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Students plea for council representation

Students plea for council representation

by Gayathri Kanagasundaram  Leeds student unions are coming together to campaign for representation in their local council. Leeds University community officer Frankie O’Byrne, president of Leeds Metropolitan University Millie Cooper and president of Leeds Trinity University  Miki Vyse presented their plea to Leeds City Council on March 26. Frankie said: “69 per cent of our students believe that we should be making a […]

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Yorkshire Festival kick starts 100-day countdown to Tour de France

Yorkshire Festival kick starts 100-day countdown to Tour de France

An exciting array of events – including an annual international bike race for Yorkshire – were unveiled today to mark the 100-day countdown to the Tour de France. Tourism agency Welcome to Yorkshire launched a packed calendar of sporting and cultural events at a conference in Harrogate, attended by 2,000 guests including Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, legendary cyclists Brian […]

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Leeds couple praised in Parliament for PTSD run

MP Stuart Andrew, Louisa Rodriguez, Elizabeth Yarwood, Nick Cane and Simon Buckden outside 10 Downing Street

by Lauren Wafer-Kiddle A Leeds MP addressed the issue of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in Question Time yesterday after a local couple finished a gruelling 216 mile run to 10 Downing Street to raise awareness of the condition. Simon Buckden, 41, and Louisa Rodriguez, 30, both of Leeds, ran 216 miles from Leeds to London over seven days arriving yesterday (March 26). […]

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Calls for extra train carriages after Leeds commuters left stranded

Calls for extra train carriages after Leeds commuters left stranded

By Liam Smedley   Frustrated rail users are calling on Northern Rail to add extra carriages to the packed Headingley and Burley line after being stranded on the platform due to packed to capacity trains. Northern Rail claim the problem is due to a 47 per cent increase in rail users over the past decade. However, Leeds residents feel this occurs because Northern […]

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Children homes and schools in Leeds to be investigated over new Savile claims

Children homes and schools in Leeds to be investigated over new Savile claims

By Russell Truran Three children’s homes and schools in Leeds are to be investigated over claims of abuse by disgraced TV personality Jimmy Savile. Notre Dame Grammar School is one of the schools, in Savile’s birthplace of Leeds, to be investigated over allegations of abuse by the late TV personality. Notre Dame Sixth Form College, St. Mark’s Avenue, Leeds, stands […]

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West Yorkshire police under fire for not giving domestic violence ‘a high priority status’

West Yorkshire police under fire for not giving domestic violence ‘a high priority status’

By Alex Rhodes A police watchdog has released a damning report about the way West Yorkshire Police respond to cases of domestic abuse. The report found officers were failing to give some complaints about violence against partners enough attention. Only 35 per cent of the 10,690 reports of domestic abuse-related crimes led to arrests in the 12 months to the […]

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Iconic Leeds building will go dark for Earth Hour

Iconic Leeds building will go dark for Earth Hour

by Lauren Wafer-Kiddle A Leeds landmark building is going dark for Earth Hour this weekend. The lights of the Leeds Civic Hall will go out from 8.30pm on Saturday 29 March in support of a worldwide campaign to tackle environmental issues. Executive member for the environment, Councillor Mark Dobson said: “Turning the lights out at Civic Hall is just a […]

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New gym to benefit Harehills community

New gym to benefit Harehills community

By Felicity Macnamara The manager of a new Leeds gym says that he hopes that it will play a vital role in the heart of the community. Just Fitness will open in the Shine Collective building on Harehills Road and the duo behind the gym, Jonathan Carrington, 25, and Gavin O’Malley, 35, can’t wait to throw the doors open. Jonathan […]

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House fire in Horsforth could have ended in disaster

By Alex Rhodes Fire crews from Rawdon and Stanningley were called to a house fire in Horsforth caused by a cooker yesterday afternoon. Although the fire had been brought under control by the time firemen arrived at Broadgate Lane at 1.23pm, one man was taken to hospital after inhaling smoke from the blaze. Nigel Atkins, station commander for Rawdon fire […]

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Hundreds of 5SOS fans flock to Leeds to meet Aussie boy band sensation

Hundreds of 5SOS fans flock to Leeds to meet Aussie boy band sensation

by Lauren Wafer-Kiddle Hundreds of teenage girls swarmed Leeds city centre to meet pop heartthrobs 5 Seconds of Summer – dubbed Australia’s answer to One Direction. 5SOS, who this week soared to number one on the mid-week chart with She Looks So Perfect, held a meet and greet yesterday at Leeds HMV. Super fan Megan Bellwood, 17, of Leeds, had been waiting since […]

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