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Summary

  1. Updates for Wednesday 16 November 2016
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Thursday

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By Sandish Shoker

All times stated are UK

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Today's Local Live updates have now finished. We'll be back at 08:00 tomorrow.

Weather: Turning chilly overnight

BBC Weather

A colder night to come although brisk winds should ensure the any frost is restricted to well sheltered locations. Lows of 5C (41F).  

Latest headlines for Leicestershire

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Here's a final reminder of our top stories this afternoon:

  • A Leicestershire MP has asked the prime minister to guarantee his Italian-born parents won't be forced to leave the UK
  • The FA is to investigate a row between a local football club and De Montfort University
  • Snooker: Leicester's Tom Ford is out of the Northern Ireland Open

Snooker: Ford crashes out

BBC Leicester Sport

Leicester's Tom Ford is out of the Northern Ireland Open after losing 4-0 to Dominic Dale in Round 2.  

Watch: Artist makes portraits from ripped up paper

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

And here's a quick video of Leicester artist Danielle Vaughan making her artwork from ripped up magazines.

Woman creates art from ripped magazines

PM wants to guarantee rights of EU citizens

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Mr Costa's questions to Theresa May came during discussions about the UK's future relations with the EU.

The Prime Minister replied: "I want, intend and expect to be able to guarantee the rights of those EU citizens who are living here in the UK", but added that she wanted to see the residency rights of UK citizens in the EU guaranteed too.

MP tell May 'don't ask me to vote against parents staying in UK'

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

South Leicestershire MP Alberto Costa had an interesting question for Prime Minister Theresa May at today's PMQs.

Mr Costa, a Conservative MP, whose parents are Italian citizens and have lived in the UK for 50 years, asked May for assurances he would never be asked to vote on legislation to take away the UK residency rights of EU citizens (like his parents).

Alberto Costa
BBC

FA investigating football team and uni dispute

Giles Taylor

BBC Radio Leicester reporter

We've now had a statement from the city council, which leases Beaumont Park to Beaumont Town FC.

It said it hopes the university and club can work to resolve their dispute and continue to use the facilities at the park.

A statement we have had from the Leicestershire & Rutland County FA said it is "in communication with parties involved and an investigation is underway."

Football club angry with university

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Here's photos of the protest at Beaumont Park last night, taken by members of the football team.

Protesters held placards and a banner that read 'Where's our community partnership DMU?'

DMU protest
Christopher Newby
DMU photos
Christopher Newby

Presenter to switch on lights

Jim Davis

BBC Radio Leicester presenter

Just over 24 hours to go until the light switch! 

The final decorations are going on this afternoon and I'll be there from 17:00 with my co-presenter Jo Hayward.

Christmas lights
BBC

Severe accident: M6 Warwickshire southbound

BBC Travel

M6 Warwickshire southbound severe accident, between J1 for A426 Rugby and M1 J19.

M6 Warwickshire - Very slow traffic and one lane closed on M6 southbound between J1, A426 (Rugby) and M1 J19, Catthorpe Interchange, because of an accident.

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Christmas on its way to Leicester

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Leicester's Christmas lights and decorations have been going up for several days now, and they are finally being switched on tomorrow night.

Have a look here if you want to know what's going on.

Leicester lights
BBC

Only then can the countdown to Christmas begin!

Council vows to work with charity to get funding

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

In response to the homeless charity's concerns, councillor Andy Connelly who looks after housing, said they hadn't made a decision yet on funding for groups.

He said there was a consultation on the plans and a decision will be made next Thursday.

He said: "We do recognise the value of the work they do in the city....and we will be working with them to look at ways to continue funding for them in the future."

Homeless charity offers support network

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

The Centre Project, in Albert Place, works closely with people who have been homeless or are socially isolated, and says they will suffer as a result of the council cuts.

One user said: "The centre to me is a lifeline. Without it I would be lost."

The Centre
BBC

The group has been running for 20 years and chief executive, Eric Waweru, told BBC Leicester they offer support to people at risk of becoming homeless.

Travel: Traffic back to normal in Wigston

Severe accident: M1 Leicestershire northbound

BBC Travel

M1 Leicestershire northbound severe accident, between J21 for M69 and J22 for A50.

M1 Leicestershire - One lane closed and heavy traffic on M1 northbound between J21, M69 (Leicester) and J22, A50 (Coalville), because of an accident.

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Funding loss could impact charity users

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Mr Waweru said they currently got £2,500 funding from the council to run their services, including a drop-in session.

He said losing that money next year could have a big impact on the people who rely on their help and support.

Travel: Traffic delays in Wigston by roadworks

Homeless charity worried about council cuts

BBC Radio Leicester

Next, a Leicester homeless charity says proposed city council cuts could force it to reduce the services it offers. 

The council is launching its winter bed service, providing another 10 places to prevent people sleeping rough over the winter but they could be cutting funding for other services in a bid to save £800,000 from their budget.

Foxes regroup after international duty

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

Now the international break is over, it's back to action for Leicester City. Here's how the next few weeks look.

Leicester City fixtures
BBC

Psychologist advises players to stay silent during anthems

BBC Leicester Sport

Dave Fletcher, a performance psychologist from Loughborough University, has told us it's better for some players to stay quiet during a national anthem because "it might do more harm than good".

Hear what he had to say...

Latest headlines for Leicestershire

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

  • A Leicester artist has received praise from stars such as Claudio Ranieri and Serge from Kasabian for her artwork made from ripped up paper
  • Police have appealed for information on two girls who have been missing since Monday evening
  • Snooker: Leicester's Tom Ford will play in the Northern Ireland Open this afternoon

Force asks people to look out for missing girls

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

A police spokesman said: “We are concerned and want to locate Aaliah and Bryony. 

"We want to know that they are safe and well. 

"We would ask that people look at their photographs and keep an eye out for them and if they see them to ring us.”  

Police concern for missing teenagers

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Police say they are worried about two teenage girls who have been missing since Monday.

 Aaliah Palmer (left), aged 13, and Bryony Longley (right), 14, are believed to have been last seen together in the Northfields area of the city, near Longleat Close, about 18:30.  

Missing teenagers
Leicestershire Police

The force said both girls had been reported missing before but neither have disappeared for longer than a day.  

Snooker: Ford in action later

BBC Leicester Sport

There's some snooker up later too.

Leicester's Tom Ford takes on Dominic Dale at the Northern Ireland Open some time after 14:00.

Tom Ford snooker
Getty Images

Latest headlines for Leicestershire

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

  • A Beaumont Leys football team has been closed until further notice after a dispute with De Montfort University
  • An artist who rips up old magazines to create artwork has had her work praised by Leicester City's Claudio Ranieri
  • Bosses of a Loughborough football team are holding an "urgent enquiry" after players were sent off for fighting, leaving them with eight men

Leicester's finest in paper art collection

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Other pieces created by Danielle with the ripped up pieces of paper include portraits of King Richard III and Serge from Kasabian.

Pictures of Leicester's clock tower, the National Space Centre and Leicester's Jewry Wall are also in her collection.

paper artist
BBC

Artwork sells for up to £1,200

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Ms Vaughan's artwork sells for up to £1,200 and Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri was said to be so impressed with his portrait, he signed it for her.

The creative pieces are now on display at the Cank Street Gallery in Leicester.

Danielle Vaughan artwork
BBC

Art from ripped-up magazines

Jim Davis

BBC Radio Leicester presenter

This morning we've heard how Leicester artist Danielle Vaughan has been turning ripped up magazines into beautiful works of art.

Danielle Vaughan
BBC

Villagers to vote on developments

BBC Radio Leicester

People living in Cropston and Thurcaston are to get their say on where new developments can be built locally. 

A neighbourhood plan has been put together for the two villages and residents will be able to vote whether or not to approve it when a referendum is held next Thursday (24 November).

Travel: Anstey road closed over accident

BBC Travel

It's been busy on the roads this morning.

Cropston Road in Anstey is now closed at the Anstey Lane junction because of an accident.

Football team reduced to eight men after bust-up

Mike McCarthy

BBC Radio Leicester Sport

The directors of Loughborough Dynamo say they're conducting an "urgent enquiry" after two of their players were sent off for fighting each other.

The incident saw Dynamo, who were already a man down following an earlier red card, reduced to eight players in last night's League Cup defeat to Basford United.

Loughborough Dynamo
Loughborough Dynamo / Twitter

Council considers charges to bulky waste collections

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Leicester City Council is proposing to start charging for bulky waste collections from people's homes.

It says it's because of government cuts and the need to save £55m by 2019.

The council said it wants people to have their say on the plans.

And stop....mannequin time!

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Jamie Vardy's standing still goal celebration got a lot of attention last night.

He was joined by Raheem Sterling and Theo Walcott as they embraced the latest social media craze and performed their own mannequin challenge.

Jamie Vardy and teammates
Getty Images

If you're not sure what the mannequin challenge is, BBC Sport has had a look at other sports teams who have been taking part.

Tigers want to keep Balmain

Mike McCarthy

BBC Radio Leicester Sport

Leicester Tigers director of rugby Richard Cockerill says he wants Fraser Balmain to stay at the club.

The Tigers prop has made just one start this season and has been linked with a move to Gloucester when his contract expires in the summer.

Francis Balmain
Getty Images

What's in today's newspaper?

Leicester Mercury

Here are the front and back pages from today's Mercury.

Leicester Mercury front page
Leicester Mercury
Leicester Mercury back page
Leicester Mercury

Latest headlines for Leicestershire

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Here are your top stories this morning:

  • A Leicester football club has been closed by De Montfort University after a protest earlier this week
  • A memorial service was held in Measham last night for murdered teenager, Kayleigh Haywood
  • Vardy scored his first goal in 15 games for club and country as England drew 2-2 with Spain

Travel: Crash causes delays in Dunton Bassett

BBC Travel

The A426 Lutterworth Road in Dunton Bassett is blocked and traffic is slow because of a crash. 

There are delays between the Shuttleworth Lane and Copper's Lane junctions.

Flowers left at tree in memory of Kayleigh

Victoria Hicks

Reporter, East Midlands Today

Tributes were left at 'Kayleigh's tree' in the grounds of St Laurence Church last night.

After her murder it became a focal point for people to express their sadness, shock and to show support for the 15-year-old's family. 

Tributes to Kayleigh
BBC

Service held to remember teenager

Victoria Hicks

Reporter, East Midlands Today

More than 150 adults and children attended a short memorial service at St Laurence Church in Measham last night to mark a year since 15-year-old Kayleigh Haywood was murdered.

Afterwards Kayleigh's siblings released balloons into the sky.

Measham church
BBC