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Live Reporting

Tom Garry and David Cosgrove

All times stated are UK

  1. Thanks for reading

    Tom Garry

    That's all for our rolling coverage from across England for today.

    We'll be back with more live updates on Monday morning, but until then you can keep up to date with the latest news here.

    Thanks for joining us.

  2. Queen's special address coming up later

    The Queen

    Just a reminder that the Queen will address the nation tonight and is to stress the value of self-discipline and resolve during the pandemic.

    She will also thank NHS staff and key workers, and acknowledge the grief, pain and financial difficulties Britons are facing.

    Her special address will be on TV, radio and social media from 20:00 BST.

  3. Motorists caught doing double the speed limit

    Motorists have been caught driving at more than double the speed limit on roads which are clearer than usual due to the coronavirus lockdown.

    One driver was seen doing 70mph in the 30mph section of Beverley Road in Hull, while another was clocked at 80mph in a 40mph stretch of the city's Roger Millward Way.

    A speed camera sign

    Safer Roads Humber said it had detected a number of drivers doing 100mph or more on the region's motorways, with top speeds of 130mph and 114mph.

    The organisation said it was particularly concerned about the A63 and A15, where average speeds were around 10mph more than the national speed limit.

  4. Cruise ship couple 'hopefully on flight within two days'

    A couple who were on a cruise ship which had a dozen confirmed cases of coronavirus will hopefully be on a flight home within two days, their daughter says.

    Linda and John Langford

    The Coral Princess has now docked in Miami.

    John and Linda Langford, from Henley-in-Arden, Warwickshire, were "fine" and waiting to hear about a flight, daughter Georgina Forsythe said.

    The Foreign and Commonwealth Office had told them it should be in the next day or two, she added.

  5. A bird's eye view of West Country lockdown

    We already knew England was beautiful, but what does it look like from the air when there's no traffic?

    Here's what our colleagues from BBC Radio Bristol found...

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  6. Lockdown closes beauty spot car park

    Nic Rigby

    BBC News

    The main car park at Fairlands Valley Lakes in Stevenage has been closed to “reduce the risk from mass gatherings”.

    Stevenage Borough Council notices say it is now for “disabled parking only", adding: “To reduce the risk from mass gatherings this car park is now closed.

    "Public gatherings of more than two people are prohibited.”

    The sign
  7. Charity runner switches to skipping challenge in lockdown

    Alison Freeman

    BBC Look North

    Andy Airey skipping in his yard

    A runner who has raised tens of thousands of pounds for charity after his daughter's suicide wanted to take up a new challenge amid the coronavirus lockdown - so he bought a skipping rope.

    Sophie Airey took her life in December 2018, aged 29. Since then her father, Andy, has taken part in a number of events in aid of suicide prevention charity Papyrus.

    He is now using his new skill to continue those fundraising efforts.

    "At the time Sophie had been trying to get me to run a half marathon with her and I was refusing," said Mr Airey, who lives in the Eden Valley, on the edge of the Lake District.

    "After she killed herself it became clear I should get out and do something, and I ended up running in Sophie's place.

    "The thing that hadn't crossed my mind was that I'd never learned to skip so when they arrived it posed a bit of a challenge. Friends have offered to buy me a hula-hoop next!"

  8. Army deployed to help at island's hospital

    Sue Paz

    BBC South

    Army personnel have been deployed to the Isle of Wight to help adapt its hospital during the coronavirus crisis.

    St Mary's Hospital

    Isle of Wight Council said 40 men and women from the Scots Guards had arrived at St Mary’s Hospital on Saturday, amid an expected increase in admissions due to Covid-19.

    Their role is to help reconfigure large parts of the hospital so more beds can be made available.

    Work has already started to convert the Laidlaw Day Hospital, the education centre and the outpatients appointments and records unit into in-patient accommodation for a possible extra 200 beds.

  9. Bird sanctuary 'facing struggle to survive'

    Simon Armstrong

    BBC News

    Mark French

    A birds of prey sanctuary is facing an uncertain future because it does not qualify for government grants amid the coronavirus crisis.

    Falconry Days, in Hexham, Northumberland, has cancelled all this summer's falconry displays amid the lockdown, and Mark French and his wife Mandy have had to let one part-time member of staff go.

    They are also concerned about finding the money to feed more than 90 birds if the shutdown continues for the months ahead.

    "We don't have a rateable value on any part of the premises so can't qualify for any of the grants," said Mr French.

    "We've got enough food to feed the birds for three months. After that we'll need to reorder, but basically we've got no income at all.

    "We do need support. It's not our fault our business has closed. We need to survive."

  10. Testing in England 'slower' than rest of UK

    An Emergency Department Nurse during a demonstration of the Coronavirus pod and COVID-19 virus testing procedures set-up beside the Emergency Department of Antrim Area Hospital, Co Antrim in Northern Ireland

    Official data suggests testing for Covid-19 in England has been considerably slower per person than in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

    Across England there have been 238 people tested per 100,000, which compares to 395 per 100,000 in Northern Ireland, 351 in Scotland and 330 in Wales.

  11. Brighton beach 'quiet' as people stay at home

    Tanya Gupta

    BBC News

    Brighton beach has stayed quiet as people heed government advice on stemming coronavirus transmission, Sussex Police have said.

    Brighton and Hove City Council had to put out an alert yesterday, warning too many people had gathered on the seafront to meet friends, making social distancing "impossible".

    But this afternoon Sussex Police tweeted saying people were following advice and urged them to "keep it that way".

    A forecast of warm weather had led authorities across the country to warn people to stay away from coastal areas, national parks and other visitor destinations.

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  12. Hundreds sign up for carers campaign

    Hundreds of people from across Staffordshire have signed up to be trained as care workers.

    The county council’s iCare campaign has seen more than 360 people join in less than a week, but more volunteers are needed to ensure people who are sick get help if the pandemic worsens.

    The authority's complaints manager, Kate Bullivant, has switched to a carer's role.

    Quote Message: I've already had training from qualified carers and I'm just waiting to do a shift where I'll be shadowing experienced carers. The things we'd be asked to do are help to take medication, assistance in washing and dressing and cooking meals." from Kate Bullivant Complaints manager
    Kate BullivantComplaints manager
  13. Distillery distributes sanitiser to frontline workers

    Adam Durbin

    BBC News Online

    Bottles of sanitiser

    A Cornish gin distillery has distributed 100 litres of hand sanitiser to support health and emergency services free of charge.

    Small batch distillery Tarquin's Gin, from Padstow, switched its production from floral spirits in order to help frontline health and emergency workers to clean their hands when no soap is available.

    The cleaning product will be distributed to to community hospitals across the county, as well as foodbanks and Devon & Cornwall Police, the company said.

    Tarquin Leadbetter giving a bottle of sanitser to a police officer

    Company owner Tarquin Leadbetter said the distillery had moved into making sanitiser to help the community after significant demand from the public.

    Mr Leadbetter said: "My older brother is a doctor with the NHS, and I’m so proud to be able to help in any way we can.”

  14. Children's hospital therapy dog 'pawtraits' launched

    Patients at a children's hospital have been given hundreds of drawings of their therapy dogs as the animals are unable to visit wards during the pandemic.

    Lyndsey Uglow, a therapy dog handler at Southampton Children's Hospital, came up with the idea and has delivered 1,500 drawings of the golden retrievers - Leo, Milo, Quinn, Archie, Jessie, Hattie and Pollyanna - for patients to colour in.

    The "pawtraits", by illustrator Daniel Howarth, are also part of a #goldenhugsforall social media campaign that encourages children at home to get involved too.

    Joyce Stebbings, youth and play services manager at the hospital, said the dogs were "such an important part of life in the children’s hospital and not having them around is really tough for patients and our staff".

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  15. Authorities issue social distancing 'complacency' plea

    Police and council staff in North Tyneside are out and about today in an effort to drive home the government's coronavirus measures.

    And they have urged people "not to get complacent".

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  16. ExCel U-turn on charging NHS for hospital site

    Nightingale Hospital at London's ExCel centre

    The owner of London's ExCel centre has performed a U-turn on charging the NHS for use of the site.

    ExCel chief executive Jeremy Rees said an initial agreement with the NHS to house the temporary Nightingale Hospital "included a contribution to some fixed costs" but he said on Sunday: "We have since decided to cover the fixed costs ourselves."

    The Sunday Times reported that the centre, which is owned by Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC), was charging the NHS between £2m and £3m in rent to use.

    ADNEC chief executive Humaid Matar Al Dhaheri added: "To be clear, profit has always been the furthest thing from our minds."

  17. Police in exercise warning to motorcyclists

    Police have told motorcyclists that going out for a ride does not count as a form of exercise.

    A motorcyclist

    North Yorkshire Police said officers had spotted motorbikes around the county over the past 24 hours.

    The force said going for a ride to get out of the house did not count as an "advised journey" and bikers needed to be sensible.