Five things you need to know in Leeds today

Craig David's comeback trail is taking him to Leeds
Craig David's comeback trail is taking him to Leeds

If you didn’t read the paper this morning - we’ve got you covered. Here are today’s top stories.

1. Domestic violence in Leeds linked to 26 killings

A new report revealed more than 16,000 incidents of domestic abuse were reported to police in Leeds in the 12 months to May this year. Domestic violence has been a significant factor in 26 deaths in the city since 2011 according to the report from today’s council executive board meeting. Findings show children were present in around a third of the 16,705 domestic violence cases and 36 per cent of the incidents involved repeat victims. Council chiefs set up the Domestic Violence Breakthrough Project last year to tackle the problem and have made significant progress. Although, the City Council admits despite its efforts, the number of incidents “remains too high.”

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2. Controversial Leeds pub plan backed by inspector

A proposal to convert a former Leeds Girls High School concert hall into a pub which was once rejected has now been overturned by a planning inspector. JD Wetherspoon originally proposed to transform Headingley’s historic Elinor Lupton Centre into a pub in October 2015, but was rejected because of the potential to disturb local residents. Now planning inspector Philip Asquith is granting an appeal made by the pub chain. The planning panel will meeting on Thursday at 1.30pm to formally note the appeal decision.

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3. Partner’s fundraising drive memorial follows gym death

After the death of her partner last January, Kerry Waddington is working to raise money for Heart Research UK. Miss Waddington’s partner Neil Davies, 42, collapsed while exercising at The Hydro gym in Harrogate. Medics later found Mr Davies suffered an aortic dissection. Miss Waddington has held a cake sale to raise funds and will be taking part in Heart Research UK’s Swim the Channel challenge to raise awareness for conditions such as Neil’s that don’t always show symptoms.

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4. Fresh bid to tackle extremism

City councillors are due to consider a new project aiming to give more support to those who may be more vulnerable to extremism. Council executives are set to review proposals for the Resilient Communities project which aims to bring people from all ethnic backgrounds and faiths closer together. Leeds City Council’s executive members for communities said this approach will try to ensure the voices of all people are being heard and that “they are not missing out on the opportunities available to others in the city.”

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5. Craig David’s comeback trail takes him to Leeds

R&B star Craig David is making a long-awaited return to the music scene and will be making an appearance in Leeds. The singer is set to play 15 UK shows during his World Tour and will be performing at Leeds First Direct Arena on March 31, 2017. Tickets go on sale on Friday with the first UK show to kickoff on March 16 in Cardiff followed by shows in Liverpool, Plymouth, Bournemouth, Brighton, London and others before finishing in Dublin on April 7.

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