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No Covid-19 deaths in Yorkshire for first time since March

There have been no Covid-19 related deaths announced in Yorkshire's hospitals in the past 24 hours, according to the latest NHS England figures.

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The figures, which cover a 24 hour period ending at 16:00 on 2 July, show across England 38 people died in hospital after testing positive for the virus.

However, for the first time since 15 March none of those deaths occurred in a hospital in Yorkshire.

The total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals in England now stands at 28,832.

Witness appeal after fatal crash in East Yorkshire village

A man's died after the car he was driving left the road and hit a wall in a village in East Yorkshire.

Main Street, Burstwick

It happened at about 15:00 on Wednesday when the black Vauxhall Corsa crashed on Main Street in Burstwick.

The driver was taken to hospital for treatment, but died later, police say.

His family has been informed and is being supported by officers, according to Humberside Police.

Anyone who saw what happened, or who saw the vehicle before the crash, is being asked to get in touch with police.

Witness appeal following collision on Main Street, BurstwickEast Riding of Yorkshire.

New hydrogen plant could be built near Hull

One of the largest gas-to-hydrogen plants in the world could be built near Hull, new plans reveal.

Saltend Chemicals Park
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The Hydrogen to Humber Salt End Project has been announced by Norway-based Equinor.

The hydrogen - which will be for use by local companies - will help to reduce carbon emissions in the Humber region, the firm says.

If the plans go ahead, it's hoped it could lead the way to create a low-carbon industrial cluster in the area by 2030.

Motorcyclist killed after being thrown from his bike

A man has died after being thrown from his motorcycle in Hull.

Anlaby Road, Hull

The man was riding east along Anlaby Road when his Lexmoto Titan 125cc motorcycle crashed off the road outside Hull Royal Infirmary at about 03:00 this morning.

Humberside Police said he was fatally injured in the crash.

The force has appealed for anyone who witnessed the incident or saw the motorcycle prior to the collision to come forward.

Severe accident: A1105 East Yorkshire eastbound

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A1105 East Yorkshire eastbound severe accident, from Rawling Way to Park Street.

A1105 East Yorkshire - A1105 Anlaby Road in Hull closed and it's heavy eastbound from the Rawling Way junction to the Park Street junction, because of an accident.

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

Heron Foods sees sales increase after lockdown

East Yorkshire-based frozen food retailer Heron Foods saw a jump in sales during the coronavirus pandemic, it's been revealed.

Heron Foods, Sheffield

Sales by the chain, which has its HQ in Melton, increased by over 20% to £113m, it said.

It comes as retailer B&M, which owns Heron Foods, also saw a sales increase following lockdown.

The shops saw fewer customers during the height of the pandemic, but those who were shopping were spending more money, it said.

Simon Arora, B&M chief executive, said: "The group has made a strong start to the financial year, with a particularly strong performance in our UK businesses."

However, Mr Arora added that there are "a great deal of uncertainties ahead" for the company.

Coronavirus delays are double whammy for flood-hit family

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Some victims of the flooding which hit parts of East Yorkshire earlier this year still aren't able to return to their homes thanks to delays due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Flooded house
Emma Laughton

Dozens of properties were inundated in East Cowick and Snaith in February, when the River Aire burst its banks after heavy rainfall.

The Laughton family (pictured below) had to move in to a caravan just before the coronavirus lockdown after their home in East Cowick was flooded.

Emma Laughton and her family
Emma Laughton

Emma Laughton said the renovation work in their house has only begun this week and could take up to eight weeks before it is completed.

"It's been a nightmare. It's just one disaster after another. Lots of things have been on hold because of Covid with suppliers and companies furloughing staff," she said.

A room in a house showing marks on the walls of how high the flood water reached
Emma Laughton

"Our house has been dried out for weeks, but we couldn't get anyone to certify it to say it was so we could get the work started," she added.

"Covid has put a big delay on a lot of the things going back to normal and getting our houses put right.”

Empty shell of a room in a house
Emma Laughton

'Urgent' appeal to find missing Hull woman

Police have issued an urgent appeal for help finding a Hull woman reported missing this morning.

Janet Lockyer
Humberside Police

Janet Lockyer, 66, was last seen on College Court, in Sutton on Hull, at 05:20.

She is described as 5”3’ tall of a slim build with blonde mid-length hair.

She is thought to be wearing a yellow jacket, dark trousers and could be carrying a bag.

Humberside Police say they are "extremely concerned" for her safety.

Anybody who has seen her, or knows where she could be, is asked to get in touch with police.

Yorkshire's Wednesday weather forecast

A mostly grey and wet start to the day with scattered showers, some sharp, that will persist into the afternoon. Some showers will possibly be thundery later on. Staying breezy and cool.

A rather cool and cloudy evening with the odd sharp and heavy shower, possibly thundery, persisting on into the night. Overnight conditions are expected to become more isolated. Staying breezy.

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Virus-stricken doctor 'humbled' by colleagues' efforts

A Hull hospital doctors says he is “eternally grateful” to the NHS colleagues who saved his life when he became seriously ill with coronavirus.

Waqas Ilyas
Waqas Ilyas

Waqas Ilyas, 37, spent six weeks on a ventilator in intensive care after falling ill in early April

He had worked on a Covid-19 ward at Hull Royal Infirmary and was admitted to the same hospital after experiencing a fever and difficulty in breathing.

During his treatment, his breathing deteriorated so much he was transferred to a hospital in Leicester and put on a machine which took over his breathing in place of his lungs allowing them time to rest and heal.

Dr Ilyas, who has spent the last few weeks recovering at home in Hull, says he's “improving slowly” and hopes to return to work.

"I remain eternally grateful to all the doctors and nurses who looked after me and my colleagues who prayed for me and brought me back when the maths just didn't add up otherwise to my making a recovery," he says.

"The whole experience has left me humbled and grateful and I hope I can return to work and help others as best as I am able to.

"There are still some residual effects from the infection, but I'm working at home on my physiotherapy and am hoping to return to my baseline in another two months or so," he adds.

Flooding and Coronavirus: 'I see the world differently now'

A community hit by flooding and the pandemic in a space of a month has been brought closer together, a vicar says.

Homes and businesses in Snaith and East Cowick, East Yorkshire, were engulfed in February when the River Aire burst its banks after heavy rainfall.

Rev Eleanor Robertshaw and parishioners
Rev Eleanor Robertshaw

Rev Eleanor Robertshaw said the double disaster endured by the community had "brought home the importance to look out for each other and not to just live in our own little world".

"I see the world differently now,” she said.

"People have got to know their own community much better because of what's happened. There's been so much more neighbourly-ness, people look out for their neighbours, helping them with shopping that kind of thing.

"The fact that we all pulled together around the flooding and all worked together at that time, just sort of set the basis of that much more of a broad community spirit."

Bikes to four-poster beds: Yorkshire's shed loads revealed

A four-poster bed, a canoe and several bikes are among the more unusual loads which have been found left behind after falling off vehicles on Yorkshire's busiest roads.

Box van fallen on aside of A1 (M)
Highways England

Details of the often dangerous shed loads which have fallen off the backs of lorries - and the tops of cars - in the past year have been revealed by Highways England.

A total of 8,982 items were found on motorways and major A-roads in Yorkshire and the North East in just over 10 months from June 2019 to April 2020, according to Highways England.

Traffic officer Nick Ainsworth, from West Yorkshire Police, says he once came across the entire rear of a box van (pictured above) on the A1(M).

He says: "It was still intact, but ended up on its side on the hard shoulder and we had to get a recovery truck to remove it."

Now, as roads get busier with the easing of coronavirus restrictions, Highways England is urging drivers to make sure their loads are safely secured before they set off.

Jon Hammerton, from Highways England, who patrols roads in West Yorkshire, says: "I personally have dealt with bicycles, a canoe, a fully assembled four-poster bed, a metal shed, and many other weird objects.

"Shed loads can close a road for several hours as well as putting people at risk. You must secure your load before you set out. It could prevent an accident and save lives."

'Come alone to A&E department' - Hospital plea

People attending Hull's A&E department are being told they must go alone in order to protect staff and other patients from coronavirus.

Hull Royal Infirmary
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Over 300 people a day have been visiting Hull Royal Infirmary’s A&E, according to the trust which runs the hospital.

As it looks to keep people apart as part of social distancing measures, the trust is asking people not to bring friends or family into the A&E.

Teresa Cope, chief operating officer at Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, says: "If you are coming to our emergency department, please come alone.

"We understand people want someone with them when they are unwell or hurt, but we cannot follow social distancing if too many people come into our department."

Special provisions are being made for children or those with additional needs, the trust says.

'Behave responsibly' as pubs look to reopen in Hull

More police officers will be in Hull city centre this weekend as pubs and restaurants begin to reopen after many closed because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Pints of beer
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Hull City Council and Humberside Police are urging visitors to the city centre to act responsibly and adhere to social distancing rules.

Public health messages are also being put up across the city.

Many shops, pubs and restaurants closed in March as restrictions were placed on people because of the pandemic.

But now, as lockdown restrictions are eased, some pubs and bars are reopening from Saturday with social distancing measures in place.

Ch Supt Darren Downs said: "We will have additional officers out in the city centre to help keep everyone safe and make sure that as the restrictions are eased and more people head out to socialise together it’s an enjoyable occasion for all.

"The vast majority of people in this area have been really good at adhering to the guidelines that have been put in place to limit the spread of Covid-19 and I believe that people will continue to behave responsibly as the restrictions are eased."

Humber Bridge tolls reopen from today

The toll booths on the Humber Bridge will reopen for the first time today after they closed because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Humber Bridge
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They closed at the end of March as part of the government's lockdown plan.

As part of the ongoing measures to prevent the spread of the infection, cash will not be accepted at the toll booths.

People are being asked to use contactless payment or apply for a Humber Tag online.

‘Hefty’ baby Peregrine falcon found blown off course

A “hefty” young peregrine falcon found unable to fly on a road in Hull has been nursed back to health by the RSPCA.

Peregrine falcon

The female was found on a road over the River Hull, soaking wet and bedraggled, and was taken to a Hull animal hospital who then called the animal charity.

She was at first thought to be a juvenile sparrow hawk, but RSPCA officer Leanne Honess-Heather said she was surprised to see the “pretty hefty” Peregrine falcon weighing in at 865g, despite only being about three months old.

“It’s hard to imagine that such a big bird - more than 1ft tall with around a 2ft wingspan - could still be just a fledgling!”, she said.

It is thought the bird got blown off course in the strong winds and had become grounded in an “awkward spot”.

She spent a few days in observation before being ringed and released.

The RSPCA said it was a “happy ending” for such a beautiful bird.

Yorkshire's Monday weather forecast

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Today will be breezy with lots of cloud around and some patchy rain, mainly this morning.

By the afternoon, that cloud and any rain will ease to leave it largely bright and dry

It'll be cool, windy and mostly dry through the night, although patchy light rain or drizzle may still push in from the west at times.

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Coastal town 'open' despite no swimming warning

The town of Withernsea is fully open despite an official warning not to swim in the sea, according to a local councillor.

The dredger
Yorkshire Water

Work to build a new coastal sewage pipeline means the water along the coast is filled with mud.

A £26m scheme is moving the existing treatment works further inland because of coastal erosion, Yorkshire Water says.

There is a warning to people against swimming in the water, however, because of the reduced water quality.

Billy Wilkinson who owns a toy shop in the town shop said he was concerned the work might affect tourism.

He said: "It's going to put people off coming and we've struggled through three months of being closed.

"Now we're a bit worried that people aren't going to come to Withernsea."

Local Conservative councillor Dave Tucker said the town was still open.

"It's welcoming people to the area," he said.

"Yesterday we had about 300 people on our beach at Withernsea all enjoying the sunshine.”

'Glass half full' as couple finally get to open dream pub

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A husband and wife from Birmingham who were poised to fulfil their dream of opening a pub in East Yorkshire when the lockdown was imposed are finally preparing to welcome their first customers for a pint on their premises.

Mark and Cheryl Bates at the pump
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Mark and Cheryl Bates moved from the Midlands to Bridlington to open up a new micropub, the Three B's, which was readying itself to launch in the spring before coronavirus lockdown measures scuppered their plans.

The pub opened as a takeaway and delivery service on 30 April 30 and will have been operating like that for more than two months when, under new government guidelines, customers will finally be allowed to sit inside for a pint for the first time.

Mr Bates says: "We're looking forward to it, very, very much so. I've had so many people who have either become regular customers from takeouts or people who've come in to have a look around, and we're looking forward to seeing them at 12:00 on 4 July."

The couple arrived in Bridlington at the beginning of March, having sold their home in Birmingham and invested their savings in the pub and a bed and breakfast, a plan which had been two years in the making.

They have been unable to access any government help because the business was not up and running by the time lockdown was put into action.

However, they are hopeful the pub - which sells only cask ale and cider, and has no TVs or music - will quickly start to turn a profit once customers are allowed in.

The pub would hold up to 25 people in normal circumstances but, with social-distancing measures in place, is unlikely to accommodate more than 10.

Mr Bates says: "It's going to be a pain in the posterior to manage social distancing, but from where we are at the moment it's such a nice problem to have...My glass is definitely, definitely half full, if not totally full, from where we were."

Motorbike rider who injured boy 'a coward' - Prosecutors

A man who seriously injured a nine-year-old boy before riding away has been labeled 'a coward' by prosecutors after he was sentenced to three years in prison.

Jerome Cawkwell
Humberside Police

Jerome Cawkwell, 24, of Cambridge Grove, Hull, collided with young gymnast Max Clark as he rode a defective motorbike on a public football in a Hull park in May.

Max, pictured below before the crash, was so seriously injured he had to have his leg amputated.

Cawkwell was thought to have been travelling at speeds of up to 40mph on the footpath while not wearing a helmet and having defective front brakes, the Crown Prosecution Service said.

Max Clark
Kirsty Clark

Jeremy Evans from the CPS said: “Cawkwell’s reckless and cowardly behaviour that day has resulted in a young boy’s life, and that of his family, being forever changed.

“It is hard to put into words the agony and trauma this incident has caused.

“This little boy has undergone unimaginable suffering with great courage and fortitude.

“Cawkwell by contrast, acted with supreme cowardice, fleeing the scene rather than facing up to what he had done. He has now been sentenced to three years in prison.

“I hope he spends that time reflecting on the depth of the tragedy he has inflicted on this boy and his family.”

BreakingMan jailed after young boy lost leg in motorbike crash

A man has been jailed for three years after he admitted causing a crash in Hull which left a nine-year-old boy needing to have his leg amputated.

Jerome Cawkwell
Humberside Police

Max Clark, a talented gymnast and dancer, lost his leg when he was hit by a man on a motorbike while he was out walking with family on Monday, 25 May.

Jerome Cawkwell, 24, of Cambridge Grove, Hull, admitted causing the crash after he drove on a public footpath at Rosmead Playing Fields.

He left the scene after the crash, before being arrested by police a short time later.

He admitted not having a insurance, not having the correct licence, failing to stop after an accident, causing serious injury by dangerous driving and driving a vehicle with defective brakes.

He was sentenced at Hull Crown Court earlier.

The scene of the crash

Owl's well that ends well for 'drenched' owlet

This "cold and wet" baby owl was rescued after being found stranded on a street in East Yorkshire:


The owlet was found last Friday on Rawcliffe Lane in Rawcliffe by a former RSPCA inspector who immediately called the animal charity for help.

RSPCA officer Leanne Honess-Heather said: "It was pouring with rain and blowing a gale. The poor thing was completely drenched and very cold.

"When I collected him, he looked in reasonably good condition, other than being cold and wet. We don’t know how he got there, but he was most likely blown off course during the stormy weather."

"I'm pleased this little fellow has made it through his ordeal," she added.

The owlet is now in the care of a wildlife rehabilitation centre in North Yorkshire before it is released back into the wild.

The RSPCA says its centres care for over 1,000 "orphaned" fledglings each year, but many of these birds would have been better off if they were left in the wild.

It's "really important" to ensure it's only those which really need help that are brought in, the charity adds.

Thunderstorm weather warning for Yorkshire issued

Yorkshire's warm weather could come to a sudden halt later after a weather warning for thunderstorms was issued by the Met Office.

A car drives through flood water
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Over the last two days, sunshine has brought the hottest day of the year so far, but that is set to change throughout today.

A yellow warning has been issued for much of the UK with thunderstorms being forecast from midday.

The warning is in place until 09:00 on Saturday morning, according to the Met Office website.

Flooding and disruption could follow, it added.

Arrests after teen injured in racial attack in Hull

Three people have been arrested after a 14-year-old boy was attacked by a group of teenagers in Hull earlier this week.

Anlaby Road field

Racially abusive language is reported to have been used towards the victim during the attack, which happened on Monday at 14:30 on a field behind Anlaby Road, police say.

The boy was injured during the assault, with some members of the group being known to him, Humberside Police added.

Three people have been arrested on suspicion of racially aggravated grievous bodily harm and have been released under investigation.

Police officers investigating the incident are asking two female dog walkers, who may have seen what happened, to get in touch.

Driver 'offered teenage girl lift' in East Yorkshire

A driver is being sought by police after a teenage girl was approached and offered a lift in East Yorkshire yesterday.

Wolfreton Lane

Police say the 15-year-old was offered a lift as she walked along Wolfreton Lane in Willerby at about 15:00.

The driver is described as being white, about 25 years old, with short dark hair and a small dark black beard.

He was driving a black car, Humberside Police say.

The girl refused a lift and reported it to police when she got home.

Any witnesses to the incident, or if anyone experienced something similar in the area, is asked to get in touch with police.

In pictures: Yorkshire basks in summer sunshine

BBC Weather Watchers

Yorkshire looks great pretty much all the time, of course, but in the sunshine we're currently enjoying there aren't many better places...

On the back of the hottest day of the year so far, we're set for another heatwave today.

These pictures, taken by our BBC Weather Watchers, show clear blue skies across the county:

Shelly Marie

Shelly's photo from Ryhill in West Yorkshire (above) shows poppies flowering in a field.

Meanwhile, Bridlington harbour looks calm this morning, as Octopuck's picture shows:

Bridlington harbour
Foxgloves above Rivelin Valley

Rivelin Valley, near Sheffield, looked colourful on Wednesday, if Rich's photo above is anything to go by.

And a field of poppies in Gate Helmsley, North Yorkshire, looks great thanks to Picture it Pete's photo below:

Poppies in the field at Gate Helmsley
Picture it Pete

Plane 'bounced into ditch' at airfield - Crash photographer

A photographer has described the moments after a plane crash landed at an airfield in Lincolnshire.

Nick Barwis

Nick Barwis, who was walking near North Coates Flying Club yesterday evening when the crash happened, said he heard the aircraft circling overhead before it attempted to land in a strong crosswind.

Nick Barwis

When it touched down, the plane "bounced to the right and into a ditch" which runs parallel to the landing strip, Mr Barwis said.

The "wing scraped along a footpath" near the ditch, he said.

"Luckily no-one was walking on it. They'd have had a shock if they had been," he added.

We've been here 10 years and I've seen nothing like that before."

Nick BarwisEyewitness

Officials are investigating the cause of the incident with the plane, which had flown from Full Sutton in East Yorkshire.

The plane's passengers were left with minor injuries and the pilot - who had been taken to the hospital - has since been discharged.

People 'desperate' for staycation - Caravan park owner

Holidaymakers are "desperate" to get away to caravan parks in East Yorkshire after it was announced sites can reopen as coronavirus restrictions are eased, one owner has said.

The beach

Yesterday, the government announced that caravan sites and holiday homes can reopen on 4 July, along with pubs, restaurants and other attractions.

Andrew Howe, chief executive of Bridge Leisure, which owns the Sand le Mere holiday park in Tunstall, said: "There's certainly a lot of interest. The phones are ringing pretty hot, there are a lot of inquiries online, lots of activity on Facebook.

"So I think people are desperate to get away, desperate to see something other than the inside of their own homes, but I do think they want to know they're safe.

"So I think domestic holidays and perhaps holiday parks in particular are going to have a good and busy summer, I hope."

Swissport announces job cuts at airports

Ground handling giant Swissport is set to cut thousands of jobs - possibly including some at airports in Yorkshire and Lincolnshire - because of the impact the coronavirus pandemic has had on air travel.

Swissport logo
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Doncaster Sheffield Airport, Leeds Bradford Airport and Humberside Airport in North Lincolnshire all use Swissport for their cargo and ground handling, according to the firm's website.

The company told staff earlier that more than 4,500 jobs could be axed - which is more than half its UK workforce.

The move comes after air travel use dropped because of the coronavirus pandemic, lowering Swissport's expected revenue.

Unions said the announcement was "devastating" news, especially for regional economies, and highlighted their call for the government to offer help to the aviation industry.

999 caller urged to come forward over Hull attack

Witnesses to an assault in Hull in which a man was seriously injured are being asked to get in touch with police.

Rosmead Street

Emergency services were called to Rosmead Street at about 01:45 yesterday to reports of a man being attacked.

After house-to-house inquiries, police say they're now trying to trace a person who called an ambulance to the scene.

They could be a "key witness", according to Humberside Police.

Any other witnesses are also being asked to get in touch with officers as part of their investigation.

Yorkshire's Wednesday weather forecast

BBC Weather

It'll be another dry and fine day today, with near-perfect sunshine throughout the day.

A hotter day, with temperatures peaking into the high 20s to low 30s Celsius.

This evening will be warm and sunny.

It'll be dry, calm and warm overnight with mainly clear skies, apart from a little high cloud:

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Several injured as plane crashes off runway

Four people have been hurt after an aircraft which had flown from East Yorkshire crashed off a runway into a field in Lincolnshire.

North Coates Flying Club airfield

North Coates Flying Club, near Cleethorpes, said the aircraft was visiting from Full Sutton.

The passengers were left with cuts and bruises, according to the flying club.

The pilot was taken to hospital for a check-up but has since been discharged.

Appeal for 'key witnesses' after biker dies in crash

A 55-year-old man motorbike rider has died after his vehicle collided with a stationary roadsweeper in East Yorkshire, police say.

A police officer's jacket

Emergency services were called to the A165 at Carnaby just after 05:30 this morning after reports of a serious collision.

A motorbike rider from North Yorkshire died as a result of the collision. His family has been informed, police say.

Anyone who saw what happened is being asked to contact Humberside Police.

Officers say they're particularly keen to speak to the occupants of a silver Vauxhall Meriva which was in the area at the time as they could be "key witnesses", police say.