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Summary

  1. Fenwick store closing
  2. Three 'seriously injured' in Swinford crash
  3. Armed police patrols in Leicestershire finish
  4. Ndidi gets work permit in time for Everton match
  5. Updates for Thursday 5 January 2017

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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 rain tomorrow

Lucy Martin

BBC Weather

It’s another cold night with a widespread frost developing and a few patches of mist and freezing fog. 

A minimum temperature of -1C (30F).

Weather
BBC

A cold start to Friday with a few patches of frost and fog. 

A much cloudier day than today with patchy outbreaks of rain into the afternoon.

City council on Fenwick closure

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Fenwick Leicester
BBC

“As the Fenwick store has been part of Leicester’s shopping offer for more than 50 years, we’re naturally sorry to hear of their plans to close. The area around the Fenwick store is seeing considerable investment, with a major mixed-use scheme now taking shape on the former New Walk Centre site, new businesses moving in, and new residential schemes planned. We are therefore confident that new uses will be found for this beautiful building and that the area will continue to thrive.”

Leicester City Council spokesperson

Your comments: Fenwick closing

Twitter

Lets take a look at some of your comments on Twitter about the closure of Fenwick...

@BBCLeicester Looking where the other Fenwick stores are, Leicester sticks out as the poor relation. Shocked it stayed so long.

@BBCLeicester hope it don't turn into more student digs

Your comments: Fenwick closing

Facebook

Lets get some more comments from you on the upcoming closure of Fenwick in Leicester.

Fenwick
BBC

On Facebook Christine Neal said: "Oh dear such sad news it is about the only old established shop we have left in Leicester, I used to work there many moons ago."

Ruth Kirk said: "Oh no, it's the best store in town. You can keep your John Lewis, Debenhams, etc. Boring chain stores with no character. I hate shopping but if I need to shop, this is the place I go to. RIP Fenwicks, I shall miss you."

Man attacked after new year celebrations

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

A 45-year-old man had his eye socket and spine fractured during an attack in Ashby on New Year’s Day.

He was walking along Derby Road after a night out with friends when a verbal argument begun - he was then assaulted.

Police want to hear from anyone with information about who was responsible.

Latest Leicestershire headlines

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

  • Leicester's famous Fenwick store is expected to close permanently at the end of March
  • Three people were taken to hospital with "serious injuries" after a crash near Swinford last night
  • Wilfred Ndidi has received a work permit and is available to face Everton in the FA Cup this weekend

Patients taken to hospital in Coventry

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

I've just spoken to East Midlands Ambulance Service about their role in helping the driver and passengers.

They say they had three ambulances and two doctors at the scene - all the patients' injuries were considered "serious".

Car Wreckage
Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service

They were taken to the Major Trauma Centre in Coventry.

No other cars involved

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

The crash only involved one car - looks like it ended up in a field...

Car wreckage
Leicestershire Fire and Rescue

I'm sure the icy conditions didn't help.

Three taken to hospital after crash

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Three fire crews, including Technical Rescue, went to the scene.

Car wreckage
Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service

Three people were taken to hospital after managing to get themselves out of the car.

Crash near Swinford

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

There was a rather nasty looking crash near Swinford last night...

Car wreckage
Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service

It happened on Rugby Road between Swinford and South Kilworth just before 21:21.

Your photos: Sunrise on on Rutland Water

BBC Weather Watchers

Wow... 

This is a photo of Whitwell Creek on Rutland Water at dawn/sunrise this morning captured by Weather Watcher Andy's Rutland.

Whitwell Creek on Rutland Water at dawn/sunrise this morning
Andy's Rutland

When will Fenwick shut?

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Mark Fenwick predicts the doors of Fenwick in Leicester will close for the final time at the end of March.

Fenwick Leicester
BBC

Watch: Fenwick owner speaks of sadness

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Mark Fenwick speaks about the closure of the store his family acquired in 1962...

Leicester winger Mahrez rated favourite to win Caf award

BBC Sport

Algeria and Leicester forward Riyad Mahrez is tipped to be crowned the Confederation of African Football's player of the year on Thursday.

Full story here.  

Riyad Mahrez
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Vardy 'should start' against Everton

Jason Bourne

BBC Radio Leicester Sport

Jamie Vardy returns from suspension this weekend - when asked if he could feature at Everton Ranieri replied: “He should start.”

Jamie Vardy
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Listen: 'A lot of big teams wanted Ndidi'

Jason Bourne

BBC Radio Leicester Sport

Claudio Ranieri told me Leicester City beat several clubs for Wilfred Ndidi's signature...

Watch: Kayleigh film prompts grooming reports

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Thirty-five children have reported fears they have been groomed online after seeing a film about murdered schoolgirl Kayleigh Haywood.

Read the full story here.

Speedway: New manager for Lions

BBC Leicester Sport

The new promoter of Leicester Lions speedway has revealed that Norrie Allen is no longer the club's team manager. 

Leicester Lions speedway logo on a wall
Getty Images

Allen has been in the position for the last couple of seasons but following Dave Darcy's appointment yesterday it's been revealed that he's no longer in charge.

Armed patrols could return

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Ian Howick, head of the East Midlands Operational Support Service said: "We cannot rule out the possibility of using overtly armed patrols again in the future.”

He described the overwhelming response from the public as "very positive".

No more armed patrols

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

The temporary policing operation which saw armed officers patrolled busy and crowded places in Leicestershire has come to an end.

Armed officers in Leicester
Louis Connor Riley

The extra security was put in place over Christmas and New Year following a suspected terrorist attack on a Christmas Market in Berlin.

Your comments: Fenwick closing

Facebook

Some more Facebook comments on the closure of Fenwick in Leicester.

Fenwick flag
BBC

Lisa Maria Shepherd said: "A beautiful classic 'Are You Being Served' style store. I am not entirely surprised - with the hub of the shopping being at the other end of town though. I don't shop there but hope the building is respectfully used."

Pamela Harrison said: "How sad a shop that has been in Leicester for so long is going - none of the older shops will be left. I noticed one of my Christmas presents came from there I shall always remember that."

Map glitch shows ocean bus stop

Leicester Mercury

Anyone taking a 158 Arriva bus to Hinckley needs to watch out for sharks - because one of the stops appears to be in the Atlantic Ocean.

Your comments: Fenwick closing

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Ndidi available to start against Everton

BBC Leicester Sport

Claudio Ranieri confirms Wilfred Ndidi’s work permit has come through and he will be available to face Everton on Saturday.

Wilfred Ndidi
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Sparse attendance at Foxes presser

Jason Bourne

BBC Radio Leicester Sport

Press conference not exactly well attended today. Got to be 5-6 journalists here. Usually double that at least. 

It's like the old days!

'Outstanding' Fenwick staff praised

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

There are 130 people currently working at the Fenwick store in Leicester.

Fenwick
BBC

Store director David Illingworth praised them in a statement today, saying: "I want to take this opportunity to thank our outstanding members of staff, many of whom I’ve had the pleasure of working with for over 20 years. 

"The situation we find ourselves in is in no way a reflection of their commitment and I will now be focusing all of my energy on ensuring they are fully supported throughout the consultation process.”

Your comments: Fenwick closing

Facebook

We've have lots of comments on our Facebook page about Fenwick in Leicester closing.

Fenwick
Google

Ann Kirkpatrick said: "What a shame - spent many happy hours (and pounds) in Fenwicks."

Amanda Ovenall said: "I used to go in with my mum in the 50s and 60s when it was Joseph Johnson. I can't say I'm surprised it's closing though. It's not an area of the city I've frequented in many years."

Ranieri to speak at FA Cup press conference

Jason Bourne

BBC Radio Leicester Sport

Claudio Ranieri is due to speak to the media soon - I'm sure he'll be asked about new signing Wilfred Ndidi who joined the club on Tuesday.

Press desk at Leicester City
BBC

City will be without three key players for this weekend's FA Cup clash with Everton due to the Africa Cup of Nations.

How seriously will Ranieri take the cup this season? We will find out soon.

Afternoon weather update

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

A cold but bright and sunny afternoon with plenty of blue sky and light winds - lows of 3C (37F).

Fenwick to 'prioritise employees'

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Fenwick
Google

“This has been a very difficult decision for us, as we have been committed to serving the people of Leicester for over 50 years, but the challenging trading environment and gradual loss of footfall, has made it impossible for us to find a way forward that enables the business to trade successfully. Looking after our Leicester employees and customers will now be a top priority.”

Mark FenwickGroup Chairman

Website to replace traditional store

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Fenwick admits internet shopping has also played a part in the reduced footfall.

It will soon be launching an online store.

Footfall down 'due to Highcross and Fosse Park'

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Fenwick says a decline in footfall is the reason it's closing the store.

The shop is based in the city's traditional shopping area but bosses say over recent years shoppers have been "diverted" towards the Highcross shopping centre and Fosse Park retail park.

Fenwick
Google

They claim many other stores in the Market Street and Belvoir Street area have also be affected by this.

Fenwick consulting with staff

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Fenwick is quite a landmark in Leicester - it's been trading from the store on Market Street since 1962.

Fenwick
Google

A consultation has started with the shop's employees and Fenwick has said it will continue to trade as normal for the moment.

BreakingFenwick closing

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

The Fenwick store in Leicester is to close permanently in the coming months as footfall declines.

Fenwick
Google

Council warns of unlicensed waste collectors

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

The council has said the man it prosecuted for fly-tipping claimed he collected the rubbish while moving house and paid a man with a van £40 to dispose of it.

He said he found the man on Facebook but didn't check he was a registered waste carrier.

Councillor David Hayes said: “If you get someone else to dispose of your rubbish then you need to make sure they are licensed because it could be you who ends up in court.”

Man billed for fly-tipping in Anstey

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Check out this load of rubbish...

fly-tipped rubbish on Gorse Hill in Anstey
Charnwood District Council

It was found dumped on Gorse Hill in Anstey in July.

Charnwood District Council has told us the person who put it there will now have to pay a bill for more than £700.

Fatal house fire in Cottesmore

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Quite late yesterday we got the news of a person dying in a house fire in Cottesmore in Rutland.

I've just spoken to the fire service and there's no update yet as to the cause of the fire.

Map showing the location of Cottesmore
BBC

You can read the full story here.

Police dogs awarded for 'excellent work'

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

He might look cute but this furry chap is a crime fighting hero in Leicestershire...

Akie
Leicestershire Police

Akie the police dog is part of the regional East Midlands Operational Support Service and has been recognised for all his hard work with a Crown Court Commendation.

Well done!

Firm comments on 'hot food to go' investment

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Pastys in the oven
Getty Images

“We see the hot food to go sector as one area of real opportunity. This acquisition provides a great extension to our hot food to go capabilities and gives us another outstanding platform to develop our offer in this area.”

Alex KnightSamworth Brothers Group chief executive