Leeds today: theatre, closures, unemployment and a SINGING BIN.

Sup! Snare here for today’s news roundup: it’s Thursday and we’re nearly at the weekend people. Hold on.

Potential partial closures to an A&E department in Pontefract have been labelled ‘outrageous’ by a local MP, reports the BBC.

The Chairman of the Todmorden Civic Society has started a fundraiser in the hopes of repairing a vandalising and damaged West Yorkshire war memorial, also reported on the BBC, aiming to restore the entire memorial by 2014 – 100 years after the start of the First World War.

The Yorkshire Evening Post reports that unemployment in Yorkshire rose by approximately 30,000 by August this year, with the nation unemployment rate at 2.57 million people by the same month.

Getting in the mood for Halloween, Temple Newsam will be hosting a ghostly walk around their grounds on 22nd and 23rd October – more information on the Leeds City Council website.

South Leeds Life reports on a competition for schoolchildren to design a poster for the Middleton Park bonfire celebrations that closes tomorrow. I remember how much I enjoyed designing posters (still do) and this competition has some great prizes!

Theatre is having a boost this week with the NEWK performance last night, and the flurry of performances, companies, and activities that are taking part in theatrical activities – this report on the Guardian Theatre blog namechecks some great local talent and definitely worth a read.

An ex-policeman from Sheffield has admitted to what is potentially the largest case of VAT fraud in British history, reported on the Yorkshire Evening Post.

And lastly, Liverpool launches a singing bin. It sings Garbage’s greatest hits (ba-dum).

That’s it from me, have a lovely day and don’t forget it’s national chocolate week (hooray). Send us in your news through email, tweet, or crop circle. Ciao!

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