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Live Reporting

Adam Williams and Chris Heard

All times stated are UK

  1. Thank you and goodbye

    Adam Williams

    BBC England

    That's all from our live page service on this Good Friday.

    Many thanks for being with us throughout the day and allowing us to share the latest stories from around England.

    We'll be back with more updates and information on Saturday.

    Until then - stay home, stay safe and save lives.

  2. 'Kindness' project helps people in need

    Nearly 24,000 meals have been handed out to people in need across Blackpool during the coronavirus outbreak as part of a council-led emergency support programme.

    Meal parcels

    Twelve operational hubs are now in place as part of the town hall’s Corona Kindness project to support the town’s most vulnerable residents, according to the Local Democracy Reporting Service.

    The free school meals service has also helped to feed thousands of people.

    Last week the Corona Kindness helpline received 1,174 emails, 460 calls and more than 200 offers of help from Blackpool residents, with the council contacting 300 people needing assistance.

  3. Greaves 'has not suffered another stroke'

    Jimmy Greaves

    Tottenham say their record goalscorer Jimmy Greaves remains in hospital but "has not tested positive for Covid-19 nor suffered another stroke".

    The World Cup winner, 80, was admitted on Tuesday for an unspecified illness.

    Greaves, who scored 44 goals in 57 games for England, suffered a severe stroke in 2015.

    "Jimmy’s family has asked us to pass on their thanks for all the well wishes and positive messages," added a statement on Tottenham's website.

  4. Latest government briefing from 17:00 BST

    The UK government will give its latest daily briefing at 17:00 BST (16:00 GMT).

    Boris Johnson is still in hospital - although he has been moved out of intensive care - and the press conference will be led by Health Secretary Matt Hancock.

    He will be joined by the chief nursing officer for England, Ruth May, and deputy chief medical officer Professor Jonathan Van Tam.

    You can follow that live across the BBC News website and app as well as on the BBC News channel.

  5. 'Selfish to travel'

    Rebecca Thorn

    BBC News Online

    It is "selfish to travel" during the UK's lockdown period, a hospital boss has said.

    Kate Shields, chief executive of Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust said: "People need to stay at home, they need to look after themselves and through that they will look after others and we will reduce deaths."

  6. Starmer calls for lockdown clarity

    The newly-elected Labour leader, Sir Keir Starmer, has called for the government to be transparent about its strategy on the UK's lockdown.

    He said the public needed to know the "principles" that would have to be met before the nationwide measures were lifted.

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    Video caption: Keir Starmer calls for transparency over lockdown
  7. 'Get me to the garden on time'

    Two children staged a back garden wedding ceremony for their parents - after the official event was cancelled by the coronavirus pandemic.

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    Video caption: Children stage wedding for parents forced to cancel ceremony

    Kim-Marie Gerrard, from Cheddleton in Staffordshire, was set to marry her partner Mark Tooth on Thursday.

    So rather than miss out, their two children Ruby and Louis stepped in as master of ceremonies and official photographer.

  8. Further deaths at care home

    Two more residents have died at a County Durham care home after showing coronavirus symptoms, taking the total to six.

    Bosses at Stanley Park, in Stanley, confirmed they had been suffering from fevers. Their families have been informed.

    As we reported yesterday, a number of residents are being isolated and staff have been given protective kit.

    In all, the home has facilities for 72 residents. It is not known how many are ill.

    Stanley Park care home
  9. Easter bunny 'joins' police force

    Alex Pope

    BBC News Online

    The Easter Bunny seems to have hopped it to Bedfordshire where it has joined the police force.

    Beds Police Rural tweeted that the new recruit wanted to wish "everyone a Happy Easter".

    Let's hope they've given it some lettuce and carrots as a treat!

    Easter bunny
  10. Matt's garden triathlon makes £1,600 for NHS

    Steve Mather

    Digital Journalist

    Garden Ironman

    A Bristol man has raised £1,600 for NHS Charities Together by completing a half-Ironman triathlon in his back garden.

    Matt Baird completed a 1.9km swim with his feet tethered to the end of a garden pool, a 90km ride on a static bike and a 21.1km run, which equated to 1,406 lengths of his garden, finishing in a time of six hours and 40 minutes.

    Matt said: "The run was the best bit as we had my neighbours cheering, 1990s hits on the stereo and my boys Alfie and Elliott supplying me with wine gums and high-fives.

    "I finished just after the 8pm clap for the NHS and jumped back into the paddling pool."

    Garden Ironman
  11. Residents told to report use of second homes

    Rebecca Thorn

    BBC News Online

    Residents in Cornwall are being urged to report any signs of second homes in use over the bank holiday weekend.

    Cornwall Council said people should contact the authority to allow its "enforcement teams" to deal with the situation, as well as being reported to the police.

    Reports of "unnecessary travel" or "individuals causing issues" should only be directed to the police, it said.

    Councillor Rob Nolan said the authority "strongly discouraged" people from approaching individuals directly.

  12. Hospital phone company refuses to remove fees

    Woman in wheelchair uses landline

    Mobile companies axe hospital charges but Hospedia, which provides bedside phones, refuses.

    Hospital phone company refuses to remove fees

    Woman in wheelchair uses landline

    Mobile companies axe hospital charges but Hospedia, which provides bedside phones, refuses.

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  13. Wildlife park donates Easter eggs to food bank

    More than 500 Easter eggs that were due to be used during an annual hunt at a wildlife park have been donated to a food bank.

    Shepreth Wildlife Park, in Cambridgeshire said not being able to hold the event "is a massive loss" to the park.

    Worker with eggs

    "It was good to be able to donate these chocolate eggs to others in need and we hope some people will at least get a bit of pleasure from them still," it said.

  14. The 99-year-old veteran walking to raise money for the NHS

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    Video caption: He's aiming to do 100 laps of his garden before his 100th birthday on April 30th

    Captain Tom Moore is aiming to do 100 laps of his garden before his 100th birthday on 30 April.

    The 99-year-old veteran is bidding to raise funds for the NHS to support the coronavirus fight as he targets walking 2.5 kilometres.

    He has been mainly housebound since a hip operation, but walks with the aid of a frame. BBC Breakfast caught up with him.

  15. England defender Maguire supplies food to elderly

    Harry Maguire

    England and Manchester United defender Harry Maguire has offered to supply a food package of essentials to the elderly in his local Mosborough area of South Yorkshire.

    Maguire's donations will also help support several local businesses, as the parcels will be made up in a shop in Mossley and delivered by a fruit and veg firm.

  16. Public reassured over lockdown policing rules

    A police officer in Hampshire outside Morrisons

    Downing Street has confirmed people are allowed to buy whatever they want from shops that remain open, after concerns police are overstepping lockdown powers.

    Some police forces have warned shoppers against buying "non-essential" items.

    No 10 also said people can use their gardens as they wish, after a video showed police confronting a family for letting their children play outside.

    A further 866 people have died in hospitals in England after testing positive for coronavirus, NHS England announced.

  17. Blossoms band donate for hospital workers' meals

    The Brit award-nominated band Blossoms has donated £1,000 to help pay for meals for hospital workers in their Stockport hometown.

    Nurses enjoy an ice cream

    More than £7,500 has been raised overall to feed workers at Stepping Hill Hospital in an initiative set up by Stockport Foodie Friday, which usually meets up every month.

    The Foodie Friday team were handing out the meals - and ice cream - to NHS staff earlier today.

  18. 'Even the swans are social distancing'

    Additional patrols are taking place across leisure hotspots to make sure people are social distancing.

    In Bedford, by the town's Embankment, two swans were seen observing the government guidelines.

    Bedfordshire Police said: "The bank holiday and lovely weather may tempt some to go outside, meet up with friends or family and flout government guidance, but this is the time we need to look after each other and stay at home."

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  19. Budding baker Anya shares her kitchen tips

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    Video caption: Girl shares baking tutorials to cheer children up during lockdown

    A seven-year-old girl has been sharing baking tutorials to cheer up children during the lockdown.

    Anya, from Northumberland, began presenting the videos of cake recipes for her friends to "make them happy".

    She has shared a chocolate treat idea ahead of the Easter weekend.

  20. TV stars raise £1m to feed NHS workers

    Damian Lewis and Helen McCrory

    Actors Damian Lewis and Helen McCrory are to expand their initiative to get food to health workers during the coronavirus crisis.

    The stars of Homeland and Peaky Blinders have raised almost £1m after launching the Feed NHS scheme in London and are now planning to roll it out across other UK cities.

    "The public have been incredible," Lewis told the Coronavirus Newscast.

    "I know a lot of people are feeling a bit cash-strapped at the moment, so they've been unbelievably generous."