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  1. Updates for Tuesday 28 March 2017
  2. Police name Beaumont Leys stab victim
  3. Defibrillators installed in police vehicles
  4. Charity shops increase security to combat crime
  5. Missing man has Alzheimer’s and diabetes
  6. Melton's Muay Thai fighter
  7. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 Wednesday

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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 Wednesday at 08:00.

  2. Weather: Some rain overnight

    Lucy Martin

    BBC Weather

    A few heavy showers as we move through this evening. Overnight will be cloudy with some patchy outbreaks of rain , but it’ll become drier into the early hours. 

    A minimum temperature of 10C (50F).


    Wednesday will be a mild but fairly grey and cloudy start with a few outbreaks of rain or drizzle, however many will stay dry. 

    A few bright or sunny intervals will develop later. A maximum temperature of 14C (57F).

  3. Mystery businessman funding suffragette statue reveals himself

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    In October 2015 an anonymous businessman offered to pay the £80,000 needed to erect a statue of suffragette Alice Hawkins in Leicester.

    Seventeen months later the donor has revealed himself as Jamie Lewis - the owner of the city’s CODE Student Accommodation.

    CODE Student Accommodation

    It's also now going to cost a bit less than originally thought so his donation has been reduced to £62,400.

    The accommodation on Western Road used to be Equity shoe factory where Alice worked as a machinist and where she became an active trade unionist. This blue plaque is on the wall of the building...

    Alice Hawkins Plaque

    James Lewis said: “We’re very proud of our connections to Alice and admire how she and others took on the establishment and succeeded, resulting in women in the UK having a democratic right to vote – something that even in the 21st century, women are still unable to do in some parts of the world.

    “So when the Alice Hawkins Legacy Group asked if we would like to support their campaign for a statue, it felt like an obvious thing to be involved with – and I am delighted that we were able to help."

    Alice Hawkins

    Alice’s great-grandson Peter Barratt has been campaigning for a statue to honour his great-grandmother since 2012.

    He said: "We are extremely grateful to Jamie Lewis for his support for our project.”

    The statue of Alice is expected to be unveiled in Leicester’s new market square next year.

  4. Defibrillators installed in police vehicles

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    I feel like we've learnt a lot about defibrillators in the last few months after Leicester City's Alan Birchenall went into cardiac arrest at an awards event.

    A defibrillator was used on him and now they seem to be cropping up all around the county. Just a few weeks ago I told you the Co-op is installing 50 of them outside Leicestershire stores.

    Well now our police force has got involved...

    Defibrillators in police cars

    They've fitted 30 defibrillators to police vehicles used in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.

    The force said it will allow officers to treat anyone they encounter while on duty who is suffering a cardiac arrest.

  5. Snooker: Selby and McLeod make second round

    BBC Leicester Sport

    Leicester's Mark Selby beat Alfie Burden 5-0 to progress to the second round of the China Open. 

    Rory McLeod, also from Leicester, has made it through too.  

    Mark Selby
  6. Charity shops increase security to combat crime

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    We've spoken a lot about break-ins at charity shops recently - there's been at least a dozen at stores across Leicestershire so far this year.

    This was the result of a break-in at a LOROS charity shop in Blaby last month...

    LOROS in Blaby

    Some charity shops in the area are now having to step up their security. 

    Matt Kelcher from the Charity Retail Association said it's now using things like CCTV, making sure doors are secure while open and being more careful with who has a key.

    He said the extra focus on security means staff and volunteers can spend less time concentrating on fundraising. 

    LOROS in Blaby

    Jonathan Capewell from LOROS told the BBC, break-ins have cost them about £16,000 this year - nearly enough to pay for a whole day's care at the hospice.

    He said it's also causing a lot of upset to volunteers who give up their time running shops to raise money.

  7. Afternoon weather update

    Charlie Slater

    BBC Weather presenter

    A mainly cloudy but dry afternoon with occasional gaps and breaks in the cloud allowing for something a little brighter .

    Highs of 15C (59F).

  8. Leics had 'no contact' with man who beat wife

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    Leicestershire County Cricket Club has distanced itself from reports it offered a contract to a cricketer who has been convicted of two counts of assault.

    Mustafa Bashir attacked his former wife with a cricket bat and poured bleach in her mouth.

    During proceedings, the judged noted an apparent defence claim that a prison sentence would have lost Bashir a contract with Leicestershire.

    Mustafa Bashir

    Wasim Khan, who is chief executive at the club, told the BBC the club is "shocked" and "angry" about being linked to the cricketer.

    He said: "What this individual stands for and what he has done is absolutely aberrant and goes against all our principles and values about what we are as a club but also as human beings. 

    "This story is not true, at all, no conversation has ever taken place about this individual with any agent, with any player or anybody. This has completely shocked us."

    Wasim Khan

    The publicity around the case has caught the eye of some politicians like Birmingham Yardley MP Jess Phillips who has now written to the attorney general to review the case...

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    Video caption: MP Jess Phillips has written to the attorney general to review the case
  9. Watch: Muay Thai fighter 'The Pretty Killer'

    Mike McCarthy

    BBC Radio Leicester Sport

    Leicestershire Muay Thai fighter Iman Barlow had her first fight aged four - she now has 13 World Titles.

    I've been to Melton Mowbray to meet her...

    Video content

    Video caption: Muay Thai fighter Iman Barlow had her first fight aged four - she now has 13 World Titles
  10. New pump to help with flooding in Barrow

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    The Environment Agency has been showing off its new piece of kit on Twitter...

    View more on twitter
  11. Missing man has Alzheimer’s and diabetes

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    This is missing man Ciro Avossa - the 81-year-old was last seen yesterday at his home on Marriott Road in Leicester...

    Ciro Avossa

    Police have said he suffers from Alzheimer’s and diabetes and needs to take regular medication.

    It is the first time he's gone missing and his family are concerned for his welfare.

  12. Watch: Mechanic warns of pot hole risks

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    Martin Coles from Lion's Garage in Leicester said out of the 100 cars they see each week, about 20 have suspension problems some of which may have been caused by pot holes...

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    Video caption: Out of the 100 cars coming to this Leicester garage each week 20 have suspension problems

    He thinks road conditions around Leicester are "pretty poor" and advises drivers to drive around holes in the road.

  13. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M1 Leicestershire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M1 Leicestershire southbound severe disruption, between J21 for M69 and J20 for A4303.

    M1 Leicestershire - One lane closed on M1 southbound between J21, M69 (Leicester) and J20, A4303 (Lutterworth), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

  14. Your comments: Pot holes in our roads


    Ron Fletcher has been in touch on Facebook about the issue of potholes in Leicestershire...

    He said: "It puzzles me why the council don't have enough money to fill pot-holes, yet they have enough to lay speed-humps. They call them "traffic-calming measures" but, it wasn't angry before.

    "I live on the edge of Loughborough and one road into town has 12 humps and the other option has 13 humps. I think this is overkill. 

    "If I was to place something in the road that impeded the progress of traffic, I would be prosecuted - spend the money on fixing holes not causing damage to smaller cars."   

  15. Watch: Testing the state of Leicester's roads

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    The annual local authority road maintenance survey suggests that one in six roads across England and Wales will need repairing over the next five years. 

    Like this one on Saffron Lane in Leicester...

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    Video caption: A survey suggests one in six roads in England will need repairing over the next five years

    You might not think it but apparently 145,000 pot holes were filled in across the East Midlands last year.

    BBC Radio Leicester's Helen McCarthy put the condition of Leicester's roads to the test using a car and a jug of water...

    Video content

    Video caption: Helen McCarthy tries to drive round Braunstone without spilling water from a jug.
  16. Watch: East Midlands weather

    Charlie Slater

    BBC Weather presenter

    Video content

    Video caption: Mist and fog patches to start the morning but how's the rest of the day shaping up?
  17. Drivers warned about fog

    Charlie Slater

    BBC Weather presenter

    A yellow warning for fog this morning has been issued by the Met Office. Some dense patches of fog could lead to tricky driving conditions.