Leeds Now live updates: Thursday 7 November

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15:28 – New exhibition lands in Leeds Art Gallery

Leeds Art Gallery is the new home to Bloomberg New Contemporaries exhibition, until November 17th. They hold weekly 20 minute talk at 1.10pm, each Thursday.

Pictured below is work by Emily Stollery, a Nottingham Trent graduate.

15:05 – Leeds mothers campaign against Air Pollution

A Leeds mother of two campaigned in the City centre today, about air pollution in the city.

She teamed up with other parents, who dressed up in flight attendant uniforms to make their statement.

15:00 – Plan your travel for the Christmas light switch on

Check out the buses online if you are travelling to Leeds from Harrogate tonight, or head over to First Group to plan your journey from any location.

14:40 – British activist commemorated in Leeds exhibition

The curators of the Emily Hobhouse exhibition said “They haven’t intended to place Emily Hobhouse on a pedestal, but rather to give the pedestal ‘a little wobble.”

14:31 – Charity canvasser accused of GBH

Three of our reporters, Jacob Lyon, Thomas Mangham and Lucy Parker, have been in Leeds Crown Court today.

They sat in on a case involving a charity canvasser accused of Grievous Bodily Harm.

14:25 – Cigarette disposal bins, Yes or No?

Tell us how you feel about increasing the amount of cigarette disposal bins, outside University areas below.

14:22 – Leeds citizens left unhappy over the Headrow roadworks

The Headrow, in Leeds city centre has been undergoing work now for two months, and could last for another two years.

Kieran Owen and Harry McCann, two of our Leeds Now reporters, have interviewed those affected by the roadworks in the city centre.


14:18 – Leeds smokers say no to fines

Leeds Now reporters, Philip Daniels and James Bousfield, take the streets of Leeds to find out student’s opinion on increasing cigarette disposal bins, dropping cigarettes on the floor, and the fines that follow.

14:11 – Flooding continues to affect

According to Leeds City Council, continual flooding has caused an emergency closure on Brigshaw Lane, Allerton Bywater, Castleford.

You are advised to avoid this area where possible, and find an alternate route.

14:02 – Journalist meets Puppy

Here we have one of our Leeds Now journalists, Ben Barry, pictured with a Pet Therapy puppy.

13:49 – November only means one thing.. Movember

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service are not only saving lives on the job, but doing what they can off the job too.

The Firefighters are all taking part in Movember, growing their moustaches in support of multiple causes. Movember’s aim is to reduce the number of men dying prematurely by 25%. Here are a few of the best ‘taches so far!

13:23 – Dogs bring some sunshine to rainy Leeds

Dog therapy is a way of providing companionship and friendship, and combating loneliness.

Kane Daley and Ben Barry head down to Leeds University to get involved.

13:10 – Bonfire night gone wrong

Bonfire night should be a fun night for friends and family, but in Harehills, Leeds, 15 ‘local’ males between 11 and 23 attacked people with fireworks and set bins on fire.

The males in question have since been arrested on suspicion of violent disorder, after they targeted passerby’s and riot police. One included Police Community Support Officer, Rob, who works for Bradford West NPT.

12:45 – Fallen tree causes major delays

Direct trains to Leeds station have suffered many cancelled or delayed services today, as a tree has fallen on the Guiseley line.

Direct services between Leeds and Ilkley and also between Shipley and Ilkley have been cancelled until 3pm.

12:30 – Big Leeds Chat wants to hear from you

The Big Leeds Chat is a new way of listening to people in Leeds.

It brings together the most senior decision makers in health and care, working together as one health and care team to talk to the people of Leeds about what matters to them.

11:54 – Leeds hidden gems

Two of our reporters, Molly Hartley and Sam Teesdale are currently making their way around Leeds, finding out the history of buildings considered ‘at risk’.

11:45 – Petition for more street lights in Hyde Park

A Leeds woman has called for action, after sharing that the streets of Hyde Park, Leeds are ‘dangerous’.

After being called ‘not a proper resident’ by Leeds City Council, she has taken to Change.org to show how important this matter is to her.

11:28 – Christmas lights light up Leeds

Christmas has arrived, meaning Millennium Square’s annual Christmas light switch on is here, at 7:30 tonight!

This marks the start of the city’s ‘Make it Leeds’ Christmas campaign, which includes events, like the annual Christkindelmarkt, which starts on Friday November 8 from 10.30am.

10:59 – Peace activism exhibition

Leeds Cultural Conversations has brought the Emily Hobhouse exhibition to our city.

Our reporters, Eliza Lita and Alvaro Casas have taken a trip, to find out more.

10:49 – Flood risk as heavy rain falls on Leeds

Today, our reporters may have soggy feet, but they still have great stories! The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning today, with the forecast lasting through Thursday, and going overnight to Friday morning. This may bring flash flooding to Leeds and surrounding areas.

10:32 – Man questioned over serious sexual assault in Leeds

West Yorkshire Police say a woman was sexually assaulted, in the early hours of 11 October 2019, at an address in Headingley.

Police are currently questioning a man in connection to the crime, after an appeal was made on the 4 November 2019.

10:20 – Good morning from Leeds Beckett

I’m Rachel, and today I will be updating Leeds Now with live updates given to you by our trainee journalists.

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