Leeds today: prostitution, cuts, Occupy, Children In Need, lights, railways and Yorkshire love

Is it me or has this week gone fast? Well, even if it has, it’s almost time to enjoy the weekend.

First up, the BBC has this on revelations that young men are now increasingly turning to prostitution as a means of paying for the cost of their university studies. This comes at the end of a week when BBC Leeds has dedicated some striking and thoughtful coverage on prostitution at home and abroad. South Leeds Life meanwhile hears from Beeston and Holbeck councillor Angela Gabriel, and her pledge to tackle the problem of prostitution near St Matthew’s Community Centre and Domestic Street.

Elsewhere the Yorkshire Evening Post reports on the Hunslet teenager who has been missing since October 31st. Luke Stodgen, 15, has been missing for more than two weeks and is believed to be still in the Leeds area.

2012 may be the year the Olympics are coming to Britain, but here in Leeds it seems we’re going to be having price hikes at local leisure centres to bring in the New Year.

Meanwhile, the Fire Brigades Union has spoken out against planned station closures and cuts in the city which will see the West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Agency Authority’s budget slashed by 25% over the next four years.

And as all this continues, the revolution has come to Leeds. Well, not quite. The Evening Post talks to some of the handful of protestors who have set up camp on City Square as part of the latest sprouting of the global ‘Occupy’ movement.

It’s that time of year again: Children In Need 2011. Lynn has been cooking up some special treats for the day in the Secret Tea Room. We’d love to know what you’ve got planned at home, at school, in your neighbourhood, wherever you are.

Harry Potter star Matthew Lewis is in Ilkley this weekend, switching on the Christmas lights on Saturday evening, stepping in to fill the significant shoes of Sir Jimmy Savile.

If however you’re looking for some daytime adventures this weekend, visit Exploring Leeds. Alex has a map of the railway lines and stations, old and new, across the city and its outlying suburbs. Why not wrap up warm and head out walking the abandoned lines to have a look for yourself?

Saturday sees Leeds Feline Friends Xmas Fair at St Margaret’s in Horsforth, fundraising for a cat rescue charity. If you like cats then pop along to see what’s what! And if you don’t, at the same time is Meanwood’s WI Xmas coffee morning. If you’ve been thinking about joining the WI but Buns & Roses are a bit or a trek (and you live in North Leeds) then why not pop along to the Meanwood Institute at 10am?

Or if you’d rather stay at home this weekend, you might well have a bit of time to yourself for thought and reflection. If so, why not send in your thoughts on what it is you love about Yorkshire. Playwright John Godber is collaborating with BBC Yorkshire for a 90-minute radio drama, and is inviting the public to send in their tributes to the region.

That’s all for another week. Take care and enjoy the weekend. You deserve it.

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