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Summary

  1. Updates for Wednesday 29 March 2017
  2. Man in court over car park murder
  3. Axe used to rob petrol station
  4. Players agree new deal with Tigers
  5. Ranieri 'shocked' by sacking
  6. Snooker: Leicester players in China Open
  7. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 Thursday

Live Reporting

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 warmed day on Thursday

    Lucy Martin

    BBC Weather

    A mild and cloudy night with a few outbreaks of rain and drizzle , particularly through the early hours. 

    A minimum temperature of 11C (52F).

    Weather

    Thursday will be warmer than today. It’ll be a fairly cloudy start to the day with some outbreaks of rain at times but it’ll brighten up into the afternoon. 

    A maximum temperature of 17C (63F).

  3. Watch: Message for speedway fans

    BBC Leicester Sport

    Leicester Lions begin their 2017 Premiership season on Saturday - captain Danny King has a message for the Lions fans...

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    Video caption: Lions captain Danny King has a message for the fans ahead of their 2017 Premiership season
  4. Watch: Vigil for London terror attack victims

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    At 14:40 this afternoon there was a vigil held in London - people gathered on Westminster Bridge to mark one week since a terrorist attack killed four people.

    
          Vigil to remember the victims of the Westminster terrorist attack

    Here in Leicester there was also a vigil -  on a railway bridge on Welford Road.

    Community representatives from across the city joined in. Suleman Nagdi from the Federation of Muslim Organisations told the BBC why he wanted to be there...

    Video content

    Video caption: The vigil for the victims of the terror attack shows "nobody will divide us".
  5. Snooker: Success for Selby

    BBC Leicester Sport

    Leicester's Mark Selby is through to round three of the China Open after beating Martin O'Donnell 5-1 in Beijing.

    Mark Selby
  6. Watch: Your questions about Brexit

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    Tonight on Facebook we'll be hosting a live Q&A about Brexit. What are your questions?  

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    Video caption: Tonight on Facebook we'll be hosting a live Q&A about Brexit. What are your questions?

    Get in touch  via email.

  7. Iconic music venue gets a facelift

    Mike McCarthy

    BBC Radio Leicester presenter

    The Shed first opened its doors in 1994 but when it re-opens on Saturday very little inside will be the same.

    The Shed

    The bar has moved - replaced by a huge window to let natural light in. There's also a brand new stage with a huge high definition LCD screen behind it.  

    New owner Elisabeth Barker-Carley says the venue will be about more than just live music. Comedy and film nights will be part of the mix, and the bar will be open from midday to catch daytime trade.

    The Shed

    A team of around 20 people are busily trying to get everything finished before opening night, but not everything will be decorated. 

    Pens will be left in the toilets so everyone can make their mark.

    Elisabeth told me: "We're encouraging them to graffiti. We want them to contribute to the artwork that's down here."

    The Shed toilets
  8. Speedway: Lions under pressure to get new track ready

    BBC Leicester Sport

    Leicester Lions are scheduled to stage their opening Premiership meeting here on Saturday - will the track be ready?   

    Leicester Lions track
  9. Snooker: Leicester players in China Open

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    Leicester's Ben Woollaston is out of the China Open after losing 5-4 to Hossein Vafaei in the second round in Beijing.

    Ben Woollaston

    Rory McLeod has made it through to the third round - he beat Mike Dunn 5-3.

  10. Afternoon weather update

    Charlie Slater

    BBC Weather presenter

    Plenty of cloud around throughout the afternoon with a few showers likely . A couple of bright spells also in the mix on an otherwise overcast day. 

    Highs of 14C (57F).

  11. Man in court over murder charge

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    Ezekiel Braithwhaite, charged with murdering Pedro Godinho in a residential car parking area in Beaumont Leys, has appeared at Leicester Magistrates' Court.

    Police searching car park

    The 19-year-old was remanded into custody and is due at crown court later today.

  12. Police appeal for wanted men

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    Leicestershire Police are appealing to find this man in connection with a report of fraud...

    CCTV image

    They also want to speak to this man in connection with threats made to shop staff in Market Place in Leicester...

    Wanted man image
  13. Man charged with stealing from recycling centre

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    A man has been charged with a theft of electrical items from Barwell Recycling Centre.

    The 54-year-old from Beaumont Walk in Leicester is due to appear at Leicester Magistrates' Court tomorrow.

    Barwell Recycling Centre

    Three other people have also been cautioned for the same offence.   

  14. Wells, Tait and Thacker sign new deals with Leicester

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    Three more Leicester Tigers players have agreed new contracts with the club - Harry Wells, Mathew Tait and Harry Thacker.

    Wells played in all six games in the Anglo-Welsh Cup this season as well as making his first start in the Premiership in an away win over Harlequins.

    He's also been nominated for the club's Player of the Month award in March.

    Harry Wells

    Tait recently passed 100 appearances for the club and captained the team in the Anglo-Welsh Cup Final. 

    He said: "I'm delighted to agree a new contract. I just want to keep contributing to the club."

    Thacker, the son of former Tigers hooker Troy Thacker, recently passed 50 first-team appearances for the club since making his senior debut in November 2012.

  15. Ranieri 'shocked' by sacking

    Press Association

    Claudio Ranieri has admitted news of his dismissal as Leicester manager came as a shock.

    The 65-year-old Italian was removed from his post in February, nine months after leading the Foxes to an unexpected Premier League title. 

    Ranieri has kept a low profile since, but appeared on stage this week at Rebibbia prison in his homeland in a ceremony to honour regional football coaches in Italy.

    Claudio Ranieri

    Speaking in front of inmates, he revealed his astonishment at being told of his sacking, which came the day after Leicester's first-leg defeat to Sevilla in the Champions League.

    "Thinking of Leicester, the first thing that comes to mind is the sense of surprise, even more than bitterness," said Ranieri, in quotes reported by Gazzetta dello Sport.

    "I have been through a lot in my long career, but never anything like this. It was a shock, but in the end these things are part of football." 

    Ranieri also confirmed he would be speak in more detail about his departure from Leicester when he appears as a pundit on Sky Sports during the Premier League clash between Crystal Palace and Arsenal on 10 April.

  16. Cricket club report 'false contract offer' to police

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    Leicestershire County Cricket Club have confirmed that they have contacted the CPS and police regarding the claim made by convicted cricketer Mustafa Bashir that he was offered a contract with Leicestershire.

    Last week Bashir was sentenced for assaulting his former wife by beating her with a cricket bat and pouring bleach into her mouth. An apparent claim was made in court, referenced by the judge, that it would have lost him a contract offer with Leicestershire.

    The club always maintained the contract offer was false. They have now been in touch with the authorities and chief executive Wasim Khan has given a statement to police. Mr Khan has also written to Bashir’s legal team reiterating that the club had never had any contact with Bashir or offered him a job.

    Mustafa Bashir
    Quote Message: Leicestershire CCC are appalled that Bashir could have invented a job offer from the club in order, it would seem, to evade a prison sentence. The club are actively involved in the fight against domestic abuse so Bashir’s claim was deeply disturbing for the club and we will continue to do what we can to support the authorities bring about justice." from Wasim Khan Leicestershire CCC Chief Executive
    Wasim Khan Leicestershire CCC Chief Executive
  17. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M1 Leicestershire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M1 Leicestershire southbound severe disruption, at J21 for M69.

    M1 Leicestershire - One lane closed on M1 southbound at J21, M69 (Leicester), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

  18. East Midlands to be 'strongest economy' outside South East

    Tony Roe

    BBC East Midlands political editor

    Business advisors PwC's latest UK Economic Outlook report predicts that the East Midlands will have the strongest growing economy outside the South East and London in 2017-18.

    rolls royce

    The Business Desk  quotes Paul Norbury from PwC in the East Midlands, as saying the region's infrastructure could "withstand the current uncertainty as we prepare to leave the EU." 

  19. Axe used to rob petrol station

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC Local Live

    There's a police cordon around the BP garage on the A50 Groby Road following a report of an armed robbery early this morning.

    BP garage

    Police said they were called at 03:55 after two men went into the petrol station with an axe and stole money. The cashier was not hurt.

    The investigation is still underway by police.