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Summary

  1. Updates for Wednesday 8 March 2017
  2. Death of man found injured on London Road treated as murder
  3. England women's cricket coming to Grace Road
  4. Campaign into brain tumour research
  5. University use castle after £4m renovation
  6. Cole and Youngs stay with England for Scotland match
  7. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 Thursday

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By Amy Woodfield

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    That's all from Leicestershire Local Live - updates will start again on Thursday at 08:00.

  2. Weather: A bright and mild Thursday

    Sara Blizzard

    BBC Weather

    A dry night with clear spells. Remaining breezy with lows of 7C (45F).

    Weather

    Thursday will be bright and mild with sunny spells . It will be breezy in the morning but the wind will ease later.

    A maximum temperature of 12C (54F).

  3. Electric car powering home in Loughborough

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    This semi-detached home in Loughborough is attracting visitors from all over Europe and it's all because of the car parked on the driveway...

    Electric car on driveway of house

    The owner Steve Carroll is involved in a pilot for a new generation of technology where an electric car can power a house for up to two days - certainly useful in a power cut.

    It's also exciting for experts who think it has the potential to help power big stadiums and entire neighbourhoods in years to come.

    Electric box

    This is a "vehicle to grid unit," Steve said.

    He said it will "allow the control system of the house to charge and discharge energy from the much bigger battery inside the electric vehicle so we can use some of the electricity in the home."

  4. BreakingMurder investigation launched into London Road death

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    Police investigating the death of a man found injured on London Road this morning are treating it as murder.

    Originally it was believed he'd been involved in a hit-and-run but now it's thought this may not be the case.

    Police cordon on London Road

    A post-mortem examination is due to take place this evening.

    A 30-year-old Leicester man has been arrested on suspicion of murder and is being held in custody.

  5. Bath's Burns unhappy at Tigers exit

    Owen Phillips

    BBC Sport Online

    Departing Leicester Tigers fly-half Freddie Burns has said he is unhappy at the way his move to Bath was handled despite relishing the chance to play for his hometown team from next season.  

    Freddie Burns
  6. Police appeal after nightclub assault

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    Police investigating an assault at a nightclub on Market Street in Leicester want help to identify this man...

    CCTV of wanted man

    Det Con Frank Fraser said: “The man in this image could have information which could help with our enquiries."

    The assault happened in the early hours of Sunday 22 January - the victim was hit in the face causing a fractured jaw.

    A 28-year-old man has been arrested.

  7. Listen: Shakespeare appointment a 'safe decision'

    BBC Leicester Sport

    Former Leicester City manager Micky Adams explains what it's like taking the top job after being an assistant manager... 

    Video content

    Video caption: Former Leicester City manager Micky Adams on what it's like after being an assistant.
  8. Leicester woman climbs Africa’s tallest mountain for brain tumour research

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    A woman from Leicester has been speaking out about losing her mother to a brain tumour three months after she was diagnosed.

    Sneha Cansara said: "I couldn’t believe that in this day and age mum could have something which was 'incurable'.  

    "We are a very close family and we were hoping we would have at least a year with mum after her diagnosis, but it ended up being just three months."  

    Amita Charavda with her husband

    After her mother's death Sneha set herself a challenge to raise money for more research into the condition and has climbed Mount Kilimanjaro.

    She said: "I wanted to do something positive in memory of mum which would bring hope to other families faced with the same situation as ours, so I decided I would set myself a challenge to climb Mount Kilimanjaro.  I gave myself a target to raise enough funds to sponsor a day of research at one of Brain Tumour Research’s Centres of Excellence."  

  9. Carrier bag charge funds city defibrillator

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    Police in the Clarendon Park area of Leicester have just shared a photo of a new defibrillator on the wall of the Co-op.

    I did notice this myself the other day but wasn't sure if it was new or not.

    Defibrillator

    It turns out the shop has paid for it by using the 5p carrier bag levy - what a great way to use the money.

    It's one of 50 being installed by Central England Co-operative across Leicestershire. Others include Rothley, Kibworth and Melton.

  10. Lynch 'surprised' by Leicester Lions job offer

    BBC Leicester Sport

    This morning we told you Jim Lynch had been named as the new Team Manager of the Leicester Lions. 

    The former Great Britain manager was free to accept the offer after Coventry pulled out of the Premiership in November.

    Leicester Lions and Swindon Robins

    Jim Lynch said: "The offer of a job of team manager at Leicester did come as a surprise I must admit. I have been following in the news recent developments at Leicester and am impressed with the improvements being made since Damien Bates took over the club. After he had outlined his plans for the Lions to me it was an easy decision to accept the post.”  

  11. Your questions: Why do parts of west Leicestershire have a Warwickshire postcode?

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    M.J. has been in touch with us using Your Questions to find out why part of west Leicestershire has a Warwickshire postcode - places like Market Bosworth, Higham on the Hill and Congerstone all have a CV13 postcode.

    He claims some well known local attractions, like Twycross Zoo, are deemed by many visitors to be in Warwickshire because of the postcode: "It is totally misleading and a detriment to Leicestershire."

    Twycross Zoo enterance

    I've been looking into the issue with the help of the people behind postcodes, the Royal Mail.

    They told me that the postcode is their "operational tool" to ensure the accurate sorting, routing and delivery of post and that postcode boundaries do not necessarily reflect geographical boundaries.

    Basically - the postcode for a street is determined by its nearest  postal town  not the county it is in and, as parts of west Leicestershire are closer to Coventry than Leicester, they have a CV postcode.

    Royal Mail in Covenrty

    Postcodes started in 1959 - long before we started using them for things like sat navs.

    Royal Mail said organisations who use the data shouldn't solely rely on the post town and recommend using other ways to identify locations.

  12. Business leaders gather for budget speech

    Hannah Meredith

    Reporter, BBC East Midlands Today

    Business leaders from across the East Midlands have gathered at PwC at Castle Donington to listen to Philip Hammond's first budget...

    Business leaders from across the East Midlands
  13. Afternoon weather update

    Charlie Slater

    BBC Weather presenter

    Staying mainly dry and cloudy with a few brighter and sunnier spells developing with top temperatures of 12C (54F). 

    Just the risk of an isolated shower across southern parts later.

  14. Watch: Police at the scene of a fatal crash

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    There's a large police presence at the scene of a crash on London Road, including a Forensic Investigation team.

    A man died there in a suspected hit-and-run just after midnight.

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    Video caption: There is a large police presence at the scene of a crash on London Road where a man died
  15. Cricket countdown clock in Leicester

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    A clock counting down till the start of the ICC Women's World Cup in England and Wales has been unveiled in Town Hall Square this morning.

    Here it is with England players Jenny Gunn, Danielle Hazell and Amy Jones...

    Jenny Gunn, Danielle Hazell and Amy Jones

    Children from Rushey Mead Academy in Leicester were invited along for a bit of cricket with the England players...

    Children from Rushey Mead Academy playing cricket
  16. Watch: Refurbished castle opens as lecture theatre

    Bridget Blair

    BBC Radio Leicester Reporter

    After an 18 month renovation costing over £4m Leicester Castle has now been let to De Montfort University.

    I've been to look around...

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    Video caption: After an 18 month renovation, Leicester Castle has been let to De Montfort University.

    First built in 1070 the castle was part of Leicester's medieval defences, as well as playing host to Kings and Queens including two Edwards and Richard III. 

    Later the Great Hall was used for sessions of the Parliament of England, and until 1992 a courthouse.

  17. BreakingMan dies in London Road 'hit-and-run'

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    The man found injured in London Road early this morning has died from his injuries.

    Police believe he sustained the fatal injuries in a hit-and-run just after midnight but they are still in the early stages of their investigation.

    London Road closed

    London Road is still closed outside the railway station, from Regent Street to Waterloo Way - police have said they hope to open the road as soon as possible.

    They also believe there were other drivers in the London Road area at the time of the crash and are appealing to hear from anyone with information.

  18. Watch: Budget pork pie

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    Because we had a spare pork pie in the fridge we decided to use it to represent the money the Chancellor will be dividing up later today.

    As you can see - it all got a bit crumbley... 

    Video content

    Video caption: It's budget day - would you slice the pie differently to the government?