Leeds Now live updates: Wednesday 30th October

Leeds Hacks News splash

Live reports from our reporters in the field and a collection of various other news.

10:41am – Local band The Indigo Project played at Oporto on Call Lane last night to a great crowd says our reporter in the field, Georgia Spence, who was in attendance.

Hear them on Spotify.

11:05am – Street food enthusiasts will be flocking to Leeds Trinity food court from 12pm today in the hope they will be among the 100 people selected for a free naan wrap from Indian chain Rola Wala

11:17am – Artist John Mayson is running a community dragon mural in Leeds Kirkgate market, in which anyone can help in the drawing.

11:44am – “Your carriage awaits” – and so do you. Reports from our reporter in the field at Leeds Station, Gemma Ryles, detail the chaos ensuing in Leeds centre due to Northern Rail cancellations.

11:59am – Update from Gemma at the station regarding delays/cancellations:

12:08pm – Leeds Now reporters are on Briggate today asking the general public what their thoughts on the proposed expansion of the franchise to include younger voters.

12:20pm – Tributes pour in for West Yorkshire rugby star, Sam Burgess, who today announced his retirement.

12:27pm – Working hard or hardly working? News days? Completed it mate. Some of our journalists working hard to get their stories done by the end of the day.

12:42pm – Three new CCTV cameras are to be installed in Holbeck in a hope to reduce crime and they will be constantly monitored by Leeds Watch. However, residents still fear for their safety.

12:57pm – Leeds Now reporters were at HMV in St Johns centre today enquiring about the stores recent move from The Core, as well as posing the question: can record stores survive in the ‘age of Spotify’?

1:04pm – Northern Rail employees only know what they’ve “seen on the news” reports our journalists in the field at Leeds station as further delays to rail services cause disruption.

1:19pm – Our court reporters, George Clarke, Oscar Bellerby, and Sam Brooke-Wilkinson are working hard to get their report ready for this evening.

1:21pm – More from Northern Rail on the delays today:

1:29pm – Leeds Now journalist Molly Capel tweeting about her upcoming story with Georgia Spence:

1:40pm – There are traffic delays on the A1(M) northbound after a “severe” accident at J49 for Ripon Road Thirsk reports BBC news.

2:00pm – She’s no mug! Leeds Beckett student proposes environmentally friendly idea of reusing coffee cups at dispensers across campus.

2:02pm – A tweet from your live blogger for the day who, reports say, is doing a “fantastic job”.

2:08pm – I KNOW HIM! Santa’s coming to town; more specifically he’s coming to Millenium Square’s Christmas markets. Catch him before 21st December.

2:12pm – Leeds MPs have commented on the National Rail chaos unfolding at Leeds Station.

2:20pm – A giant flower with legs is roaming the streets of Leeds as we speak. That’s right, Steve the Poppy Man is in Leeds centre today collecting donations for The Poppy Appeal. If you have any time to spare, we at Leeds Now advise POPPING to see him!

2:30pm – A reassuring message from Leeds Beckett student Ryan for all you Bibliophobes out there confirming that the library is not that bad.

2:41pm – “I’m scared to walk to my local corner shop on my own”. Leeds Now reporters have been talking to local Holbeck residents about their fear for their safety in their own community.

a picture of a group of houses in Hyde Park
Elaine Kimeiywo

2:55pm – CEO of Leeds City Council, Tom Riordan, has tweeted the following about the city in regards to the upcoming Channel 4 headquarters relocation:

3:00pm – Once you Pop, you cannot stop! More poppy people are collecting donations in Leeds Station today for two fantastic causes, The Poppy Appeal and The Poppy Legion.

3:10pm – A damning report from Leeds Station by Gemma Ryles who shows that the disruption from Northern Rail is far from an anomaly.

3:24pm – There is “severe disruption” on the M62 westbound, according to BBC news. A break down has caused issues from J27 for M621 to J26 for M606 J1.

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