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Summary

  1. Football boss responds to university legal action
  2. Measham launch HS2 campaign group
  3. Creepy angels 'hanging' in Quorn
  4. Schmeichel returning to Foxes squad
  5. Tigers running out of backs
  6. Updates for Wednesday 14 December 2016

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By Amy Woodfield

All times stated are UK

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

Private plane to Seville?

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

A fan group for Leicester City Football Club has suggested supporters all chip in for a private supporters' plane to Seville in February.

They said: "We are talking with a plane operator at the moment to sort a 100% LCFC plane out".

On social media they ask any fans interested in flying with them to watch the Champions League match to get in touch.

Weather: Fog, cloud and drizzle

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

After a fine end to the day, skies will be clear at first this evening, leading to some patchy mist and fog. 

Weather
BBC

Through the early hours cloud will also thicken, perhaps with the odd spot of drizzle by dawn.

Minimum Temperature: 5 Deg C (41 Deg F).

Christmas bin collections

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

When do you put your bin out over Christmas? Well here are the answers for those in Rutland...

View more on twitter

Don't be the one who ends up with a bin full or wrapping paper in the middle of January.

Christmas dinner for under £1

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

So Helen McCarthy did it - she managed to get all this in Leicestershire, for her Christmas dinner, for just 96p...

Christmas meal
BBC

Farm shop put to the challenege

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Off to the farm shop and Helen managed to get these vegetables within her budget...

Farm shop
BBC

The carrot cost just 8p and the two Brussels sprouts were 7p.

The parsnip and potato did have to be made a bit smaller to come in under £1 but all together they cost 46p.

Bargain bird for Christmas meal

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Helen managed to get a small chicken thigh from this butcher in Mountsorrel for 50p...

Butchers
BBC

He even threw in some free stuffing mix.

Next step - veggies.

Radio Christmas dinner challenge

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Yesterday we shared a story with you about making Christmas dinner for just £1.

Well today BBC Radio Leicester's Helen McCarthy set herself a challenge to see if she could get the ingredients for her Christmas dinner for that bargain price.

Christmas dinner
DAN JONES

She started her challenge in Birstall.

Severe disruption: M69 Leicestershire northbound

BBC Travel

M69 Leicestershire northbound severe disruption, at J1 for A5 Hinckley.

M69 Leicestershire - M69 lane closed on exit slip road northbound at J1, A5 (Hinckley), because of a broken down lorry.

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Severe disruption: M6 Warwickshire southbound

BBC Travel

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

M6 Warwickshire - One lane blocked and slow traffic on M6 southbound between J1, A426 (Rugby) and M1 J19, Catthorpe Interchange, because of an incident.

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Rugby players visit hospital wards

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

It looks like the Leicester Tigers players made lots of poorly people's day today at Glenfield Hospital...

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How to have your say

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

If you want to have your say on the the taxi driver penalty points scheme you can do so here.

The consultation closes on 31 January.

Taxi protest
BBC

Stats for taxi points scheme

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

I've got some stats for you now...

During the 12 month pilot scheme there have been 99 instances of penalty points being issued - more than half were for parking offences.

Taxi protest
BBC

Others were for drivers not attending regular six-monthly tests, not displaying proper plates or signs, driving an unroadworthy taxi and not wearing an identification badge.

The highest number of points issued to one driver was seven - the rule is that if a driver accumulates 12 points in three years they could lose their license.

Watch: Council to review penalty points scheme

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Remember that controversial penalty points scheme for taxi drivers? Well it's been a year since it came in and now it's under review.

Here's the city mayor (the man behind the scheme) explaining how he wants your opinions...

IPCC justifies holding Special Constable to account

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

“The language used in these videos was particularly unpleasant and distasteful. The public has a right to expect police officers, including those serving on a voluntary basis, to uphold the highest standards of professionalism and behaviour. It is only right that they are held to account when there is an indication that those standards have been seriously breached.”

Derrick CampbellIPCC Commissioner

Officer tried to get footage deleted

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Leicestershire’s Chief Constable will hold a special case hearing next week about the videos.

Police
BBC

The officer will also face allegations of breaching standards of professional behaviour for honesty and integrity by attempting to get the video footage deleted.

Special Constable faces gross misconduct allegations

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

A Leicestershire Special Police Constable is facing gross misconduct allegations over claims they used racially offensive language in video recordings.

The police watchdog started investigating the case in April after Leicestershire Police was sent the videos.

The IPCC said the officer wasn't on duty at the time.

Christmas bin collections

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Here's a handy bit of bin collection info for those of you in the Charnwood area...

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Afternoon weather update

Alexandra Hamilton

BBC East Midlands Today Weather

It’ll continue to brighten up this afternoon as the cloud thins and breaks. Expect some sunny spells. 

Highs of 11C (52F).

University doctor on bleak situation in Aleppo

BBC Radio 2

Dr Halla Diyab from Leicester University has been speaking to Jeremy Vine about the crisis in Aleppo.

She is a Syrian but now lives in Leicester.

Aleppo
AP

She said: "It started as a revolution but I don't think now we can look at it as a revolution. It is a pure military war and the most ruthless, the strongest, the most aggressive will win on the ground and that is the aim of both opposing parties. They do not take into consideration the welfare of Syrian people."

Thieves target boutique seven times in seven months

Hinckley Times

A baby and children’s designer clothing store says it may have to close if persistent shoplifting continues in Hinckley town centre.

More people out of work in the East Midlands

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

The number of people out of work in the East Midlands has increased again - it now stands at 4.7%.

Job Centre sign
PA

Figures for August to October show that 112,000 people are unemployed in this region, which is 3,000 more than the previous quarter. 

Nationally the unemployment rate has fallen to a 10 year low.

Syston woman 'confused' by blind comments

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

This is the woman from Leicestershire...

Claire Lawrence
BBC

Her name is Claire Lawrence and she lives in Syston.

She said: "In my personal and work life I'm often confronted by people saying 'you don't look blind'. It confuses me because I don't think you'd say that to someone with other disabilities."

BBC short film about sight loss

BBC Three

A woman from Leicestershire features in this BBC Three short film about things you should't say to a blind person

It's quite funny and well worth a watch but WARNING it does contain some strong language.

You can watch it here.

Beginning of 'Things Not To Say To A Blind Person'
BBC

Newspaper headlines

Leicester Mercury

Today's front page - read the headline story here.

Leicester Mercury
Leicester Mercury

Lock wall to be rebuilt

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

It was Phil Capstick's job to try to work out what the problem was with the gate.

He said one of the challenges is how much he can see - the water is so cloudy he said: "I might as well work with my eyes closed."

Divers in Birstall
BBC

It turns out the cause is damage to concrete on the lock wall.

The Canal & River Trust says the lock will now need to be drained and the wall will need to be rebuilt.

Watch: Divers go into Birstall lock

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

How do you go about fixing a 2.6 tonne lock gate that has slumped into the water? 

Well, first you need to know what's wrong with it - so that's what divers were doing at the River Soar in Birstall yesterday...

Nicky Morgan pulls out of Have I Got News For You?

Alex Hunt

Politics editor, BBC News Online

Tory MP Nicky Morgan has pulled out of a planned appearance on Have I Got News for You, after a row over her criticism of Theresa May's wardrobe.

Nicky Morgan
PA

Police Christmas parcel reduces resident to tears

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

I shared a tweet with you earlier from St Matthews Police who were giving out Christmas parcels to the elderly.

Well it looks like they've been well received...

View more on twitter

Rugby: Is Cockerill's job on the line?

Mike McCarthy

BBC Radio Leicester Sport

Leicester Tigers say they won't comment on speculation surrounding the future of Richard Cockerill. 

The Daily Mail suggests the Director of Rugby’s job is "hanging by a thread".

Richard Cockerill
Getty Images

Their slim chances of qualifying for the knock-out stages of the European Cup rely on beating the Pro12 leaders on Saturday at Welford Road.

We'll discuss where Tigers go from here on the Leicester Tigers Rugby Show tonight from 18:00.

Church angel in a tree

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Here's another one of the "creepy-looking" angels in Quorn - I think this one's been a bit battered by the wind...

Angel in Quorn
BBC

Church 'angel festival' behind Quorn decorations

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Why are there so many angels hanging around Quorn village? St Bartholomew's Church in Quorn has the answer...

Inside St Bartholomew's Church in Quorn
BBC

Reverend David Bowler said they're part of the churches angel festival.

It sounds like the positioning is just unfortunate and they're not supposed to look morbid.

'Hanging' angel

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

This morning BBC Radio Leicester went out for a look - I agree they are a bit disturbing...

Angel hanging in Quorn
BBC

'Creepy' angels in Quorn

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

A weird one for you now - yesterday we received this email about angels "hanging" in Quorn...

Travel: Crash in Braunstone

BBC Travel

The A47 Hinckley Road in Braunstone is partially blocked eastbound at the Packer Avenue junction, because of an accident.

National anti-HS2 group join Measham meeting

Tim Parker

BBC Radio Leicester Political Reporter

Organisers of similar groups from neighbouring Derbyshire and Warwickshire were also at the meeting, as well as the national campaign group Stop HS2.

Stop HS2 sign
Getty Images

Now a new Measham Against HS2 Group has been agreed (unanimously supported at the meeting last night). It's set to meet on 4 January.

Town comes out for HS2 meeting

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Blimey - you can see how busy the church was last night...

Measham urged to unite over HS2 plans

Tim Parker

BBC Radio Leicester Political Reporter

Local MP Andrew Bridgen, a very vocal opposer of HS2, sent his apologies... but was roundly criticised for having already sold property under the compensation scheme of the previously published route.

HS2 map
Department for Transport

The new route would "pit one side of Measham against the other" - said one speaker. 

Meeting chairman, county and district councillor Sean Sheahan said that "mustn't be allowed to happen" and urged campaigners to unite if they wanted to oppose the scheme.

Travel: Delays on Red Hill Way

BBC Travel

The A563 Red Hill Way in Leicester is partially blocked and there's slow traffic westbound at the Beaumont Leys Lane junction, because of an accident. 

Hundreds meet to discuss HS2 route

Tim Parker

BBC Radio Leicester Political Reporter

St Laurence Church in Measham probably saw its largest congregation in a while last night as over 300 gathered there. 

But the reason wasn't religion, but rail. 

HS2 meeting in St Laurence Church in Measham
BBC

The traditional wooden pews were packed with locals concerned about the revised HS2 route proposals issued a matter of weeks earlier.