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Summary

  1. Large fire takes hold at Leicester warehouse
  2. Eighteen children evacuated from neighbouring nursery
  3. All staff escaped the warehouse
  4. No injuries reported
  5. Surrounding roads closed by police
  6. Updates on Friday 13 April 2018

Live Reporting

By Calum McKenzie and Amy Woodfield

All times stated are UK

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  1. Neil Johnston

    BBC Sport

    Chris Wood (right) celebrates scoring for Burnley against his former club Leicester City

    Neil Johnston

    BBC Sport

    Chris Wood scores as Burnley take a significant step towards qualifying for the Europa League with victory over Leicester City.

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  3. Weather outlook for the region

    Chris Fawcett

    BBC News

    Tonight will be dry with the cloud breaking to leave clear spells for a time.

    There will be patches of mist, fog and low cloud will form later on.

    Minimum Temperature: 4 to 7°C (39 to 45°F)

    Tomorrow there will be more patches of mist, fog and low cloud will clear to leave it generally dry and much milder with some sunshine at times, with the small chance of a heavy shower in the evening.

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  4. Men behind cash machine explosions jailed

    Chris Fawcett

    BBC News

    Three men who used gas canisters and power tools to break into a string of cash points across Leicestershire and neighbouring counties, including a Tesco in Hinckley, have been jailed.

    Cash point

    Charlie Smith, 32, of Mere Lane, Bitteswell, Alfie Adams, 37, Bickershaw Lane, Wigan and John Doran, 20, of Gelderd Road, Gildersome, were sentenced to 10 years and seven months, 12 years and eight years and seven months respectively at Leicester Crown Court.

    Cash point

    All three admitted eight counts of burglary and three counts of causing an explosion.

  5. Carer now runs centre that offered her support

    Danielle Hunt

    BBC Radio Leicester

    There are more than 100,000 family carers in Leicestershire and Babs Marson is one of them.

    When her daughter, now 19, was born with Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties (PMLD) she found the support of the Carer's Centre in Leicester invaluable in coping with the diagnosis and adjusting to life as a carer.

    Babs Marson
    Quote Message: Carers are not special people. We are just ordinary people with a special job." from Babs Marson Leicester Carer's Centre
    Babs MarsonLeicester Carer's Centre

    These days Babs runs the centre as well as still caring full time for her daughter.

    She organises social events but also fundraisers to keep the service going so that she can continue to give the same support she received to other people who find themselves caring for a loved one.

  6. Watch: Flooding in Normanton-on-Soar

    Normanton-on-Soar has been flooded for the second time in a week.

    Sue Ponting lives in the village and has been trying to slow drivers down.

    "Some are speeding through the village and then all the backwash is going into people's gardens and flooding their garages."

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    Video caption: Normanton-on-Soar has been flooded for the second time in a week

    Some villagers had blamed the repeated flooding on the drains but Severn Trent said it was a surface water problem caused by the amount of rain.

    The Environment Agency said it is helping pump the water away while Nottinghamshire County Council "hopes to have an action plan" to fix the problem.

  7. Local artist hoping to be crowned champion

    Sophie Cook

    BBC Radio Leicester producer

    Anil Patel

    Anil Patel from Oadby, Leicestershire is on the second series of the BBC's The Big Painting Challenge which sees 10 amateur artists battle it out and undertake an intensive, six-week, artistic boot camp in a bid to perfect their skills and be crowned the overall champion.

    Graphic designer Anil has been artistic since childhood – he can even recall drawing all over the walls of his family home as a child! A passionate athlete and football fan, he has previously won a competition with his favourite football club, Leicester City FC, to design a feature mural which is can be seen on the concourse at the club.

  8. Rapist jailed for more than 13 years

    Chris Fawcett

    BBC News

    A rapist has been jailed for more than 13 years after forcing his way into an elderly woman's home and attacking her.

    Shyhiem Frances-Myers, 21, of Victoria Street, Wigston, visited the woman's house, also in Wigston on 13 January.

    Victoria Street, Wigston

    When she opened the door he raped her and took her bank card, police said.

    Frances-Myers was jailed for 13-and-a-half years at Leicester Crown Court earlier after admitting two charges of rape.

  9. Crash causes M1 closure

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC News

    The M1 is CLOSED southbound between J22 and J23. There is also disruption on the northbound carriageway.

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  10. Police 'flushed' by loo rescue

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC News

    Shall we take a look at some other news across the East Midlands?

    There have also been dramatic scenes in the Sherwood area of Nottingham...

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  11. No plans to reopen roads soon

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC News

    If you were hoping the roads around St Georges Retail Park would be back to normal by rush hour, I'm afraid I have bad news.

    Police car at fire cordon

    The police have said: "There are no plans to open the roads any time soon, regrettably. Please plan your journeys to avoid Humberstone Road."

  12. Firefighters make 'good progress'

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC News

    Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service has said "good progress" is being made on extinguishing the blaze at an industrial park in Leicester.

    Fire fighing

    The service requested a building inspector attend the scene along with the Environment Agency.

    Cadent and Western Power are also present.

  13. Road remains closed following fire

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC News

    Humberstone Road remains closed while emergency services deal with a fire at a warehouse near St Georges Retail Park.

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  14. Restaurant manager feared for customer safety

    Calum McKenzie

    BBC News

    Junaid Gujjar witnessed the flames breaking out in the warehouse from Big John’s takeaway, where he is manager, and called 999..

    Fire engine in Leicester

    Mr Gujjar told the BBC he got in touch with the emergency services at around 12:53 and they arrived minutes later.

    “It was a bit scary,” he said.

    “The main thing I was worried about was the customers because we had a house full.”

  15. 'Avoid' roads near fire

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC News

    Traffic is "starting to get really busy" in the area around the fire.

    Area Traffic Control is reminding people to avoid the roads near St Georges Retail Park.

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  16. Blaze hit warehouse contained furniture

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC News

    The fire service has confirmed the building on fire contained furniture and that it was "well alight".

    Scene of fire
  17. Smoke continuing to rise from fire

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC News

    Leicestershire Fire and Rescue is using an aerial ladder platform to extinguish the warehouse fire.

    Flames can no longer be seen but there is still lots of smoke.

    Aerial ladder platform at scene of fire
    Aerial ladder platform

    One eyewitness told the BBC they believe the fire is at a furniture warehouse.

    A man working at a neighbouring business said all he could see was “black smoke”. He said: “I’ve never seen a fire like that."

  18. Traffic diverted away from fire

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC News

    If you're in the area around St George's Retail Park you might find yourself being redirected by police.

    Police diverting traffic on Humberstone Road

    Officers are in the road diverting cars away from the scene of a fire at an industrial estate in Leicester.