Leeds today: ram raids, police HQ, Piece Hall, Norma, pubs.

Tuesday already! The week is moving on apace!

(YEP) This morning saw a post office in Cottingley ram-raided by a stolen car, in order to steal the ATM. The ATM probably contained comparatively little cash for the amount of effort expended.

On that theme, Holt Park Today has started publishing the crime reports for Holt Park, Adel and Cookridge. Interesting reading, and it does seem very quiet up there.

Not so much in South Leeds, though; South Leeds Life reports on the plans to build police headquarters on Elland Road and the public consultation that happened last night. Residents seem quite gnomic about it, so long as the building work doesn’t cause too much disruption. BGL expects football fans who drive to matches to have a little more to say, as they’re losing a car park.

Labour’s John Mann, MP for Bassetlaw in Notts, is tabling a bill today that proposes to move crucial government departments out of London. The Northerner reports that we need more MPs like this, without the londo-centric viewpoint and an actual idea that will create jobs where they’re needed. The only people who want DEFRA in London – an area well known for its vast swathes of arable land and rural outlook – are the politicians. Getting the Department of Work and Pensions properly HQ’d here in Leeds would be a great help, too.

The Piece Hall funding saga rumbles on. The BBC has news that £19m of transformative work is on the cards for the poor old place. £7m of this will hopefully arrive from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Also on the Beeb is the best use ever of a bequest, in our opinion (today). An opera designer left £150,000 in her will to get a production of Norma to the stage. Gertrude Pfaffinger was a prop and costume designer for Opera North; her favourite opera was Vincenzo Bellini’s tale of love and murder in ancient Rome. The company opened the production at the Grand last Saturday.

Coming up at the Otley Courthouse is Ian Keable’s magic show, a comedy/magic performance that recently won the prestigious Magic Circle Comedy Award. Saturday, 7:30, £11otd.

Finally today, Richard Smyth writes about a tour of some of Leeds’ oldest pubs on My Life in Leeds. A good read, including one or two BGL has yet to set foot in. Worth a read.

We’re back tomorrow at the usual time. Sorry it was a bit late today! Ciao!

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