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Summary

  1. Teenage girls on suspicion of assault
  2. Woman banned from keeping dogs
  3. Frustration over plans to expand Glen Parva prison
  4. Riyad Mahrez named CAF African Footballer of the Year
  5. Updates for Friday 6 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 Monday at 08:00.

'Gardening can wait' for Cockerill

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Cockerill gets new job

BBC Leicester Sport

Cockerill's deal with the Top 14 club will be until the end of the season and he will join up with Toulon in the next few days. 

Richard Cockerill
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BreakingNew job for sacked Tigers boss Cockerill

BBC Leicester Sport

Former Leicester Tigers director of rugby Richard Cockerill has been appointed as a rugby consultant at Toulon. 

Mike Ford and Richard Cockerill
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He'll work under ex-Bath and England coach Mike Ford. 

Weather: Occasional bright spells on Saturday

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

Widespread showery rain will continue to clear over the course of this evening and tonight. 

It’ll be cloudy with drier spells between the showers - lows of 4C (39F).

Weather
BBC

Tomorrow it’ll be cloudy with very occasional brighter spells and isolated showers. 

Highs of 9C (48F).

Leicester students represent 'global community'

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

More than 1,000 students from DMU gather in Time Square this morning...

They are "flying the flag for global unity" after an eventful political year

It's thought to have been the biggest ever international visit organised by a UK university.

Dog still recovering from neglect

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

The RSPCA said Chase is now "thriving" in their care...

Chase
RSPCA

They said he is still recovering and is not currently available for rehoming but it wont be long till he is available for adoption.

... I do like a happy ending

Dog suffered 'for at least four weeks '

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Chase
RSPCA

Jim Lucas is the RSPCA inspector that found Chase - he said: "The room of the house where Chase was living was very unpleasant - there was faeces and urine all over the floor and it had an extremely strong smell, as did Chase.

“As a result of his neglect, Chase was severely emaciated. 

"It was clear that he was not being cared for, and a lack of exercise meant that his claws had become very long."

Woman banned from owning a dog

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

The RSPCA has been in touch today to say Chase's former owner has now been disqualified from keeping dogs.

Faeces on the floor
RSPCA

They claim Georgina Inglis from Thurcroft Close was also fined £172 and was ordered to pay court costs.

Charity rescue neglected dog

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Stories like this always make me sad...

Chase
RSPCA

Poor Chase was rescued from a house in Leicester on 16 September last year.

The RSPCA has said he was "clearly underweight" and was living in a room of the house with faeces on the floor.

Fenwick in the 60s

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

The much loved Fenwick building in summer 1964 - the Joseph Johnson signs are still up but I believe Fenwick had taken over by this time...

Fenwick in summer 1964
Leicestershire County Council

Notes on the photo explain the scaffolding is there for the painters.

Drink driver three times over the limit

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

The highest roadside breath test reading in Leicestershire during December 2016 was 106.

That's over three times the limit.

Police with a breathalyser
PA

Concern about younger drink drivers

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Police breathalyser
PA

“Although the overall arrests are lower than December 2015 the increase in the number of younger drivers being stopped is worrying. Our statistics show that road users aged between 17 & 24 are more likely to suffer death or serious injury on our roads. Of equal concern is the number of people arrested following roadside collisions along with those detained during the daytime.”

Jonathan ClarksonLeicester, Leicestershire & Rutland Road Safety Partnership

Significantly more men caught drink driving over Christmas

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Leicestershire Police have released their drink drive figures for the Christmas and New Year period - brace yourself, here are some stats...

They arrested 46 people for drink driving and four for drug driving. Of those 50 people, 43 were men and just seven were women.

The total amount is smaller than December 2015 when they arrested 67 people.

National charity comment on police film

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

On Tuesday Leicestershire Police made Kayleigh's Love Story available to watch online - the film showed how a Measham teenager was groomed online before being raped and killed...

The children's charity NSPCC has commented saying: "This powerful film is undoubtedly helping to raise greater awareness of the dangers young people face every time they go online and the fact that viewers are now coming forward to report grooming demonstrates its crucial impact.

“Kayleigh’s horrific murder was a stark reminder about the risks of social media."

Teens arrested on suspicion of assault

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Two teenagers have been arrested after an assault on Uppingham Road on 3 January.

The girls are aged 13 and 15 and have been released on police bail.

Severe accident: M1 Leicestershire northbound

BBC Travel

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

M1 Leicestershire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M1 northbound between J20, A4303 (Lutterworth) and J21, M69 (Leicester), because of an accident.

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'Rugby coaches are now more vulnerable'

Ex-Leicester Tigers boss Richard Cockerill
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The recent spike in Premiership sackings shows a "worrying trend", according to the Rugby Coaches Association.

Leicester director of rugby Richard Cockerill became the third boss sacked in eight months on Monday, while five left in five years before 2016.  

Weather: Rain around this afternoon

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

Dull, cloudy and overcast throughout the afternoon with rain arriving.

Expect showers on and off into this evening with highs of 5C (41F). 

Newspaper headlines

Leicester Mercury

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

Leicester Mercury
Leicester Mercury

Medical advice from Leicester Hospitals

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

A bit of advice from Leicester Hospitals if you're feeling under the weather...

Diagram of where to get medical treatment
Leicester Hospitals NHS Trust

Litter pickers take to north-west Leicestershire

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Well done to the Friends of Thringstone and Whitwick Scouts who've been out collecting all this rubbish...

Bags of rubbish
North West Leicestershire District Council

Tigers v Wasps starting 15

BBC Leicester Sport

Here's the full line up...

Leicester Tigers starting 15
BBC

Tigers name side facing Wasps

BBC Leicester Sport

Leicester Tigers have made several changes to their starting 15 at Wasps on Sunday...

Tom Brady and Will Evans come in for Manu Tuilagi and Lachlan McCaffrey while Peter Betham switches to centre alongside Jack Roberts.

Will Evans
Getty Images

Brendan O'Connor will wear the number 8 shirt.

Listen: Bramall 'could have a Vardy impact'

BBC Radio 5 live

Arsenal's new signing Cohen Bramall has been compared to Leicester City's Jamie Vardy...

Technical issue at Leicester Railway Station

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Afternoon weather update

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

Dull, cloudy and overcast throughout the afternoon with rain arriving - expect showers on and off into this evening with highs of 5C (41F).

Staff laid-off over poultry restrictions

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

More now on the impact the bird flu outbreak has had on Melton's livestock market.

Tim Webster is the manager of the market and said they've had to lay off a few staff members while there is a ban on the movement of poultry.

Chickens
Getty Images

He said: "All our poultry sales are non-existent at the moment so we're missing a few customers and staff - it's a big tourism thing for us as well."

Man arrested after Ashby attack

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Yesterday I told you about an attack in Ashby on New Year's Day - well I have an update for you.

Police have arrested a 26-year-old man on suspicion of assault and he's now in custody.

A 45-year-old man ended up with a fractured eye socket and spine after the attack on Derby Road on Sunday.

Hungry fox caught in the act

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Is it a bird? Is it a squirrel? No it's a fox balancing on a bird table in Great Glen...

Well done to Philip Goodger for capturing this in his garden this morning - I hope it hasn't scared the birds off too much.

Bird flu scare impacting Melton market

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

The man in charge of the livestock market in Melton has said he's having to send staff home because of restrictions brought in to contain an outbreak of bird flu.

Wigeon
BBC

Over Christmas the government confirmed it was temporarily banning poultry at bird shows, auctions and fairs across the country. 

Days later a dead wild wigeon duck found in Leicestershire tested positive for the H5N8 bird flu strain.

Why are fewer people shopping on Market Street?

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Many people - including the Group Chairman of Fenwick - have blamed the shift of footfall towards High Cross and away from Market Street and Belvoir Street. 

Sarah Harrison is the City Centre Director in Leicester and said there are other factors as well.

Market Street Leicester
BBC

She said: "Market Street was very well supported by the New Walk Centre and the council staff so when over 3,000 people on your doorstep move out that's going to have an effect."

Cheeky fox after birdseed

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Philip Goodger from Great Glen gets lots of different types of birds and even squirrels visit the bird table in his garden - but he couldn't believe his eyes this morning when he woke up to this...

Fox on a bird table
Philip Goodger

Not something you see every day.

Loyal customer has kind words about Fenwick

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Another shopper said: "It's awful because it's a very good shop, a niche shop with good quality goods. I pop in there probably once or twice a week because I work in town. I've always come to Fenwick."

Fenwick Leicester
BBC

Shopper 'heartbroken' about Fenwick closure

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

BBC Radio Leicester has been speaking to some Fenwick customers outside the store.

BBC car outside Fenwick
BBC

One shopper said: "I'm very sad because it's a shop I come to at least a couple of times a month and I always come out with a bag with Fenwick on.

"It's an iconic shop in Leicester. It's been here since I was growing up. My mum had an account here. It's breaking my heart that it's going to go."

New year, new home for stray dog

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

This is Maisie - she's a two-year-old Crossbreed who was found stray just before the festive season.

She's the first dog of 2017 to be rehomed from Dogs Trust in Loughborough...

Maisie
Dogs Trust Loughborough

She's been adopted by a family from Trowell in Nottinghamshire.

Nearly 200 ambulance staff assaulted in the past year

Hinckley Times

A paramedic was assaulted, chased, verbally abused and had her hair pulled by a relative of a patient she was treating, during a “distressing and traumatic” attack.

Latest Leicestershire headlines

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

  • The government is being urged to reveal its plans for a Leicestershire prison
  • Shoppers and business owners react to the news Fenwick in Leicester is closing
  • Leicester City's Riyad Mahrez has been named the CAF African Footballer of the Year

Your comments: Fenwick closing

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We've had hundreds of Facebook comments about the closure of Fenwick.

Fenwick flag
BBC

Avril Thompson said: "Our high streets will never be the same again after all the recent big name losses."

Neil Hardman said: "That's such sad news. A lovely store that will be greatly missed."

Travel: Crash in Evington

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live