Leeds City Council traffic and travel news on Twitter has reported that a crash has resulted in the closure of Leeds Road between Smeaton Approach in Stanks and Main Street in Scholes.

Videos on social media show police and ambulances at the scene.

The AA traffic map is showing the Leeds Road closure both ways between Smeaton Approach and Main Street but says traffic is ‘coping well’.

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It is reported that the ‘serious’ accident has been ongoing since around midday and is affecting traffic between Barwick in Elmet and Leeds.

The full details on AA maps are as follows: “Road closed due to serious accident on Leeds Road both ways between Smeaton Approach and Main Street. Traffic is coping well. Ongoing since around midday affecting traffic between Barwick in Elmet and Leeds.”

West Yorkshire Police has been approached for more information.

Last updated: Thursday, 15 April, 2021, 15:53

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First bus confirms bus diversions

The company tweeted: “SERVICE UPDATE – 11 Due to an incident, buses will be diverting as below: From Smeaton App, Barwick Rd, Stanks Dr, Stanks Ln North, York Rd.

“From York Rd, Baildon Dr, Sherburn Rd, Stanks Dr, Barwick Rd, Smeaton App.”

‘Serious’ accident ongoing since around midday, according to AA traffic news

The AA traffic map is showing the Leeds Road closure both ways between Smeaton Approach and Main Street but says traffic is ‘coping well’.

It is reported that the ‘serious’ accident has been ongoing since around midday and is affecting traffic between Barwick in Elmet and Leeds.

The full details are as follows: “Road closed due to serious accident on Leeds Road both ways between Smeaton Approach and Main Street. Traffic is coping well. Ongoing since around midday affecting traffic between Barwick in Elmet and Leeds.”

Crash – Leeds Road between Stanks and Scholes

Leeds City Council traffic and travel news on Twitter has reported that a crash has resulted in the closure of Leeds Road between Smeaton Approach in Stanks and Main Street in Scholes.

Videos on social media show police and ambulances at the scene.

West Yorkshire Police has been approached for more information.

Machete attack which severed teenager’s hand linked to other incidents involving rival gangs

A machete attack in which a teenager’s hand was completely severed could be linked to other incidents involving rival gangs, police have said.

The 18-year-old is receiving treatment in hospital after the attack on Stanks Parade in Swarcliffe at about 9.30pm on Tuesday.

Police have been granted extra stop-and-search powers to try to prevent further serious violent offences.

A force spokesman said: “It follows an incident at about 9.30pm last night where an 18-year-old man was assaulted with a machete and his hand completely severed. He is continuing to receive treatment in hospital.”

Officers in an area of east Leeds, near the A64 York Road, will be able to search people or vehicles for offensive or dangerous weapons and instruments without needing reasonable grounds to suspect those being searched.

The order, made under section 60 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994, will last until around 3pm on Thursday but will be reviewed before it expires.

Police said a number of people have been arrested and charged in relation to the previous incidents, which include assaults and criminal damage.

Superintendent Russ Hughes, of Leeds district, said: “The incident last night has resulted in a particularly nasty injury being caused to a young man with a machete and I know people in the community will be as shocked and appalled as we are at this level of violence.

“While detectives from Leeds district CID are still working to establish the full circumstances, we believe this attack may be linked to other previous incidents involving rival groups.

“Violence such as this cannot and will not be tolerated, and we will continue doing everything we can to identify those responsible and to take positive action against them.”

Thursday’s top news stories:

These are the top news stories in Leeds this morning:

Tragic Leeds Festival death

The mum of a 17-year-old girl who died after taking a cocktail of drugs at Leeds Festival has said that the risk of young teenagers taking illicit substances “increases massively” at festivals.

Anya Buckley, who went to the 2019 Leeds Festival with a group of friends of similar age, collapsed and later died after taking drugs including ecstasy.

Anya Buckley

Miss Bulmer said “You are vulnerable to peer pressure when you are 16 or 17 and you don’t always make the right decisions.”

She added: “Festivals are dangerous places for teenagers.

“There are a lot of risks and temptations associated with teenagers attending festivals because of the amount of drugs in circulation.”

Former Leeds United youth striker caught with drugs

A former Leeds United apprentice had drugs worth £4,500 in his car when he was stopped by West Yorkshire Police officers.

The officers discovered MDMA, ketamine and cannabis after searching Devonte Morton’s Skoda Fabia.

Leeds Crown Court heard the former semi-professional footballer tried to run off after officers made the discovery on December 7, 2018.

Up to 1,200 Asda store workers at risk of losing their jobs

Supermarket chain Asda has started consulting with more than 1,000 staff over its plans to overhaul its in-store bakeries.

The Leeds-based firm said that it was treating redundancy as “the last option” during the consultations, which it said was sparked by changing tastes among shoppers.

As many as 1,200 staff work at the in-store bakeries across 341 Asda branches.

Why Leeds charity StreetDoctors has changed the way it talks about knife violence

A charity which educates young people in Leeds about the medical consequences of knife violence is calling for more care around the language used to talk about the issue.

Latest Covid statistics and news in Leeds:

According to Government data on healthcare, three patients with Covid-19 were admitted to Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust sites on April 4 – the most recent date for which figures are available.

It brings the total number of coronavirus patients admitted to the trust’s hospitals since the pandemic began to 5,215.

As of April 6, 37 of those patients remained in hospital for treatment including four in mechanical ventilation beds.

However, the latest NHS England datashows a total of 3,206 patients who tested positive for Covid-19 were discharged between March 19 2020 and March 3 2021.

Is the number of Covid cases rising in Leeds?

It brings the total number of people who have tested positive to 62,019.

How many Covid tests have been carried out in Leeds?

According to the latest Government figures, 3.2 per cent of the 16,841 people in Leeds who received a PCR test went on to receive a positive result in the week ending April 9.

The PCR (polymerase chain reaction) tests are lab-based and test for the presence of the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

The figures also show that 4,497 lateral flow test results were provided on April 13 in Leeds, bringing the total to date to 606,989.

Breaking news and crime RECAP: Horsforth murder, Swarcliffe machete attack and Scott Hall Road crash

There were several serious police incidents yesterday – here is what you need to know.

Police guard a cordon in Stanks Parade, Swarcliffe (photo: Gary Longbottom).

Police were called to Stanks Parade just after 9.30pm on Tuesday.

They found an 18-year-old man whose hand had been completely severed.

Police have been given extra power to stop and search people in the area.

Broadway Horsforth murder

Police have launched a murder investigation and a 35-year-old man has been arrested after a woman’s body was found in a house in Horsforth.

A 35-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder and is in custody.

Trial date set after Beeston murder

Paul Kavanagh, 57, appeared before the court today (April 14) over the death of 51-year-old Jamie Giles.

Mr Giles died after being stabbed at a property on Bismarck Street on Thursday April 8.

A provisional trial date was set for November 22.

Police investigating a shooting in Leeds have released CCTV images of people they want to identify in connection with the incident.

No-one was injured but people were inside the house when the shots were fired.

Police were called to Scott Hall Road on Wednesday after being called to reports of a man being hit by a vehicle.

The force was called at around 6.35pm to Scott Hall Road in Leeds near to National Tyres and Autocare.

West Yorkshire Police have been contacted for an update this morning.

Today’s Yorkshire Evening Post front page: “Hand chopped off in machete attack”

This is today’s Yorkshire Evening Post front page on Thursday, April 15.

Machete attack: Police have been given extra power to stop and search people in Swarcliffe after a teenager’s hand was chopped off in a machete attack yesterday.

The latest Leeds United news: Marcelo Bielsa has insisted Premier League referees are ‘very good’ following Leeds United’s latest run-in with video technology.

The YEP property guide: An exclusive look at the new eco-friendly development in Leeds city centre and this week’s Leeds best properties on the market.

The Yorkshire Evening Post front page on Thursday, April 15.

Good morning and welcome to the Yorkshire Evening Post live blog on Thursday, April 12.

Got a story you think we should know about? Get in touch on yorkshire.digital@JPImedia.co.uk

A woman living opposite the block of flats said: “My kids are so worried.

“They obviously don’t know exactly what happened but when you have police knocking on your door at night, it is scary.

“There is never crime here, there hasn’t been anything since the fatal crash a few years ago.”

The woman told how police teams were guarding the block of flats when she returned home from the park with her children.

She added: “They were here all night.

“There must have been five or six vans, then the CSI team later.

“When I woke up this morning at around 8am, a police van was still outside.”

We have a reporter at the scene.

There is a police car to the rear of a block of flats in Broadway.

One man passing the scene said: “This is the first I’ve heard of it to be honest.

“It’s shocking – 26 is not age at all.”

This is the scene outside a block of flats in Broadway, Horsforth

Man arrested after 26-year-old woman found dead in Leeds house

Police have launched a murder investigation and a 35-year-old man has been arrested after a woman’s body was found in a house in Horsforth.

West Yorkshire Police detectives have launched a murder investigation following the death of a woman in Horsforth.

A spokesman for the force said: “Officers attended a property on Broadway shortly before 3.30pm today (Tuesday, 13 April) where the body of a woman was found.

“A 35-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder and is in custody.

“The body has not yet been formally identified but is believed to be that of a 26-year-old local woman. Her family have been informed.”

Detective Inspector Amanda Wimbles, of West Yorkshire Police’s Homicide and Major Enquiry Team, said: “Our enquiries into this tragic incident are in their early stages. A young woman has lost her life and an investigation is underway to establish what has taken place within this property.

“We would urge anyone who has any information that could help our enquiries into this woman’s death to please contact us.”

Anyone with information about this incident can contact the Homicide and Major Enquiry Team by calling 101 or online at: 101 Live Chat | West Yorkshire Police. Information can also be passed to independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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Lockdown easing may need to be reversed if variant spreads rapidly – expert

Rapid spread of coronavirus variants could necessitate the reimposition of lockdown measures, a scientist advising the Government said.

Professor Peter Openshaw said his fellow scientists were “very concerned” after a cluster of cases of the South African coronavirus variant were found in London.

Some 44 confirmed cases of the variant have been found in Lambeth and Wandsworth, with a further 30 probable cases identified, the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) said.

Surge testing for those who live, work or travel through those areas is being made available, while NHS Test and Trace is providing additional testing in an area of Southwark where a case linked to the other cluster has been identified.

Prof Openshaw, a member of the Covid-19 clinical information network, told BBC2’s Newsnight: “A lot of we scientists are very concerned about what’s happening at the moment.

“I think we’re all just hoping that the staged reduction in lockdown is going to be ok. It is being done reasonably cautiously but I think this is not good news.

“If we get rapid spread of the South African or other more resistant variants, it may well be that we are going to have to put the reductions of lockdown into reverse.”