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  1. City taxi drivers strike against new licence revoke policy

    Hundreds of taxi and minicab drivers are on strike in Leeds in a row over over plans to revoke their licences if they get six penalty points in a year.

    Leeds taxis

    Leeds City Council's new "six point policy" comes into force on 2 February and will result in a three-year suspension of offending drivers' taxi and private hire licences.

    The council said the move would "improve passenger safety".

    Taxi drivers protest in Leeds

    But drivers say council officials don't understand the pressures they face while at work and the policy is "too draconian" and "disproportionate".

    Hundreds of drivers protested against the plans outside Leeds Civic Hall last week (pictured).

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  3. Yorkshire awarded £1m to get vulnerable communities jabbed

    More than £1m has been awarded to councils in Bradford, Hull, Leeds and Sheffield as part of a national government drive to get people vaccinated against the Omicron Covid variant.

    Vaccination being administered

    It's hoped the funding of £1,040,000 will enable councils to identify what's stopping people accessing accurate information.

    It'll also be used by Community Vaccine Champions to provide support, such as phone calls for people without easy access to digital technology, helplines, and contact with GP surgeries, the government said.

    Communities Minister Kemi Badenoch said: "By funding an army of volunteers at the heart of their communities we can reach those yet to be vaccinated and encourage them to protect themselves and the NHS."

    Chart of vaccine take up by English region.

    Vaccines Minister Maggie Throup said: "We know some people are more likely to listen to those they trust, such as community leaders - that’s why we're giving extra funding to our Community Champions."

    With nine in 10 of those aged 12 or over in the UK having had a single jab and eight in 10 having had a second, the country has shifted its focus to boosters.

    Although more than 34 million boosters, or third doses, have been given so far, the government says more people should come forward to help the country "ride out" the Omicron wave without the need for further restrictions.

  4. Prime Minister 'shameless' says West Yorkshire mayor

    Gemma Dillon

    Political Reporter

    West Yorkshire Mayor Tracy Brabin has told BBC Radio Leeds she thinks the Prime Minister is "shameless" after he admitted going to a party in the Downing Street garden during the first coronavirus lockdown.

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    Video caption: Tracy Brabin says Boris Johnson has not led by example.

    Boris Johnson has apologised for the way he handled the event in May 2020 but says he "believed implicitly" that it was a work engagement.

    Speaking on the Message the Mayor phone-in, Tracy Brabin said: "What's leadership about, but what you do?

    "We all saw the Queen, when she lost her lifelong partner, alone at a funeral doing the right thing, showing leadership by example - and that's what we've not had from Boris Johnson."

    Meanwhile, some members of the Conservative Party in West Yorkshire have called for Mr Johnson to resign.

    Josh Sheard, 20, (pictured below) is a Conservative councillor in Kirklees.

    Councillor Josh Sheard

    Mr Sheard said: "In 2019 I had the utmost support for the prime minister but he's not made it easy for himself.

    "My support for him went on a downward slope when we found out about the Christmas party. I think the only honourable thing he can do is resign."

    And Lord Timothy Kirkhope of Harrogate - a former Leeds MP and Yorkshire and Humber MEP - says Mr Johnson should consider his position.

    Lord Kirkhope said: "I do think we are coming to a point when he may be well advised to put his position up - for the Members of Parliament in House of Commons and the wider party to make a decision on whether he should continue or not."

  5. CCTV released after shop staff threatened with large knife

    CCTV images have been released after shop staff were threatened with a large knife in an attempted robbery in Leeds on Christmas Eve.

    CCTV image of man in helmet with knife

    A man wearing a crash helmet and wielding a knife entered the Cash Converters store in York Road, Killingbeck, and demanded cash shortly before 17:00, police said.

    The suspect attempted to jump over the counter and tried to break into a jewellery cabinet, but left empty-handed.

    CCTV of man on motorbike

    He escaped on the back of a motorcycle ridden by a second suspect, West Yorkshire Police said.

    Both males had their faces covered with helmets, but officers say they're appealing to anyone who recognises them from their clothing.

    Anyone with information about the incident, or who recognises the men from the images released, is asked to contact police.