Leeds today: missing Ben Hey, strikes, local TV, LAL, vote counts, Leeds 12, Leeds Trinity, cricket bats, photowalk and locking doors.

Friday a.m. An abbreviated week – and here we are again to take you into the weekend.

First up, the search continues for South Yorkshire man Ben Hey, 25, who has not been in touch with family or friends since meeting a friend in Leeds last Friday. Mr Hey is 6ft 4in, a stocky build with shaven hair. He was last seen wearing a black bomber jacket with a yellow motif on the arm, blue jeans and white trainers.

The YEP covers yesterday’s strike action by thousands of Leeds civil servants in protest at changes to their pensions. Around 250 people attended a rally in Millennium Square at lunchtime, after many had marched into town from Woodhouse Lane. Hospital staff, college lecturers and immigration officers were among those taking their stand, with courts, job centres, driving test centres, tax offices and universities hit by the strike action.

Ofcom has officially invited bidders to submit applications for licences to run a new generation of local television services in cities and towns across the country, including of course a hotly-debated new station covering Leeds.

One city institution that would have found a vast, eager audience on a TV station here in Leeds is last weekend’s epic Live At Leeds. If you were out and about enjoying the music and making merry and woke up after the weekend having forgotten the best bits, then take a look at Made In Yorkshire’s review of the best bits here.

The dust has settled from last week’s local council elections and mayoral referendum here in Leeds, and everything is back to good ol’ reliable normal… But one perspective on the election and the count worth reading is Leeds Trinity’s journo-trainer-in-chief Richard Horsman, and his blog on the importance of access to the count for political reporters.

Water has finally been restored to 353 flats at Leeds’s West Point complex. But Guardian Northerner reports the inquest is only just beginning for angered residents.

Leeds 12 is standing up and being counted: a new group of Armley residents committed to galvanising the skills and talents in the area and building its profile has come together and looks determined to take the city by storm. Head to their blog here to find out more about what they’re up to.

Leeds Trinity University College has received the Investors in People Gold Award. Leeds Trinity has been accredited since 2000 by Investors in People, the country’s leading people management standard. The assessors praised the efforts of the university “on improving the student experience and maximising the benefit people get from being at Leeds Trinity, whether staff or students”.

It may not quite feel like cricket weather just yet, but when it comes at long last finding the ideal bat is crucial. North Leeds News meets former Yeadon CC cricketer Richard Blackledge, CEO of cricket manufacturing company CricTech, which has developed a bat analysis and design process which may well transform how cricketers choose their bats.

This weekend, Exposure Leeds has a tantalising new photowalk lined up: exploring the city centre’s retail havens, from the raw honesty of Kirkgate Market to the high-ceilinged elegance of the Victoria Quarter just footsteps away. More details here.

South Leeds Life carries this warning from West Yorkshire Police for residents to keep their doors and windows locked. The force is running a campaign with the slogan “It only takes a minute”, and you can download this poster and stick it on noticeboards.

That’s the news for another week. Stay tuned for the first of our Friday Comment posts coming up this afternoon. But until next week, stay classy Leeds…

This article has been corrected. We initially attributed the cricket link to the wrong website; apologies for the confusion.

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