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  1. Updates for Friday 17 February 2017
  2. Brendan Mason killer admits murder
  3. Man charged with Albion Street murder
  4. Teens arrested following Aylestone assault
  5. Tigers name side facing Bristol
  6. Zieler and Schmeichel's 'positive competition'
  7. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 Monday

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By Amy Woodfield

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Updates have now finished for the week - they will start again at 08:00 on Monday.

Weather: Some rain overnight

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

It’ll be cloudy overnight with some scattered showery rain in the early hours.

Lows of 6C (43F).


Saturday will be cloudy with a few brighter spells. 

A band of light, patchy rain is expected to move eastwards over the course of the day - highs of 10C (50F).

A6 closure to be extended

Stuart Bailey

BBC News

An extra mile of the A6 near Desborough and Rothwell is to be closed this weekend as repairs to a damaged road bridge continue.

Gaps were found under the road surface on both sides of the carriageway during a routine inspection on 18 January.

Engineers decided to dig under the bridge, which crosses the River Ise, and shore up its foundations. 

Diggers excavate on a road bridge over the River Ise on the A6.

From 08:00 on Saturday the closure will be extended to cover the mile north of the Desborough/Braybrooke roundabout, to the B576 junction.

Map showing the River Ise Bridge on the A6

It's hoped this section will reopen by Monday's evening rush-hour, with the entire A6 closure lifted by the end of the month.

Anger over redundant electric car charger which has never worked

Melton Times

A motorist who tried in vain to power his electric car at a Melton charging point installed by the council three years ago was angry to be told it was not yet operational.

Police cordon still in place

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

These roads in Aylestone are still closed after a man was found with "critical" injuries...

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A 'blatant and stupid' action

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

What Davis did was fit a kitchen for a customer in Shepshed and then he dumped the old kitchen and packaging in a private field on Benscliffe Road.

Charnwood Borough Council

Magistrates said the fly-tip was a “blatant” action and "a stupid thing to do”.

Man sentenced for fly-tipping

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Look at this mess...

Fly-tipped waste
Charnwood Borough Council

It was found dumped in Newtown Linford in February last year.

Earlier this week 37-year-old Gavin Davis from Saunderson Road in Leicester admitted to fly-tipping and was sentenced to a 12-month community order and given a bill for £160.

Date for repair work to complete

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Remember back in August when this happened...?

Railway bridge in Barrow upon Soar

The bridge on Grove Lane in Barrow upon Soar collapsed onto the tracks.

Network Rail has been there ever since doing repair work but now they've announce they expect that to be complete by 27 March.

Travel: Delays in Coalville

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Your photos: Dog walking in Rutland

BBC Weather Watchers

Thanks to Pete for sending this in on his way to Sewstern - I hope you took your brolly...


Female referee 'no different' to male counterparts

BBC Newsbeat

Referee Sara Cox (see 12:45) has been speaking about her historic appointment for Loughborough Students match vs. Plymouth Albion. 

Sara Cox
England Rugby

"I'm very excited actually," Ms Cox told BBC Radio 1's Newsbeat.

"I just like the game of rugby to be honest, whether it be female or males that are playing I just enjoy being out there officiating. 

"I don't see myself as any different to my male counterparts who are refereeing at this level."

Attack on Brendan Mason

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Let me remind you of the background to the case of Brendan Mason's murder...

In July last year the 23-year-old from Glenfield was discovered near the lake in Abbey Park in Leicester - police have said he'd been attacked, stripped and washed in the lake.

He was taken to hospital but died from a head injury.

Men to be sentenced for murder

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Leicester Crown Court has confirmed Lowe and Hack will both be sentenced for murder on Monday (20 February).

Afternoon weather update

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

Plenty of cloud around throughout the afternoon though there may be a couple of brighter spells developing as the cloud thins for a time. 

Dry with highs of 11C (52F).


Severe disruption: M1 Leicestershire southbound

BBC News 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 car.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Keith Lowe admits killing Brendan Mason

A second man has pleaded guilty to murdering 23-year-old Brendan Mason, Leicestershire Police said

Keith Lowe, 22, admitted murder earlier today part way through his trial at Leicester Crown Court. 

Joshua Hack, 21, pleaded guilty to the same charge at an earlier hearing.

Brendan was found in Abbey Park, Leicester, on the morning of 5 July, with serious injuries. He died later that day in hospital as a result of severe head injuries.

Brendon Mason
Leicestershire Police

Time is running out on Lottery ticket

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

The people that run The National Lottery have been over to Melton to appeal to find the winner with help from the indoor bowling club who received lottery funding in 1996...

Melton and District Indoor Bowling Club

The owner of the winning lottery ticket has just a few more days to collect their winnings - it will expire on 23 February.  

Did you win the lottery?

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Could you be the winner of this £100,000 cheque...?


The National Lottery is still hunting for the person who bought a winning lottery ticket in Melton and hasn't claimed their winnings.

The draw was on 27 August 2016 and it wasn't the number that won - is was the raffle code: PLUM 4305 4613.

Top curry restaurants named

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

There's a bit of a party going on a BBC Leicester HQ for the announcement of the Leicester Curry Awards nominees...

Gathering for Leicester Curry Awards

Rugby: Tigers team news

BBC Leicester Sport

Maxime Mermoz, Telusa Veainu and JP Pietersen start for Leicester Tigers against Bristol in the Premiership tomorrow. 

Here's the full starting 15... 

Leicester Tigers team news

Female official breaks new ground in rugby

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

The Rugby Football Union is excited to have a female referee taking charge of a National League One match for the first time this weekend.

Sara Cox

Sara Cox will ref the game between Loughborough Students and Plymouth Albion.

Murder suspect in court

Giles Taylor

BBC East Midlands Today reporter

Suleiman Sillah has appeared at Leicester Magistrates' Court this morning charged with the murder of Lauric Lebato.

He has been remanded into custody to appear at the city's crown court on 17 March.

Police cordon in Aylestone

Amy Harris

Reporter, BBC East Midlands Today

Scene near Middleton Street in Leicester...

Police cordon on Middleton Street

A man aged 27 is in a critical condition. Six teenagers have been arrested after what police are calling an "assault". 

Wanted: Former shoe factory workers

Gavin Bevis

BBC Local Live

Did you ever work at the British Shoe Corporation in Leicester? If so, you're invited to a reunion next month

The firm employed people from across the region.  

Young teenagers arrested following assault

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Six teenagers, including two 13-year-olds, have been arrested after a man was assaulted on Middleton Street in Aylestone.

It happened early this morning - a 27-year-old man remains in a critical condition in hospital in Nottingham.

Three boys, aged 15, 14 and 13 and three girls, two aged 14 and one aged 13, are currently in police custody.

This is the reason Braunstone Lane East is closed.

Schmeichel and Zieler's 'positive competition'

BBC Leicester Sport

Leicester City's Ron-Robert Zieler speaks about his relationship with fellow goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel...

A need for reptile rescue shelter

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Dean has lots of snakes and a bearded dragon inside his home at the moment but he will eventually have a purpose built "rescue shelter" in the garden.

Dean Liddle

He said a lot of people get animals like this for a "novelty" but they don't realise how big they grow.

For example the snake in the photo is a BABY boa constrictor. 

Man turns home into snake sanctuary

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

How do you feel when you see this - scared? Well it's not exactly your typical "cute and fluffy" pet.


Dean Liddle likes snakes so much he's turned his home in Earl Shilton into a reptile rescue centre.

Marines pushing their bodies 'to the limit'

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

It all sounds a bit crazy, so why are the two former Marines putting themselves through all of this?

Well Anthony spoke to BBC Radio Leicester this morning and they asked him.

He said: "The experience, the adventure, pushing our bodies to the limit of human endurance has always been something that's interested myself and Louis.

"Most importantly, we're doing this to raise funds and awareness for mental health within the forces community on behalf of the Royal Marines charity and Help for Heroes."

The island challenge continues

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

This is what meal time in Borneo looks like...

Anthony Lambert
Anthony Lambert

After Papua New Guinea the pair will aim to travel across Madagascar, Greenland and Baffin island.

No I've never heard of Baffin island either but it looks cold!

Watch: Island challenge

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

A man from Rutland is attempting to cross the five biggest islands on the planet using only human power.

Anthony Lambert is a former Royal Marine Commando - as is his teammate Louis Nethercott.

This was the pair crossing the first of the five islands, Borneo. They're now heading off to Papua New Guinea.

Leicester Mercury front page

Leicester Mercury

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

Leicester Mercury
Leicester Mercury

Weather for the East Midlands

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

Jet2 to employ 100 more people at East Midlands Airport

East Midlands Today

New jobs are being created at East Midlands Airport after the budget airline Jet2 decided to bring it's ground handling operations in-house.

Aeroplane at East Midlands Airport

The company's taking on ramp handling services that were previously operated by another firm. 

About 100 fixed-term and permanent jobs will need filling by the busy summer season.

Travel: Roads closed in Braunstone

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Men bailed for 'possession of an offensive weapon'

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

The two men arrested alongside Sulaiman Sillah on Tuesday have been released on police bail. 

They were being held on suspicion of possession of an offensive weapon.

The men, aged 19 and 20, were also arrested on suspicion of violent disorder but no further action will be taken, police said.

Murder charge after street attack death

Neil Heath

BBC News Online

A man has been charged with murder following the death of Lauric Lebato in Leicester.

The 22 year old, from Finsbury Park, north London, died in hospital after being found with a stab wound in Albion Street on Saturday morning.

Lauric Lebato
Family handout

Mr Lebato, pictured, was said to have been at a party at a flat nearby before the attack.

Sulaiman Sillah, 20, of Bateman Road, Leicester, who was also charged with violent disorder, is due at Leicester Magistrates' Court later.

He was also charged with possession of an offensive weapon.

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Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

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