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Man jailed for life for attempted murder of police officer

A man who tried to kill a policewoman in Leeds has been jailed for life. James Leslie opened fire on PC Suzanne Hudson with a sawn off shotgun at point blank range. She has been left with permanent injuries.

Leslie's sentence was handed down to him by a judge at Leeds Crown Court who described Leslie as a dangerous offender and said PC Hudson was fortunate to have survived.

Chris Kiddey reports:

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Man jailed for life after attempted murder of police officer

James Leslie, convicted of trying to murder a Leeds policewoman ,has been jailed for life with a recommendation he serve at least 15 years.

Officers at the scene in Leeds in December 2013 Credit: Press Association

39-year-old Leslie was convicted last year of attempted murder and is being sentenced at Leeds Crown Court.

Leslie fired a sawn off shotgun at PC Suzanne Hudson's head at point blank range through a glass window when she called at his flat in Headingley in December 2013. She has been left with a permanent disability in her hand and needed emergency surgery on arteries in her neck.

Sentencing underway of man found guilty of attempted murder of police officer

A court has heard how a man who tried to kill a policewoman, set fire to his prison cell, and attacked a prison officer after being arrested.

Officers at the scene in Leeds in December 2013 Credit: Press Association

39-year-old James Leslie was convicted last year of attempted murder and is being sentenced at Leeds Crown Court.

Leslie fired a sawn off shotgun at PC Suzanne Hudson's head at point blank range through a glass window when she called at his flat in Headingley in December 2013. She has been left with a permanent disability in her hand and needed emergency surgery on arteries in her neck .

The court has heard how Leslie was jailed for five years in 2002 for robbery.

The hearing is continuing.

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Leeds residents to benefit from £40 million broadband boost

A deal worth £40 million has been secured to make ultra-fast broadband available in Leeds.

Forty million pounds has been secured to make ultra-fast broadband available in Leeds.

Up to 80,000 homes are set to benefit from speeds of 152Mb. The upgrade will begin in MIddleton, then roll out to other areas of the city after being agreed between internet providers and the city council.

I am delighted that we have secured this investment for the residents of Leeds. Access to high speed broadband is the cornerstone of a thriving local economy helping residents connect and businesses to grow.

– Judith Blake, Leader of Leeds City Council
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