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  1. Hundreds take advantage of York e-scooter trial

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    About 1,000 trips have been taken by electric scooter in York in the first week of a year-long trial of electric scooters in the city.


    The scheme was agreed last month by City of York Council as a way to give people "more environmentally friendly travel options".

    The vehicles can be ridden on roads and cycle paths - but not on pavements - with rental hubs being set up at York Hospital and the University of York.

    People hiring the scooters pay £1 to unlock the vehicle and 15p per minute travelled.

    Fred Jones, from the company behind the scheme, said: “We are delighted with the positive response to e-scooters in York and our priority remains ensuring this new mode of transport is deployed safely and with care.

    “Feedback from the public has helped us to correct any early issues swiftly, such as changing where e-scooters can be ridden and adjusting e-scooter lights.”

    Two people were banned in the first seven days of the scheme for riding irresponsibly, it's been confirmed.

  2. Search launched for future black cricket stars

    BBC Midlands Today

    A new scheme aims to get more black youngsters in Birmingham playing cricket.

    Warwickshire County Cricket Club is launching the project early next year.

    Sign for Warwickshire

    Chief executive Stuart Cain said there had been a drop-off in interest from the black community in recent years.

    "Fifteen or 20 years ago in areas such as Handsworth, it was a really vibrant sport, you had really vibrant clubs. It wasn't just about the cricket, it was about the social side as well. That has fallen away a bit in recent years," he said.

    The club said they would target primary and secondary schools in the north west of the city and budding cricketers would have the chance to improve with Handsworth Cricket Club.

    Warwickshire's Cricket Development Manager, Eaton Gordon, said he was confident they can see more homegrown black cricketers.

    "Just come and try it, we will provide places and opportunities for these youngsters to come and try cricket. I am 100% sure that, once we get them playing, we will find the talent."

  3. £100m 'levelling-up' cash targeted by county's councils

    Plans for a major expansion of Boston College, a new learning campus for Skegness (pictured below), and plans for the Sutton on Sea colonnade have all been lodged today as part of a bid for up to £100m of government funding.

    Skegness Learning Centre

    The projects are part of separate bids to the Town Deal scheme, which the government says will "level-up" funding differences across the country.

    The Boston, Skegness and Mablethorpe areas have all been invited to bid for up to £25m each, but will have to clear further hurdles before the money is guaranteed.

    City of Lincoln Council has also submitted a bid for £24.75m across 15 projects to support the growth and development of the city.

    Bids include the redevelopment of the Drill Hall arts venue, proposals for Lincoln City's stadium and redevelopment of the Barbican Hotel.

  4. One-parent children hospital visits 'heartbreaking'

    Restricting visits to sick children in hospital to one parent is "heartbreaking" say those campaigning for the policy to be changed.

    Charlotte Taylor with baby Sophia

    NHS hospitals in areas of higher coronavirus cases have restrictions in place, with some allowing only one parent to visit a child at any time.

    But nearly 85,000 signatures have been garnered on a petition calling for both parents to be allowed visiting rights.

    Anna Nham, from Sheffield, set up the petition last month after her eight-month-old premature baby son was admitted into a local hospital and then transferred to Leeds for treatment.

    She said the visiting policy was confusing as every ward at the Leeds Children's Hospital had different rules, but nearly all meant only the same parent could visit or stay at any time.

    Mrs Nham said it had been "torture" for her husband, William, and was "simply heartbreaking".

    Charlotte Taylor (pictured above), 32, who lives near Bradford, said she, too, was the only parent allowed access to her five-month-old baby daughter Sophia at Leeds General Infirmary.

    "It's just awful. There are no words to describe how it feels. I was there on my own dealing with it all," she said.

    Leeds General Infirmary said its visiting policy was the "right approach to protect vulnerable babies, families and staff at the beginning of the pandemic".

    NHS England said restrictions were at the discretion of the hospital trusts.

  5. York bridge reopens as search goes on for woman in river

    Lendal Bridge in York has now re-opened to traffic after it was closed earlier while emergency crews searched the River Ouse for a woman believed to have gone into the water there.

    Emergency crews at Lendal Bridge

    The woman is thought to have gone into the river at about 12:10 and the York Rescue Boat and Yorkshire Air Ambulance were both called in to help look for her.

    Searches are continuing along the bank of the River Ouse and the underwater search unit is conducting investigations, according to North Yorkshire Police.

    Officers are still trying to establish the full circumstances surrounding the incident, police add.

    Anyone who saw a woman going into the river from Lendal Bridge is being asked to contact the North Yorkshire force.

  6. 'Too many people ignoring restrictions' - Health boss

    Doncaster's director of public health has urged people to go "above and beyond the tier three restrictions" after warning some are ignoring the rules.

    Woman in face mask

    Dr Rupert Suckling says "too many people" are still gathering together in the town despite a ban on household mixing.

    His warning comes as the number of people in hospital with Covid-19 in South Yorkshire reaches 700.

    Dr Suckling says the infection rate in the seven days to 23 October was 530 cases per 100,000 people.

    "It's clear to me that too many people in Doncaster are still meeting up and not following the guidance to keep our distance, to wear face coverings and to wash our hands," he says.

    "The infection is spreading very quickly we will need to stop it. If we do not put the fire out now, it will continue to flare up and continue burning.

    "So I'm asking you all to go above and beyond the tier three restrictions to help keep everyone in the borough safe."