Leeds today: funny, Hope, Ledsham, tequila, potholes, leisure, police, recycling and drugs.

Morning all! Hope you all enjoyed your weekend. It’s going to be a quick one this morning, so let’s get started!

Leeds city councillors are considering introducing a by-law to force ‘headshops’, which sell legal highs and other drug paraphernalia, to black out their windows and ban under-18s from entering. The move has come after councillors were briefed by police on the growing use of psychoactive chemicals designed to stimulate similar effects as legal drugs such as cocaine and ecstasy.

The Howard League for Penal Reform urges police in West Yorkshire to stop detaining children after it was revealed that more than 3,700 under-17s were locked up in police cells overnight last year.

Recycling rates in parts of Leeds have shot up by more than 40% after the introduction of new fortnightly bin collections. The new bin service was introduced in April to 56,000 homes across Leeds. The hope that that increased levels of recycling will simultaneously mean decreased rates of rubbish going to landfill.

After the announcement last month that West Yorkshire Police would be reducing the number of divisions across the county, local policing in Leeds has been brought under command of one senior officer as the number of divisions in the city was cut from three to one.

Further encouragement to get (/remain) active has arrived on our doorstep; a state of the art £28m leisure centre, boasting a gym, hydrotherapy and 25-metre pools, dance studio and sports hall amongst other features, opened on Saturday. The new Holt Park Active, will also host activities for the elderly and disabled.

Leeds has deservedly been named one of the country’s most exciting places to live. Gary Verity, chief exec of Welcome to Yorkshire tourism agency, said

‘the city’s thriving cultural and leisure scenes meant its success in the new ‘vibrancy list’ was well deserved’

There’s further hope that Leeds’ role in hosting the opening stage of the 2014 Tour de France will create even more of a buzz around the city.

Drivers in Leeds will be familiar with the dodgy road conditions that plague local roads. Now Yorkshire roads have been voted as among the worst in the country when it comes to potholes. The B6273 South Moor Road has been identified as the worst road for potholes in the country. The number of people claiming for pothole damage has risen by 79 per cent over the past year.

City centre nightclub Mezz has come under fire for promoting its ‘Tequila’ night as a night of debauchery and sexual misbehavior to young people. Tequila put a video online to promote the night in which the presenter, employed by Mezz, posed the question to a reveler ‘how are you going to violate a fresher?’, to which the boy replied that a fresher was ‘going to get raped’. The video was hastily banned from YouTube and Mezz has released a series of apologies since. The incident has been followed by widespread student protests against the Tequila night.

Halloween, one of the most exciting nights of the year for children (and plenty of adults, too) is just around the corner. Leeds-list indulges us and treats us to a look at Halloween in Leeds. Yay!

Feeling stuck for things to do this week? Walking enthusiasts should take a look at YEP’s review of Ledsham, on the edge of Leeds, as an ideal and scenic destination for weekend strolls.

If you fancy something a bit more sparkly, The Lady Boys of Bangkok- Glamorous Amorous is gracing Millennium Square until the 26th October. Apparently, truly glamorous and amusing cabaret antics, complete with flamboyant costumes, will be on show.

This Thursday sees Love Arts bringing a night of comedy from what have been described as the ‘funniest people in the business’, to the city centre. Tickets, at only £4 advance, are anticipated to go quickly.

Local Leeds band Hope & Social, described as ‘one of the UK’s top 5 live bands’, will be playing at Brudenell Social Club in Hyde Park next Sunday. We’re promised an energy-filled, fully interactive performance.

Finally, Leeds-list gives us a round-up of what’s worth checking out this week in visual arts. Always worth a gander!

That’s all for now folks! Have a pleasant beginning-of-week. ‘Till Wednesday!

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