Leeds Now: Live Updates 1st February 2021

Laptop screenWelcome to the Leeds Now live updates, I'll be reporting from this very comfy bean bag all day...

3:30 PM- Thats all from me I’m off for a tea!

Goodbye for now from me, Molly Capel and all of us at Leeds Now. Stay safe and keep coming back for more!

3:28 PM- Martin Greenwood, managing director at Staycations UK chats to Leeds Now

3:25 PM- Did you know Leeds is the biggest city in Europe without a mass transit system?

Nope, neither did I! Want to find out more, check out our reporter’s piece on this below

3:20 PM- Leeds Sculpter’s innovative way to raise money for The Trussell Trust

Missing Brudenell Social Club? Well, now you could have a mini Brudenell in your home AND help raise money for Food Banks in Leeds.

3:10 PM- But how do key workers really feel about going to work?

Our reporter Lauren West shares some audio from an eye-opening interview with a support worker on how safe she feels in and out of work.

2:55 PM- It’s 5 PM on a Monday evening, you know the drill by now

Health secretary Matt Hancock will address the nation today at 5 PM. It’s thought he will discuss the government’s efforts to vaccinate everyone in care homes across England.

2:40 PM- Tower Work scheme begins its transformation

Once home to a famous steel pin factory, a site in Yorkshire is about to begin its Lockdown makeover. The site will accommodate 245 homes and house additional workspaces. Looks like it will be another successful Leeds transformation, something our city is starting to be known for.

2:30 PM- Are staycations the next big thing?

Travel restrictions may stop us from venturing abroad any time soon but that’s not to say we can’t enjoy a ‘staycation’ here in the UK. George Clarke and Oscar Bellerby have been reporting on this more…

2:15 PM- Something fishy going on here?

Following the latest Brexit trading rules and regulations, members of the Yorkshire fishing industry have said they feel “let down”.

2:10 PM- Here at Leeds Now we LOVE a picture of our WFH setup

After that weather warning, I’m not sure I’ll be reaching for an iced coffee myself, but whatever’s going to get Lauren West through the News Day today. She’s working on a piece all to do with how Key Workers are coping during the pandemic, I suspect A LOT of coffee too.

1:56 PM- MET Office releases official warning.

It’s not just rain on the way, apparently, we are to also expect more snow in the next few days, so brace yourself for another cold spell.

1:45 PM- Time to cut down on those bad driving habits as ‘Operation Tramline’ begins today

In a national joint initiative between police forces and Highways England, West Yorkshire Police are out on the roads in unmarked HGV’s filming driving habits over a 5 day period.

1:30 PM- Deadline day is in full swing

I may not know much about football but I do know deadline day means plenty of sports news so instead of taking my word for it probably best to tune in at 6 pm to BBC Radio Leeds

1:17 PM- Couldn’t car’ less

Four Leeds Locals were found by Yorkshire police to be 70 miles away from home after they broke down on their way to go and look at a car to buy in Scarborough. Safe to say it wasn’t ‘wheely’ counted as essential travel by Police.

1:10 PM- More workers receive the vaccine

Kara McKune and Gemma Ryles are reporting on which jobs now require the COVID vaccine. They discuss how workers are starting to feel more comfortable in their own jobs as a result of receiving the vaccine.

1:00 PM- BoJo in Batley?

Boris Johnson came up north this morning to visit a local vaccination centre in Batley, West Yorkshire. He chatted to the individuals working hard at the centre and the locals receiving their vaccine dose.

12:55 PM- Inquest begins into the death of infamous serial killer Peter Sutcliffe

Otherwise known as The Yorkshire Ripper, Peter Sutcliffe’s death is being looked into by Police after he died in prison on November 13th.

12:45 PM- Its HIV Test Week

Today marks the start of HIV Testing Week, bringing awareness to the importance of HIV testing.

12:40 PM- Working away as always

Part of the Leeds Now Squad (I’m going to make it a thing okay?) Jessica Gale is busy editing her package on The Litter Squad. Now that certainly won’t be trash knowing Jess’s editing skills.

12:30 PM- Leeds Discretionary Grant RE-OPENS

In a bid to help businesses impacted by the Covid-19 restrictions, Leeds City Council will re-open applications for the Discretionary Grant on the 4th February.

12:25 PM- UK secures additional 40 million doses of the Valneva vaccine.

More vaccine news and more vaccines themselves as UK secured doses hits 407 million.

12:15 PM- The Mother and daughter duo keeping Hull, and Britain, tidy!

Our reporters Sam Brooke-Wilkinson and Jessica Gale have been speaking to the amazing mother-daughter duo who have been litter picking in Hull in an effort to keep our streets clean. #Littersquad has even been nominated for a Keep Britain Tidy Award.

12:10 PM- Online cookery classes start during LGBTQ+ History month

Leeds based organisations, One You Leeds and Jaimie’s Ministry Of Food have announced the launch of their online cookery classes for older and isolated members of the LGBTQ+ community starting this Friday. *goes out and buys lemons and courgettes immediately”

12:00 PM- Come stay with me, let’s stay, let’s stay… In the UK?

Our smart, yet serious, reporter Oscar Bellerby is working remotely with George Clarke today on a piece all to do with staycations. They look at how the new hotel quarantine system might just encourage us to look no further than the next county for our summer getaway.

11:55 AM- Anybody else forget about Brexit?

I know, I know, it’s all COVID and/or Brexit, but a month after the new trading rules were introduced where are we at?

11:45 AM- Mass Transit network plan revealed for West Yorkshire

Our very ‘green’ girl Georgia Spence is reporting on the latest plans released for a mass transit network in West Yorkshire. Councillor Kim Groves, Chair of West Yorkshire combined authority, spoke to her about what this means for Leeds and its fight for environmental change.

11:40 AM- Together With Music

Something to make your eyes and ears smile.

11:30 AM- Police release statement and appeal for more information after serious car, tree collision

The Police have issued a statement after firefighters had to rescue two individuals from a car when it crashed into a tree this Saturday evening on Temple Newsman Road.

11:25 AM- Do key workers feel as loved as this cat looks?

What a ‘purrfect’ way to spend the day, chatting with amazing key workers and editing alongside this friendly feline. Seems our reporter Emilia Kettle isn’t ‘kitten’ around. (Sorry I’m really clawing at straws here)

11:15 AM- What’s it like to be clinically vulnerable in a pandemic?

Molly Carr cares- She’s been chatting to clinically vulnerable people on their experiences of shielding.


I may not be a football fanatic myself… But as a southerner, living up north in Leeds, with Leeds fans, AND a daughter, and sister, of Leicester City superfans, I got an earful last night about the game. Safe to say Leeds are relishing in their 3-1 defeat.

11:00 AM- Investigations underway as body is found on Leeds train tracks.

West Yorkshire Police have begun an investigation after, a yet to be identified, body has been found on the railway track between Leeds and Normanton.

10:45 AM- Single dads are doing it for

themselves, and they’re doing it together!

The amazing Leeds based single dads support group, Delta-Alpha-Delta, have been awarded a commendation at the 2021 Community Integrations Awards. Read more about it on The Yorkshire Evening Post- https://www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk/news/people/leeds-support-group-single-dads-honoured-awards-ceremony-3116482

10:35 AM- Sexual Abuse and Sexual Violence week

Today marks the first day of sexual abuse and sexual violence week. West Yorkshire Police are always here for you, but especially this week. See below for more information.

10:30 AM- Vaccination for The Nation

Government figures showed that a record 598,389 people in the UK were given their first COVID vaccine in one day on Saturday. That’s not to say we shouldn’t all stay vigilant and stick to the rules. Hands. Face. Space.

10:15 AM- There’s been a nationwide rise in dog thefts

Not only has there been a rise in the number of people purchasing puppies during lockdown but it seems there’s sadly also been a rise in dog thefts. Louise Hollingsworth, a self-confessed crazy dog lady, and Molly Hartley are finding out more.

10:05 AM- Theres (S)no(w) way it’s back…

Apologies for the poor pun I know its only 10 AM. Despite the sunshine, there is still weather warnings out today in West Yorkshire so maybe keep those hats and gloves handy for a little while longer.

10:00 AM- It’s LGBTQ+ History Month!

It’s the 1st of Feb and that means it’s the start of LGBTQ+ 2021 History Month. Despite the lockdown, there’s plenty still happening and Leeds is bringing the rainbow to your doorstep by hosting the online event: ‘Outing The Past 2021’ this weekend.

9:45 AM – Good Morning from Leeds Now!

I’m Molly Capel and I’ll be Live reporting for Leeds Now throughout the day. It’s finally February, we made it through what feels like the longest month of the year, and 2021 is well on its way. The sun is shining, I’ve got a full mug of coffee, and it looks like it’s going to be a beautiful day.

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This article was produced by a student or students on the BA in Journalism at Leeds Beckett University.

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