Leeds news LIVE: 'Serious' accident closes Leeds Road in both directions - affecting traffic between Barwick in Elmet and Leeds

Welcome to the Yorkshire Evening Post's live blog on Thursday, April 15.

Thursday, 15th April 2021, 2:24 pm

Leeds City Council traffic and travel news on Twitter has reported that a crash has resulted in the closure of Leeds Road between Smeaton Approach in Stanks and Main Street in Scholes.

Videos on social media show police and ambulances at the scene.

The AA traffic map is showing the Leeds Road closure both ways between Smeaton Approach and Main Street but says traffic is ‘coping well’.

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It is reported that the ‘serious’ accident has been ongoing since around midday and is affecting traffic between Barwick in Elmet and Leeds.

The full details on AA maps are as follows: “Road closed due to serious accident on Leeds Road both ways between Smeaton Approach and Main Street. Traffic is coping well. Ongoing since around midday affecting traffic between Barwick in Elmet and Leeds.”

West Yorkshire Police has been approached for more information.

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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.

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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:

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