Five things you need to know in Leeds today

Leedss own Kadeena Cox represented the nations champions at the closing ceremony of the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio last night

Leedss own Kadeena Cox represented the nations champions at the closing ceremony of the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio last night

If you didn’t read the paper this morning - we’ve got you covered. Here are today’s top stories

1. Leeds’s own Kadeena Cox as GB flagbearer at Paralympics closing ceremony

Leeds’s own Paralympic golden girl Kadeena Cox represented the nation’s champions at the closing ceremony of the 2016 Games in Rio last night. Ms Cox will be bringing home two gold medals after her historic win - winning gold medals in two different sports, the first British Paralympian to do so since 1984. ParalympicsGB won a total of 147 medals, 64 gold and finished second behind China. The athletes will be celebrated at a Yorkshire Olympic and Paralympic homecoming parade in Leeds on September 28.

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2. Leeds secondary school plan for heart of city’s business district

The Education Funding Agency has submitted an application to Leeds City Council asking for notification of prior approval for a new secondary school. The proposal for the school, which will be under the gaze of Bridgewater Place, includes converting The Embankment building into a state-funded school for 600 students between the ages of 11 and 18. The building is currently stands as a six storey U-shaped structure that was once home toprofessional service company KPMG until it re-located to Sovereign Square in December.

The EFA said the formation of a school trust will begin if prior planning approval is green lighted.

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3. Leeds’s own Alistair Brownlee helps brother over line in dramatic World Series finale

Jonny Brownlee was denied a second world title in Cozumel, Mexico coming in at second place behind Spaniard Mario Mola. Olympic champion Alistair Brownlee was out of contention after missing earlier races. Jonny Brownlee had been leading comfortably heading into the final kilometre when he stopped at the side of the road. Alistair, who had been running third, put his arm around his brother and carried him along the final few metres and pushed him across the line. Eventually, they were overtaken by South African Henri Schoeman. Alistair had suffered a similar situation in 2010 and described his brother’s condition “as close to death as you can be in sport.”

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4. County’s cabbies are working for longer hours

Yorkshire taxi drivers are working longer hours than they were three years ago, new research has found. A survey of over 1,000 public and private hire cab drivers across the UK (including Uber) showed that drivers are pick up 74 more fares since 2013. On average, cab drivers are travelling 24,236 miles a year. About 17 per cent of respondents said they have increased their working hours due to increased competition while two-thirds are working longer hours to make ends meet. Taxi drivers in the county are working 39 hours and earning £306 a week.

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5. Police deal with ‘unprecedented’ volume of emergency calls

West Yorkshire Police said they have received an unprecedented amount of calls citing the recent warm weather as a factor. The force handled almost 5,000 calls every day last week of which about a third have been emergency 999 calls. Chief Constable Mark Milsom said the force is now prioritising calls where safety is at risk and calls for other services such as 101 calls, have taken longer than normal to respond.

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Suzanne Robinson, Yorkshire & Humber Senior Partner at EY

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