminals have preyed on vulnerable people. From the reports we’ve received so far we estimate more than £100,000 in cash has been coerced from the victims. We would urge the public to remain vigilant."

Det Con Catherine ThompsonLeicestershire Police

Seven people report scam in Leicester

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

As part of the investigation into the lottery ticket scam, police want to identify the men in these CCTV images...

CCTV images
Leicestershire Police

In the last six months seven people in Leicester has reported the scam.

They were in Trevino Drive, Melton Road, Windsor Avenue, Narborough Road, Belgrave Road, Totland Road and Edward Avenue.

Rugby: Pietersen and Slater return to squad

BBC Leicester Sport

Here's the team that will face Racing 92 on Sunday...

Leicester Tigers squad
BBC

Afternoon weather update

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

Some bright spells along with plenty of cloud. Where cloud is thick enough, there could be a couple of light showers. 

Highs of 12C (54F).

Police e-fit of suspected conman

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Police say some people fooled by the scam were elderly or vulnerable and handed over as much as £50,000.

One victim has described the person who took their money as looking like this...

E-fit of suspect
Leicestershire Police

Fake lottery ticket scam

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Police are looking for two men suspected of scamming people by getting them to buy fake winning lottery tickets.

Some victims handed over thousands of pounds for a ticket thought to be worth a lot more.

The men selling them told the victims they were were unable to claim the winnings themselves because they didn't have any identification.

Fuchs signs three-year Leicester deal

BBC Sport

Christian Fuchs
Getty Images

Leicester City defender Christian Fuchs agrees a new three-year deal which keeps him at King Power Stadium until June 2019.

Council to 'dump rubbish in park'

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Another council starting a campaign next week is Harborough District - this one's a bit more bizarre.

They're highlighting the problem of fly tipping by dumping all the rubbish they collect in Welland Park.

Welland Park
Google

The authority says the aim is: "To dramatically show how much waste is being dumped illegally in the district."

Vardy on Gogglebox

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Leicester City's Jamie Vardy features on tonight's celebrity special of Gogglebox - here's a short clip...

View more on youtube

It's part of their Stand Up To Cancer programme.

Cigarette butt campaign in Coalville

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Smoking is an expensive habit these days and it could end up costing you more if you get caught dropping the butt on the floor...

Cigarette butt
Getty Images

That's what North West Leicestershire District Council are going to be telling people in Coalville next week.

They're campaigning to stop people from littering by reminding them they could get fined.

Community works together to save church

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Reverand Richard Curtis reckons they need about £180,000 to fix the damaged tower and make some additional improvements.

They've had some money from the Heritage Lottery Fund to help them towards that total.

Locals have also been helping to raise money by doing things like a sponsored walk.

Water-damaged church tower

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Reverand Richard Curtis says the church tower is the main reason the church of St Thomas a Becket has become "at risk".

He says damage to the structure is down to "hundreds of years of weather".

The church has fallen into such a bad state it doesn't even have any water supply - water has to be brought across for teas and coffee.

Fuchs signs new contract with Foxes

Jason Bourne

BBC Radio Leicester Sport

Leicester City defender Christian Fuchs has signed a new contract keeping him at the club until the summer of 2019.

Christian Fuchs
Getty Images

Fuchs has become a popular member of the squad, having joined the Foxes from German side Schalke, on a free transfer at the start of last season.

Tugby church 'at risk'

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Unfortunately there was also some bad news on Historic England's undated "at risk" register.

The Church of St Thomas a Becket in Tugby has been added.

The Church of St Thomas a Becket
Google

Listen: Leicester Lions will be in the Elite League next season

BBC Leicester Sport

Leicester Lions co-promoter sets the record straight over club's future...

Police ask for help in investigating Polish man's death

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Police investigating the death of a Polish man in Leicester are asking for help to identify these two people...

Photos of people police want to identify
Leicestershire Police

They think they man have known 45-year-old Wojciech Wojciechowski ,who was discovered in Freemans Common Lock last month.

Police says they still have "limited information" about the man's recent past.

Travel: Crash near Fosse Park

Castle and bell foundry making 'good progress'

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Two other buildings in our area have been named by Historic England as making "good progress" towards coming off the "at risk" register.

These are Taylor's bell foundry in Loughborough and Oakham Castle in Rutland.

Oakham Castle
Historic England

A repair programme is currently under way at both.

First church service in over a decade

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Historic England say St Mary's Church in Freeby had become so bad at the beginning of the new millennium, it was no longer used for services.

St Mary's Church in Freeby
Historic England

But after getting some funding to carry our repairs, the church was made usable again this year.

Last month they held their first service in 15 years!