Five things to know about today’s news in Leeds

Don't have time to read the paper in the morning? We've got you covered.
Don't have time to read the paper in the morning? We've got you covered.

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

No worries, here’s a review of the key headlines in Leeds today.

1. Top of the Shops - Leeds ready to join Europe’s finest

Business leaders and politicians have claimed that Leeds will secure its place among Europe’s leading shopping destinations with the launch of a long-awaited multi-million pound retail development next month. The £165m Victoria Gate development will open its doors in three weeks in the latest major scheme to arrive in the city centre after the Trinity Leeds shopping mall opened in 2013, and the upmarket Victoria Quarter was completed in the 1990s. Leeds Chamber of Commerce said the new development will help in attracting shoppers from across Europe, as the city also bids for the 2023 European Capital of Culture title. The new Victoria Gate development will include a five-floor flagship John Lewis store - the first branch to open in the city.

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2. Twists and turns on the journey to diving glory

At tonight’s Rio Heroes homecoming parade, Jack Laugher will be announced as Britain’s most successful Olympic diver in history following his synchro gold with best friend Chris Mears and individual silver in the three metre springboard event. No one will be prouder than the Harrogate-born, Ripon-raised and Leeds-based diver when he boards the open top bus which will carry Yorkshire’s Olympic and Paralympic champions through the streets of Leeds at teatime. Four years ago he felt slightly sheepish even to be at the civic reception held in honour of sporting heroes. Even though he’s not dived since Rio, Laugher hopes his sport can become even more popular in the coming years thanks to this exposure.

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3. Allardyce leaves by mutual consent

Sam Allardyce’s time as England manager is over after one match after his contract was terminated by mutual consent with the Football Association. Allardyce was targeted in a Daily Telegraph investigation into alleged corruption in English football, and the departure of the 61-year-old after just 67 days at the helm was announced following crisis talks involving FA chairman Greg Clarke and chief executive Martin Glenn. England’s Under-21 boss Gareth Southgate will take charge of the senior side for the next four games in an interim capacity. Transcripts from the investigation into alleged football corruption in which Allardyce was targeted by undercover reporters were due to be released to the Football Association.

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4. Protesters find a new home

Campaigners evicted from council land in the heart of Leeds have set up a new camp. Supporters of Leeds Homeless Partnership had been living in “tent city” since last Wednesday evening to raise awareness of the issue of homelessness. The camp in Victoria Gardens grew to include around 60 tents, with rough sleepers found elsewhere in Leeds being invited to make use of the tents. After being forced to leave the site yesterday, the group has set up a new camp in the gardens in Park Square.

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5. Cyber-criminals are target for university

Here in West Yorkshire, CSI has a different meaning: Cybercrime and Security Innovation centre recently opened by Leeds Beckett University. Headed up by Dr Z Cliffe Schreuders, the CSI Centre is based on the university’s Headingley campus and its work aims to stem the country’s rising tide of digital crime. One of its key projects is an 18-month partnership with West Yorkshire Police that will identify so-called ‘knowledge-gap’ in digital investigations. Another project is a collaboration with the University of Birmingham that is expected to break new ground in security education research.

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