Five things to know about today’s news in Leeds

Kadeena Cox, of Chapeltown, Leeds
Kadeena Cox, of Chapeltown, Leeds

Don’t have the time to read the news in the morning?

No worries, here’s a preview of the most important news in Leeds today.

1. Leeds: Britain’s best city

Leeds has been named as the best city in Britain when it comes to quality of life, beating out London, Manchester and Edinburgh in a new global rating. It placed 26th out of 100 cities around the world when leading infrastructure consultancy Arcadis measured factors including health, education, income inequality, work life balance, crime and living costs. Leeds was the only city in Yorkshire to be featured in the report, and its proximity to the Yorkshire Dales and being home to one of the largest urban parks in Europe helped it score highly too. Coun Blake said she would be inviting Arcadis to talk about progress being made in the city and how to better promote its strengths.

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2. Fryday’s crowned YEP’s king of the city chippies!

Fryday’s, a fish and chip shop in Roundhay, has battered the opposition after seeing off competition from hundreds of others from across the city to be crowned the Yorkshire Evening Post Chippy of the Year. The shop has been chipping away at building up the business over the last six years. Fryday’s is on Street Lane at Roundhay and polled the most votes after the YEP launched a search to find the chippy which serves up the best portion of the nation’s favourite take-away. Mr michael, who runs Fryday’s with wife Maria and four other part-time staff, said it was consistency which was key to reeling the punters back in and added that from day one his customers have remained loyal.

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3. Double delight as Kadeena makes history

Kadeena Cox has become the first Briton in 28 years to win medals in two sports at the same Paralympics after winning a sensational cycling gold in Rio. The 25-year-old from Chapeltown, Leeds, was overcome with emotion after defying doubters to take first place in the women’s C4/C5 500 metres time trial on Saturday night. The win came 24 hours after she took bronze in athletics and two years after she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Kadeena was tearful on the podium, recalling her two-year journey from stroke symptoms in may 2014 which were later diagnosed as MS.

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4. Shocking survey into drivers using phones

A worrying 8 million UK drivers are still using their mobile phone while driving, and Leeds is a sizeable part of the problem. Although 90 per cent of people in the city know it’s illegal to use their phones while driving, a survey has revealed people admitting to texting, surfing the net and checking social media at the wheel. Some even use a dating app or make an online purchase. The findings came to light just after the Pokemon Go craze swept the nation, and the results have refocused attention on the use of mobiles at the wheel.

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5. Leeds cancer survivor pounds the pavement in honour of charity

Cancer survivor Jamie Barugh, who lives in Guiseley, took on the Great North Run half marathon yesterday in aid of the cancer charity Anthony Nolan. The 44-year-old decided to enter the race after receiving a life-saving stem cell transplant in 2013. Ten years after being diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a match was found by the Anthony Nolan bone marrow register charity and stem cells from an anonymous donor were successfully transplanted. Barugh took his fitness to a new level after completing multiple 10km runs, and signed up for the 13.1-mile Great North Run.

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