Leeds Now: Live updates Thursday 11th February

15:00 – The main programme

That’s a wrap for the day and it’s time for the main programme. Thank you for following the live updates and enjoy the rest of your day.

14:50pm – Josh Warrington is ready to return to the ring on Saturday

Leeds born boxer Josh Warrington is set for a return to the ring this weekend and will face Mauricio Lara.

Josh vacated his IBF World title last month and is now set to face the Mexican this weekend at the Wembley arena in London.

14:41pm – Snow from space

Following on from the Met Office warning for snow posted earlier today, a satellite image has been released from space showing the snow on the ground here in the UK.

It’s set to be another cold one tonight with lows of minus 4.

14:30pm – New Covid-19 figures released

Public health, England have announced a weekly decrease in the number of people testing positive for Covid-19. However, the death toll now stands at 114,851.

The group with the highest infection rate remains between 30-39 however there has been a decrease in the number of people this age testing positive within the last week.

The number of people infected has also fallen here in Yorkshire in the past week, as it has in all regions across the country.

Hospital admission rates have also fallen across the country.

14:03pm – Emmie Penkett reports

Leeds Now reporter Emmie Penkett is feeling the nerves as she wraps up her package and gets ready to present the news at 3pm.

14:00pm – The final countdown

We’re into the final hour of the third radio newsday.

13:59pm – Vidit Mitra reports

Here’s a story I’m sure we’ll all be slightly jealous of hearing. Leeds Now reporter Vidit Mitra is producing a piece on how life in India, his home country, is getting back to normal following the Covid-19 pandemic.

Be sure to tune into the main programme at 3pm to hear more on this.

13:55pm – Leeds star Patrick Bamford asks for donations following the robbery of laptops from disadvantaged children

Leeds United striker Patrick Bamford has started a go fund me page to raise money to pay for laptops that were stolen from disadvantaged children in the city.

The Leeds United number 9 netted his 100th goal in Monday’s win over Crystal Palace and has announced he is auctioning off his shirt to raise money to pay for replacement laptops.

The link to the go fund me is found in the tweet below.

13:50pm – Alyssa Keene reports

The Covid-19 vaccines can’t be kept out of the news lately and that’s with good reason. Leeds Now reporter Alyssa Keene reports from home about the Oxford Vaccine.

13:45pm – Vaccine Q+A next Saturday

NHS Leeds are running a Covid-19 vaccine Q+A next Saturday where health professionals from across the city will be on hand to discuss any queries that you may have about the Coronavirus vaccine.

The event will commence at 2pm on the 20th February and will take place on Facebook.

13:40pm – Dan is today’s bulletin man

Leeds Now reporter Dan Flynn is presenting today’s bulletins. Be sure to tune in at 2pm for the next bulletin before the main show at 3pm.

13:30pm – Super League returns

The Betfred Super League have today announced the opening weekends fixtures for the new season, which is set to commence on the 26th March.

All matches will take place here in Leeds with the Rhinos going up against local West Yorkshire rivals, Wakefield Trinity at the Emerald Headingley stadium, Leeds.

The season will consist of 25 rounds, accumulating in the Dacia Magic Weekend in Newcastle on 4th/5th September.

The season will conclude with the play offs, followed by the Grand Final at Old Trafford on the 9th October.

13:21pm – Hadiyah Ilyas reports

As of the 9th February, 13,058,298 people in the UK have had at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine.

Hadiyah is today reporting on the slow speed in which the vaccine is being rolled out to local pharmacies in the UK, speaking to a pharmacist who calls for ‘greater urgency’ in making pharmacies the centre of the vaccination programme.

12:50pm – Fin Green reports

An announcement by the Government earlier this week will mean that any individual entering the country will face a 10 day quarantine period with failure to comply resulting in 10 years in prison.

Leeds Now reporter Fin explores this in more detail and speaks to someone who has been through a similar quarantine period abroad.

Be sure to check out the main show at 3pm for more on this.

12:40pm – International Day of Women in Science 2021

Today marks the annual celebration of ‘women in science’ around the globe. The celebration aims to recognise all women working in all different scientific sectors including those working on the frontline, responding to Covid-19.

12:28pm – Barnsley are back

Championship side Barnsley have got back their Twitter account ahead of tonight’s big FA Cup 5th round tie with Chelsea.

The official club account was suspended following a breach of copyright but return in time for tonight’s game.

12:13pm – A freezing February night

The Met Office have just announced that last night was the coldest February night for 66 years, with temperatures in Scotland reaching minus 23.

Weather warnings have been issued for parts of the UK following last nigths freezing temperatures. Temperatures here in Leeds are only expected to reach highs of 2 degrees with -4 degrees being the minimum.

Be sure to wrap up if you must leave the house today and check out the weather warnings in place below.

12:02pm – Mandalorian’s Gina Carano dropped from her role after ‘abhorrent and unacceptable’ social media posts

Gina Carano has been dropped by LucasFilms after they deemed her shared post on Instagram to be ‘abhorrent’.

The 38 year old had shared a anti Semitic post which led to #FireGinaCarano trending on Twitter. The post has since been removed however, LucasFilms have announced that Gina has since been dropped from her role and as of right now is not contracted with the company.

11:42am – Leeds Bradford airport expansion decision expected today

Leeds Councillors will today meet to decide whether the expansion of Leeds Bradford Airport will go ahead. The aim is to increase the number of yearly passengers by 1.5 million with the introduction of a new terminal.

The expansion is set to create a further 12,650 permanent jobs at the airport as well as 850 more for the construction of the terminal.

A decision is expected today.

11:20am – Leeds big sleep raises an e-snore-mous ยฃ16,000 for charity

The annual ‘Leeds Big Sleep’ took place virtually last Friday, where ยฃ16,000 was raised for charity.

Due to ongoing Coronavirus restrictions, participants were unable to attend the event at the Emerald Headingley Stadium and instead were challenged by event organisers to find somewhere different around their homes to spend the night.

The event was still a success, with the Leeds Rhinos Foundation announcing on Monday that ยฃ16,000 was raised for charity.

11:08am – Amelia Canty reports

Amelia is reporting on the pressures that Covid-19 is putting on the NHS and how they are coping at this time. The NHS continue selflessly day in day out to protect us through these unprecedented times, so let us all do our bit and help them by staying home and protecting those that need it most.

10:55am – Jack Broadbent signs new 2 year deal with Leeds Rhinos

Leeds Rhinos have announced that young player Jack Braodbent has signed a new two year contract with the club.

Jack has had loan spells at the Batley Bulldogs and Featherstone Rovers since he signed a professional contract with the Rhinos in 2019.

The new deal will keep him at the club till the end of the 2022 season.

10:40am – Work begins on 245 new homes in Leeds City Centre

Construction work is underway in Leeds City Centre for the development of 245 new homes. The project is set to cost ยฃ57 million and homes will be built in the South Bank area of the city on Globe Road, which was the site of a Victorian steel pin factory that dates back to the 1860’s.

10:20am – Good Morning from Leeds

I’m Brett Poskett and I will be reporting for Leeds Now from my home in sunny Rothwell. It’s a cold one out there today as more snow has fallen over Leeds last night. You can follow this page throughout the day for more updates.

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Brett Poskett
2nd year journalism student at Leeds Beckett University

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