Leeds Now: Live report 19th January

15:20 – That’s all from me today! Have a lovely evening and see you all soon.

14:48 – West Yorkshire Prepared release helpful flooding checklist

In the run up to the brunt of Storm Christoph, West Yorkshire Prepared have released a flooding checklist featuring what to do before, during and after a flood.

14:27 – Leeds case rate for COVID-19 drops again

Leeds City Council CEO, Tom Riordan, announced earlier that the COVID-19 case rate for Leeds has dropped by 11% in the last week, from 318.4 cases per 100,000 to 294.4. An even more significant fall from the 355 cases reported on Saturday 9th January.

14:10 – Leeds West MP calls out government over COVID-19 spending

Rachel Reeves, MP for Leeds West, has called out the Conservative government and said the public deserves answers after it was revealed that the government refused to divulge if £1 billion of PPE ever reached the NHS last year.

13:45 – Lanes back open on M621 after traffic incident

All lanes are back open now on the M621 following the recovery of an overturned Ferrari that went into a barrier. It’s thought that Storm Cristoph and heavy rain played part in the incident.

13:33 – Food banks frustration on school meal vouchers replacement

Following last week’s viral photos of the government’s alternative to free school meal vouchers, Emily Carson talked to the food banks who are frustrated that they can provide more food than the government can.

13:20 – New guidance from the council on Storm Cristoph

Leeds City Council have published the latest guidance for Storm Cristoph following earlier news of the Met Office’s amber warning staying in place until at least Thursday.

13:10 – West Yorkshire Police appeal following a fatal traffic collision in the city centre

New witnesses are asked to come forward after a pedestrian was killed in the city centre on Wednesday 13th January. The incident took place at the junction of Duke Street and York Street at 5:28pm and involved a white Ford Transit van. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Roads Policing Unit on 101.

13:01 – Leeds Hacks hard at work editing from home

Studying from home means that Leeds Now reporters are also having to edit everything from home, and they’re all doing an admirable job in the circumstances. Here’s Lucy editing her piece on Hyde Park Book Club’s laptop donations.

12:50 – Huddersfield sign Keogh from MK Dons

Had to get a bit of sport in somewhere! In what has been a horrifically slow transfer window for West Yorkshire clubs so far, Huddersfield Town have signed defender Richard Keogh on a deal until the end of the season.

12:39 – Leeds Now journalist’s fighting the weather

Even in the worst January weather imaginable, Sam Teesdale and Rachel Johnston are out battling the elements to film their packages.

(Everything’s above board and within current regulations, they live together).

12:26 – Increasing demand for food throughout lockdown

Our reporters, Phil Daniels and Emily Carson, have been hard at work today on their package about the increasing demand for food due to COVID and the charities and individuals coming together to support those in need.

12:05 – West Yorkshire Police have renewed their appeal for witnesses in Middleton shooting

Detectives made two arrests over the weekend in relation to the shooting of a man on Thorpe Road on Sunday 10th January. Witnesses can give any information that may relate to the shooting by ringing the investigation team on 101.

11:51 – Leeds City Council ask the public to be patient with vaccinations

As the NHS rolls out the COVID-19 vaccine to the most vulnerable, Leeds City Council have asked the public to be patient and wait til they’ve been notified that it’s their turn before contacting anyone about it.

11:45 – Amber warnings from the Met Office remain this week until Thursday

Heavy rain is forecast in Leeds this week so the Met Office Amber warning remains in place with 25 flood warnings in place across Yorkshire.

11:28 – British Gas protests continue as more workers strike

Jacob Lyon and India Rose are looking into the British Gas controversy and how new contracts have sparked protests in the GMB union leading to some workers to strike.

It’s a big one, Jacob even has an ironed shirt out for the occasion.

11:22 – Leeds City Council urgently appeal for foster carers

Our reporters Ben Barry and Kane Daly are working on a package about Leeds City Council’s urgent appeal for more foster carers as the rate of children needing care increases nationwide.

11:04 – Hyde Park Book Club are taking donated laptops and refurbishing them for distribution to children across West Yorkshire

Our reporters, Rachel Johnston and Lucy Parker are today working on a TV package about Hyde Park Book Club and Digital Access West Yorkshire working together in their initiative to refurbish donated laptops to help get children online access. Over £5000 has been raised for the scheme so far with another 11 laptops being donated yesterday.

10:45 – Good morning from Leeds Now!

I’m Tom Mangham and I’ll be your live reporter for the day, bringing you live updates from our TV reporters throughout the day.

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