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Severe accident: A1(M) Hertfordshire southbound

BBC News Travel

A1(M) Hertfordshire southbound severe accident, from J3 for A414 North Orbital Road St Albans to J1 for M25 J23.

A1(M) Hertfordshire - One lane closed on A1(M) southbound from J3, A414 (St Albans) to J1, M25 J23 (South Mimms), because of an accident.

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Severe disruption: A1003 London both ways

BBC News Travel

A1003 London both ways severe disruption, at Royal Drive.

A1003 London - A1003 Friern Barnet Road in Friern Barnet closed and it's slow at the Royal Drive junction, because of a police investigation.

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Pair travel from London to fish in Essex

Sarah Jenkins

BBC News

A police officer has stopped two people who had driven from Tottenham to go fishing on the Essex coast.

PC Andy Long tweeted that the pair "believed it was essential" to go to Holland Haven near Clacton as they were "fed up indoors".

The rural and heritage crime officer directed them back home after explaining the law.

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Sheesh delivers 1,000 meals to NHS staff

Sarah Jenkins

BBC News

Sheesh restaurant in Essex has been delivering 1,000 meals a day to hospital workers.

The barbecue restaurant in Chigwell, which has a strong celebrity following, had previously been donating takeaway boxes to NHS workers on a collection basis.

The restaurant started delivering meals to hospitals in order to "avoid gatherings".

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Spurs put 550 non-playing staff on furlough and cut wages

Thomas Mackintosh

BBC London News

Spurs stadium
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Tottenham Hotspur chairman Daniel Levy has announced that everyone employed by the club in a non-playing capacity will lose 20% of their pay.

Spurs have also placed 550 non-playing staff on furlough as part of measures to "protect jobs" amid the coronavirus crisis.

In a statement Levy said: "The club’s operations have effectively ceased, some of our fans will have lost their jobs and most will be worried about their future.

"Our sponsors will be concerned about their businesses and our media partners have no certainty when we may play games again or whether we will be allowed to play in front of our fans.

"In the meantime, the club has an annual cost base running into hundreds of millions of pounds.

"Yesterday, having already taken steps to reduce costs, we ourselves made the difficult decision – in order to protect jobs – to reduce the remuneration of all 550 non-playing directors and employees for April and May by 20 per cent utilising, where appropriate, the government’s furlough scheme.

"We shall continue to review this position."

MP calls for leaders to coordinate approach on Covid-19

Mariam Issimdar

BBC News

The MP for Tottenham is calling for world leaders to come up with a global solution to tackling the Covid-19 crisis.

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Speaking to the BBC David Lammy added: "The Covid-19 pandemic is by its nature a global crisis. As is clear from the previous epidemics as well as the global financial crisis which culminated in 2008, global crises require global solutions.

"By now, the G7 or G20 should have spearheaded a global response by sharing information and strategy on public health policy; coordinating economic responses; and providing assistance to developing nations to contain the virus’ spread.

"Unfortunately, populist nationalism has been in the ascendance over the past decade. From the United States, to Brazil and the United Kingdom, nationalist leaders have been reluctant to lead a global response."

What's in the Essex papers?

  • Essex Live shares the story of a Chelmsford couple who have offered a converted campervan to self-isolating NHS workers for free
  • The Basildon Standard has spoken to a local councillor who said he has seen up to 20 people attempting to play golf on a closed course
  • A family-run company based in Clacton is providing plastics to more than 20 companies making ventilators and developing vaccines, the Colchester Gazette reports

Cornavirus deaths rise in the East

Nikki Fox

BBC Look East

The number of people who have died from the coronavirus continues to rise the East.

Last night, Public Health England announced the statistics for the previous 24 hours at regional hospitals.

They are from Sunday evening to Monday evening.

  • Colchester 3 more deaths
  • Herts Community Trust 1
  • Luton and Dunstable 4
  • Mid Essex 3
  • Norfolk and Norwich 1
  • Northampton 3
  • Princess Alexandra, Harlow 9

It brings the total number of deaths in the East region since the outbreak began to 100.

Colchester Hospital
East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust

Nick Hulme, chief executive of East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust which runs Colchester and Ipswich hospitals, said: "We can confirm that sadly, three patients, one in their 90s and one in their 70s, both of whom had underlying health conditions, together with another patient in their early 80s who did not have underlying health conditions, have passed away at Colchester Hospital.

"They had tested positive for COVID-19.

"Our thoughts and condolences remain with the patients family and loved ones at this difficult time."

Less traffic on roads

The number of vehicles on Essex's roads has decreased by over 50% according to the county council.

Traffic data from local authority showed that since the government's announcement over a week ago to "stay at home" residents were adhering to the advice.

Councilllor Kevin Bentley, cabinet member for infrastructure, said: "While it’s great to see such a reduction in travel, it’s critical that this continues to decrease, and that residents stay at home.

"Let’s not forget that in Italy and Spain the restrictions were much more stringent, with permits required to leave home and a ban on exercise outside the home."

Essex roads
Essex Roads Policing Unit - South

The government says valid reasons for leaving home are:

  • Shopping for basic necessities, for example food and medicine, which must be as infrequent as possible
  • One form of exercise a day - for example a run, walk, or cycle - alone or with members of your household only
  • Any medical need, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person
  • Travelling to and from work, but only where this absolutely cannot be done from home

Coronavirus cases continue to rise

The number of coronavirus cases for the east of England were released by Public Health England on Monday evening.

Here is latest breakdown confirmed from hospital tests:.

  • Bedford Borough 34
  • Cambridgeshire 109
  • Central Bedfordshire 60
  • Essex 301
  • Hertfordshire 339
  • Luton 69
  • Milton Keynes 94
  • Norfolk 133
  • Northamptonshire 153
  • Peterborough 24
  • Suffolk 100
  • Southend 31
  • Thurrock 41

Severe disruption: M25 Hertfordshire clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Hertfordshire clockwise severe disruption, at J24 for A111 Stagg Hill.

M25 Hertfordshire - M25 lane closed on exit slip road clockwise at J24, A111 (Potters Bar), because of a police investigation. Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Coronavirus: Walthamstow Garden Party cancelled

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Walthamstow Garden Party has been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The free annual event, organised by the council, the Barbican and Create London, was planned for 18-19 July in Lloyd Park.

However, due to the Covid-19 outbreak and the government banning all public events for the foreseeable future, the “difficult decision” has been made to cancel.

A statement on the event’s website reads: “We know this is very disappointing not only to everyone who was looking forward to enjoying the festival but to those who have worked so hard on the event so far.

“With the backing of the Barbican and Arts Council England and in collaboration with the London Borough of Waltham Forest and Create London, we will support our partners and explore new ways of working together, both over the festival weekend and beyond.

“Every year we are blown away by the bold ideas and creativity of the Walthamstow Garden Party network, and now, more than ever, this creativity is needed to help us process and make sense of what is happening.”

Those involved are invited to share ideas by emailing hello@walthamstowgardenparty.com.

'Big thank you' to Essex catering company

Roger Hirst, the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for Essex and the county council have thanked a catering company for "an incredible act of kindness".

food
Essex County Council

Posting on Facebook they both said "Big thank you" to Witham-based Purple Olive Catering who feed 226 vulnerable people in the Essex.

Severe disruption: A503 London both ways

BBC News Travel

A503 London both ways severe disruption, from Isledon Road to A1201 Blackstock Road.

A503 London - A503 Seven Sisters Road in Finsbury Park closed one way street from Finsbury Park Station to Twelve Pins Traffic Lights, because of crane operation.

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Severe disruption: M25 London anti-clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 London anti-clockwise severe disruption, after J25 for A10 Great Cambridge Road.

M25 London - Temporary closure and stationary on M25 anticlockwise after J25, A10 (Enfield), because of emergency repairs.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Coronavirus: Essex nurses and relatives make 'stay at home' video
Staff on a hospital ward wanted to send out a "powerful message" to stop the spread of coronavirus.

Barnet Council announces changes to bin collections

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Blue bins in Barnet will be emptied every fortnight as the council operates with a reduced number of staff due to the outbreak of coronavirus.

The temporary move to fortnightly recycling rounds is designed to ensure black refuse bins continue to be collected every week.

This week, the blue bins will be emptied on the usual collection day but will not be collected the next week, Barnet Council said.

Collections will resume on the week beginning 13 April.

People who do not have blue bins can still put out their recycling in clear sacks.

Barnet Council says it will monitor Government updates and review the waste collection situation in mid-April.

Garden waste collections will go ahead every fortnight, with the £70 annual charge for the rounds due to begin on 6 April.

Council leader Cllr Dan Thomas warned last week that “significant changes” to council services were likely as only the most essential staff are now able to travel due to the Covid-19 outbreak.

Co-op to stop accepting loyalty card and handing out charity tokens

The East of England Co-operative have announced a series of changes to how they operate their food stores to help stop the spread of the coronavirus.

The group, based in Ipswich and with stores across Essex, Suffolk and Norfolk said it would be no longer accepting member reward cards to avoid handling them, but advised customers to keep receipts to add the points at a later date.

Stores will also no longer hand out green tokens, which go in the charity-of-your-choice boxes.

East of England Co-operative
EoE Co-op

In line with many other supermarket the Co-op will also be installing screens at checkouts and have signs on the floor to keep shoppers 2m (6ft 6in) apart.

Severe accident: A123 London both ways

BBC News Travel

A123 London both ways severe accident, at Kingston Road.

A123 London - A123 Ilford Lane in Ilford blocked and it's very slow in both directions at the Kingston Road junction, because of an accident. Diversion in operation - affecting bus routes EL1 and 169.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

English Heritage open up sites online

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

If you're missing being able to get out and about to some of the region's interesting historic sites, then English Heritage can bring some of them to you - online.

It has highlighted 30 of its buildings, monuments and sites across the country available to visit online - including a few in the East of England.

Audley End
English Heritage

The sites, including Audley End House and Gardens in Essex, Wrest Park and its Collections Store in Bedfordshire and Grime’s Graves in Norfolk, use digital technology, to bring their stories to life via the Google Arts & Culture platform.

Last week, the organisation took the decision to close all its staffed historic sites and cancel all public events.

Curatorial director Anna Eavis said: "We look forward to welcoming visitors back to those sites as soon as it is safe to do so, but until then we hope these online experiences will allow people an escape, and the chance to learn something new."

Coronavirus: Suspect Tasered after coughing at officers

A man has been Tasered after deliberately coughing over police officers as they sat in a car and claiming he had Covid-19.

The Metropolitan Police firearms command said on Twitter that the suspect had walked up to officers in a car in Haringey, north London, and “shouted that he had coronavirus before deliberately coughing saliva all over them”.

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He then began to physically attack them, officers said, before he was Tasered and arrested.

The suspect was later tested for the virus and found not to have it.

Last week director of public prosecutions Max Hill warned the public that using Covid-19 as a threat against emergency workers would be treated as a crime that could lead to up to two years in prison.

Deliberately coughing at other key workers such as supermarket staff could be prosecuted as a common assault, which could mean up to six months in prison.

Severe disruption: M25 Essex clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Essex clockwise severe disruption, between J26 for A121 and J27 for M11.

M25 Essex - One lane blocked on M25 clockwise between J26, A121 (Waltham Abbey) and J27 M11, because of debris on the road.

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Food package deliveries for vulnerable people

Kris Holland

BBC News

Vulnerable people in Essex are to receive food packages, delivered to their homes.

It comes after recent government advice that those at most risk of serious illness from Covid-19 should stay at home for 12 weeks.

Supermarkets, delivery companies and volunteers are all helping to get essential supplies to the residents at most risk.

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Severe disruption: M25 Essex anti-clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Essex anti-clockwise severe disruption, between J26 for A121 and J25 for A10.

M25 Essex - One lane blocked on M25 anticlockwise between J26, A121 (Waltham Abbey) and J25, A10 (Enfield), because of a break down.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe accident: A118 Greater London eastbound

BBC News Travel

A118 Greater London eastbound severe accident, at Cameron Road.

A118 Greater London - A118 High Road in Seven Kings blocked eastbound at Seven Kings station, because of an accident. Diversion in operation - bus 86 affected.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe disruption: M25 Hertfordshire clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Hertfordshire clockwise severe disruption, from J24 for A111 Stagg Hill to J25 for A10 Great Cambridge Road.

M25 Hertfordshire - One lane closed on M25 clockwise from J24, A111 (Potters Bar) to J25, A10 (Enfield), because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe disruption: M25 London clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 London clockwise severe disruption, at J25 for A10 Great Cambridge Road.

M25 London - M25 lane closed on exit slip road clockwise at J25, A10 (Enfield), because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Cheers all round as the East says thanks to NHS

Coronavirus: Cheers all round as the East says thanks to NHS
There was clapping, cheering, pots clanging and car horns honking as people across the East of England gave their thanks to the NHS.

Many people took part in the social media campaign on Thursday night, where people across the UK applauded the work of the health service treating coronavirus patients.

'Thank you NHS'

Oscar's been using his time off to create a masterpiece thanking the NHS for all their hard work.

The ambulance service were definitely impressed by his artistic talent.

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Severe accident: M25 Essex clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Essex clockwise severe accident, between J26 for A121 and J27 for M11 J6.

M25 Essex - Two lanes blocked and queues on M25 clockwise between J26, A121 (Waltham Abbey) and J27 M11 J6, because of an accident.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe accident: M25 London clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 London clockwise severe accident, after J25 for A10 Great Cambridge Road.

M25 London - Queues on M25 clockwise after J25, A10 (Enfield), because of an accident earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Police carry out high visibility patrols in Essex

A number of high visibility patrols have taken place around the Southend-on-Sea district.

Essex Police, via their Facebook page, said: "It’s excellent to see government advice is being adhered to with a lack of vehicles to stop and people to speak with."

Empty streets
Essex Police

The post comes after new laws to try to force people to stay at home have come in.

Empty streets
Essex Police

People ignoring tougher restrictions on movement could be hit with a £60 fine initially and another for £120 for a second offence.

Empty streets
Essex Police

New powers given to police in England mean no-one will be allowed to leave their home "without reasonable excuse".

Six more coronavirus deaths reported in East of England

Nikki Fox

BBC Look East

Six more deaths from coronavirus were recorded in the BBC East region on Thursday evening.

Thee people died in hospitals run by East and North Herts NHS Trust and three at Princess Alexandra in Harlow.

The UK death date rose to more than 550 as of yesterday evening.

Here are the latest numbers of positive cases (not deaths) recorded in our region:

  • Norfolk 51 (a rise of 6 on previous day)
  • Suffolk 42 (up 7)
  • Peterborough 10 (up 1)
  • Cambridgeshire 47 (up 6)
  • Northamptonshire 64 (up 21)
  • Bedford 10 (up 3)
  • Central Bedfordshire 28 (up 4)
  • Milton Keynes 38 (up 9)
  • Buckinghamshire 66 (up 7)
  • Luton 30 (up 1)
  • Hertfordshire 170 (up 23)
  • Essex 130 (up 42)
  • Southend12 (up 3)
  • Thurrock 20 (up 5)

These figures will not include people have show symptoms, but have not been tested.

Further figures can be found at Public Health England.

Three more deaths at Princess Alexandra Hospital

Three more patients have died at Harlow's Princess Alexandra Hospital, it has been announced.

Chief executive Lance McCarthy confirmed two patients in their 70s and one in the 90s had passed away after testing positive for COVID-19.

All three patients had underlying conditions.

"Our thoughts and condolences remain with the patient’s family and loved ones at this difficult time," Mr McCarthy said.

The hospital announced on Monday that a patient in their 80s - also with underlying health conditions - had died after testing positive for COVID-19.

Princess Alexandria Hospital
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Coronavirus updates - the latest

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

Welcome to our live updates page where you can keep up with all the regional news on the coronavirus pandemic. Thank you for joining us.

We'll bring you all the latest developments and news from the East of England until 18:00 GMT.

Clap for our Carers

Set your alarms for 20:00 this evening when a big round of applause is planned to thank all the NHS staff working tirelessly to keep us safe.

If you want to take part all you need do is put your hands together from your windows and doors.

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