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    Video caption: Glenn Philpott was hospitalised in March and spent more than a week in ICU.
  2. Car occupants hurt in Leeds police vehicle crash

    Two women have been injured in a collision involving a police vehicle in Leeds, according to the West Yorkshire force.

    Scene of collision

    It happened at about 21:45 last night when police officers in a marked Roads Policing Unit vehicle were involved a collision with a member of the public's car at the junction of Selby Road and Dunhill Rise.

    The two women, aged 39 and 61, were taken to hospital for treatment for their injuries which are not considered to be life-threatening, police say.

    The two police officers weren't injured in the collision.

    A road closure and diversion remain in place while collision investigation work is carried out.

    The Independent Officer for Police Conduct has also been notified, says West Yorkshire Police.

  3. Yorkshire businesses offer free meals for children

    Businesses in Yorkshire have been praised by footballer Marcus Rashford for offering free meals for children over the school holidays.

    A packed lunch

    England and Manchester United star Rashford has been campaigning to end child hunger.

    On Wednesday, MPs rejected a Labour motion to offer free school meals during holidays until Easter 2021.

    On Twitter, Rashford has been sharing Yorkshire businesses that are offering free meals, including fish and chip shops, pubs and restaurants.

    Pearsons Bar, in Hull, said it couldn't "stand idly by" while others struggle, so has offered packed lunches to people.

    Mumtaz in Leeds said their offer of food "might literally be a life saver" for some and encouraged other businesses to do something similar:

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  4. Police search for missing 13-year-old from Leeds

    Police are asking for help trying to find a missing 13-year-old girl from Leeds.

    Precious Richmond Ford

    Precious Richmond Ford, who has been reported missing from Leeds, was last seen in Kentmere Avenue in the Seacroft area at about 18:30 on Wednesday.

    She is described as being about 5ft 4ins tall and of medium build.

    She was last seen wearing trainers, black cycling shorts and a black jacket, West Yorkshire Police say.

    She has links to South Yorkshire and may have travelled there, officers add.

  5. Rare coin expected to fetch £15,000 at auction

    A rare 12th Century coin discovered in North Yorkshire is expected to fetch up to £15,000 when it goes under the hammer next month.

    Baron Eustace Fitzjohn coin

    The silver penny, which was issued in York by Baron Eustace Fitzjohn, was found by metal detectorist Rob Brown, from Leeds, in August.

    Auctioneers Dix Noonan Webb say the coin is one of only 20 surviving examples with this design and is estimated to fetch between £10,000 and £15,000.

    Baron Eustace Fitzjohn was the Lord of Malton and Knaresborough and served under King Henry I before supporting the Empress Matilda in a 20-year civil war against her cousin Stephen, a period known as The Anarchy.

    Baron Eustace Fitzjohn coin

    Nigel Mills, expert in artefacts and antiquities at Dix Noonan Webb, said: “Baron Eustace Fitzjohn was a Justician of the North and became a great monastic patron.

    "He was, to some extent, the Baron Alan Sugar of his day, coming from a humble background but achieving great wealth and prominence.

    "As it was a period of civil war, Baron Fitzjohn had the authority to have coins struck in York which were primarily for local use.”

    The coin will be put up for auction on 3 November.

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    Video caption: The annual spectacle will be visible for miles and the public are in control
  7. 'Loss of life' warning after trains hit scooter and bike

    A scooter and a bike were both hit by trains in the last month after being deliberately placed on a railway line in West Yorkshire, police say.

    Bike on railway line

    These were just two of several similar incidents which have taken place recently, including several "near-misses", on the line between Leeds and Micklefield, according to British Transport Police (BTP).

    Officers are now warning that vandals are putting their own lives and the lives of train passengers and railway workers at risk.

    Insp Richard Price, from BTP, said: “In three instances recently, trains have struck obstructions placed on the line.

    "Placing items on the tracks can ultimately cause a derailment and consequently serious injury and potential loss of life."

    Matt Foote, Route Operations Manager for the area, said: “Any member of the public who goes onto the railway is putting not only themselves at risk, but also the wellbeing and safety of passengers and railway workers.

    "Watching the trains go by is one thing, but laying objects on the track or throwing items at passing trains is reckless and irresponsible. ”

    BTP says officers will be patrolling the line in a bid to clamp down on the recent criminal activity.

  8. Dance company 'thrilled' at return to live performance

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    Leeds-based Northern Ballet has returned to the stage in what is believed to be the first major UK dance performance in front of a live paying audience since the coronavirus lockdown began.

    Dancer preparing

    The company, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary, performed excerpts from a number of ballet classics at Leeds Playhouse on Wednesday night.

    It had to abandon its planned repertoire for 2020 and choose work that would enable dancers, musicians and backstage staff to respect social distancing restrictions.

    The Iconic Classics performance on Wednesday included dances from Don Quixote, Swan Lake, Le Corsaire and Giselle.

    It was the company's first live performance in more than seven months, since the world premiere of choreographer-in-residence Kenneth Tindall's Geisha in March.

    A spokeswoman for the company said: "We are delighted Northern Ballet is returning with live performances for the first time in more than seven months.

    "We held one performance, the world premiere of Geisha, in March before Covid caused us to have to cancel everything else for the year."

    Dancer on stage

    Ongoing restrictions have seen the dancers training and rehearsing while wearing face masks; having costume fittings, physio and make-up with staff in full PPE; social distancing in dressing rooms; a stage without sets; and a socially distanced audience.

    David Nixon, artistic director of Northern Ballet, said: "Although we are still far from business as usual, we are thrilled to be able to return to the stage and present a significant run of live performances."

  9. Yorkshire's Thursday weather forecast

    BBC Weather

    A windy start to the day, becoming cloudy with a few sunny spells and the chance of a few blustery showers.

    It'll be clear in the evening with increasing clouds overnight. A cooler night than the last few with light winds:

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  10. Watch: 'Cost of removing cladding ripping our lives apart'

    People living in flats with Grenfell-style flammable cladding have reacted with anger to a government minister suggesting they will have to pay towards the cost of replacing it themselves.

    The Building Safety Minister, Lord Greenhalgh, says costs will be kept "affordable" and the government has set up a £1.6bn fund to pay for repairing taller tower blocks.

    But flat leaseholders like Abi Tubis in Leeds say the money is nowhere near enough:

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    Video caption: 'Cost of removing cladding is ripping our lives apart'
  11. Missing Pudsey man found 'safe and well'

    A man who was reported missing from his home in Leeds last night has been found, police say.

    Jason Brown, from Pudsey, went missing yesterday evening.

    He's now been found "safe and well", according to West Yorkshire Police.

    Officers have thanked people who shared their appeal for information.

  12. New student skyscraper planned for Leeds city centre

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    One of Leeds’s tallest buildings could be demolished to make way for a student accommodation block more than double its size.

    Arena Point

    Early plans have emerged which, if given the go-ahead, would see the construction of a 43-storey student accommodation building on the site of the Arena Point tower.

    The proposals, which are set to go before Leeds City Council planning chiefs later this week, are what's known as a “pre-application”.

    They include blueprints for the building which is expected to house nearly 700 students.

    It will add to current tall building developments in the area around the Merrion Centre, including the 23-storey Symons House, the 27-storey White Rose View and the 37-storey Hume House.

    The 19-storey Arena Point building, formerly known as Tower House, was built in 1965.

  13. Search to find missing Pudsey man

    Police searching for a man who's gone missing in Leeds say they're "very concerned" for his welfare.

    Jason Brown

    Jason Brown, 40, went missing from his home in Pudsey shortly after 21:00 last night.

    He was last seen wearing a grey hoodie with orange trim, light grey Nike bottoms and blue Nike trainers

    Det Insp James Entwistle said: “We are very concerned for Jason’s welfare and urgently need to find him and check he is okay.

    “We currently have officers out searching for him and we would like to hear from anyone who has seen him or who has any information that could assist.”