LiveZara in Leeds city centre sees huge lines as shoppers wait in 50-person queue for clothes

Zara in Leeds city centre is seeing huge queues as shoppers wait in lines 50 people long on Monday afternoon

Monday, 12th April 2021, 2:29 pm
Updated Monday, 12th April 2021, 3:46 pm

Shoppers are lining the streets on Monday afternoon at the clothes retailer as our reporter Daniel Sheridan is reporting from the scene.

Meanwhile, beer gardens are packed out with drinkers getting back on the pints and meeting friends and family in the sun again.

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There are 50-minute long queues for Zara in Leeds city centre right now

Leeds news LIVE: Shops and pubs reopen in Leeds city centre for the first Saturday since lockdown ended

Last updated: Saturday, 17 April, 2021, 12:24

  • Shops, pubs and bars are open again
  • Leeds prepares to pay respects to Prince Philip
  • Police called out to serious incident in Headingley

Police issue statement after assault

Police were called to an address on St Michael’s Lane, Headingley at 0733am today (Saturday 17 April) after reports of a male having been assaulted.

The victim suffered minor injuries as a result of the incident and enquiries remain ongoing.

Any witnesses to the incident are asked to call police on 101 quoting log 363 of today.

A student who lives on the street said: “It definitely wasn’t a house party or anything like that. We’ve lived here all year and nothing has happened apart from house parties being shut down.

“Police have been here all morning, we’ve come outside to have a look.

“CSI got here about half an hour ago. We didn’t hear anything so it can’t have been a party or anything like that.

“It’s shocking. It’s only a few doors away.”

Police on the scene

At least two police vans, two police cars and Crime Scene Investigators are on the scene in St Michael’s Lane in Headingley as of midday on Saturday.

The incident appears to relate to a house or a car which has been placed behind a cordon, with officers standing guard.

It is close to Headingley Stadium’s East Stand.

The cordon stretches across the front of a white car parked on the scene.

A local shop owner who did not wish to be named said: “

The incident comes as shops and pubs reopen for the first weekend day of trading since lockdown was eased on Monday, after three months of closures.

Keep following for updates as we get them

Police vans in Headingley

Police have been called to Headingley in Leeds

Police called to incident in Headingley

A cordon has been put in place around a house and a police van is in attendance, guarded by an officer on the scene.

The incident is in St Michael’s Lane in Headingley

West Yorkshire Police have been contacted for comment.

It has been a very cold morning in Yorkshire for the 8th day in a row

It has been a very cold morning in Yorkshire for the 8th day in a row.

A Yorkshire weather enthusiast says conditions are 'getting silly now' after recording bitterly cold temperatures as low as minus 6C on Friday night into Saturday

Another shot of the fire as seen from Garforth. Photo: Abbie Smith

Another shot of the fire as seen from Garforth. Photo: Abbie Smith

The scene of the incident in Garforth

The fire service leaving the scene in Garforth

The fire service leaving the scene in Garforth

The fire service leaving the scene in Garforth, Leeds

This incident has now been scaled back, with 2 fire engines now remaining at the scene.

The first photos of a huge fire in Garforth have surfaced

Garforth Fire

This blaze at Makin Farm is being battled by at least seven fire engines.

Seven appliances are currently on scene from Pontefract, Wetherby, Moortown, Normanton, Garforth, Castleford and Killingbeck stations.

Photo: Emma Woodward

VIDEO: This video shows the extent of the smoke billowing across Leeds right now:

Big fire in Micklefield

A huge fire has broken out in Garforth as seven fire engines are called out.

Fire crews are currently dealing with a field fire off Ridge Road in Garforth.

Seven appliances are currently on scene from Pontefract, Wetherby, Moortown, Normanton, Garforth, Castleford and Killingbeck stations.

Three large jets and a water curtain currently in use.

Fire crews were called out to the fire at 12.30pm on Friday.

Hundreds of thousands of families in England to find out primary school places

Parents waiting to hear whether their child has secured a place at their first choice of primary school are likely to experience heightened feelings of anxiety due to the pandemic, school leaders say.

Hundreds of thousands of families across England are finding out what primary school their child will be joining this autumn, on what is commonly known as National Offer Day.

Paul Whiteman, general secretary of the school leaders’ union NAHT, said many families applying for places for September 2021 will have been unable to visit the school in person due to Covid-19.

He said: “It is vital that no child going through the primary admissions process this year should be disadvantaged. Support must be in place for families to navigate what can be a daunting process.

“For those families not getting their first choice of school, the appeals process will be going ahead, albeit virtually. This process must be as robust as ever and be made clear to parents through effective communication and advocacy, where required.”

Mr Whiteman added: “This can be an anxious time for families. Choosing the right school and securing a place there is a huge moment in a child’s life. And of course, these feelings of anxiety will only be heightened by the unique circumstances caused by coronavirus.

“Schools have gone to great lengths to find innovative solutions so that parents can make informed choices, but the reality is that in many instances families could be applying for schools they simply haven’t been able to visit in person.”

England’s school system has been under pressure due to a rise in the school-age population.

This has been fuelled by a spike in the birth rate in the early 2000s that has made its way through primary schools and is moving into secondary schools.

Official data shows that, last year, 90.2% of pupils were offered their first choice of primary school – which was down slightly on 90.6% in 2019.

Last year, the Department for Education (DfE) changed its rules amid the pandemic so that parents unhappy with their school place would not have to make an appeal in person.

The temporary change has been extended until the end of September 2021 due to coronavirus restrictions.

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Emergency services called to Cross Gates after cyclist falls from bike in 'medical episode'

Emergency services called after cyclist falls from bike in 'medical episode' - closing Leeds Road

Emergency services were called to reports that a man had fallen from a bike today (Thursday) in Leeds - affecting traffic across the city.

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