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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.

Leeds flood warning siren to be sounded

The Environment Agency's flood warning siren in the Dunhills Estate, East Leeds, will be sounded this weekend.

It's to ensure it is working effectively and can be heard clearly by local residents near to Wyke Beck. The local flood group, the Dunhills Flood Action Group, also want to use the siren test as an opportunity for local residents to practice installing their flood protection products.

The siren was installed as part of the flood defence work at Wyke Beck in 2012.

Construction of £150m Victoria Gate to begin

Plans for Victoria Gate

The council-owned market car park at Union Street and George Street will close this evening to allow construction to get underway on the £150m Victoria Gate retail development.

Along with the John Lewis flagship store, 30 retail and restaurant units and casino, the development will feature a new high quality 800 space multi-storey car park on the Millgarth Police Station site, which will open in Autumn 2016.

Plans for what inside will look like

Cllr Richard Lewis, executive board member for economy and development, said:

"We appreciate that there will be inconvenience caused by closing this car park and have worked to forewarn motorists and neighbouring local businesses.

"The closure will enable the much welcomed redevelopment of this area of the city, bringing a massive retail boost to the city, creating thousands of jobs and training opportunities and new high quality parking."


Leeds paedophile jailed for eight years

A paedophile, who abused seven boys between 1979 and 1990 has been jailed for eight years.

Charles Arthur Dye
Charles Arthur Dye Credit: North Yorkshire Police

Charles Arthur Dye, 53, of Shakespeare Grange, Leeds, was jailed at Teesside Crown Court after being found guilty of 23 charges against the children who were aged between four and fifteen at the time.

Dye, an unemployed factory worker, targeted his victims by either befriending their families and babysitting for them, or gaining the trust of local children who were playing on the street, before abusing them.

His offending came to light when one of his victims contacted North Yorkshire Police in January 2012. As a result of the initial investigation, further offences were uncovered which resulted in the 23 charges put before the court.

Speaking after he was sentenced, one of his victims described his "30 year-ordeal" and said “No sentence that is passed will make up for the loss of a normal life over all those years. However, I am hopeful that I can now move on and try to begin a long-delayed “normal life”.

Motorists revenge: Horsforth speed camera attacked

A speed camera in Leeds may have pushed one motorist too far, after it was burnt out.

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The camera on A65, New Road Side, Horsforth was set on fire on Tuesday night.

One resident said: "My daughter rang me. She lives just down the road and said she had seen the whole thing up in flames."

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The camera has been the source of much annoyance to drivers before as a shopkeeper said: "That particular camera has been targeted before. It's the last one on the road before the speed limit changes from 30 to 40. I see them coming to change the film in it pretty much every week."

Michael Bublé tickets to go on sale

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Tickets for Canadian singer, Michael Bublé's Christmas concert at the First Direct Leeds Arena will go on sale from 9am this morning.

The swing music star will take to the stage on December 8 2014.

150, 000 tickets were sold for his shows in London last Summer.

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