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Summary

  1. Council to fund 747 bus route for next year
  2. City mayor agrees traffic changes needed
  3. Woman killed in Ravenstone crash named
  4. Cancer victim lives on through charity
  5. Schmeichel back in training for Foxes
  6. Updates for Thursday 15 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 Friday at 08:00

Weather: Some sunny intervals on Friday afternoon

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

Generally cloudy and misty overnight with outbreaks of rain at times.

Some patchy fog is possible later as the winds become light - a minimum temperature of 7C (45F).

Weather
BBC

Generally rather cloudy to begin Friday with any early mist or fog patches clearing during the morning. 

Mostly dry with a few bright or sunny intervals developing during the afternoon.

Woman killed in Ravenstone crash is named

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Police have named an elderly woman who died in a car crash in Ravenstone last week.

Betty Weston, who was 89-years-old and from Coalville, was a passenger in a car that collided with a van on Wash Lane on Wednesday 7 December.

Schmeichel back in training

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

BBC Sport has more on the story we brought you a little earlier that goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel has returned to training with Leicester City after breaking his hand in November.

Leicester City goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel
Rex Features

BBC Sports Personality: Jamie Vardy

BBC Sport

Like you need to be reminded... here's more on BBC Sports Personality 2016 contender - Jamie Vardy.

Jamie Vardy
BBC

The winner will be announced on Sunday 18 December.

Severe accident: M1 Leicestershire northbound

BBC Travel

M1 Leicestershire northbound severe accident, at J21 for M69.

M1 Leicestershire - M1 entry slip road partially blocked and queuing traffic northbound at J21, M69 (Leicester), because of an accident.

Check local traffic and travel reports for:

Travel: Delays on M1

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Introducing...

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

It was announced yesterday that this man had been appointed as the county's latest chief fire and rescue officer...

Steve Lunn
Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service

Steve Lunn has been serving as the interim head of the service since May - but has been chosen permanently for the role. 

He took over after his predecessor Richard Chandler suddenly left without explanation.

Latest Leicestershire headlines

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

  • Leicestershire and Rutland County Councils have agreed to subsidise the Leicester-Uppingham 747 bus service for one year
  • Five cats living in the same area of Melton Mowbray have died from antifreeze poisoning in the space of two weeks
  • Claudio Ranieri said he has the right "medicine" to help his players rediscover their form

Victims not hurt in burglary

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Police say there were two people inside the house at the time - they weren't hurt but were understandably, quite shocked.

It happened about 20:00 on Thursday 20 October - the man left without taking anything.

CCTV image of burglary suspect
Leicestershire Police

CCTV of Measham burglary

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Police investigating an aggravated burglary in Measham have released this CCTV footage to try to identify the person responsible...

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The man in the video forced his way into the property on Leicester Road after smashing the glass in a back door.

Mayor gets started on destination signposts

Chris Doidge

BBC Radio Leicester News Editor

As part of Mayor's question time Sir Peter Soulsby was asked how the momentum of Richard III and the Foxes' 2015/16 season could be maintained in terms of bringing visitors to Leicester. 

One of the measures he mentioned was the destination signposts which are being erected over the next couple of months.

Sign foundations
BBC

I'm pretty sure this is one of the foundations put in place for them - in the shadow of a more temporary, Marmite-like spike in Leicester's reputation.

Water supply problems in Leicester

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Hmmm I hope this isn't going to interfere with my washing machine timer #firstworldproblems

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Tigers not dead in Europe - Cockerill

BBC Sport

Director of rugby Richard Cockerill says Leicester's European hopes are not dead despite an "unacceptable" display against Munster.

Richard Cockerill
Rex Features

Listen: Ranieri's medicine is 'work, work and work'

BBC Leicester Sport

Leicester City's manager wants his players to work hard to put their away form right...

Ranieri makes no comment on Ndidi rumours

BBC Leicester Sport

What about the rumours the Foxes are signing Wilfred Ndidi?

Claudio Ranieri said: “I don't know. Speculation, you know. I don't think about who arrives or goes. My focus is on Stoke”

Wilfred Ndidi
Getty Images

Ranieri not focusing on Sevilla yet

BBC Leicester Sport

Taking about being drawn against Sevilla in the Champions League Ranieri said: “I think all the other teams – first group and second group – wanted to play against us”.

Claudio Ranieri
Getty Images

He reminded journalists the Sevilla match is still two months away yet and his focus is on getting Leicester City more points in the Premier League now.

Drinkwater knee injury

BBC Leicester Sport

Claudio Ranieri said Danny Drinkwater is not training - he's in physio with a knee problem.

Danny Drinkwater
Getty Images

He said Bartosz Kapustka is "training well”.  

Kasper in training ahead of Stoke match

BBC Leicester Sport

Claudio Ranieri spoke at the press conference about Kasper Schmeichel 

He said: “Kasper is training very well. He feels good. Today he made a little game between us. The hand is OK”  

Kasper Schmeichel
Getty Images

The Foxes boss said he will check tomorrow as to whether or not he will make the Stoke match.

Ranieri tells media players 'need to work hard'

Ian Stringer

BBC Radio Leicester Foxes commentator

Claudio taking some tough questions about The Foxes' form...

Claudio Ranieri
BBC

He said the best medicine is work and they need to work hard.

Community expected to 'take the lead' in 2018

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

“This will provide time for both authorities to fully consider the alternatives and, in Leicestershire’s case, for it to be considered as part of its countywide accessibility review, which includes rural bus services in 2017/18. Both authorities will be looking for local communities to take the lead on working in partnership with Centrebus when this one-off funding comes to an end."

Peter OsborneLeicestershire County Council cabinet member for highways and transport

Subsidy for one year only

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Now the councils have stepped in - Leicestershire County Council will pay £40,000 and Rutland County Council will pay £20,000.

This will subsidise the service for one year from January 2017 BUT they've said: "There is currently no intention for either council to fund the service beyond January 2018."

Bus route not meeting costs

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Centrebus told us it was ending the service because it was no longer cost-effective...

Campaigners 'dependant' on bus

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

The following week BBC Radio Leicester went to speak to campaigners in Tugby about why they were in such despair about losing their bus...

Campaigners in Tugby
BBC

Madeleine Wang said: "This is the only form of public transport from this village and I am dependant on it unless I get lifts from kind neighbours or friends."

petition was up to save it - it had over 900 signatures.

Background to 747 bus issue

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Let me just give you some background to this...

We were contacted last month by woman from Houghton on the Hill who was very worried about Centrebus plans to stop their 747 bus route...

Centrebus comment on service ending
Centrebus

Ann Sleath said it will affect people trying to get to work, students going to college and residents being able to get to the doctors.

Councils agree to pay for bus service

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Right, it's confirmed- the 747 bus WILL keep running for another year at least!

Bus timetable
BBC

Leicestershire and Rutland County Councils have agreed to pay the £60,000 of emergency funding to keep it operating after local people raised concerns.

Ranieri to talk to the media

BBC Leicester Sport

Claudio Ranieri is due to hold his pre-Stoke press conference shortly. 

All the key quotes and headlines on Local Live from 13:00.

Leicester City press conference desk
BBC

Antifreeze kills five cats on one street

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

Five cats die from antifreeze poisoning on or near the same street in the space of two weeks, the RSPCA says.

Meereen
RSPCA

Watch: Christmas robins join in with equipment checks

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

I love this - the fire service has tweeted this video of two cheeky robins that flew into their appliance room this morning...

They said: "It must be nearly Christmas".

Maybe batman is on his way to collect them.

Cycling track will be open to the public

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

The new cycle track with go around the outside of some the £1.6m football development centre already on the school site.

New College at New Parks
Google

Andy Salkeld is Leicester's cycling coordinator for the city council and said this will be a facility for people of all abilities.

He said it will also provide a home for neighbourhood cycling groups and community clubs already in the city.

Afternoon weather update

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

Cloudy, dull and overcast with a few spots of drizzle and a couple of light showers possible. 

Highs of 10C (50F).

Leicester getting a new cycle track

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

A quarter of a million pounds is being spent in Leicester on building a new community cycle track.

Bikes
Getty Images

Work is about to get under way to build the 1km circuit in the grounds of New College at New Parks. 

It's a joint project between the city council and British Cycling.

MP tweets about 'great' collaboration

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

The Lightbulb project seems to get the seal of approval from local MPs...

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More help for older and vulnerable people

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

A project piloted by Blaby District Council is being rolled out across Leicestershire.

It's about collaborating with the county council to support older and vulnerable people with things like aids and adaptations, energy advice, home safety and home maintenance. 

It's called project Lightbulb and could be used by every council by October next year.

Tigers commentator believes club must do 'something'

Bleddyn Jones

BBC Radio Leicester Tigers Commentator

Knowing the club, they obviously are worried. 

Richard Cockerill said himself in the press conference "the buck stops with me".

Richard Cockerill
Getty Images

If that's the case, maybe the club thinks they can't accept they're going to be fourth or fifth again in the league and that they won't qualify for the quarter-finals.

The club is desperate to get back to the halcyon days and they've got to do something.

Is Cockerill's job on the line this weekend?

BBC Leicester Sport

Leicester Tigers's Champions Cup future will be on the line during Saturday's European rematch with Munster. 

A win is almost certainly needed for Tigers' hopes of qualifying. 

Richard Cockerill
Getty Images

Dean Richards was sacked from his position in 2004 at the end of the European Cup campaign - there's now speculation that a similar fate may await Richard Cockerill.

Cannabis found in Hinckley

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

These drugs have been recovered by police in Hinckley...

Cannabis in bags
Leicestershire Police

Last week was a "week of action" when police arrested five people on suspicion of offences including theft, breach of order, failing to appear at court and possession with intent to supply drugs.

Harborough heroes stop thief

Harborough Mail

Two local heroes stopped a shoplifter in his tracks after a dramatic chase down Market Harborough’s High Street.

RSPCA advice on keeping pets safe from poisoning

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

The RSPCA is investigating the deaths.

Inspector Andy Bostock advises people to check where they keep their pesticides and chemicals including antifreeze to make sure it is out of the way of cats.

He also recommends cleaning up any spilt antifreeze used on cars.

Cat found 'foaming from the mouth '

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

“We are all absolutely devastated and I haven’t been able to stop crying since she died. Meereen came home on Friday evening and curled up on the sofa next to me. She seemed to be shivering a little but I didn’t think anything was out of the ordinary until the next morning, when I couldn’t find her. We found her behind the sofa, where she was foaming from the mouth and trying to be sick."

Adria PearceMeereen's owner