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The number of Covid-19 patients in North Yorkshire’s hospitals has almost doubled in the last week.Copyright: NYCC
Amanda Bloor, from the North Yorkshire NHS Clinical Commissioning Group, said: "We've seen the number of patients who have Covid in our hospitals has risen over the last week.
"As of yesterday there were 23 patients in our hospitals and that figure is up from 12 this time last week so we have seen an increase of 11 patients."
The numbers include six patients in York Hospital and three in Harrogate.
There are currently no Covid patients at Scarborough Hospital.
Mrs Bloor said everyone who was eligible for a vaccine, which is now all over 18s, should come forward to get the jab.
A man claiming to be a plain clothes police officer looking for a sex offender stopped a group of women and offered to escort them home, police say.Copyright: Google
The man asked for names, addresses and social media account details, but left when they asked members of the public for help, police said.
The suspect approached the women on Piccadilly, York, at about 21:40 on Thursday 17 June, according to North Yorkshire Police.
The man is described as white, aged in his mid 20s-30s, 5ft 10ins tall, with short gingery/light brown hair and a short beard.
At the time of the incident he was wearing shorts, a brown t-shirt or polo shirt and flip-flops, officers said.
A spokesperson for the force said: "A genuine police officer will identify themselves by showing you their warrant card.
"This is proof of their identity and authority. If you want to verify their identity, you can ask for their collar number and call 101 to check they are who they claim to be."
Anyone who witnessed the incident or who has been approached in a similar way is being asked to contact police.
Police are urgently searching for a man who was convicted of murder in 1998 who is wanted for recall to prison.Copyright: North Yorkshire Police
William Kerr (pictured), 59, was found guilty of the murder of Maureen Comfort in Leeds in 1996.
He was released from prison on licence in August 2020, however that licence has since been revoked, police said.
Kerr was known to have connections in Yorkshire, and North Yorkshire Police has urged anyone with information about his location to contact the force.
His licence was revoked due to his behaviour, which included failing to attend appointments with his probation supervisor and failing to live at an approved address, according to North Yorkshire Police.
Kerr has previously absconded on two separate occasions: from a bail hostel in Hull in 2015 and from an open prison in Suffolk in 2017.
Officers said anyone with information about his whereabouts should get in touch with the North Yorkshire force "as a matter of urgency".
A group of fire and rescue staff has raised thousands of pounds by cycling between all 32 stations covered by the service in 21 hours.Copyright: PA Media
Thirteen staff from Humberside Fire and Rescue Service (HFRS), covered 275 miles between fire stations on Saturday.
The journey took in North Yorkshire, North Lincolnshire, the East Riding and North East Lincolnshire.
The group has now raised almost £5,000 for Hull and East Yorkshire Mind.
Firefighter Paul Wainwright, 43, who planned the journey, said: "Stations pulled out all the stops to greet us.
"There were people in breathing apparatus, people up ladders, and flying drones about.
"When there is a group of guys waiting for you at a station at midnight, offering you Haribo, it's a nice feeling because you know that they are with you in spirit."
Mr Wainright said the idea came about following discussions with the HFRS fitness manager.
He said: "Straight away we knew we wanted to do it for mental health.
"We have both had close friends or family members who have needed the help of mental health charities in recent times, so it's close to home."
The group consisted of firefighters, a director, control, support and retired staff.
"It just caught the imagination of our workforce," Mr Wainright said.
This morning will be cloudy and dull, warm and muggy. Some occasional light rain is expected in Yorkshire throughout the day.
Meanwhile in Lincolnshire rain will turn very heavy with the risk of some thunder and lightening.
It will remain cloudy and warm into the evening, and the rain may turn heavier in some areas, with the chance of some thunder:Copyright: BBC
Police have expressed "deep concern" over drivers who fail to safely buckle up their children, as over 60 motorists were found without seat belts in one week in North Yorkshire.Copyright: North Yorkshire Police
In some of the cases, officers discovered children "not strapped in", the force said.
Sgt Tim Wilson, from North Yorkshire Police said: "Wearing a seatbelt has been a legal requirement for decades, so it’s incredible that we’ve encountered around 10 people a day who didn’t use one.
"Several of these cases involved children, which is deeply concerning and totally irresponsible."
One driver stopped for not wearing a seatbelt was arrested on suspicion of taking the vehicle without the owner’s consent, drug-driving and driving while disqualified.
Other stops showed vehicles to be untaxed, uninsured or unroadworthy, officers added.
Those who fail to wear a seatbelt are issued with a Traffic Offence Report. It carries a £100 fine which can rise to up to £500 if convicted by a court.
A man's been charged with a total of six motoring offences following a police chase from Harrogate to Leeds.Copyright: PA Media
The 33-year-old man from Boston Spa, Wetherby, failed to stop for officers in Harrogate town centre shortly before 17:00 on Monday 14 June, according to North Yorkshire Police.
The incident led to a pursuit all the way to Sheepscar in Leeds, where the man was arrested.
He is due to appear in court next month, officers confirmed.