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Live Reporting

Jennifer Meierhans, Kathryn Hamlett, Lauren Potts, Owen Phillips, Adam Williams and Daniel Wainwright

All times stated are UK

  1. Signing off for the evening

    Lauren Potts

    BBC News

    Tree-lined path

    We've come to the end of our live coverage for day three of England on lockdown. Hopefully you've found some of our updates today an uplifting distraction from some of the more difficult issues many of us are facing at the minute.

    A reminder of our top stories:

    Thanks for reading today and we hope you'll join us again from 07:00 GMT tomorrow. Have a great evening taking that walk, stroking the cat (because it doesn't have coronavirus) or catching up with loved ones on Zoom.

  2. Police drones watching Peak District dog-walkers

    Derbyshire Police drone footage

    Police have warned walkers heading to beauty spots in the Peak District they are being watched by a fleet of drones.

    Derbyshire Police shared footage showing a number of people enjoying scenery around Curbar Edge.

    The force is using the tactic in a bid to highlight the importance of following the current government guidelines over reducing unnecessary journeys for their daily exercise.

    Some of the registration plates captured on Wednesday came from addresses in Sheffield, a 30-minute drive away.

  3. England rugby union coach Jones agrees to 25% pay cut

    Chris Jones

    BBC rugby union correspondent

    Eddie Jones

    England rugby union head coach Eddie Jones will take a pay cut of more than 25% as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.

    Jones has joined the Rugby Football Union's highest-paid executives in accepting a reduction to help limit the financial impact of the pandemic, which could cost the union up to £50m.

    "When I contacted Eddie regarding our executive pay reduction proposals he immediately agreed," said RFU boss Bill Sweeney.

  4. Children send pictures to isolated older people

    Jennifer Meierhans

    BBC News

    Here I am with another reason to smile ☺️

    Ethel, resident at Fulford Care Home
    Image caption: Ethel has had her day brightened at Fulford Care Home

    Children have been sending hand-drawn pictures and waving through the windows of a care home to keep up the spirits of its residents.

    People living at Fulford Nursing Home in York also received cards, cakes and flowers after posting an appeal on social media.

    You can read about the residents' reaction here.

  5. Evelyn, 2, cheers up neighbours with cupcakes

    Evelyn-Rose Wiggans

    How adorable is this - Evelyn-Rose Wiggans baked cupcakes yesterday and delivered them to neighbours stuck inside their homes.

    The two-year-old, from Verwood in Dorset, made sure she washed her hands thoroughly before making her creations, her dad, Rob, was quick to point out.

    "She said she wanted to give one to Colin and Grace - our neighbours. She placed the cakes on the doorstep, knocked and walked away."

    Evelyn-Rose Wiggans

    Rob said people were "so appreciative".

    "Evelyn even had a card delivered this morning as it turns out it was one of the neighbour's birthdays.

    "This makes us so, so proud of her and to see what a kind, loving and thoughtful little girl she is."

  6. What help will self-employed people get?

    Bethnal market flower stalls in London

    Struggling businesses were told the government would cover 80% of their employees wages as long as they were kept on during the coronavirus outbreak.

    However ministers were criticised for not doing the same for the five million people across the UK who are self-employed.

    This evening that's changed with the announcement of a taxable grant for the self-employed or partnerships, worth 80% of their profits up to a cap of £2,500 per month.

    You can read more here.

  7. Twitchers searching for rare bird sent home

    Ring ouzel stock image

    Birdwatchers who flocked to a beauty spot in Gloucestershire to catch a glimpse of a rare bird have been sent home.

    About 15 twitchers congregated in Cleeve Common, near Cheltenham, after the ring ouzel was reportedly spotted.

    Ignoring the government's advice, the group had travelled from as far as Birmingham to see the bird.

    The RSPB said it was "totally unacceptable".

    Here's a reminder of the reasons to leave home during lockdown:

    • For essential food and medicine.
    • To seek medical help.
    • Exercise, once a day.
    • To get to and from work, if absolutely necessary.
  8. BreakingSelf-employed help capped at £2,500 per month

    Rishi Sunak says self-employed people facing financial difficulties will be able to have 80% of their monthly wages covered by the government.

    He says this will be calculated using average monthly profits over last three financial years.

    He says support will be capped at £2,500 per month, and will initially last three months.

  9. Sunak to unveil financial aid for self-employed

    Self-employed worker

    We're expecting to hear shortly what measures Chancellor Rishi Sunak will announce to help self-employed people whose work has been affected by coronavirus.

    He set out plans for 80% wage subsidies for staff kept on by employers last week - and the PM has said he wants similar protection for freelancers.

    The government's briefing is at 17:00 GMT.

  10. The creative guide to keeping on top of training

    Video content

    Video caption: 'You've gone viral' - Young goalkeeper's mum on back garden clip

    This definitely counts as outside-of-the-box thinking.

    Eleven-year-old goalkeeper Nathan Fanagan’s novel approach to isolation-enforced training has seen him offered sponsorship deals and the chance to hone his skills with Championship side Leeds United.

    His mum posted a video of him training by himself in his back garden and some of the best goalkeepers around, including David de Gea, Jack Butland and Ben Foster, have shown their support for his creative drills during self-isolation.

  11. Man in court after shouting 'I've got coronavirus'

    A man has pleaded guilty to shoplifting following claims he spat and coughed at shop staff while shouting "I've got coronavirus".

    West Midlands Police said they were called to a B&M store on Stechford Retail Park, Birmingham, at 15:45 on Wednesday after reports a suspected shoplifter had been detained in the car park.

    The 35-year-old, from Saltley, appeared at Birmingham Magistrates' Court on Thursday, accused of stealing two beard trimmers and then deliberately coughing in the faces of security staff.

    Birmingham Magistrates Court

    He pleaded not guilty to common assault, but admitted shoplifting.

    The man, who was deemed by a nurse as not having coronavirus, will next appear in court in June.

  12. Radio listening booms while music streaming stalls

    People staying at home due to the coronavirus pandemic appear to be listening to more radio rather than music apps, figures suggest.

    Global, which owns Capital FM and talk station LBC, said online radio listening had risen by 15%.

    Woman listening to headphones

    The BBC said streaming of its radio stations had risen 18% since last week.

    Meanwhile, data from two US analytics companies suggested use of music-streaming apps such as Spotify had dipped by about 8%.

  13. NHS nurse stranded in Cambodia returns to UK

    NHS nurse Cheryl Baxter

    An NHS nurse who had been stranded in Cambodia and called on Boris Johnson to help get her home has landed back in the UK.

    Cheryl Baxter said she “had a few tears” when she arrived back at her front door in St Mary’s Bay in Kent on Thursday morning after her ordeal in South East Asia.

    Mrs Baxter works in Hastings where she is head of the Conquest Hospital’s Covid-19 ward, and is looking forward to rejoining her colleagues soon.

    Speaking after she and her husband Ivon arrived home, she said the whole experience had been a “mental roller-coaster”.

    Mrs Baxter, 52, and her husband had been travelling before the UK pandemic commenced and were due to fly home on March 22 via Bangkok.

    But as the coronavirus crisis intensified, they had huge trouble securing the right medical certificates to fly home, with different agencies demanding different papers.

  14. Former Newcastle captain to ring lonely older fans

    Jennifer Meierhans

    BBC News

    Bob Moncur

    Now this is lovely...

    Former Newcastle United captain Bob Moncur is to telephone elderly football fans to help combat loneliness as people avoid face-to-face contact amid the coronavirus outbreak.

    Moncur and members of the club's staff will ring about 1,900 season ticket holders who are aged 70 and above.

    It is hoped the calls will "keep morale up".

  15. All football below National League to end

    Breaking news graphic

    All football in England below National League level will end immediately and all results will be "expunged".

    The Football Association’s announcement means there will be no promotion or relegation below the three National League divisions.

    The same will happen in the women's game below Women's Super League and Championship level.

  16. Free car parking to support Birmingham's key workers

    On and off-street pay-and-display car parking fees across Birmingham are being suspended.

    The move was announced by councillor Waseem Zaffar earlier in order to support the city's key workers during the coronavirus pandemic.

    Cllr Zaffar said it would "give them more flexibility over where they park across the city".

    View more on twitter
  17. 'Food plea nurse' develops coronavirus symptoms

    Dawn Bilbrough

    A nurse who made a tearful plea for shoppers to stop panic-buying is self-isolating after developing coronavirus symptoms.

    Dawn Bilbrough, from York, recorded an emotional video message after finding supermarket shelves empty at the end of a shift.

    She believes she has contracted Covid-19, although has yet to be tested.

    Her original post led to the medical director of NHS England calling on the public to think of health workers when carrying out their food shopping.