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Calum McKenzie

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

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

  2. Weather: Some mist and fog forming overnight

    Lucy Martin

    BBC Weather

    Tonight will be mostly cloudy with outbreaks of showery rain at times. 

    BBC Weather map

    The winds will ease in strength in the early hours. Chance of a few patches of mist and fog forming at times.

    Minimum temperatures of 5C (41F). 

  3. Your photos: March across Leicestershire

    BBC Weather Watchers

    The rain might be making things look pretty miserable out there - but all this extra water is good news for BBC Weather Watcher Maggie T's garden in East Leake near Loughborough.  

  4. Rebekah Vardy reveals the 'disgusting' online abuse she has received


    Jamie Vardy's wife Rebekah has told ITV's Loose Women about the "horrific" online abuse she has received. 

    Jamie and Rebekah Vardy

    Ms Vardy, who has two children with the sportsman and two from previous relationships, said it was just the "minority" of people who attacked her online but that she had had people wishing her son Finley was stillborn.

    The show's host Ruth Langsford asked her what kind of things people would write to her, and she said: "Wishing stillbirth on him, and just really disgusting stuff. It is a minority of people.

    "I don't think I'd ever stop reading it, because I think the minute you take yourself away from that, it's the minute the trolls win."

    Earlier this week, husband Jamie revealed  he had received "death threats" following the sacking of Claudio Ranieri.

  5. Leicestershire-based shoe company goes into administration

    Sonia Kataria

    BBC News Online

    Discount shoe retailer Brantano has gone into administration, about four months after the chain was bought by an investment firm.

    Brantano shop

    The Leicestershire-based company employs about 1,000 staff in 140 stores and 60 concessions across the UK.

    Administrators from PwC, who are now running the business, said redundancies would be "inevitable".

    PwC's Tony Barrell said the chain was a victim of changing consumer habits.

    He added they would trade normally while they sought a buyer.

  6. Vardy set for England start

    BBC Sport

    Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy is expected to start up front for England against Germany in tonight's friendly in Dortmund.

    Jamie Vardy

    England (expected): Hart; Keane, Smalling Cahill; Walker, Dier, Livermore, Bertrand; Lallana, Alli, Vardy.  

  7. Bridgen: Atmosphere at Parliament 'slightly surreal'

    North West Leicestershire MP Andrew Bridgen has just been speaking about the current lockdown at Parliament. 

    "As a parliamentarian we know that this is a high risk environment," Mr Bridgen told 96-106 Capital FM.

    "It is a clear potential terrorist target for various groups and even knowing that and coming to work and seeing the security it is still a bit numbing when it actually happens. 

     "It is slightly surreal here in parliament at the moment." 

  8. Leicester MP's 'thoughts and prayers' with everyone at Westminster

    Calum McKenzie

    BBC Local Live

    Leicester West MP Liz Kendall tweets... 

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  9. Lineker pledges cash to get Piers Morgan to wear Spurs shirt

    BBC Entertainment and Arts

    Here is some more on Leicester City favourite Gary Lineker's pledge to donate £2,000 to Comic Relief if Arsenal fan Piers Morgan keeps a Tottenham shirt on all day on Friday. 

    Piers Morgan and Gary Lineker
  10. Lineker backs Piers Morgan's silence pledge

    Leicester City legend Gary Lineker has piled in on Piers Morgan's Twitter silence pledge...

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    The Good Morning Britain presenter has promised not to tweet for one whole day in aid of Red Nose Day.

  11. England supporting Vardy over Ranieri 'death threats,' says Southgate


    England boss Gareth Southgate has said death threats Jamie Vardy received in the wake of Claudio Ranieri's sacking by Leicester will not affect the striker in tonight's friendly away to Germany.

    Gareth Southgate and Jamie Vardy

    "I can understand why he [Vardy] wanted to discuss it, it's obviously a very serious subject and we are very supportive of him," said Southgate. 

    "I know the club [Leicester] and the authorities are well aware of what is going on now as well, which is the most important thing. 

    "But there will be no problem with his focus for the game, as we have seen with his performances over the last few weeks."

  12. Watchdog probe police over acid attack

    Liam Barnes

    BBC News Online

    Here's more on the report that the IPCC is investigating Leicestershire Police over its handling of a case where a woman poured acid over her sleeping lover.

    The force referred itself to the watchdog over claims that it knew the acid was bought by Katie Leong, pictured, with the intent of using it on Daniel Rotariu.

    Katie Leong

    He suffered horrific injuries after the attack in July last year which left him blind and will need many years of treatment. 

    Leong was sentenced to a minimum of 17 years in prison yesterday after she was convicted of attempted murder.

    Her ex-boyfriend Mark Cummings was cleared of the same charge. Mr Cummings told the court he had raised concerns over the acid with his probation office.

  13. Weather: Sleet and hail showers this afternoon

    Charlie Slater

    BBC Weather presenter

    Rain pushing in throughout the afternoon with some heavier downpours possible at times which could also involve sleet and hail.

    BBC weather map

    Highs of 8C (46F). 

  14. Council trialing 'self service' library in Syston

    Tim Parker

    BBC Radio Leicester political reporter

    Nigel Thomas from Leicestershire County Council has been showing me how the new self-access library trial in Syston has been going.

    Nigel Thomas at a library

    The self service scheme started this week and is an attempt to keep libraries open longer, without staff being present. 

    If it works in Syston (and a similar scheme is already up and running in Peterborough) it could be rolled out across all of the county's libraries.

    Keypad at a library

    As the 3-month trial has only just started, the council has said it's far too early to say how many staff could be affected if the scheme does get adopted.  

  15. Ex-husband denies suitcase murder in Leicester

    Simon Ward

    East Midlands Today reporter at Leicester Crown Court

    A man has pleaded not guilty to the murder of his ex wife, whose body was found in a suitcase in Leicester. 

    Kiran Daudia

    Kiran Daudia (pictured), 46, was discovered in the suitcase at a property on Cromer Street in the city in January this year. 

    Her former husband, 50-year-old Ashwin Daudia, appeared via video link at Leicester Crown Court to deny a murder charge.

    His trial is due to take place on 26 June. 

    Police cordon
  16. 'Fewer carriages' on some East Midlands trains services

    Calum McKenzie

    BBC Local Live

    Worth casting your eye over this if you are travelling later...

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  17. IPCC to investigate police's handling of Leicester acid attack

    Calum McKenzie

    BBC Local Live

    The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is to look at Leicestershire Police's handling of a case where a man had acid poured over him as he slept.  

    Katie Leong

    Katie Leong (pictured), 52, was found guilty on Tuesday of the attempted murder of her boyfriend Daniel Rotariu in an attack in Leicester in July last year. 

    Jurors cleared Leong's ex-partner, Mark Cummings, of attempted murder. 

    IPCC Commissioner Derrick Campbell said: "Although we have started our investigation some aspects of it were put on hold due to the criminal proceedings. 

    "Now that those proceedings have concluded we will be looking to progress our enquiries to help establish whether the police response to the information received was appropriate and if there is any organisational learning that can be identified."

  18. 'Grand Designs' style house in Leicester up for award

    Calum McKenzie

    BBC Local Live

    Just because that house (see 10:42) is so stunning - here are some more pics of what it looks like.

    Exterior of a house
    Exterior of a house
    Inside a stunning house