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Noxious fumes prompted rail station evacuation

Part of the station was evacuated due to noxious fumes

Noxious fumes inside Leeds rail station prompted an area to be evacuated this morning. Officers from British Transport Polcie were called to the station shortly before 10 o'clock this morning. It followed reports of fumes within Starbucks coffee shop on the station concourse.

The premises have been evacuated along with neighbouring retail outlets. The concourse has been also been evacuated and sealed off as a precautionary measure. Specialist officers and West Yorkshire Fire Service are now working to establish the nature of the substance.

At this stage it is believed that the fumes appear to have been the result of an unknown substance reacting with cleaning fluid being used by staff.

A number of members of Starbucks staff are suffering with watering eyes and nausea; they are being treated by ambulance at the scene.

The main station has remained open and the incident is not affecting train services.

Officers are now working to determine the full circumstances of this incident.

– British Transport Police spokesperson

Bishop starts bible reading marathon

The new Bishop of the new diocese of West Yorkshire and the Dales, Bishop Nick Baines will today start an 84-hour non-stop Bible reading marathon.

Bishop Nick will read the first 15 minutes of the beginning of the Bible at the reading event called Alpha to Omega which will take place in St Mary's Church, Gomersal.

Bishop Nick Baines Credit: ITV Yorkshire

I am delighted that Bishop Nick has accepted to start off the challenge of our 84 hour non-stop reading marathon - and not only that, but he will also preach at the 9.30 am service on that Sunday. "This gives the whole project an enormous boost and we are all extremely grateful for his spontaneous and generous response."

– Trees Fewster-Verhaar, Organiser

The event will start at 11am and run through the following nights to finish 84 hours later around 11pm on Wednesday September 17.


Police investigate 'targeted gun attacks'

Detectives are investigating what's thought to have been an armed car chase, which entered a hospital car park in Batley.

It was one of two incidents thought to have involved guns, which officers believe are linked.

The chase happened at around 5.56pm yesterday. The two cars - a silver or grey Volvo and a red Audi travelled down Upper Road and onto Halifax Road.

A passenger in the Volvo was seen hanging out of one of the windows. It's thought he was holding a gun. The cars entered the car park at Staincliffe Hospital.

Armed police were then called out to reports of gunshots in Conway Crescent in the early hours of this morning. A black car was seen leaving Conway Crescent around the time of the shots. Officers searched a building, but that was found to be empty.

Police are treating the incidents as targeted attacks and are asking the public to come forward with more information.

Due to the manner in which these two cars were seen driving and the fact they entered a hospital car park, we believe that someone will have witnessed the incident or perhaps made a note of their registration plates, as they nearly caused a collision with other vehicles as they entered Halifax Road.

– Detective Chief Inspector Steve Snow, West Yorkshire Police

Extra patrols have been put in place in the area to reassure the public.

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