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Concern grows for missing Leeds woman

Abbey Weaver Credit: West Yorkshire Police

Police say they are extremely concerned for the welfare for a Leeds woman after she was reported missing.

Abbey Weaver, 31, was last seen leaving her home address in Bramley at around 8am this morning.

She is described as a white female, 5ft 4", slight build, shoulder length light brown hair with blonde at the front. She was wearing a grey and navy blue stripped top with a large white hoodie, blue jeans with grey and bright orange trainers and she was wearing a white baseball cap with speech bubble design. 

The hoodie is described as having Disney characters on the back.

"We are extremely concerned about Abbey's welfare and would ask anyone who has seen her or knows her whereabouts to contact the police immediately. 

"Her family are incredibly worried about her and we would ask anyone with any information is asked to contact the police via 101 or 999."

– Detective Inspector Phil Jackson

Dr Kate Granger's friend in emotional tribute to campaigner

The best friend of Dr Kate Granger has made a moving and emotional tribute to her.

Dr Kate died on Saturday of a rare form of cancer at the age of 34.

Her closest friend Kay Birmingham, who spent many hours at her side in her final months, spoke of the loss of her friend and her legacy.

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Man punched outside Leeds station is left with broken nose

A 28-year old man was punched while he waited for a taxi outside Leeds train station in an unprovoked attack.

Police say the incident took place just before 5am on Sunday, July 10. The victim was waiting with a group of friends for a taxi when he was approached by a group of men who asked if they could push in front of them to get a taxi to Preston. When the victim refused he was punched in the face by one of the men in the group.

The victim, who required hospital treatment as a result of the assault, suffered a broken nose, bruising and damage to his teeth.

“This was completely unprovoked and violent behaviour which is totally unacceptable. The victim’s attacker was extremely aggressive and was unwilling to wait his turn in the taxi queue which was only small with a wait of around ten minutes. It’s vital we trace the person responsible."

– PC Cara Woolley, West Yorkshire Police

Leeds bus strike suspended as pay talks continue

Leeds bus workers, who have suspended their all-out strike due to have started tomorrow, will be voting on a new improved two-year pay deal over the next fortnight.

Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Unite, the country’s largest union, said that the ballot result of the 1,000 bus workers, based at the Bramley and Hunslet Park depots in Leeds, would be known on Thursday August 11.

"The indefinite bus strike, due to have started in Leeds tomorrow, has been suspended after the company First West Yorkshire came forward with a much improved two-year pay offer after protracted talks last Friday.

"Our members will be balloted on this offer over the next fortnight and the result will be known on Thursday 11 August. In the meantime, the strike has been suspended and our members will be working normally.

"We appreciate that the threat of strike action has caused concern to the travelling public in Leeds, but Unite believes that the new offer on the table offers an excellent opportunity to resolve this dispute.”

– Phil Bown, Unite regional officer

The one remaining issue that has to be resolved is the dismissal of the Unite branch secretary, who was one of the architects of the new deal. Unite is awaiting a date for an appeal hearing with one of the company’s senior directors.

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