Leeds Now live updates: Thursday 21st November

Leeds Now reporters at work in the newsroom.

It is the fourth newsday here in the Leeds Now newsroom and our reporters are hard at work to bring you the latest stories in Leeds.

16:30 – Goodbye from Leeds Now!

That’s all from us today in the Leeds Now newsroom. Have a lovely evening!

16:22 – Huddersfield University students’ campaign succeeds as Prince Andrew resigns from his position as chancellor

Molly Hartley and Rachel Johnston have been talking to Huddersfield University students who shared their views on the recent news on Prince Andrew’s friendship with sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.

Earlier today, Prince Andrew has stepped down as Huddersfield University’s Chancellor.

The story is live on Leeds Now.


16:15 – Leeds road safety workshops underway as part of Road Safety Week

Kieran and Alvaro have been looking into how Leeds celebrates Road Safety Week and visited some of the worst areas for traffic incidents.


15:58 – Ingram Distributor closed towards Elland Road

The Armley Gyratory’s exit to M621 has been closed earlier today due to a police incident.

Traffic delays are expected to continue throughout the afternoon.


15:42 – Slow painting artist talk at Leeds Art Gallery

The exhibition at Leeds Art Gallery aims to bring to light a range of mostly UK-based artists, whose styles range from abstraction to figuration.

It is curated by writer and critic Martin Herbert and displays the work of 19 artists.

More details here.


15:20 – Leeds United exhibition will be on display until 22 December

The exhibition, currently on display in Merrion Centre in Leeds, has been allowed an extension of almost a month, following its success.

Read more on Leeds Now.


15:05 – ‘Movember’ cake stall in Leeds raises awareness on men’s mental and physical health

A cake stall has been brought to Leeds today by Movember UK in collaboration with NHS Digital, in order to raise awareness on men’s health issues.

People in Leeds could stop by, have a sweet treat and discuss with experts about mental health concerns, suicide prevention and male premature death prevention.


14:51 – NHS Pledge to keep antibiotics working

This week is World Antibiotics Awareness Week and the NHS are urging people in Leeds to pledge online to raise awareness on taking antibiotics the right way, so they work properly.

The World Health Organisation said that the world is “headed in a post-antibiotic era”, where many treatable diseases can become life-threatening due to overuse or misuse of antibiotics.

You can make your pledge here. Read more on antibiotics awareness here.


14:30 – Women in Business Summit 2019 celebrates women’s success in all professional fields

The Women in Business Summit has come to Leeds today to celebrate and promote women’s success in all professional sectors.

The Summit takes place at the Leeds United Foundation and includes a range of workshops, panel discussions and an exhibition.

The aim is to offer advice and support to women struggling with the fast-changing business environment nowadays.


14:20 – Prince Andrew resigns as Chancellor for Huddersfield University

Molly and Rachel’s story has just taken a sudden turn, as they received a breaking update that Prince Andrew has resigned as Huddersfield University’s Chancellor.

More to follow later on Leeds Now.


14:15 – Carers’ Rights Day to take place in Leeds City Centre

Today marks Carers’ Rights Day and Carers Leeds are inviting anyone interested in being a carer or wanting to find out more about it to drop by at their information stall in Leeds City Centre, Dortmund Square.

They are there to also offer support to new carers and answer questions on what it feels like to work in this field.


13:58 – The West Yorkshire Police Federation takes part in centenary conference

The conference marking the 100th birthday of the Police Federation of England and Wales has reunited over 700 delegates in London today.

Members of the West Yorkshire Police Federation were among the guests.


13:40 – M&S Archive to host festive crafting sessions in Leeds

This Saturday, people in Leeds can take part in a free event hosted by Marks &Spencer, where several professional craftspeople will teach them to make sustainable gifts.

People can choose from making wool gifts, self-portraits or tree decorations and experiment with textile crafts over a cup of tea.

More details can be found here.


13:25 – Leeds’s response to latest manifestos from the Liberal Democrats and the Labour Party

The Liberal Democrats and the Labour Party have just released their manifestos ahead of the General Election next month.

Both manifestos offer details on each party’s taxes and pensions policies.

Our reporters, Jacob Lyon and Thomas Mangham have looked into the manifestos and tried to find out how Leeds will be affected.


13:15 – Road Safety Week initiative to impact on Leeds traffic

This week is Road Safety Week and Leeds Now reporters, Kieran Owen and Alvaro Casas have been investigating how safe the traffic in Leeds is and how it can be improved.

More updates to follow on Leeds Now.


13:05 – Live on Twitter: Leeds United head coach Marcelo Bielsa and player Pablo Hernandez press conference

The head coach and Spanish player are now discussing ahead of Saturday’s match against Luton Town.

The discussion has provided informaion on Hernandez’s contract extension and the progress of the whole team.

Marcelo Bielsa has also made a comment about recently-sacked Tottenham manager, Mauricio Pochettino.


12:50 – Police appeal to identify man in relation to an offence in East Leeds

West Yorkshire Police have released a CCTV portrait of a man wanted in relation to an interference with a motor vehicle.

The offence allegedly happened in East Leeds on 12 November.

CCTV image of man in blue coat
West Yorkshire Police The Police have not commented further on the incident.

The Police urge anyone who recognises the man to contact them anonymously on 0800 555 111.


12:32 – Court report underway in the Leeds Now newsroom

Leeds Now reporters, Kane Daly, Ben Barry and Emily Carson have been sitting through court proceedings this morning at Leeds Crown Court.

More to follow on the case they are reporting on.


12:20 – NHS joins global initiative to fight fraud

This week is International Fraud Awareness Week and the NHS Counter Fraud Authority has launched a campaign to help organisations identify and tackle fraud.

Fraud has been proved to cause yearly damages of over £1.2 billion within the NHS.

More can be found on the NHS Counter Fraud Authority’s website, where they provided a campaign toolkit meant to help organisations spot he early signs of fraud.


12:05 – Leeds United exhibition to celebrate ‘100 years of football history’

The exhibition is on display the the Merrion Centre in Leeds until 24 November.

The Centenary Exhibition also features themed evenings with special guests every Thursday night.

Our reporters, Sam Teesdale, Lucy Parker and Harry McCann have taken a trip to find out more.


11:55 – Extensive searches for missing pensioner from Dewsbury continue

Colin Vasey, 81, has not been seen since Sunday morning.

Search dogs and a drone are being used by police to trace the missing pensioner.

He is thought to be wearing a blue fleece, grey pyjama bottoms and a dark coloured beanie hat.

Police urges anyone who believes they may have seen Colin to contact them on 101 999, quoting log 1104 of 17/11.

More updates by West Yorkshire police can be found here.


11:45 – On this day in history

On this day in 1968, comedian Eric Morecambe received get well cards while recovering from a heart attack at Leeds General Infirmary.

Leeds Libraries posted a tweet to mark the date.


11:35 – A cloudy day is announced in Leeds today

The maximum temperature today won’t reach more than 6 ° C, with a chance of precipitation of 10% throughout the day.

Winter is just around the corner with wind gusts of up to 20 mph.

Read more on today’s weather.


11:20 – Some private properties in Leeds are failing fire safety tests

Privately-owned properties in Leeds have been failing major fire safety tests.

Our reporters, Philip Daniels and James Bousfield are out in Leeds this morning investigating the issue.


10:57 – West Yorkshire Police appeal to identify a man in relation to a serious offence

West Yorkshire Police have just issued an appeal for anyone who might recognise this man in relation to a serious offence.

CCTV image of man
West Yorkshire Police The Police have not released any other information in relation to this appeal.

The offence reportedly occurred in Leeds on 16 November.

If you have any information on the identity of this man, you can call Crime Stoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


10:39 – The Police Federation of England and Wales celebrates centenary

Today marks the PFEW’s 100th birthday and they will host a conference in London to mark the event.

The Police Federation of England and Wales is the staff association representing police constables, sergeants and inspectors.

Find out more.


10:10 – Huddersfield University students share their view on Chancellor Prince Andrew

The students have expressed their indignation at the latest news on Prince Andrew’s friendship with sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.

Our reporters, Molly Hartley and Rachel Johnston have gotten in touch with them to find out more.


10:02 – Good morning from Leeds Now!

I’m Eliza Lita and I am today’s live reporter. I’ll be bringing you live updates from our journalists throughout the day.

About the Author

Eliza Lita
Second year Journalism student at Leeds Beckett University. Leeds Now reporter.

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