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  1. Updates for Monday 6 March 2017
  2. Survivor from Melton remembers Zeebrugge disaster
  3. Leicester schoolboy trialling portable air monitor
  4. Reports link Tigers with move for Mike Brown
  5. Netball: Loughborough Lightning play Bath
  6. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 Tuesday

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By Calum McKenzie

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Our live updates have now ended and will return tomorrow from 08:00. 

Teaching assistant gets suspended jail sentence for theft

Simon Ward

East Midlands Today reporter at Leicester Magistrates Court

A teaching assistant has been given a prison sentence of 26 weeks, suspended for 18 months, after she admitted stealing more than £3,000 from her own school. 

Nadine Ledwith, 46, of Saffron Lane, Leicester, took the cash raised by families and staff at Montrose Primary School in the city.  

She was treasurer of the school PTA and stole a total of £3,384. 

Leicester magistrates also ordered that she pay the full amount back to the school. 

The court heard she was in debt and was very ashamed about what she had done. The school said the "community has been badly let down by her actions". 

Weather: Rain and frost around overnight

Lucy Martin

BBC Weather

Tonight, showers will continue for a time but drier conditions will develop in the early hours. There will be some clear spells, allowing for a touch of frost in the coldest spots.  

weather map

Ryanair flights from East Midlands Airport to Limoges cancelled due to strike action

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

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Drugs patrols in Leicester 'reduce violent crime by 30%'

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

BBC Radio Leicester was granted special access to go out with the police on the force's bi-monthly drugs crackdown on Saturday evening. 

Named Operation Fall, it uses a sniffer dog to try and get drugs off the streets of the city in the evening. 

Leicestershire Police believe that on weekends when the operation runs, violent crime drops by 30%. 

Officers on patrol

Officers were joined on this weekend's patrol by Leicestershire's Police and Crime Commissioner, Lord Willy Bach (pictured above, second right). 

"Medical evidence shows pretty clearly that if you take cocaine and then alcohol you are more prone to be violent," he said. 

"Anything that stops the level of violence that there can sometimes be in the city centre is to be encouraged." 

Severe disruption: M1 Leicestershire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Leicestershire northbound severe disruption, between J21 for M69 and J22 for A50.

M1 Leicestershire - One lane closed and heavy traffic on M1 northbound between J21, M69 (Leicester) and J22, A50 (Coalville), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

O'Neill would consider Foxes approach

BBC Sport

Northern Ireland boss Michael O'Neill  has said he could be "tempted" by the Leicester City job - but insists he is not "actively seeking" a new post.  

Michael O'Neill

O'Neill is among several names to have been linked with the Premier League side since Claudio Ranieri's sacking, although caretaker boss Craig Shakespeare has strengthened his prospects after guiding the Foxes to  two straight wins.

"You have to consider these things if the opportunity is presented to you," said O'Neill, 47.

"I don't think you can ever say 'no' in football but equally I'm not actively looking for another job."

Artist wants help naming Richard III painting

East Midlands Today

An artist from Leicester is hoping the public can help her choose a name for her painting about Richard III. 


Kirsteen Thomson's painting was on display at Leicester Cathedral at the weekend as part of BBC Radio Leicester's Story Festival. 

It's taken nearly two years to complete, but is without a title. 

Woman with a painting

Your photos: March across Leicestershire

BBC Weather Watchers

Jumpers for goalposts? 

Ruby's Dad

Thanks to BBC Weather Watcher Ruby's Dad for sending this pic in from Melton Mowbray. 

Leicester City star meets double World Cup winner

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Riyad Mahrez tweets... 

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Netball: Loughborough Lightning out to maintain unbeaten start

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Loughborough Lightning could go top of the Netball Superleague with a win over Team Bath this evening.

Loughborough lightning
Pete Matthews/Loughborough University

Karen Atkinson's side will also be looking to maintain their unbeaten start to the season, having beaten the Severn Stars and Manchester Thunder in their opening two matches. 

It would appear lightning has struck twice... 

Weather: Sunny afternoon with rain around

Alexandra Hamilton

BBC weather presenter

Cloud will continue to thicken this afternoon with a mixture of scattered showers and some bright, sunny spells.

BBC Weather map

Listen: Melton man remembers Zeebrugge disaster, 30 years on

BBC Radio 5 live

Brian Gibbons, from Melton, has been speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live about being pulled alive from the Zeebrugge ferry disaster 30 years ago.

In total, 193 people lost their lives when the Herald of Free Enterprise passenger ferry sank.  

Your photos: March across Leicestershire

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Thanks to BBC Weather Watcher Loki's keeper for this picture of the sunrise over East Midlands Airport. 

East Midlands Airport sunrise
Loki's keeper/BBC Weather Watchers

Title wins 'making life awkward' for Tigers' coaches

BBC Sport

Exeter Chiefs head coach Rob Baxter has said Premiership rivals Leicester Tigers need to "weather the storm" to get back to their best.

Leicester Tigers lose
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The Devon side got a  bonus-point win  at Welford Road on Friday, leaving Leicester fifth with five games to go.

Tigers have a record 10 league titles, but face missing out on the play-offs for the first time since 2004.

"Leicester are in an awkward situation and I do feel a little bit for their coaching staff," Baxter told  BBC Devon.

"They're wanting to evolve and they're wanting to change a little bit, and that's actually pretty difficult to do when your base line is being in Premiership finals every year and finishing in the top four."

Severe accident: M1 Northamptonshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Northamptonshire northbound severe accident, between J18 for A5 and J19 for M6.

M1 Northamptonshire - Delays on M1 northbound between J18, A5 (Rugby) and J19, M6 (Catthorpe Interchange), because of an accident earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened.

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

Water supplies off in Melton Mowbray

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Severn Trent water tweets...

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Severe accident: M1 Northamptonshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Northamptonshire northbound severe accident, between J18 for A5 and J19 for M6.

M1 Northamptonshire - Slow traffic and two lanes closed on M1 northbound between J18, A5 (Rugby) and J19, M6 (Catthorpe Interchange), because of an accident.

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

Watch: Leicester schoolboy trialing portable air monitor

David Shukman

Science editor, BBC News

Scientists at the  University of Leicester  are trialling a portable air monitor to gather precise data at a personal scale.  

Schoolboy Logan Eddy, from Leicester, has been helping the study by carrying the device in a specially adapted backpack.

The results have changed his friends' habits.

Paralympic star in bid to boost apprenticeships

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Rio gold medallist Sophie Hahn (pictured centre) is back at Loughborough College to encourage students to try an apprenticeship. 

Students with Sophie Hahn

It is all part of National Apprenticeship Week 2017.

Jamie Vardy 'is back in business'

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Leicester City forward Jamie Vardy was named in Garth Crooks' team of the week for his role in the Foxes' 3-1 win over Hull City. 

Jamie Vardy
Getty Images

"The lad [Vardy] is back in business," the former Stoke City striker said. 

"I haven't seen Jamie Vardy look so menacing for months, or midfield team-mate Riyad Mahrez for that matter."  

And how about this for a telling stat: Vardy has been involved in three goals in his last two Premier League outings - he was involved in only three goals in his previous 12 appearances.  

Watch: East Midlands weather outlook

Alexandra Hamilton

BBC weather presenter

Will you need a coat or umbrella? Here is your Monday weather forecast... 

M1 was closed for Jet2 emergency

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

The M1 was closed in both directions for about 20 minutes over the weekend near East Midlands Airport for an "aircraft emergency".

It's emerged a Jet2 flight from Gran Canaria with 153 people on board had reported a suspected malfunction.

jet2 flight
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Traffic was stopped from J23a and J24 about 21:30 on Saturday to allow "a clear flight path".

The flight landed safely before being inspected, according to Jet2.

Melton man relives 'screams and panic' of Zeebrugge disaster

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Brian Gibbons, from Melton, has been describing the terrifying ordeal of the Zeebrugge ferry disaster, 30 years on.

Brian Gibbons
Herald of Free Enterprise

Mr Gibbons was the last person to be pulled alive when the Herald of Free Enterprise capsized on 6 March 1987.

The accident caused 193 deaths among the passengers and crew.

Rescue of Zeebrugge ferry
Getty Images

"Within 80 to 90 seconds she had actually gone over," Mr Gibbons told BBC News. 

"It threw me out of the bunk, the lights went out and it was just screams and panic. 

"Water rushed in and the smell of sewage and everything else. No emergency lights, no anything."  

Man due in court over Melton robberies

Hannah Meredith

BBC East Midlands Today reporter

Officers investigating two robberies in Melton Mowbray last week have charged a 41-year-old man.

Corner shop

Last Wednesday, two convenience stores in the town reported a robbery and an attempted robbery.

corner shop

Neil Gordon, of New Street, Melton has been charged with 11 offences in total, relating to a number of incidents dating back to last December. 

He's due before magistrates in Leicester later. A 42-year-old woman has been arrested and bailed in connection with the incidents.

Tigers set to bolster back line?

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Leicester Tigers are reportedly interested in signing England full back Mike Brown and Yorkshire Carnegie winger Jonah Holmes.  

Mike Brown and Jonah Holmes
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The Rugby Paper reports that England international Brown, 31, has spoken to Tigers about moving to Welford Road next season. 

Holmes, who can also play at full back, has scored 46 tries in 80 appearances for the Headingley-based club. 

Your photos: March across Leicestershire

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

It has been a gorgeous start to the day across the region and the BBC Weather Watchers have been up early with their cameras to capture it. 

BBC Weather Watchers/scrappy

Thanks to scrappy in Kegworth for the above effort. 

Good morning: Welcome to today's live updates

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Good morning and welcome along to Monday across Leicestershire. I'll be with you until later with the region's news, sport, weather and travel. 

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