Leeds today: a cure for cancer? Also Middleton railway, sky writing and burglary.

The Middleton Light Railway was hit by thieves over the weekend, stealing metal worth only £30 but causing thousands of pounds worth of damage, reports the BBC. One of the oldest running railway lines in the country, the Railway is staffed by approximately 80 volunteers and is a popular family destination in the region. Unfortunately several events, including weddings and birthday parties will be cancelled, and although the railway is still open up to a point full repairs could take some time.

The YEP has reported on a new breakthrough in treating prostate cancer discovered by researchers in Leeds. A new form of vaccination was discovered at the Leeds Institute of Molecular Medicine using a DNA “library” to create a treatment that targeted tumors in the prostate but did not affect any other cancerous growth. Much more research is needed before this becomes a therapeutic method for humans, but hopes are high. Lead researcher on the project Prof Alan Melcher, said:

“It is very exciting. I’m a clinician as well as running a lab. My major focus and interest is with things that can be applied in the clinic. We are some years off a clinical vaccine at the moment. There are lots of questions to answer from the lab side, in particular applying it to other cancers.”

Homeless charity Simon on the Streets is organising a sponsored sleep-out on Sept 29th to raise money and awareness of the problems homeless people face every day. An article by the Leeds Guide last year gives a good overview of what is entailed on the sleep out – it won’t be what you imagine.

The row over drop-off charges at Leeds-Bradford airport rumbles on as LCC trains airport staff to watch out for cars parked on Whitehouse Lane, which has double yellow lines and is now being used as a stopping off point. A council spokesman said:

“The lines have been in place for several years and the council has a legal duty to enforce them. In recent weeks some airport staff have been trained by the council to carry out this role. They are clearly identified and enforce the double yellow lines in exactly the same way as our own officers.”

However Otley and Yeadon councillors are not happy; Yeadon Cllr Rik Downes asks:

“Why are the council training up people to do this? I’m hoping the airport paid for the training. There was no consultation about this new charge, no market testing. The airport is a business, I understand that. But times are hard and we are all trying to survive and this is just another way of squeezing money out of people.”

The Community Safety Fund is using £1.3M to tackle burglary in Leeds, says LCC’s press office. The Executive Board, which meets on Wednesday, will be advised to accept the Burglary Reduction Strategy.

The Guardian takes a look at the Literary History of Leeds, a city not really known for producing great literary movements but rather prickly, iconoclastic outsiders.

The Leeds Loves Food festival is nearly upon us. Blogger Elly Snare was lucky enough to take an open-topped bus tour complete with food and unintentional laughs as part of the buildup.

12-year old Sherriden Hall writes about why she loves the Hunslet Club, one of Leeds’ oldest youth clubs, on South Leeds Life. It does look like fun.

East Street Arts’ Under the Pavement event gets underway today. Remember that at 12 o/clock the skywriting project, Ghost Cargo will be underway and people are encouraged to record what they see on mobile phones or cameras and send it in to be included in a film being made later in the year. Exploring Leeds attended a preview of the event and talks about arts programmes happening in an area versus happening to an area.

Also in the arts, Joanne Hartley of local theatre group Northern Creative has written about the Open Space meeting held on Sunday as part of the Emerge festival. A theatrical co-op looks like it could be on the cards, an exciting proposition in Leeds, which has a thriving performance scene that needs a gentle nudge to tip it over into the realm of “well established”.

Finally, we take a look at the thoughts of a marshal at the Run for All 10k on Sunday; Leeds photographer and blogger Anne Akers listens to the rain and the sound of 18,000 feet running by (as well as the arguments of people who don’t believe “road closed” signs apply to them).

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