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Traffic warning over Leeds Vaisakhi procession

Police in Leeds are warning motorists ahead of the Sikh community's annual Vaisakhi procession through the city. The procession is due to start at about 10.30am and finish at 4.30pm

It will travel along Chapeltown road, Newton Road, Harehills Lane, Avenue Hill, Harehills Avenue, Chapeltown Road, Sheepscar Street South, Regent Street, Eastgate, The Headrow, Millennium Square, Woodhouse Lane, Sheepscar interchange, before finishing on Chapeltown Road by the Shiri Kagidhar Temple.

No roads will be specifically closed as police will operate a rolling road block behind the procession to keep traffic moving but delays are expected.

We are advising motorists to find alternative routes if possible but, if they cannot avoid the area, we would ask them to be patient. We will be working alongside the event organisers in an effort to minimise disruption as much as we can."

– Chief Inspector Matt Davison

Real Junk Food Project cooking up a storm in Armley

The number of centres for emergency food supplies in the region is on the rise but a cafe in West Yorkshire is thought to be the first in the country to offer food which was destined for landfill.

The people behind The Real Junk Food Project in Leeds say what's being described as a "social experiment" is meeting demand - and using up food which might otherwise be thrown away.

It comes after a 76 per cent increase in the number of food banks being opened - and a 170% increase in the numbers of people given emergency food. Chris Kiddey reports:


Leftover food cafe said to be flourishing

A cafe which serves food which might otherwise be thrown away is said to be flourishing in Leeds.

The Real Junk Food Project in Armley serves meals created from ingredients which have been donated from a variety of sources - including restaurants and supermarkets.

It's staffed by volunteers and is thought to be the first of its kind in the country. Diners are just asked for donations.

Leeds cafe opens serving leftovers

A cafe the serves left over food thrown out by restaurants and supermarkets has opened in Leeds.

The Real Junkfood Project Cafe in Armley
The Real Junkfood Project Cafe in Armley

The Real Junkfood Project in Armley only serves meals created from food destined for landfill.

Numerous restaurants, supermarkets and cafes in the city have now got behind the scheme and donate food on a daily basis after they were approached by project leaders.

Northern Rail maintenance staff announce week long strike

Rail workers' union RMT have announced that staff at the Northern Rail maintenance depot at Neville Hill in Leeds are to take a full week of strike action starting on Thursday.

Maintenance workers set for week long strike
Maintenance workers set for week long strike

It is the latest step in a continuing dispute over overtime and the grading of roles which staff say do not recognised the "complex and demanding role of this key group of staff".

There was a 48 hour strike in February but, according to RMT the issues remain unresolved and staff will now strike between Thursday April 10 and Wednesday April 16.


Taxi driver loses sight in one eye after assault

A taxi driver has lost sight in one eye after being assaulted in Leeds City Centre.

Taxi driver assaulted in Leeds
Taxi driver assaulted in Leeds Credit: Press Association

The 36-year-old was hit just after 5pm on April 4 and remains in hospital.

He was attacked following an argument with two men who had approached him as he sat in his parked vehicle in Albion Street.

The suspects are described as white, aged 22 to 23 years and about 5ft 10in to 5ft 11in tall. One of the men was wearing dark blue jeans and a woollen jacket and the other was wearing cream trousers and a light shirt. Both men had blonde hair.

Demonstration in Leeds against the so-called "bedroom tax"

Campaigners make their feelings felt Credit: Michael Billington

Campaigners against the Bedroom Tax are protesting today to mark a year since its introduction.

Hundreds of supporters from all over Yorkshire joined the Leeds campaign Hands off our Homes.They are celebrating a year of campaigning that they claim has put the Government on the defensive,

Around 200 protestors march through Leeds Credit: Michael Billington

Leeds donkey sanctuary celebrates 40 years

Some of the sanctuary's residents

Hope Pastures Horse and Donkey Sanctuary is celebrating 40 years since the Phyllis Harvey Horse and Donkey Trust was originally established in North Leeds.

It's also exactly 10 years to the day since the current trustees took over the running of the sanctuary following a funding and welfare crisis.

To mark these milestones, those visiting the sanctuary on Weetwood Lane are being treated to special tours to meet the animals as well as complimentary drinks and home-made cakes all day.

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