Five things you need to know in Leeds today

Leeds parents warned over fraudulent school applications
Leeds parents warned over fraudulent school applications

Didn’t read the paper this morning? We’ve got you covered. Here are the top five stories in you need to know in Leeds today.

1. Leeds parents warned over fraudulent school applications.

New figures from dozens of investigations in the city have rooted out six fraudulent school applications in recent years from parents using false addresses to get their child into popular school. Now, education leaders are warning parents saying they have “robust” systems in place to check whether parents in Leeds are giving false information to get their children into popular schools. By cheating the system, parents are denying other children their rightful place at a school. More than 70 investigations have been carried out across Yorkshire in 2014 and 2015,

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2. Record number consented to donate organs of loved ones in Leeds.

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust recently released figures showing that 48 families consented to organ donation last year after the death of a relative. The numbers are a testament to the Be A Hero campaign’s effort to get people to sign the NHS’ organ Donation Register last July. From April 2015 to April 2016, 91 patients have received a lifesaving transplant. Of the 48 families who consented to donation during the 12-month period, 29 people became donors after they died.

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3. Police are warning computer users to be on their guard against fake British Gas bills.

Fraudsters are sending faking emails that seem like a genuine British Gas bill, however the link actually installs ransomware on to the computer. The ransomware locks the computer until the fraudsters get their money. West Yorkshire’s Police’s Cyber Crime Team is advising people to regularly update anti-virus software and to be certain of the credentials of their emails.

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4. Rescue line plans for River Aire in Leeds

Leeds City Council is seeking to provide a dozen rescue ‘throw lines’ on the banks of the River Aire in a bid to prevent drowning tragedies, according to one city councillor.

West Yorkshire was recently revealed to have one of the highest drowning rates in England. Coun Elizabeth Nash said the area is extremely dangerous and stressed that everyone should be made aware of this danger to prevent further incidents.

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5. Motorists regularly flout 20mph zones

A new survey revealed 40 per cent of drivers speed in 20mph zones designed to keep children and other road users safe. The survey showed four out of ten drivers admitted to breaking the 20mph speed limit by at least 10 mph. The speed limit is set in areas that are in the vicinity of schools and homes where many children regularly walk or ride their bicycles, In 2014, 53 children under 16 were killed by cars.

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