Leeds Now: Live Report 16th February

14:52 – Goodbye!

Thats all from me for today, thank you all for keeping up with todays live report. I hope you enjoy all the stories from todays Leeds Now team.

14:45 – Afternoon news update

14:16 – Barrister argues that the Leeds Bradford airport expansion is wrong

Eliza Lita has been speaking to Barrister Estella Dehon about why she thinks the expansion of the Leeds Bradford Airport is wrong.

14:00 – Leeds United pays tribute to fan

Leeds United have paid tribute to one of their biggest supporters Val, after hearing the news she has fallen ill.

13:35 – Childhood cancer rate in Yorkshire among best in the world

Yesterday it was revealed that Yorkshire has one of the best survival rates in the world for childhood cancer.

13:20 – Lockdown hasn’t stopped people celebrating LGBTQ+ history month

Emily Carson sat down with the secretary of Leeds LGBT+ bookclub and the inspiration behind it.

12:55 – Government pledges £5bn in funding to remove unsafe cladding

Last week the Government released a £5bn funding plan to remove unsafe cladding from apartment blocks. One local resident is concerned the fund will not cover him and other residents like him.

12:50 – LGBTQ+ hate crime on the rise

February is LGBTQ+ history month and with the UK in lockdown the community cannot celebrate. Our reporter Emily has been finding out how support groups are helping overcome the rising hate crime and social isolation in the LGBTQ+ community.

12:40 – Leeds council budget debate

In spite of the challenging year we have just had and the gloomy financial year ahead. Leeds City Council are debating the proposed budget for the next financial year on the 24th February.

12:25 – Our reporter India demonstrates the difficulty in trying to remember a script.

India is reporting on why some vegans are reluctant to take the covid vaccine because it has been used on animals in the trial process.

12:15 – Leeds Bradford airport could become first regional airport to produce hydrogen power

Good news for environmentalists! Leeds Bradford Airport could become the first regional airport to produce hydrogen power, which will also include EV charging for the airports vehicles.

12:05 Leeds Beckett updates mandatory covid testing advice for students

Leeds Beckett University has updated its advice to students who are having to travel during the national lockdown and how they can book tests.

11:55 – Government green finance investment

The UK Government has invested £10m into ‘green finance’ research hubs in Leeds and London, Tom and Lucy have been finding out more about the investment.

11:45 – Covid scammers

The rollout of the vaccine programme has become an opportunity for scammers to trick people into paying for fake vaccines. The Government is wanting people who come across scams to report them.

11:30 – Take one to leave one initiative supporting the homeless

This weekend the take one to leave one initiative arrives in Leeds, our reporter Rachel Johnson has been finding out what it’s all about.

11:20 – Governments plan to tackle unsafe tower blocks

Millions of people are still living in unsafe tower blocks, James and Philip are reporting on what more needs to be done concerning fire safety in high-rise buildings.

11:10 – Mental Health Support

Mentally healthy Leeds have launched a new Facebook group for men in the city who are struggling with their mental health through lockdown.

10:58 – Vegans worried about the vaccine

Our reporters Kane and India are busy finding out why some vegans are reluctant to take the coronavirus vaccine.

10:50 – Do you know these people?

West Yorkshire police are appealing for anyone who knows this man to get in touch with them regarding a theft that taken place in Calderdale.

10:30 – Sunny Bank Mills Archive wins coveted status

The textile archive which is situated in the outskirts of Leeds has been granted Community Archives Accreditation status by the West Yorkshire Archive Service.

10:25 – Covid Vaccination

Over 15 million people have been vaccinated here in the UK, Tim Hiles talks about the quick and easy process of being vaccinated.

10:05 – Airport appeal

Our reporters Eliza and Jacob are reporting on an appeal by environmental activists to block the go-ahead of the Leeds Bradford Airport expansion.

9:53 – Pancake News

Britains favourite pancake toppings revealed. More than 5000 Brits were asked what toppings they like on their pancakes. The majority of Brits still enjoy the tradional lemon and sugar toppings.

I prefer chocolate spread on mine, what about you?

9:40 – New Vegan KitKat

Nestle has announced the vegan KitKat which will launch in 2021. The new vegan chocolate bar will be manufactured in Nestle’s factory in Yorkshire.

9:32 – Good Morning!

Hello, I’m Ben Barry and I’ll be live reporting for Leeds Now today. All the way from sunny Morecambe. I will be keeping you updated with all the latest news from across Leeds.

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