Leeds today: St Pete’s, behaviour, objections, homelessness, raid, music, chef & Mafia.

Hello! Monday morning, and it’s a bright and sunny one up here in Leeds.

First up today: the YEP has a story on which parts of Leeds are the most anti-social. The Leeds Antisocial Behaviour Team (LASBT) was established last April to see what could be done about dealing with neighbourhood issues and complaints about specific people, and they opened 940 new antisocial behaviour cases up to the end of last year. The area is east Leeds; Burmantofts & Richmond Hill, Killingbeck & Seacroft, and Gipton & Harehills wards.

Outside the city, the Wetherby News reports on over 200 objections have been lodged with LCC to a planned new Sainsbury’s on the outskirts of the town. However, 63 letters supporting the plans have also been received.

A karaoke bar in Leeds was raided by police on Friday night (YEP). In a show of strength 60 officers piled into D-Fusion on Briggate,
inviting members of the press along to report on the operation. Of course, arrests were made and suspected drugs were found. The message seems to be “if you’re going clubbing, don’t take drugs”. Often, though, the only crime found in karaoke bars is a tone-deaf hen party belting out “Gimme Gimme Gimme”.

Our friends over at Simon on the Streets have put together an advertisement to try & raise funds for the organisation. The point is to try & give support help to the people on the streets to get them off the streets, which I think everybody can get behind.

Fancy living in Ilkley at some point? Tough. Apparently it’s the most expensive spa town outside of the South of England to buy a house (BBC). I’m not entirely sure where the spa is in Ilkley, either. Anyway! If you want to live in a spa then Harrogate is probably also out of reach – the same figures used shows that house prices there rose faster than any other spa town in the North. Boston Spa? Second most expensive.

St Peter’s CofE school in Burmantofts has put on a history exhibit to celebrate its bicentenary (YEP). Yes, St Pete’s has been there since 1812, and is looking for former pupils and staff and the community to share memories, mementoes and photos of the school; a fire in 1987 destroyed much of the school’s history. One thing that survived was:

The “Corporal Punishment Book” features children’s “crimes” and punishments – such as two strokes of the cane for dreaming; and one stroke for whistling in class. Other “offences” include smoking in the toilets, climbing on the roof and swearing at staff.

Apparently the book is “hilarious”.

Are you interested in South Asian music? South Leeds Life has a fantastic article about South Asian Arts-UK’s Sunday music club on Lady Pit Lane in Beeston. The new term for lessons in the tabar or sitar, or even singing in the style of the region, starts on April 11th; more details on the article.

The YEP interviews Leeds-born chef Marco Pierre White, who is back in the city filming a new series of Kitchen Wars. The series looks at restaurant chefs competing in a mobile kitchen and will be filming on Briggate on Tuesday & Wednesday this week (if you fancy being in the audience).

My Life in Leeds has a great list of what’s on and coming up in the region in a monthly newsletter. Worth signing up for!

Finally today, it’s worth pointing out that the Yorkshire Mafia Conference is coming up; far from being an organised crime syndicate the business and networking conference is all about getting support for your business and seeing who can help you out, or whom you can help. I daresay there’ll be a big social networking segment, too. The conf is on March 21-22 and is free to attend (but we’d recommend pre-registering).

That’s it for today! Thanks for reading and as ever if you have anything that you’d like to point in our direction please email us, catch us on twitter or (as Elly said last week) tackle us in the street. Cheerio!

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