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Summary

  1. Lorry crash closes M1 northbound
  2. Water park death bail conditions cancelled
  3. Animal charity burgled in Wigston
  4. Warning over counterfeit mattress sales
  5. Foxes stars rested for Porto game
  6. Updates for Tuesday 7 December 2016

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By Amy Woodfield

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That's all from Leicestershire Local Live - updates will start again on Thursday at 08:00.

Weather: Very mild for December

Kay Crewdson

BBC weather presenter

Cloud increasing through the evening and overnight. Winds ease a little and remaining very mild with lows of 11C (52F).

BBC Weather
BBC

A cloudy and for many, especially further west, a wet start to Thursday with rain, heavy at first moving eastwards through the morning.

Arrived at Estádio do Dragão

Ian Stringer

BBC Radio Leicester Foxes commentator

No floodlights as the sun goes down here in Porto but there's a buzz about the stadium already...

Football stadium
BBC

Champions League 'like date with Cindy Crawford'

Ian Stringer

BBC Radio Leicester Foxes commentator

I've never experienced the changes in emotions following Leicester City in one season. 

In the defeat at Sunderland, the Foxes simply weren't at it. Alan Shearer criticised the lack of effort in the team and I have to agree.

Islam Silmani holds off Didier Ndong of Sunderland
Getty Images

The Champions League though is like being asked on a date by Cindy Crawford - you know it's not a long-term thing, it's a novelty, you want to impress and have some fun.

Latest Leicestershire headlines

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

  • The M1 is closed northbound between J20-21 after two lorries crashed and spilt diesel on the carriageway
  • The county council is warning of rogue traders selling mattresses in Birstall, Glenfield and Loughborough
  • Leicester City turn their attention to the Champions League tonight for their final group game in Porto

Vans branded with fake logos

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

The county council warns that despite being described as "new" and "branded" the mattresses were poor quality.

It's also thought vans being used are fraudulently marked with the logos of well-known manufacturers and retailers to make the mattresses seem like a genuine bargain.

Rogue mattress dealer in Leicestershire

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

If you're looking to get yourself a new mattress for Christmas you might be tempted by someone selling them from the back of a van - but Leicestershire County Council is warning you not to.

Trading standards have received reports of rogue traders operating in Birstall, Glenfield and Loughborough who have been telling people the mattresses are left over from deliveries.  

M1 to be resurfaced after lorry crash

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Looks like the road needs resurfacing - reopening for rush hour now seems unlikely...

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M1 could reopen for rush hour traffic

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Highways England said it may be able to reopen the closed section of the M1 northbound to allow rush hour traffic through.

It would then have to close the road again later tonight to continue the repairs needed. 

At the moment it's trying to release the traffic trapped between the two junctions so its workers can access the damage to the road.

Travel: Crash in Ravenstone

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Carol singers bring festive cheer

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

The University of Leicester Chamber Choir entertaining shoppers in Leicester this lunchtime...

Travel: M1 southbound lanes reopen

BBC Travel

All three lanes have reopened on the M1 southbound between J21-J20 past the scene of the incident on the northbound side. 

The M1 northbound remains closed between J20 and J21.

Railway bridge reopens after lorry hit

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

All sorted on the railway - the lorry that crashed into the bridge didn't cause too much damage because the line is back up and running again...

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Lorry crash leaves diesel on M1

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Police said the crash on the M1 was caused by one lorry jack-knifing.   

The fire service said approximately 80 litres of diesel spilled onto the northbound carriageway in the crash.

One of the HGVs has been made safe by the fire service - the other is to be moved by the police.

Lorry driver injured in crash

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

The fire service has been at the crash on the M1 to help free a trapped lorry driver.

They say the man has now been taken to the Leicester Royal Infirmary.

The driver of the other lorry was also assessed by a paramedic.

Long queues on M1 northbound

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Delays not looking good for those heading north on the M1 in Leicestershire - this is between J20-21...

M1
Highways England

Sunset looks nice though.

Travel: M1 northbound closed

BBC Travel

The M1 is CLOSED and there's queuing traffic northbound between J20 and J21 because of an accident involving two lorries and a fuel spillage. 

A diversion is in operation.

Lorry crash on M1

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

This is what is causing the delays on the M1 northbound in Leicestershire...

Lorry crash
Highways England

Lorry hits railway bridge

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

I've just spoken to Network Rail about the vehicle that's crashed into a railway bridge.

They have confirmed it was an articulated lorry that struck the bridge between Glen Parva and Blaby at 14:23.

Railway bridge
Google

They have engineers on their way - they're not there yet.

In the meantime all trains will NOT run on that line between Leicester and Birmingham.

Your photos: Red sky in Leicestershire

BBC Weather Watchers

Well done to Repairman who captured this beautiful sunrise in Barrow upon Soar this morning...

Sunrise in Barrow upon Soar
Repairman

Latest on water death boy arrests

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

You might remember the sad story earlier this year where a five-year-old boy died after being found unconscious at Bosworth Water Park.

Charlie Dunn
Family handout

Two people were arrested at the time - believed to be Charlie Dunn's mother and stepfather.

Police have confirmed their bail conditions have now been cancelled.

Kirby Muxloe crossing warning

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

The level crossing manager at Network Rail said the problem is mainly with pedestrians and cyclists using the vehicle gates and then failing to close them.

David Fearn said this is risking animals and children wandering onto the line and may also lead to drivers wrongly assuming the level crossing is safe to travel through.

Travel: Vehicle hits railway bridge

BBC Travel

Delays of up to 60 minutes and some cancellations on CrossCountry train services between Narborough and South Wigston due to a road vehicle hitting a bridge.

Severe disruption: M1 Leicestershire southbound

BBC Travel

M1 Leicestershire southbound severe disruption, between J21 for M69 and J20 for A4303.

M1 Leicestershire - One lane closed on M1 southbound between J21, M69 (Leicester) and J20, A4303 (Lutterworth).

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Severe accident: M1 Leicestershire northbound

BBC Travel

M1 Leicestershire northbound severe accident, between J21 for M69 and J20 for A4303.

M1 Leicestershire - Queuing traffic and three lanes blocked on M1 northbound between J21, M69 (Leicester) and J20, A4303 (Lutterworth), because of an accident involving two lorries.

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Don't forget to close the gates

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

People living in Kirby Muxloe are being reminded to close the level crossing gates behind them...

Level crossing
Network Rail

Network Rail says there's been a spate of incidents where the gates have been left open.

Trains pass at up to 45 mph.

Charity shop boss on 'incredibly low' thieves

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Damage caused at Woodside Charity shop
Woodside Animal Centre

“We’re incredibly sad someone would do this. We’re here to raise money to help sick and abandoned animals from our community. Stealing is bad enough but stealing from a charity is just incredibly low. Not only have we lost money that would have gone to the animal centre, we also now need to spend money repairing the damage.”

Anne StevensonManager, Woodside Charity shop

Animal charity shop robbed

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Looks like some thieves in Wigston haven't heard of Christmas cheer.

They've broken into the Woodside charity shop causing hundreds of pounds worth of damage and taking cash that was meant for sick and unwanted animals in Leicestershire.

Break in at Woodside Charity shop
Woodside Animal Centre

The break-in happened in the early hours of Friday morning when thieves forced their way through a security gate and this back door.

MP plans Magna Park debate

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

The South Leicestershire MP says he wanted to debate this after constituents affected by the planned expansion at Magna Park got in touch...

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Barwell chippie named best in East Midlands

Leicester Mercury

A chip shop has bounced back from a major fire to retain its title of best takeaway in the region.

Selby humbled by Hendry and Davis praise

BBC Sport

Leicester's Mark Selby said he had to "pinch himself" at being called a snooker great by his fellow professionals after his victory at the UK Championship.

MRI scan delays causing 'distress'

Eric Simpson

BBC News Online

A GP leader says delayed MRI results are causing "considerable distress" and wants a helpline for patients affected.

MRI scans
Thinkstock

Read the full story here.

Problems with water supply

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Pre-match preparation

Ian Stringer

BBC Radio Leicester Foxes commentator

Just putting the finishing touches to my match day preparation whilst organising some technical issues at the ground - quite stressful actually. 

These ISDN lines which allow us to broadcast in quality can be troublesome.

Watch: Age UK brings people together over Christmas

Helen McCarthy

BBC Radio Leicester Reporter

This is one of the friendliest groups I've ever visited...  

The Age UK group at Evington Park House is putting on events over Christmas to try and bring people over 50, who may not have anybody else, together.

Positive Foxes fans enjoying European tour

Ian Stringer

BBC Radio Leicester Foxes commentator

These city fans confessed they aren't overly worried about the result tonight...

Leicester City fans by the fountain in Porto
BBC

They told me they'd take a draw and that they were thoroughly enjoying these European trips. 

No concerns over relegation either. Very positive.

Afternoon weather update

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

A dry and mild this afternoon with plenty of cloud around and a few brighter intervals. 

Highs of 13C (55F).

Porto's familiar looking fountain

Ian Stringer

BBC Radio Leicester Foxes commentator

Replica of the fountain in our town hall square here in Porto - chances of a palm tree in Leicester?

Fountain in Porto
BBC

Council leader: 'The end is in sight'

Tim Parker

BBC Radio Leicester political reporter

The council leader John Boyce said an end to this is weeks rather than months away certainly. 

Mr Boyce, other councillors and the staff I'm sure want to get this all out of the way. 

You might remember in September Sir Edward Garnier suggested he stepped down as the council was in an "appalling state of affairs".

The cost to Oadby and Wigston taxpayers

Tim Parker

BBC Radio Leicester political reporter

It is possible more costs may emerge following this row - legal matters are never cheap to resolve are they? 

The opposition Conservatives on the council say taxpayers should remember they've been burdened elsewhere too as the council's had to spend hundreds of thousands on agency staff to cover for suspensions during the investigations.

Councillor Bhupendra Dave also said the high turnover of staff at the authority was likely to be down to this dispute.