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Last updated: Tuesday, 30 June, 2020, 07:07

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Good morning and welcome

Welcome to the Yorkshire Evening Post live blog on Monday, June 29. I’m Rebecca and I’ll be bringing you all your latest news in Leeds today. If you spot anything, drop me an email at [email protected]

Today's front page:

These are the key news stories you may have missed over the weekend:

A woman was attacked in a park in Armley on Saturday night. Police are appealing for witnesses. 

A charity warned that poachers are using illegal fishing equipment along the Leeds and Liverpool canal to snare swans

Two teenagers have pleaded guilty to stabbing 'loving and committed father' Robert Wilson to death

The latest coronavirus figures were released and sadly, one person died in Leeds from Covid-19 in Leeds hospitals over the weekend

NATIONAL NEWS: 'Local lockdown' needed in Leicester after 866 coronavirus cases recorded in two weeks

The Labour MP for Leicester, Claudia Webbe, has said she believes a local lockdown is necessary for her constituency where 866 coronavirus cases have been recorded in the past two weeks, because of "significant levels of African and Asian minority ethnic communities" and "significant levels of poverty".

Speaking on BBC Breakfast, she said: "There are significant worries and significant problems in terms of inequalities and high levels of poverty that I'm concerned about.

"That is the context in which this Covid-19 is operating in. So I'm very concerned, and I really do believe that where the data allows we need to ensure that we engage in processes to protect lives, and I think we need to go into therefore more localised lockdown to protect lives and ensure that we can address this virus.

"The Government hasn't reassured us. Thus far, the messages and the communication from the Government have been unclear, and it has been difficult, and I really don't understand what communities are meant to follow."

Scientists warn country is "on a knife edge" as pubs and restaurants set to reopen

Scientists have warned that the country remains “on a knife edge” and should observe “constant vigilance” to prevent a second wave of coronavirus cases as lockdown measures are eased.

Sir Jeremy Farrar, director of the Wellcome Trust, admitted he is “worried” about a possible spike in infections ahead of the reopening of pubs, restaurants and hairdressers next month.

He warned that there could be a “very nasty rebound” of coronavirus in the winter if the UK does not use the next few months “sensibly”.

Speaking to the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show on Sunday, he said: “In truth, the restrictions started to be lifted towards the end of May, the beginning of June, around that bank holiday.

“I would predict, I would guess, that we will start to see a few increases in cases towards the end of June or the first week of July.

He added: “We’re on a knife edge, it’s very precarious the situation, particularly in England at the moment, and I would anticipate we would see an increase in new cases over the coming weeks.”

This morning's top stories:

A heartbroken woman  from Leeds who has not seen her fiance for five months due to coronavirus travel restrictions said the pair will wed as soon as they are allowed to be together.

Sarah Luke, 27, of Rawdon, fell in love with South African born USA resident Darren Lawson, 36, while both were working at a summer camp in upstate New York in the summer of 2017.

The couple have not seen each other since meeting up in London on January 26.

Routine arming of police officers in West Yorkshire has been ruled out by the area’s police chief amid international speculation on police brutality and increased numbers of attacks on officers.

Mark Burns-Williamson, the police and crime commissioner for West Yorkshire Police, has spoken to the Yorkshire Evening Post about the safety of officers on the streets, crime during lockdown and the impact that events in America following the death of George Floyd, while being detained by police, has had on Leeds people.

The legendary Dame Fanny Waterman has put her Leeds home up for sale.

Dame Fanny has hosted rich, famous and influential people at her Woodgarth home in Oakwood over the years.

Her son spoke to Sharon Dale about why Dame Fanny is moving and the memories in the house.

Serious attempted sex attack in a park in Armley

There was a serious attempted sexual assault in a park in Armley on Saturday, June 27.

The victim - a woman in her 20s - reported to police that she had been assaulted by an unknown male as she was walking through Gotts Park at 11pm

A scene was in place around the park on Sunday for forensic examinations.

Anyone who has any information about this incident is asked to contact police on 101 or use the live chat facility at www.westyorkshire.police.uk/contactus quoting crime reference 13200321901

West Yorkshire Police have been contacted this morning and we will share any updates with you.

Teenager arrested after a car crashed into a house in Harehills

Good afternoon, I hope you are enjoying a spot of lunch. Here is the latest from the YEP newsroom this lunch time:

An open date for the new Gulliver’s Valley theme park has been announced:

Extremely popular cafe La Bottega Milanese has closed in The Light:

Private Terry Jacobs took inspiration from Captain Tom to raise money for the hospital that cares for his great granddaughter:

An appeal was issued after people were seen  'throwing a dead full grown fox' in Leeds park:

A teenager was arrested after a car was crashed in Harehills:

Good evening. Here is the latest Leeds news at 5pm: 

Urgent appeal to find wanted man - who could be in Leeds:

There have been zero new coronavirus deaths recorded at Leeds hospitals:

Appeal to find this purse after serious sex attack in Armley 

GP appointments fell by more than 100,000 during lockdown: 

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