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Amy Woodfield

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Live updates for Leicestershire have finished for the day, but we'll be back at 08:00 tomorrow with all the latest news, sport, travel and weather.   

  2. East Midlands weather update: More rain overnight

    Alexandra Hamilton

    BBC weather presenter

    It will be cloudy with a few spots of light rain and drizzle in the first part of the night, with outbreaks of rain becoming more widespread in the early hours.

    Patchy light rain will fizzle out through Tuesday morning.

  3. Watch: World War Two veteran takes last flight

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    This was Sandy Saunders's last flight - just a few weeks ago...

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    Video caption: Dying WW2 veteran in 'last flight'
  4. Guinea Pig Club member dies

    Victoria Hicks

    Reporter, East Midlands Today

    One of the last surviving members of a group of World War Two pilots who underwent pioneering plastic surgery has died at the age of 94.

    Sandy Saunders

    Guinea Pig Club member Sandy Saunders, from Burton Lazars in Leicestershire, died from cancer on Sunday night.

    He recently took his last flight in a Tiger Moth plane for a film made by BBC Inside Out.

  5. Vardy lookalike 'scammed by agent'

    Dave Wade

    BBC New Online

    A Jamie Vardy lookalike said he was left "broke" amid claims his agent scammed him out of appearance fees.

    Jamie Vardy lookalike Lee Chapman with Jamie Vardy
  6. Watch: The hunt for the 'last £50k fiver'

    Liam Barnes

    BBC News Online

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    Video caption: Hunt for the Melton £50k fiver
  7. Eighteen months on from the closure of Snibston

    Tim Parker

    BBC Radio Leicester political reporter

    Then (July 2015)...


    And now at Snibston...


    Council leaders in Leicestershire today unveiled plans for the site's future

  8. Alcohol 'worth £250k' stolen from warehouse

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    Leicestershire Police are trying to trace these two men after nearly £250,000 worth of alcohol was taken from a warehouse in Lutterworth.

    CCTV of wanted men

    It happened a while back, on Friday 9 December. A lorry - believed to have been using a false number plate - arrived at the warehouse in Magna Park and collected 26 pallets of alcohol.

    A 39-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of a theft offence, the force said.

    Quote Message: “There is a possibility that the men could be from the Walsall or Wolverhampton area but if anyone recognises either of them please call me.” from DC Matt Garside Leicestershire Police
    DC Matt GarsideLeicestershire Police
  9. How far could Melton Mowbray's Jane Austen £5 note have gone?

    Liam Barnes

    BBC News Online

    Jane Austen £5 note

    Remember the special set of £5 notes engraved with tiny portraits of Jane Austen?

    Three of the four have now been found, and the last one still to be found was spent in Melton Mowbray's Dickinson & Morris Ye Olde Pork Pie Shoppe last December.

    Nearly three months on, how far can the rare note have gone?

    According to one study, a banknote can change hands more than 250 times in about two years in circulation, so it could have passed through several people's pockets by now.

    With the pie shop saying it had thousands of visitors queuing up and checking their fivers after the news broke last year, it could well have gone beyond Leicestershire too.

    Considering it's valued at up to £50,000, it's probably worth having a check in your wallet. The serial number's AM32 885554, and it includes the quote from Pride and Prejudice pictured below. 

    Jane Austen £5 note
  10. Last £5 note 'worth £50,000' still being sought

    Liam Barnes

    BBC News Online

    A rare £5 note featuring an image of Jane Austen is still on the loose - nearly three months after it was spent in Melton Mowbray .

    Engraved with a portrait of the author, who died 200 years ago, it's been compared to Willy Wonka's golden ticket, and is said to be worth up to £50,000.

    Three other similar notes spent in Northern Ireland , Scotland and Wales  have all been traced, leaving just one more to be found.

    I've been out to the pork pie shop, where it was spent, to see if there's been any sign of the elusive fiver.

    Ye Olde Pork Pie Shoppe
  11. Background to Braunstone Gate murder

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    Let me just remind you of what happened to Adam Bent in July last year.

    Adam Bent

    The 31-year-old was stabbed in what police called an "unprovoked attack".  

    Both he and 21-year-old Fields had been at a bar in the Braunstone Gate area of Leicester. After the pair left, there was a fight and Mr Bent was stabbed once in the chest.

    Members of the public gave him first aid at the scene but he died later in hospital.

    Fields, from Gresley Close in Leicester, pleaded guilty to his murder back in October last year.

  12. BreakingMan jailed for fatal stabbing

    Victoria Hicks

    Reporter, East Midlands Today

    Cameron Fields, aged 21, has been sentenced to a minimum of 23 years for the  murder of Adam Bent in Leicester in July last year.

    Cameron Fields
  13. Fan tribute march route revealed

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    If you're planning to get involved with the parade to the King Power Stadium later, here is the planned route.

    (18:00 - 18:45) Clock Tower > High Street > Jubilee Square > Applegate > The Newarke > DMU > Western or Eastern Boulevard > King Power (19:45).

    Jack Stephens

    Organiser, 11-year-old Jack Stephens, planned the route with his family and Leicestershire Police.

    They've said the route to Jubilee Square is pedestrianised, so those with young children can easily join to this point.

  14. Roberts' friends in high places

    BBC Sport

    Leicester Tigers' Welsh centre Jack Roberts has discussed his breakthrough season and the support of the likes of Manu Tuilagi, Matt Toomua and George North. 

    Jack Roberts
  15. Shakespeare in frame for permanent job

    BBC Sport

    Caretaker boss Craig Shakespeare is firmly in contention for the Leicester manager's job on a long-term basis after Claudio Ranieri's sacking.

    Craig Shakespeare
  16. Swimming: Roberto retires from sport aged 25

    BBC Sport

    The Essex swimmer Roberto Pavoni has announced his retirement from the sport at the age of 25.

    Roberto Pavoni

    He competed at the London 2012 Olympics where he finished 13th overall in the heats in the Men's 400m individual medley and failed to reach the final. 

    The Brentwood-educated swimmer, who trained at Loughborough University, won two medals at the European Championships two years later. 

  17. Your Questions: How did Shepshed get its name?

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    Paul Clark, who used to live in Shepshed, used  Your Questions to ask how the town got its name.

    He now lives all the way over in Sydney, Australia, but said it's something he's "always wondered" about the town he grew up in.

    Shepshed road sign

    Well - I've been making calls and doing some research - and I think I now have an answer for you. 

    Reading from the book "A History of Shepshed by Anthony J. Lacey", a local history expert told me the town was originally known as Scepeshefde Regis - meaning "hill where the sheep graze".

    The book claims the town's name has changed at least 10 times over the years but has always been a form of the words "sheep" and "shed". This is because it was a big sheep wool trading town. 

    Even now, the town council’s Role of Honour Board has a sheep and shed in its logo.

    Role of Honour Board
  18. 'Thousands having unnecessary heart surgery'

    East Midlands Today

    Researchers at the University of Leicester have said thousands of patients are unnecessarily undergoing heart surgery every year in the UK.


    The study claims an internationally approved test to see if people with aortic stenosis (AS) need surgery - which involves cycling on a stationary bike - is highly inaccurate.

    They're now planning further research to find a more reliable method of testing.

  19. Man arrested over Kibworth fire

    Sonia Kataria

    BBC News Online

    I've got more details on the news that a woman and a child were rescued from a flat fire after a suspected arson attack. 

    Leicestershire Police said officers were called just after midnight on Saturday to an address in Glebeland, Kibworth Harcourt, Leicestershire. 

    Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service said it believed the blaze was started “deliberately” but that no-one was injured. 

    Leicestershire Police said a 27-year-old man was arrested suspicion of arson with intent to endanger life. He has been bailed pending further enquiries.