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Welcome to the Yorkshire Evening Post's live blog on Friday March 5.

Friday, 5th March 2021, 8:29 am
There are delays of up to seven minutes on the M1 due to the earlier police incident (Photo: motorwaycameras.co.uk)

There was queuing traffic on the M1 between Rothwell and Leeds (M621) this morning due to an earlier police incident.

The road was closed in both directions at 5am as West Yorkshire Police were called to reports of a woman on the wrong side of the railings on a bridge over the motorway.

The woman was brought to safety.

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Leeds news LIVE: Saturday March 6

Last updated: Saturday, 06 March, 2021, 11:14

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Statement from West Yorkshire Police - woman brought to safety from bridge

West Yorkshire Police have confirmed they were called to reports of a woman on the wrong side of the railings on a bridge over the M1.

A spokesperson said: “Police were called at 4.44am to reports of a female on wrong side of the railings on a bridge over the M1 on Wakefield Road, at Rothwell, Leeds.

“Officers attended and she was brought to safety.”

Police incident cleared but residual delays in place

There is queuing traffic on the M1 near Leeds due to the earlier police incident, which has now cleared.

According to AA, there are delays of eight minutes and increasing on M1 Northbound between M621 (Leeds) and J44 A639 Leeds Road (Leeds South/Rothwell).

Average speed five mph.

Motorway Cameras

A diversion was put in place

Motorists travelling northbound and southbound early this morning were told to follow a diversion due to the police incident.

This has caused a build-up of traffic on the M621.

A messsage on Highways England’s website warns: “Please allow plenty of extra time for your journey if you’re travelling in the area.”

Police incident closes M1 near Leeds in both directions

A police incident on the M1, between the Rothwell and Leeds South junctions, closed the road in both directions.

West Yorkshire Police were called to the scene at about 5am.

Welcome to the Yorkshire Evening Post’s live news blog on Friday March 5.

We’ll bring you the latest breaking stories and Leeds news throughout the day.

Dad of Leeds toddler diagnosed with satsuma-sized tumour urges parents to know the signs

As part of Brain Cancer Awareness week, the dad of a Leeds toddler who was diagnosed with a satsuma-sized brain tumour has urged other parents to be aware of the symptoms of the cancer.

Two-year-old Kasper McMullen underwent major surgery to remove the tumour from his brain stem in July.

Kasper with his brothers, 13-year-old Ryan and Ashton, seven

The operation successfully removed 99 per cent of the tumour, but Kasper has since been in and out of Leeds General Infirmary following complications.

His dad Paul McMullen is sharing Kasper's story to help other parents identify the signs of a potential tumour.

Quad biker in hospital with life threatening injuries after crashing into parked car in Farnley

A quad biker was taken to hospital with life threatening injuries after it collided with a parked car in Leeds.

The 33-year-old man was riding the bike on Tong Drive in Farnley this afternoon (Wednesday).

The quad bike collided with a parked car at around 2.25pm before the rider was taken to hospital for treatment to his life threatening injuries.

The bike was removed from the scene before the police got there and they are appealing for anyone who knows where it is to contact them referencing log 816 of March 3.

‘Serious questions’ remain on credibility of planned spending cuts, says think tank

Rishi Sunak has “big questions still to answer” with analysis suggesting more needs to be done to tackle the sluggish growth in living standards and a further potential squeeze on the public sector.

The respected Resolution Foundation said the chancellor’s cut of £4 billion a year in public spending would be “challenging to deliver”, and estimated a further £15 billion would be needed by 2025.

This sum would be required to give Mr Sunak “enough fiscal space to credibly see net debt sustainably falling in the face of future recessions”, the think tank warned.

The Chancellor pledged to build a “fairer and more just” country post Covid-19 as he announced plans to repair the nation’s finances.

These included an increase in business profits and the freezing of income tax thresholds which will see more than a million people starting to pay the levy, according to forecasters.

Mr Sunak said “significant decisions” had to be taken, telling MPs: “I recognise they might not be popular. But they are honest.”

Overnight analysis from the Resolution Foundation suggested the average UK wage will be 4.3%, or £1,200, below the pre-crisis path by the middle of the decade and that this parliament will oversee the second slowest growth in living standards on record.

It also said the basic level of benefits will go back to levels last seen in the latter days of Margaret Thatcher and the early John Major years, just as unemployment is due to peak.

Separate estimates from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation said the plans to end the uplift in Universal Credit and Working Tax Credit in September – when the furlough scheme also ends – will see half a million people, including 200,000 children, placed into poverty.

Torsten Bell, chief executive of the Resolution Foundation, said: “The Chancellor has gone big on both support for the recovery now and tax rises in future.

“This is broadly the right approach to take in terms of protecting the economy now, securing a recovery next, and repairing the public finances later.

“But the details of his plans leave serious questions to be answered about whether enough has been done to support households in the recovery to come, how credible it is that further reductions in planned spending can be delivered, and if the UK’s public finances have really been put on a sustainable footing long term.”

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Police continue appeal for public’s help to find Bethany Topley who was on her way to A&E when she went missing

Police are continuing to appeal for the public's help in locating a woman who has gone missing and requires urgent medical attention.

Bethany Topley, aged 19, was last seen outside St James’s Hospital, in Beckett Street, at about 11pm on Monday, March 1.

Police are concerned for her welfare.

She is described as about 5ft 3ins tall, small build with pink hair.

She was wearing a grey hooded top and dark jeans.

Detective Inspector Guy Shackleton, of Leeds District CID, said: “Bethany was on her way to the hospital’s A&E department at the time she went missing and we have serious concerns for her welfare the longer she goes without medical attention.

“We would like to hear urgently from anyone who has seen her or who has any information that could help to find her.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Leeds District CID via 101 quoting log number 1853 of March 1 or online viawww.westyorkshire.police.uk/101livechat

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