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Summary

  1. Huge fire at derelict building on St John Street
  2. Man sentenced for Kayleigh Haywood grooming
  3. Petition to save children's heart unit going to Downing Street
  4. School lollipop lady celebrating 40 years
  5. Leicester City beat Derby County 3-1 in FA Cup
  6. Updates for Thursday 9 February 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 wintry showers

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

Tonight will be cold again and a frost will form widely even though skies will stay cloudy. 

A few wintry showers are likely - a minimum temperature of -1C (30F).

Weather
BBC

Friday will be another cold day with largely cloudy skies and occasional wintry flurries.

A maximum temperature of 3C (37F).

Watch: Daughter of fraud victims

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Franny Moyle talks about how Barbara Stone harassed her father...

Franny Moyle talks about how Barbara Stone harassed her father

Suspended sentence for 'figure of horror'

Greig Watson

Reporter, BBC News Online

A woman who became a "figure of horror" by driving an elderly couple into more than £70,000 of debt has avoided jail.

Barbara Stone, 62, worked for Leicester-based Aspire magazine when she pressured John and Olga Moyle into buying advertising space.

Stone, who admitted two counts of fraud at an earlier hearing, was given a 22 month suspended sentence.

Daughter Franny Moyle said the debt forced them to sell their home and hastened her mother's death.

Charity comments on grooming sentence

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

The NSPCC made a statement after the sentencing of Bruce Cordwell today.

Bruce Cordwell
Leicestershire Police

A spokesperson said: “Kayleigh was a vulnerable girl targeted by online predators searching for victims to abuse.

“Her tragic story shows the serious dangers that young people face every time they log on. It is vital that parents talk to their children about what they are doing online and are aware of the risks."

Family 'shattered' by death

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Victoria’s mother, Carol Gayle, has issued a statement following the sentencing today.

She said: “On 1 June 2016 I said goodbye to my daughter at the airport hoping to see each other again in two weeks.

“Victoria was a loving, caring compassionate and selfless young woman, who gave of herself in life and death.

“Victoria's death has shattered the entire family, friends and community we are all devastated and still struggling to come to terms with her untimely death.”

Javid to spend time in detention

Caroline Lowbridge

BBC News Online

Javid pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving and failing to stop at the scene and was given a 40-month custodial sentence.

He will serve 20 months in detention before being released on licence. He has also been disqualified from driving for 56 months.

Judge Robert Brown said an accident reconstruction had shown if he had been driving within the speed limit he would have been able to stop before hitting her.

Cyclist had been visiting friends and family

Caroline Lowbridge

BBC News Online

Victoria Gayle, 25, had been visiting the UK from Canada. She and a friend had hired bicycles earlier in the day and had been out at Bradgate Park.

Victoria Gayle
Family handout

The crash happened shortly after midnight on 6 June 2016 on Upperton Road.

Javid initially failed to stop at the scene but later turned around and drove back.

Man sentenced for killing cyclist

Caroline Lowbridge

BBC News Online

A man who hit and killed a cyclist while he was driving "like a boy racer" has been detained for causing her death by dangerous driving.

Muhammad Javid
Leicestershire Police

Muhammad Javid's speed had reached 67mph on a 30mph road shortly before the accident - he was still travelling between 32 and 40mph when he hit Victoria Gayle.

Miss Gayle, who had been crossing a road in Leicester, hit his windscreen and was "thrown through the air", the prosecution said.

Severe disruption: A594 Leicestershire eastbound

BBC Travel

A594 Leicestershire eastbound severe disruption, between Grafton Place and Orchard Street.

A594 Leicestershire - One lane blocked and very slow traffic on A594 Burleys Way eastbound in Leicester between the Grafton Place junction and the Orchard Street junction, because of a broken down car.

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Fraudster fears jail

Sarah Teale

Reporter, East Midlands Today

Cold calling sales rep Barbara Stone from Leicester is being sentenced for fraud after pressuring an elderly couple into paying £74k for ads.

Barbara Stone
BBC

The court heard John and Olga Moyle were "hounded to death" and "drowning in a sea of paperwork, debt and confusion" after Stone targeted them.

Barbara Stone's defence lawyer said she offered an apology to victims and their families and was "in terror" at a custodial sentence.

Listen: Matt Elliott caught short

BBC Leicester Sport

Fancy a laugh? This is quite a funny listen.

Our Leicester City summariser wasn't quite ready for Andy King's goal last night... 

Williams fails to make Wales team

BBC Leicester Sport

Owen Williams is not in the Wales squad to face England - he's expected to be involved for Leicester Tigers against Gloucester on Saturday.

Owen Williams
Getty Images

Cordwell's grooming was 'child abuse'

Caroline Lowbridge

BBC News Online

Judge Robert Brown told Cordwell: "You groomed her. Your intention was that you would meet her and your intention thereafter was that you would have sexual intercourse with her. 

"You never actually met her and you had not agreed or even proposed a date, time or place of rendezvous, but this type of offence is child abuse and it calls for a custodial sentence."

Kayleigh Haywood
Leicestershire Police

Naked photo sent to teen

Caroline Lowbridge

BBC News Online

Cordwell's conversations with Kayleigh were discovered by police during their investigation into Kayleigh's disappearance and death.

He had sent her messages of a sexual nature and naked photos of himself - he also repeatedly asked her to meet up with him.

Kayleigh Haywood
Leicestershire Police

He sent her a message on 16 November when he heard that she had gone missing, saying: "You need to get home now, your parents are worried sick about you. You are only 15."

Cordwell never met with Kayleigh

Caroline Lowbridge

BBC News Online

Kayleigh, who was from Measham, chatted online with Cordwell between 10 and 13 November. At the same time she was chatting to another man called Luke Harlow.

Kayleigh never met up with Cordwell but she did go and stay at Harlow's flat in Ibstock on Friday 13 November.

Kayleigh Haywood
Leicestershire Police

Harlow engaged in sexual activity with Kayleigh and he also falsely imprisoned her with the help of Beadman who went on to rape and kill her.

Man sentenced for grooming schoolgirl

Caroline Lowbridge

BBC News Online

A man who attempted to meet schoolgirl Kayleigh Haywood for sex days before she was raped and murdered has been sentenced to 43 months in a young offenders' institute.

Kayleigh Haywood
Leicestershire Police

Bruce Cordwell contacted the 15-year-old through Facebook and WhatsApp in November 2015. 

The 20-year-old admitted a charge of attempting to arrange to meet a child following sexual grooming.

Cordwell had nothing to do with the 15-year-old's death at the hands of Stephen Beadman, who was jailed for 35 years last summer.

Missing Lutterworth woman

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Police are appealing to find this woman called Becky Hood...

Becky Hood
Leicestershire Police

The 20-year-old from Lutterworth hasn't been seen since Monday 6 February.

Environment team monitors water pollution

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

The Environment Agency has been working with the fire service in Leicester today to tackle the fire.

They were there to protect watercourses near the Grand Union Canal from pollution.

BreakingWatch: 'Fire was arson'

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

This fire in Leicester this morning is believed to have been started deliberately...

The fire service has said: "These acts of arson are permanently damaging the historic tapestry of our city."

Fire service fears lives will be lost

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

The fire service has raised some very serious concerns about the fire near St Margaret's Church this morning.

Building fire in Leicester
Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service

They claim it's the seventh fire of this nature in the last two years and fear it is "only a matter of time" before a firefighter or a member of public is killed."

Watch: Children thank lollipop lady

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Children at All Saints Primary School in Sapcote deliver anniversary present to their lollipop lady...

Christmas Day baby finally home

Harborough Mail

The baby daughter of poorly mum Katherine Boulton was discharged from hospital this week, and returned home to Market Harborough. 

Dexter the sniffer dog all fired up

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

Dexter looks like he's eager to help fire crews in Leicester today.

They've been tackling a large blaze at a derelict building in St Peter Street, which also damaged about 35 cars.

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Severe disruption: M1 Leicestershire southbound

BBC Travel

M1 Leicestershire southbound severe disruption, between J19 for M6 and J18 for A5.

M1 Leicestershire - One lane closed and heavy traffic on M1 southbound between J19, M6 (Catthorpe Interchange) and J18, A5 (Rugby), because of a broken down lorry.

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Your photos: Cloudy afternoon

BBC Weather Watchers

An overcast afternoon near Freeby...

Freeby
Pete

Man dies in M69 crash

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Police have just reported a 63-year-old man died in a crash on the M69 last night.

The two cars and a van crashed at about 20:40 on the southbound carriageway - a woman was taken to Leicester Royal Infirmary for treatment and has since been discharged.

No football fans arrested

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

It looks like most football fans behaved well last night during the FA Cup match between Leicester City and Derby County.

Police have said they stopped and searched 26 people but no arrests were made and no dispersal orders were handed out. 

Inside King Power Stadium during Leicester City V Derby County match
BBC

Supt Steve Potter, the match commander, said: “There was a great atmosphere at the match last night, with a very low level number of incidents."

Clean up after building fire

Navtej Johal

East Midlands Today reporter

The clean-up begins at the VW dealership on Friday Street in Leicester. Fire crews are expected to be here for most of the day.

VW dealership
BBC

Petition handed to PM

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Looks like the Glenfield Hospital petition has now been handed in at Downing Street - the Leicester MP Liz Kendall has just tweeted this...

View more on twitter

Watch: Demarai Gray's moment of magic

BBC Sport

This was the other goal everyone's been talking about - scored by Demarai Gray in the 114th minute...

Smoke still rising from disused building

Andy Trigg

BBC Radio Leicester reporter

There's still a strong smell of burning as smoke continues to rise from the former factory...

Building fire in Leicester
BBC

A car dealership nearby has a team cleaning dozens of cars that are covered in ash. 

Structural engineers are on site assessing the damage - it's still unclear whether anyone was injured or whether the building will need to be demolished.

Update on power cut

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

If you've been affected by the power cut in Barrow Upon Soar here's the latest...

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Dog helps with fire investigation

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service have said a fire investigation dog is working at the scene of the building fire on St John Street.

Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service
Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service

Rugby: Cole and Youngs to start for England

BBC Leicester Sport

Leicester Tigers Ben Youngs and Dan Cole to start for England against Wales in the Six Nations on Saturday...

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Leicester Mercury news

Leicester Mercury

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

Leicester Mercury
Leicester Mercury

House raided in German jihadists investigation

Kate Palmer

BBC News Online

Police have raided a house in Leicester as part of a German investigation into two people suspected of providing supporting for a Syrian jihadist group. 

Read the full story here.

Germany's federal prosecutor earlier ordered police to search flats, businesses and mosques in the country
AFP

Travel: Traffic lights not working

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Lollipop lady reminisces on anniversary

Helen McCarthy

BBC Radio Leicester Reporter

This black and white photo was taken shortly after she started...

Jennifer Hook
Jennifer Hook

Jenny (as the children call her) wouldn't tell me her age but said she started in her 30s when her son was at the school and she was asked by the local police officer.

She remembers her first day vividly - she was scared because she didn't actually drive herself.

Four decades of cross patrol

Helen McCarthy

BBC Radio Leicester Reporter

Jennifer Hook is the most glamorous looking lollipop lady with her bright pink lipstick...

Jennifer Hook
BBC

Today she is celebrating 40 years of helping children in Sapcote to safely cross the road.