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Summary

  1. Updates for Thursday 23 March 2017
  2. Next reports first profits drop in eight years
  3. Police boss seeks to reassure county after London attack
  4. Bungled raid on bike shop caught on camera
  5. Foxes 'one of few' clubs providing accessible toilets
  6. Salvation Army leaves note to try to deter thieves

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By Calum McKenzie

All times stated are UK

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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. East Midlands weather update: A chance of some frost overnight

    Alexandra Hamilton

    BBC weather presenter

    There’ll be some clearer spells tonight with cloud increasing from the south in the early hours. 

    Weather grid

    There'll also be the chance of patchy frost in sheltered rural spots.

  3. Watch: 'Be vigilant, be calm', says Leicestershire Police chief

    Heather Burman

    BBC News Online

    Leicestershire Police chief constable Simon Cole has released this short statement in response to Wednesday's terrorist attacks... 

    Video content

    Video caption: Chief Constable: Be vigilant, be calm
  4. MP: Tougher security 'would let the terrorists know they've won'

    Calum McKenzie

    BBC Local Live

    North West Leicestershire MP Andrew Bridgen has said any review of Parliamentary security procedures in the wake of Wednesday's terrorist attacks should not go as far as denying the public access to Westminster. 

    Andrew Bridgen

    He told the Commons: "In an open and free democracy such as ours there's... a balance between our security and public access to our democracy. 

    "If that balance is not maintained then unfortunately the terrorists will have won."  

  5. Salvation Army's note for thieves 'has stopped break-ins'

    Eric Simpson

    BBC News Online

    I have just spoken to Major Anita Purkiss from the Salvation Army about their sign (see 14:52).

    Salvation Army church hall

    She said the charity decided to put up the sign following an attempted break-in before Christmas. 

    She said: "It caused a lot of damage to the doors - and they didn't actually manage to get inside - but it will probably will cost thousands of pounds to repair.

    "But it [the sign] seems to have worked as we haven't had any attempted break-ins since then."

  6. 'Air of deflation' likely at Mauger's Tigers farewell

    Calum McKenzie

    BBC Local Live

    There might be an "air of deflation" around Leicester Tigers at the end of their game with Northampton on Saturday, according to TV rugby commentator Simon Ward. 

    Aaron Mauger and Matt O'Connor

    The match marks Aaron Mauger's final game in charge of Tigers before Matt O'Connor (pictured right) takes over. 

    "The next two games [Northampton and Bath] will decide if Tigers get a top four finish," the ITV and BT Sport commentator said. 

    "Credit to the guy [Aaron Mauger] he is going to stick to his task and hopefully go out on a high, but I can't help but feel there's going to be an air of deflation." 

    Mauger admitted earlier this week to have been "devastated" at the decision not to appoint him as head coach.

    Leicester Tigers vs. Northampton
  7. Salvation Army leaves note to try to deter thieves

    Calum McKenzie

    BBC Local Live

    It would appear the Salvation Army in Leicester has decided to take a different tack in order to stop people trying to break in. Have a read of this notice... 

    Salvation Army sign

    It was spotted by BBC camera operator Jemma Cox outside the charity's premises on Aikman Avenue in the city. 

    I quite like the "we have angels on our doors" line - but will that be enough to deter potential thieves?  

  8. Charity: Foxes 'one of handful' in league who provide accessible toilets

    Calum McKenzie

    BBC Local Live

    Leicester City are among just handful of Premier League clubs who provide fully accessible toilets for disabled fans at their ground, according to charity Mencap.

    King Power Stadium

    The toilets are larger than standard accessible facilities as they have additional equipment, including an adjustable changing bench, hoist, privacy screen and enough room for up to two carers. 

    The Foxes, Arsenal, Manchester City and Manchester United all have one accessible toilet, while West Ham have three and Liverpool have two.

    Luke Nash

    Luke Nash (pictured above), a Foxes fan who has a mild learning disability and a profound physical disability, campaigned for the King Power Stadium to get an accessible toilet. 

    "I don't think all football clubs really think about how difficult it is for people like me to go to the toilet in their grounds," he said.

    "It's often really tight and there isn't space to be changed so you have to lie on the floor of a public bathroom, trying not to hit your head or think about the dirty floor you're lying on." 

  9. East Midlands weather update: A dry and bright afternoon

    Charlie Slater

    BBC Weather presenter

    It will be dry and bright this afternoon with plenty of sunny spells and some cloud.     

    Weather map
  10. Your photos: March across Leicestershire

    Calum McKenzie

    BBC Local Live

    After the downpours of Wednesday, it looks a much calmer day down by the water in Market Harborough. 

    Canal at Market Harborough

    Thanks to BBC Weather Watcher Billie's View for sending it in. 

  11. Local Live host handover

    Calum McKenzie

    BBC Local Live

    I hope you have enjoyed having Gavin look after things for the last few hours.

    It's me again now, guiding you through what remains of Thursday's Local Live. 

    You lucky souls... 

  12. Watch: Bungled raid on bike shop

    Gavin Bevis

    BBC Local Live

    Thieves have been caught on camera fleeing an attempted ram-raid on an electric bike shop in Leicester... after getting their car stuck in a window.

    The owner of Just E Bikes said nothing was taken in the incident in Hinckley Road on Sunday morning but several bikes had been damaged .

    Leicestershire Police said it was investigating.

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    Video caption: Thieves flee attempted raid on Leicester bike shop after getting their car stuck
  13. Next shares up despite profits fall

    Gavin Bevis

    BBC Local Live

    Shares in Next have surged since this morning's profit fall announcement

    The Press Association said this reflected investors breathing a sigh of relief that the chain had not downgraded its forecasts for the year ahead.

    Next at Highcross Leicester

    George Salmon, equity analyst at Hargreaves Lansdown, said Next had been hit by internal and external factors, which has seen its share price halve in the past 18 months.

    He said: "After years of solid growth, the directory division has started to splutter recently. Online retailing moves fast, and Next has fallen behind the curve.

    "The group is now taking steps to improve, particularly in mobile, but results will need to be delivered quickly if it is to offset the continually declining sales in stores." 

  14. Police boss to set out his vision

    Tim Parker

    BBC Radio Leicester political reporter

    I'm in New Parks, where Leicestershire's police and crime commissioner Willy Bach is about to launch his first police and crime plan.

    Police plan launch event
  15. Nicky Morgan: 'The Palace of Westminster must stay open'

    Gavin Bevis

    BBC Local Live

    Loughborough MP Nicky Morgan struck a defiant tone while reflecting on yesterday's attack on Westminster.

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  16. London attack: 'Hero' MP studied at Loughborough

    Gavin Bevis

    BBC Local Live

    An MP singled out for praise for his actions during yesterday's Westminster terror attack is a former Loughborough University student.

    Tobias Ellwood, Conservative MP for Bournemouth East, performed mouth-to-mouth resuscitation on PC Keith Palmer, who had been stabbed by the attacker.

    The 48-year-old officer later died but Mr Ellwood was called a "hero" for trying to save him. 

    Tobias Ellwood

    Mr Ellwood studied at Loughborough University for five years before joining the army and eventually entering politics.

  17. Leicestershire Police sees increase in child sex cases

    Gavin Bevis

    BBC Local Live

    The number of sex offences involving children recorded by Leicestershire Police has risen by more than a third, according to new figures obtained by the NSPCC .

    The force was contacted over 605 alleged incidents in 2016 - that's compared with 444 the year before. 

    The 36% increase is almost double the national average.