Leeds Now live updates: Thursday 31st October

Live reports from our journalists in the Leeds Now newsroom, along with various other news stories.


16:23 – Leeds singer celebrates winning BBC folk artist of the year award

“It’s not just what it means externally. For me it was a really big affirm-er that I am doing the right thing and it is worth pursuing.”

Read the full story here.


16:20 – Leeds Museum sensory room has been a great success this Halloween

The pop up sensory exhibition for children with additional needs at the Leeds City Museum has been very successful.

Read the full story here.


15:50 – Becky Hill announced at First Direct Arena

Becky Hill is to join Pete Tong in his return to First Direct Arena with The Heritage Orchestra.

They will be bringing a fresh show of Ibiza Classics to Leeds.


15:30 – Do you know this man?

Police are appealing for information about Adam Woodhouse, 25, from Harehills.

He is wanted on recall to prison in Leeds for breaching the terms of his licence.


15:00 – Leeds Beckett saving lives with #BeckettBlood

Leeds Beckett University are doing their bit this Halloween by attempting to donate 1,000 pints of blood.


14:40 – Viking-inspired tipi returns to Victoria Gardens this Christmas

THOR’S tipi bar will be making a return to Leeds this festive season.


14:15 – Ilkley house fire proves fatal

An 89-year-old woman died in a fire on Cowpasture Road, Ilkley, today.

Police were called to her house at 8.37am.

An investigation is ongoing with the fire service to establish the circumstances of the blaze.


13:50 – Leeds Rhinos Women’s star represents the country in tour of Papua New Guinea

Leeds Rhinos player Shannon Lacey flies out with the England squad this week for the historic tour to Papua New Guinea.

The former Stanningley player, who won the Challenge Cup with the Rhinos this season, will be joined by four of her fellow team mates on the tour.


13:00 – Halloween celebrations within the LGBT+ community

Tonight, Viaduct Show Bar holds the Rocky Horror Picture Show finale with their drag queens and queer entertainers.

Our reporters Thomas Mangham and Lucy Parker have been to check out the decor.


12:40 – Leeds Beckett student has car stolen and trashed in Hyde Park

A Leeds student returned from a night out to find that her car had been stolen from outside of her house.

The vehicle was later found by the police, upside down and abandoned, a five minute drive away.

More to follow from our reporters Rachel Johnston and Sam Teesdale.


12:30 – BBC young folk artist award of the year goes to Leeds musician

Leeds musician Maddie Morris wins BBC young folk artist award of the year.

Our reporter Emily Carson interviewed the 21-year-old who said “they called my name and I just sat there because it didn’t feel real at all”.


12:10 – Leeds sales assistant says daily abuse from customers is “mentally exhausting”

A Leeds sales assistant has had enough of the daily mistreatment he faces from customers.

Our reporters Eliza Lita and Kieran Owen have more to follow on the story.


11:50 – West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service warning about the dangers of Halloween

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service have teamed up with West Yorkshire Police to make sure that Halloween is a treat for all.

Chief Superintendent Damien Miller said: “People should be mindful that what they see as a bit of harmless fun may cause a great deal of anxiety for elderly and vulnerable members of the community. Hallowe’en is also no excuse for anti-social behaviour. “


11:34 – Party leaders launching their campaigns

Campaigns are getting underway in preparation for the 12th December election.

Our reporters Ben Barry and Kane Daley are speaking to the public to find out what they think.


11:20 – Sensory room for families with additional needs at Leeds City Museum

Leeds City Museum has introduced a sensory experience for little ones that involves a bubble tube, dark tents and tactile toys.

Our reporters Jacob Lyon and Alvaro Casas have been to take a look.


11:15 – New PCC Annual Report details serious crime remaining as high priority

Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, has released his new Annual Report.

He says serious violence in communities is a specific concern. Over the last year the police have focused on issues that are of highest priority to the public, these include:

  • tackling crime and anti-social behaviour
  • safeguarding vulnerable people
  • supporting victims and witnesses
  • making sure the criminal justice system works effectively for communities.

Read the full report here.


10:38 – Leeds Art Gallery showcase their Halloween themed art

Leeds Art Gallery is getting into the Halloween spirit with their Works On Paper collection.


10:27 – Good morning from the Rose Bowl

I’m Molly Hartley and I’ll be bringing you updates from our journalists in the Leeds Now newsroom. Happy Halloween!

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