Five thngs you need to know Leeds today

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

By The Newsroom
Tuesday, 4th October 2016, 10:52 am
Updated Wednesday, 5th October 2016, 1:45 pm

1. West Yorkshire restaurants retain their Michelin stars

Two of West Yorkshire’s restaurants are still among some of the finest places to eat in Britain as as they retained their Michelin stars at this year’s awards. Michael O’Hare’s The Man Behind the Curtain in Leeds and Box Tree, run by Simon and Rena Gueller in Ilkley, are celebrating their one-star status. Michelin also awarded ‘Bib Gourmands’ to 143 restaurants that offer “good quality, good value cooking.”

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2. Leeds ‘Tent City’ homeless man’s emotional family reunion

A homeless man who had pitched up in Leeds’s Tent City was reunited with his mum after seven years thanks to a video which went viral. Simon Easton, 25, had been homeless since he was 18 and had spent most of his time in and out of jail and homeless shelters. The 25-year-old ended up in Tent City, an awareness-raising camp run by Leeds Homeless Partnership. Campaigners of the charity posted a Facebook Live video to help him find his mum. Simon’s family was in contact within two hours of the video being posted.

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3. Leeds benefits cheat claimed £40,000

A woman who fraudulently claimed more than £40,000 has been given a 36 week prison sentence, a 12-month suspension and 80 hours of unpaid work, after she lied to authorities by saying she was a single parent. A court heard Lynn White began committing fraud after she got into debt and then illegally claimed tax credits, housing benefit, council tax benefit, job seekers allowance and unemployment support over a four year period.

4. Disgust at graffiti on Wakefield’s Sandal site

One of the region’s key historic sites was vandalised days before a car was drove on to its slopes, damaging the hillside. The remains of the medieval walls of Sandal Castle in Wakefield were sprayed with graffiti to the disgust of Friends of Sandal Castle Group he damage comes just months after the site’s visitor centre was closed down due to budget cuts.

5. St Gemma’s Hospice rated as ‘outstanding’ after inspection

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) found overall outstanding quality of care at St Gemma’s Hospice in Moortown following an inspection in July. The hospice was rated outstanding overall, outstanding for being effective, caring, responsive and well-led and good for being safe. Patients who spoke to inspectors said they couldn’t have wished to be brought anywhere as “wonderful as this.”