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Summary

  1. Updates for Monday 16 January 2017
  2. Inquest into death of Leicester couple in Tunisia attack
  3. Woman in court accused of the manslaughter of her niece
  4. HS2 consultation in Kegworth sees hundreds of visitors
  5. Reports Leicester Tigers have signed Maxime Mermoz
  6. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 Thursday

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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: Chance of more rain on Tuesday

Lucy Martin

BBC Weather

Rain will mostly fizzle out through the evening, leaving a cloudy night. A few patches of mist and fog likely to form into the early hours. 

Min temp: 4C (39F).

Weather
BBC

Another cloudy day on Tuesday with limited brightness. 

Where the cloud is thick enough it could produce the odd spot of rain or drizzle. Light winds with a maximum temperature of 5C (41F).

Your photos: Like a duck to water

BBC Weather Watchers

It's been damp and drizzly all day - miserable for most of us but not these guys, they like the water...

Ducks in Melton Mowbray
Ruby's Dad

Thanks to Ruby's Dad in Melton Mowbray for the photo.

Rugby: French centre could bring 'creativity' to Tigers

BBC Leicester Sport

BBC Radio Leicester has been told that Maxime Mermoz would bring "creativity" to the Leicester Tigers if he signs for the club. 

It's believed the centre's move from Toulon could be confirmed this week. 

Maxime Mermoz
Getty Images

Simon Ward is a regular on our Rugby Show, and watches the French Top 14 - he said: "I think he'll be a quality addition to that Leicester midfield, which we know needs bumping up a bit."  

The Listening Project: Eluned and Neal

BBC Radio 4

About to turn 60, a couple reflect on what changes and what remains the same...

Man's flashmob wedding proposal

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

I do love a good marriage proposal - this man got the help of a flashmob outside the Highcross in Leicester...

Manslaughter accused 'blames baby's mother'

Victoria Hicks

Reporter, East Midlands Today

Chaufang Zheng described how the baby's mother asked if there was something in the baby's mouth and then held the baby upside down.

The aunt said she told her to "stop doing that".

Great Wall Chinese restaurant
BBC

The court then heard the baby's mother held the baby upside down and it was then that she was shaken. 

She said the mother was very panicked.

Latest Leicestershire headlines

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

  • An inquest into the attack on a beach in Tunisia has heard that police units deliberately delayed their arrival at the scene
  • Eight Leicestershire police officers are appearing before a gross misconduct hearing
  • Tigers captain Tom Youngs is confident they'll perform against Glasgow despite being unable to qualify

Baby's body went 'soft'

Victoria Hicks

Reporter, East Midlands Today

Chaufang Zheng said: "I tried to feed her and then I saw her closing her eyes slowly. Her body become soft - I feel she was asleep."

Chaufang Zheng
BBC

She then described feeling "very panicked" and "very scared" and took the baby to the family takeaway where her parents were working.

Woman accused of killing baby niece 'rocked her gently'

Victoria Hicks

Reporter, East Midlands Today

The defence in the manslaughter trial of a woman accused of killing her seven-month old niece in Lutterworth began today.

Chaufang Zheng
BBC

Chaufang Zheng was in the witness box describing how the baby didn't want to feed and was crying.

She said she took the baby out of a walker to feed her and rocked her very gently but she didn't settle.

Noise of HS2 demonstrated

Tim Parker

BBC Radio Leicester Political Reporter

At the HS2 consultation in Kegworth, there's even a sound booth demonstrating the noise impact of existing and HS2 trains...

HS2 consultation
BBC

Constables suspected of breaching police standards

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

The professional standards of behaviour the eight police constables are alleged to have breached are:

  • Authority, respect and courtesy
  • Equality and diversity
  • Discreditable conduct
  • Challenging and reporting improper conduct

Police officers face misconduct hearing

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Eight Leicestershire police constables are appearing before a gross misconduct hearing.

The officers will answer allegations relating to offensive or discriminatory messages that were exchanged within a private phone messaging group in 2013 and 2014.

Tunisian attack inquests begin

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

The attack at a Tunisian beach resort that led to the deaths of 30 British tourists could have been stopped sooner, a UK coroner has heard.

Ray and Angela Fisher
Family via Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Islamist gunman Seifeddine Rezgui opened fire near Sousse in June 2015, killing 38 holidaymakers including Ray and Angela Fisher from Leicester.  

Read more on the first day of the inquest here.

Birch heading home

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Shout out to Leicester City legend Alan Birchenall who is on his way home from hospital now.

Birch went into cardiac arrest on Thursday during an awards ceremony.

Alan Birchenall
Getty Images

Travel: Delays caused by traffic lights

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Olympic swimmer retires

BBC Leicester Sport

Loughborough based Olympian Fran Halsall has announced her retirement after a 10-year international career.

Fran Halsall
Getty Images

The sprint freestyle specialist won more than 30 medals at world, European and Commonwealth level.  

Mahrez scores twice for Algeria

BBC Sport

Riyad Mahrez has admitted his international side were not at their best as they were held 2-2 by Zimbabwe in their Africa Cup of Nations opener.

Riyad Mahrez
Getty Images

The Leicester winger scored both of Algeria's goals.  

Severe disruption: M1 Leicestershire southbound

BBC Travel

M1 Leicestershire southbound severe disruption, at J24 for A6.

M1 Leicestershire - M1 exit slip road closed southbound at J24, A6 (Kegworth), because of an incident.

Check local traffic and travel reports for:

Concerns about HS2 on the environment

Tim Parker

BBC Radio Leicester Political Reporter

There's been about 150 people through the doors in the first 90 minutes by my estimate...

HS2 consultation
BBC

Some are resigned to it saying "you'd be daft to ignore progress" and others worried about the detailed environmental impact telling me "its more than just about noise".

How HS2 will affect Kegworth

Tim Parker

BBC Radio Leicester Political Reporter

There's been a steady stream of visitors in the first hour and half here at the HS2 consultation.

HS2 consultation
BBC

People are poring over maps and displays to get an exact idea of how their homes and area will be affected by HS2.  

Watch: Church hopes to be more 'diverse'

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Rev Dr Stuart Burns says a grant will help make the church more diverse...

Money for Christianity research

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

The Church of England in Leicester has been given a £1m grant to work closer with Christians who are black, Asian or from minority groups.

Like this congregation at All Saints Church in Leicester...

Congregation at All Saints Church in Leicester
BBC

The money has come from the National Church of England.

It'll be used for research and to get a better understanding of how to support and grow Christians from BME backgrounds.

Consultation on HS2 plans

Tim Parker

BBC Radio Leicester Political Reporter

A consultation event is underway in Kegworth about plans for the HS2 route - it's the first of two happening in Leicestershire...

HS2 consultation
BBC

Afternoon weather update

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

Staying dull, cloudy and overcast throughout the afternoon with occasional rain and drizzle - highs of 7C (45F).

Charlie Slater
BBC

Village banned youngsters from gathering

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Since an order was imposed in Countesthorpe last year, young people aged 10-17 have been banned from gathering in groups of more than four people.

It also meant they couldn't act in a harassing way, have alcohol or intoxicating substances.

They were warned doing any of these things could lead to formal action being taken by the police or the council.

Reason behind Countesthorpe's PSPO

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Just to remind you - the PSPO was introduced in Countesthorpe after a consultation with 250 people across the village.

The idea was supported by 95% of people. 

Over half the people who responded to the consultation said they felt there had been an increase in anti-social behaviour and that they had concerns about the problem.

Freak accident as car left in gear

Rutland Times

A mother of two has paid tribute to the skills of a volunteer doctor who helped her after she ran over herself in a freak car accident.

Water issues in Leicester

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Struggling to have a shower? This might be why...

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Twenty fewer bad behaviour reports

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Here are some stats that show anti-social behaviour has reduced in Countesthorpe since a Public Spaces Protection Order was enforced...

Between October and December 2015 there were 57 reported incidents but between the same months in 2016 there were 37.

Leicestershire men make national hockey team

BBC Leicester Sport

Loughborough University's Luke Taylor, Jonty Griffiths and Ed Horler are three of the nine new additions to England's men’s hockey squad.

Police support claim PSPO 'has worked'

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

The PSPO meant there was an increase in police patrols in the area and more activities for young people to get involved in.

Police inspector Dan Eveleigh said: “This order has enabled us to reduce incidents involving a very small minority of young adults causing anti-social behaviour in Countesthorpe."

Bad behaviour 'has reduced' in Countesthorpe

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

It's been six months since Blaby District Council brought in a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) in Countesthorpe to  reduce the amount of anti-social behaviour.

Well, they reckon it has worked.

Map of Countesthorpe showing areas covered by Public Spaces Protection Order
Blaby District Council

Just as good as a normal Post Office?

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Richard Hall is from the Post Office and said everything you can do at a normal post office can be done in the van.

He said: "Postage, banking services, savings and investments will all be there for customers and we look forward to seeing them from today".  

Inside the Post Office van
BBC

With the future of five normal post offices in Leicestershire and Rutland currently being reviewed, maybe we could soon see more mobile service like this in the future.

Tractor and cyclist crash

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Police are advising drivers to avoid the Asfordby area this morning after a "serious collision" on the A6006.

The road has been closed between the junction with Grimston and Asfordby village.

The crash involved a tractor and a cyclist.

Mobile Post Office for rural Leicestershire

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

This new mobile Post Office is making its way around villages in Rutland and East Leicestershire today...

Mobile Post office
BBC

The postmaster in Uppingham will take the mobile service out to Caldecott, Hallaton, Edmondthorpe, Market Overton, North Luffenham, South Luffenham, Rearsby and Thorpe Satchville. 

Making Fenny Drayton a tourist destination

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Michael Cox told BBC Radio Leicester he wasn't overly bothered when the updated survey corrected his earlier published work - he was just pleased he wasn't too far off.

So are we missing a trick and should we be doing more to promote the "Middle of England" as a tourist destination? After all, lots of people visit Land's End and John O'Groats.

Fenny Drayton
Google

The landlord of the local pub Royal Red Gate Inn thinks so - he suggested a monument could be put in the area.

Where is the centre of England?

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

We know that we live in the Midlands but how close to the "middle" of England actually are we?

According to this man the Leicestershire village of Higham on the Hill is the very centre...

Michael Cox
BBC

Author Michael Cox wrote a book about it that was published in 2002 but since then an ordnance survey has claimed the centre point is actually Fenny Drayton.

Watch: Mesothelioma cases expected to increase

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Speicalist nurse Liz Darliston is based at Glenfield hospital and explains they're treating an increasing number of asbestos-related cancer cases...

RSPCA story to make you smile

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

The RSPCA has been trying to cheer us up this "Blue Monday" by telling some of their funny stories - including one from Leicester.

Their animal welfare officer was called about a collapsed horse but the caller was unable to see from a distance if the horse was still alive.

A number of other horses in the field seemed to be keeping away, they said. 

After rushing to the scene the officer found the "collapsed horse" was actually a pile of old hay, wrapped in twine... awkward.