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  1. Updates for Monday 9 January 2017
  2. Mother of Pitchfork victim fears his release
  3. Air ambulance shop robbed for seventh time
  4. British Red Cross help ambulance service
  5. Bradgate Park vehicle taken
  6. Foxes to find out FA Cup fourth round opponents
  7. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 Tuesday

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By Amy Woodfield

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

Weather: Light showers tomorrow afternoon

Kay Crewdson

BBC weather presenter

 A breezy night with variable cloud and a few light spots of rain and drizzle. 

Lows of 4C (39F).


A windy day on Tuesday - variable cloud at first with a few brighter spells however turning increasingly dull, cloudy and drizzly with a few light showers later in the afternoon.

Highs of 9C (48F).

Young people 'don't feel in control'

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

A new report warns one in three young people in the East Midlands don't feel in control of their lives. 

The Prince's Trust has published its annual Youth Index today. 

In this region job prospects, self-confidence and recent political events are playing on young peoples' minds.

Watch: Big wheel goes down

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Now that Christmas is all done and dusted the big wheel in Jubilee Square is coming down.

Here's a little video we've been filming throughout the day...

Charity looks to enhance shop security

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

The air ambulance charity said they recently fitted the CCTV and an alarm system in their store in Wigston.

CCTV footage
Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance

In this latest break-in the burglars tried to smash it before leaving left empty handed.

The charity shop is now looking to put in roller shutters to further protect the shop but they need some extra donations.

Watch: 'NHS crisis is badge of shame for government'

Rob Sissons

East Midlands Today Reporter

The Leicester South MP and Shadow Health Secretary Jon Ashworth has spoken about the Red Cross helping out our ambulance service...

Burglars brandishing crowbars smashed alarm

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

The CCTV of the charity shop robbery was filmed on Saturday morning.

The DLRAA said burglars in hoodies brandishing crowbars forced their way in and smashed the alarm.

It’s the fourth time the shop has been targeted in the last two months - and the seventh time in the last 20 months. 

Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance shop in Wigston

Watch: Charity shop robbed for seventh time

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Thieves have struck for the seventh time at the Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance (DLRAA) charity shop in Wigston... 

Severe accident: M69 Warwickshire northbound

BBC Travel

M69 Warwickshire northbound severe accident, between M6 J2 and M1 J21.

M69 Warwickshire - One lane closed on M69 northbound between M6 J2, Coventry and M1 J21, Leicester, because of an accident.

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Red Cross helps ambulance service in Leicester

Rob Sissons

East Midlands Today Reporter

The British Red Cross has been called in by East Midlands Ambulance Service to help them cope with huge frontline pressures this winter. 

Volunteers from the charity provided refreshments for ambulance staff and patients at the Leicester Royal Infirmary 

Red Cross ambulances were also used to take some patients home.

Red Cross worker
Getty Images

Listen: Reasons to be cheerful in 2017

BBC Radio Leicester

After a rubbish 2016 (for some) we give you five reasons to look forward to 2017...

Fire crew help with fallen horse

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

The fire service has been over in Broughton Astley this afternoon helping with a horse that had fallen over.

A tractor was used to help lift the 33-year-old animal that had collapsed in its stable.

Your comments: Pitchfork moved to open prison


On our Facebook page you've been commenting on the story about Colin Pitchfork being moved to an open prison.

Claire Howgill said: "This is just disgusting, well actually, there really are no words. Speechless and scared."

Sarah Mann Lowe said: "Nightmare has just start for my family. Just like it did in 1983."

Can Hinckley make it to Wembley?

BBC Leicester Sport

Hinckley AFC have been drawn to face Buckland Athletic in the last 16 of the FA Vase.

AFC Hinckley celebrating after the game
Liam Gibbs

Van taken from Bradgate Park

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Bradgate Park Trust has put this post on Facebook in the last hour - their van has been taken and they're appealing for help...

Facebook/Bradgate Park Trust

Foxes set to make improved offer for Acerbi?

BBC Sport

Is Leicester City about to make another bid to sign Italy defender Francesco Acerbi from Sassuolo?

Another award for Ranieri?

BBC Leicester Sport

The Best FIFA Men's Coach 2016 is to be announced in Zurich this evening.

Claudio Ranieri is on the shortlist, up against Fernando Santos and Zinedine Zidane. 

Claudio Ranieri
Getty Images

Melton tip to close for two weeks

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Worth noting if you live in the Melton area and are planning on having a clear-out soon...

View more on twitter

East Midlands afternoon weather update

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

Rain will gradually clear away this afternoon, leaving some drier and brighter conditions for a time. It will be breezy with highs of 9C (48F).

Leicester fraudster pleads guilty

Sarah Teale

Reporter, East Midlands Today

A Leicester saleswoman has pleaded guilty to two counts of fraud.

Barbara Stone admitted the two charges at Nottingham Crown Court this morning.

Her hearing has been adjourned.

View more on twitter

Vegan campaigner explains posters

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

The woman behind these "Go Vegan" posters around Leicester has said she wants more people to think about the ethics of using animals for food, entertainment, research and clothing...

Sandra Higgins said: "Other animals feel as humans do - their lives are as valuable to them as our lives are to us."  

Vegan poster

MP tweets of commitment to Pitchfork issue

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

My fear of dating as someone with dwarfism

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Thought you had a tough time dating?

This Leicester athlete and law student has been speaking out about how he's never had a girlfriend.

Pani Mamuneas
Channel 4

Pani Mamuneas has a form of dwarfism and suspects the only women who approach him want to tick "dwarf" off their bucket list. 

You can read more about his story here.

PM has 'woken up to mental health crisis'

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Prime Minister Theresa May is giving a speech today about improving support for people suffering with mental illness.

Shadow Health Secretary, Leicester South MP Jon Ashworth, said: "It's good that Theresa May has woken up to the crisis in mental health care provision." 

MP Jon Ashworth
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Council invest £30k in 'food share' scheme

East Midlands Today

A project that aims to encourage healthy eating has received a major cash injection.

Leicestershire County Council has given a £30,000 grant to the Braunstone Foundation charity.

Allotment digging

The money will be spent on developing land to grow and supply produce through a "food share" scheme. 

All profits will then go towards running cooking courses.

Your photos: Rainbow in Empingham

BBC Weather Watchers

A lovely rainbow in the Empingham countryside yesterday morning...

Andy's Rutland said he was surprised because there was no noticeable rain - just some mist.  

Rainbow in Empingham
Andy's Rutland

Benalouane vents on Twitter

BBC Leicester Sport

Yohan Benalouane signed for Leicester City in 2015 for a reported fee of £7m but he hasn't played for the first team at all this season. 

In a tweet, that has now been deleted, he said he hadn't been given a "chance" at the club.

Yohan Benalouane
Getty Images

Boss Claudio Ranieri has said it is best for Benalouane to find a new club where he can play.  

FA Cup: Who will Foxes play next?

BBC Leicester Sport

Leicester City will find out tonight who they will face in the fourth round of the FA Cup - the draw will take place at around 19:10 on BBC 2.

Leicester City
Getty Images

Five arrested for damaging vehicles

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Last week I told you dozens of vehicles had been damaged over the course of two nights in villages across Leicestershire.

Over the weekend police arrested five men on suspicion of criminal damage.

Damaged car

The men were aged 18, 19, 20, 21 and 23 and have since been released on bail.

You can read the full story here.

Your photos: Sunday in north west Leicestershire


Staunton Harold Hall on a mild January Sunday...  

Staunton Harold Hall
Will Robson

Thanks to Will Robson for sharing it with us.

Latest Leicestershire headlines

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

  • The mother of Colin Pitchfork's first victim has said she fears he has taken his first steps to freedom
  • Hard-hitting posters are attempting to persuade people across Leicester to adopt a vegan diet
  • Leicester Tigers boss Aaron Mauger expects the future of Owen Williams to be decided in the coming weeks

Your thoughts on vegan posters

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Are the posters enough to make you go vegan? BBC Radio Leicester has been asking some of you.

One person said: "I feel sorry for the baby when you see it. You don't think of it like that when you're buying meat. It does change my perspective."

Vegan poster in Leicester

Another person said: "I think it's a bit rubbish really, we've all got to eat."

Vegan campaign in Leicester

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Have you seen these posters around Leicester?

Go Vegan poster

They appear to be part of a campaign to encourage people to adopt a vegan diet.

Newspaper headline

Leicester Mercury

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

Leicester Mercury
Leicester Mercury

MP in discussion with Justice Minister

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

The Leicestershire South MP Alberto Costa has got involved in the discussion over the future of Colin Pitchfork by writing to the Justice Minister.

A poster asking for help catching the killer of schoolgirls Lynda Mann and Dawn Ashworth

Mr Costa believes the plan is to asses Pitchfork over the next 12 months.

He said there will then be a parole board meeting at the start of 2018 to decide whether or not he will be released.

Watch: Mother's sleepless nights over Pitchfork release

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

One of the teenagers killed was Linda Mann - her mother Kath Eastwood has been telling us how she feels about the relocation of Pitchfork...

East Midlands weather forecast

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

Pitchfork moved to open prison

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Most of us in Leicestershire will remember the story of Colin Pitchfork - a man who raped and murdered two teenage girls in the 1980s.

Colin Pitchfork
Leicestershire Police

Well, after spending nearly 30 years in jail Pitchfork has now been moved to an open prison where his conditions have been relaxed.