Five things you need to know in Leeds today

Leeds drivers are being urged to slow down for drunk students
Leeds drivers are being urged to slow down for drunk students

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

1. Drivers urged to slow down for drunk students

As the first week of classes kicks off for university students, Leeds drivers are being warned to slow down to avoid hitting potentially drunk young people during “freshers’ week” in the city. West Yorkshire Police issued a warning while carrying out a Europe-wide campaign to prevent road deaths. Road policing support sergeant for West Yorkshire Police Gary Roper said the officers wanted to highlight the “fatal four” problems that lead to crashes: drinking and drugs, distractions, and speeding and not wearing a seatbelt. Police warned that driving 30mph in areas where about students are intoxicated might not be appropriate.

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2. Anger as axe to fall on care homes

Three care homes across Leeds have been approved to shut down despite city residents’ efforts to keep them open. Middlecross care home in Armley, Siegen Manor, in Morley and The Green, in Seacroft are due to close between November and next July. Leeds City Council executive board also approved the proposal to remodel Wykebeck Valley day centre into a complex needs facility for east Leeds. The Green in Seacroft will be retained as a “community asset” that could potentially be utilised for intermediate care for the NHS in Leeds.

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3. Leeds pub fines £10,000 for showing live football illegally

The landlord for the Bay Horse Hotel on Woodhouse Hill Road in Hunslet has been fined for broadcasting Sky Sports football matches without the correct licence. He was order to pay £10,553 in fines by the Federation Against Copyright Theft. Martin Adamson was charged under the Copyright Design and Patents Act in 1988. Sky protects pubs with legal subscriptions and its staff even make visits to hundreds of British pubs each week to monitor illegal broadcasts.

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4. Leeds cancer survivor takes the plunge

Leeds woman Theodora Moss received news in September 2013 that she had Stage 2 Lymphoma. While the 24-year-old underwent cancer treatment she was unable to go to public pools because it would weaken her immune system, yet she eventually discovered open-water swimming. Theo described swimming in Yorkshire river and “never felt more alive.” Theo was eventually contacted by Trekstock, a charity supporting young people between the ages of 20-30 with cancer. Theo is now a Trekstock ‘champion’ and helps establish a monthly Cuppa and Connect service in Leeds.

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5. Party to celebrate life of Doctor Kate Granger

The life of Yorkshire doctor Kate Granger is to be celebrated next month to raise money for the Leeds Hospice where she died. Dr Granger died from a rare form of cancer in July at the age of 34. The consultant geriatrician was diagnosed five years earlier and made plans for her after death when she was told it was terminal. Dr Granger and her husband raised over £250,000 for the Yorkshire Cancer Centre at St James’s Hospital in Leeds during her illness. The event will be held on October 29.

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