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Yorkshire's Wednesday weather forecast

BBC Weather

A cloudy, wet, day with spells of showers and heavy rain, with strong winds later in the afternoon.

It'll be cloudy with clear spells and the chance of isolated showers in the evening with winds increasing through the night:

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'Much-loved' man named as fatal crash victim

A man who died in a crash near Stamford Bridge last week has been named as 45-year-old Simon David Gill.

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Mr Gill, from Stamford Bridge, died at the scene on the A166 at about 19:15 on Friday 16 October following a collision involving a grey Fiat 500.

In a statement, his family said he was a "much-loved son, brother and uncle" and he led "a happy life in Stamford Bridge.

"He loved his home and spent a lot of time in his garden which he was very proud of.

"He enjoyed having a chat with people from the village every morning and could often be found in the village cafes having coffee and cake. We will miss him terribly," they added.

Police continue to appeal for witnesses to come forward.

Anybody who saw a man walking along the A166 at about 19:15 on Friday, or a small grey car, is being asked to get in touch with police.

Hull housing to get £800,000 boost in pilot

Hull is to receive almost £800,000 of government funding to improve housing for vulnerable people.

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The city is one of five priority areas across the country which has been chosen to look at providing better support for those who need extra help to live independently.

The pilot will see Hull City Council use "innovative" ideas for helping to support vulnerable people and reduce anti-social behaviour, with a focus on short-term accommodation.

Kelly Tolhurst, Minister for Rough Sleeping and Housing, said: ““Providing good quality homes to people who have been homeless, or who are unable to live independently, is fundamental to our support for vulnerable people.

“I know that most supported housing providers already provide a good service and it is right that we expect standards to be high.

“The pilots we are funding will explore different approaches to supported housing, to further raise the quality of service in Hull."

The money is being provided by the government's Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.

Arrest after boy dies following Hull crash

A man has been arrested after a 10-year-old boy died following a crash on a Hull road yesterday evening.

Anlaby Road

A blue BMW is believed to have collided with two boys who were riding a bike on Anlaby Road on the flyover near Selby Street at about 18:00 on Monday.

Both boys were taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries, but one boy died a short time later, police say.

The other boy remains in hospital in a critical condition, Humberside Police added.

A 30-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of driving offences in connection with the collision and remains in custody.

Any witnesses to the crash, or anyone who saw the boys or the BMW before it happened, are asked to get in touch with police.

Yorkshire's Tuesday weather forecast

BBC Weather

A mild but windy day with early rain clearing away, leading to dry conditions for the rest of the day with sunny spells and occasional showers.

Tonight will be windy and clear with showers:

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Hull museum's rare whale exhibit dismantled and moved

Work is under way to dismantle and move a 113-year-old whale skeleton from a maritime museum to allow for refurbishment work to take place.

Nigel Larkin works on the whale
Hull City Council

The juvenile North Atlantic right whale, the largest item at Hull's Maritime Museum, was caught with its mother near New York in 1907.

The "fragile skeleton" has been in place for the past 45 years, and is one of 50,000 exhibits going into storage.

The specimen, along with several other whales, is being taken to Shropshire.

Nigel Larkin works on the whale
Hull City Council

Whale conservator Nigel Larkin, whose care the skeleton will be in, said he was delighted to be involved.

He said the 180 pieces of bone would take about three days to document, label and dismantle, and a further two months to be cleaned.

Mr Larkin added: "We look forward to returning the whale skeletons cleaner, in better condition, and mounted ready for installation in the newly refurbished galleries."

Inside the whale
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Hull pub's 100ft move gets under way piece-by-piece

Work to deconstruct a Grade-II listed pub in Hull by hand before it is then rebuilt nearby has begun.

Earl de Grey

The frontage of the historic Earl De Grey pub, which has been closed since 2005, is to be taken down one piece at a time.

It has to be moved because of the redevelopment of the A63 Castle Street where it currently stands.

The parts are to be tagged and stored until the frontage can be reconstructed next year about 100ft away in its new location.

The Earl De Grey had a colourful reputation due to its seafaring past and spawned numerous stories, including many about the talkative parrot that frequented the bar.

£1m cash boost to reopen Hull Arena 'as soon as possible'

Up to £1m will be invested in Hull Arena to "bring it up to standard" for the ice skaters who use it and reopen the site very soon, according to Hull City Council.

Hull Arena
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The Arena is undergoing "essential maintenance" during its prolonged closure throughout the coronavirus pandemic.

Almost 2,000 people have signed a petition to safeguard its future.

Hockey clubs, ice skaters and figure skaters all use the venue, which opened in 1987.

Councillor Dave Craker said skaters had been forced to travel away from Hull to carry on their training.

He said: "We've decided this morning we're investing up to £1m to bring it up to standard and hopefully we'll get it open as soon as possible.

"Reading emails that people are travelling to Leeds to do their sports surprised me, to be honest. If one town can open the doors, I don't see why we can't."

Murderer up for early release after confronting knifeman

A convicted murderer who helped thwart an attack on London Bridge will be considered for parole 10 months early.

Steven Gallant, 42, was jailed for 17 years in 2005 for the murder of ex-firefighter Barrie Jackson in Hull.

During the trial, Hull Crown Court heard the attack was carried out because Gallant wrongly believed Mr Jackson had attacked his girlfriend.

He was on day release attending a prisoner rehabilitation event when he confronted Usman Khan with a narwhal tusk after the 28-year-old began stabbing people in November 2019.

A Ministry of Justice spokesperson said: "The Lord Chancellor has granted Steven Gallant a Royal Prerogative of Mercy reducing his minimum tariff by 10 months in recognition of his exceptionally brave actions at Fishmongers' Hall, which helped save people's lives despite the tremendous risk to his own."

Khan, who killed Saskia Jones and Jack Merritt, was later shot dead by police.

Yorkshire's Monday weather forecast

BBC Weather

After a cloudy start with patchy rain it'll become mostly dry, with brisk southerly winds.

Tonight will be cloudy and windy with showery rain:

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Tents erected as exhumation work begins at burial ground

Archaeologists are working to exhume up to 19,000 bodies from a 237-year-old burial ground in Hull as part of a road widening scheme.

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Highways England

Huge tents standing 7m (23ft) tall, and measuring 50m wide have been erected over the site.

Highways England said the bodies must be exhumed from Trinity Burial Ground, which was used between 1783 and 1861, before work can start on the A63 Castle Street scheme.

The mile-long upgrade includes lowering the road at the Mytongate junction, creating an underpass, widening the eastbound carriageway and building two footbridges.

It's hoped the scheme will lead to improved safety and create better access to the docks, city centre and marina.

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Highways England

The process of exhumation, which is being done with permission from the Church of England, started this week and is expected to take just under one year.

Frances Oliver from Highways England said: “This delicate work is being done with the upmost care.

"The tents provide a private setting in which the team of experiences archaeologists can oversee this meticulous process in a sensitive way.”

Highways England say the remains will later be reburied in a part of the burial ground unaffected by the road scheme.

Coronavirus infections still rising rapidly across England

BBC News Health

Coronavirus infections are continuing to rise rapidly, with an estimated 27,900 new cases a day in England, the Office for National Statistics says.

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This is a 60% increase on the previous week, based on a survey of people in households with or without symptoms.

This figure is far higher than the number of confirmed cases announced by the government each day.

It comes as the highest level of restrictions are introduced in more of the UK.

The increase in people testing positive in recent weeks is being driven by high rates in older teenagers and young adults, the ONS survey says.

It found steep increases in infection rates in the north west, the north east, Yorkshire and the Humber.

The figures estimate that one in 160 people in England had the virus in the week to 8 October.

Fatal Hull stabbing: Tributes paid to 'integral' boxer

A man stabbed to death in Hull was an "integral part" of his local boxing gym, his coach said.

Abdullah Balouchi
Humberside Police

Abdullah Balouchi was found seriously injured on Peel Street on 7 October and died later in hospital.

Tributes were paid to the 20-year-old victim who trained at Lionheart Boxing Academy, which sounded a 10-bell salute in his honour on Wednesday night.

Phil Knight, head performance coach at the gym, said Mr Balouchi's death was "absolutely devastating".

"He's been a massive integral part of the gym, a fantastic person who lived for the little kids.

"If the little kids didn't understand anything he'd stop what he was doing and help them. Everybody loved him."

Almost £8,000 has been donated to a fundraiser, which was started by a friend to support the family.

Organiser Danielle Key said the money would go towards "funeral arrangements and any additional help they may need during this difficult time".

Three men and a 17-year-old boy have been charged with murder and remain in custody, police said.

Volunteers sought for Hull blitz cinema war memorial

Volunteers are being sought to help turn a derelict Hull cinema which was bombed during World War Two into a national memorial.

National Picture Theatre, Hull

The National Picture Theatre on Beverley Road, was hit by German bombs in 1941, leaving just the facade.

Work is under way to turn it into a memorial and education centre covering civilian life in the city during the war.

Councillor Darren Hale said the site was "incredibly important to Hull".

Money raised for family of Hull man stabbed to death

Almost £8,000 has been raised for the family of a 20-year-old man stabbed to death in Hull last week.

Abdullah Balouchi
Humberside Police

Abdullah Balouchi was found seriously injured on Peel Street on 7 October and died later in hospital.

A fundraiser was started by a friend to raise money for the family of Mr Balouchi.

Organiser Danielle Key wrote on the fundraiser that the money would go towards "funeral arrangements and any additional help they may need during this difficult time".

Three men and a 17-year-old boy have been charged with murder and remain in police custody.

'At risk' ancient East Yorkshire mound saved

An East Yorkshire landmark, known for a legend involving drunken fairies, is no longer at risk of being destroyed.

Willy Howe
Historic England

Willy Howe, near Burton Fleming, is an ancient mound dating from 2400-1500BC.

Legend has it that a drunk man discovered a group of fairies partying in the mound and was offered a drink.

He emptied the drink and stole the cup, with it eventually being handed to King Henry I.

Historic England says it has been working with the farmer whose land it is on to save it being eroded by shrubs and brambles.

Grants from Natural England and Historic England have enabled Willy Howe’s owner to "suppress the unwanted vegetation and enable public access".

Historic England added there are now plans for a path and signage to the mound - and link-ups with other similar landmarks in the region.

Fourth person charged with murder after fatal stabbing

A fourth person has been charged with the murder of a 20-year-old man who was stabbed to death in Hull.

Abdullah Balouchi
Humberside Police

Abdullah Balouchi was found seriously injured on Peel Street on 7 October and died later in hospital.

Humberside Police said Abdul Al-Amudi, 32, of Cambridge Street, has now been charged with Mr Balouchi's murder.

Three teenagers, who were previously charged with murdering Mr Balouchi, were remanded in custody after appearing at Hull Crown Court.

Man's 300-mile walk in heavy armour raises £21,000

A man wearing a suit of medieval armour weighing more than 4st (25kg) has completed a 300-mile trek from Stamford Bridge near York to Hastings.

Lewis Kirkbride
PA Media

In a bid to raise money for mental health charity ManHealth, Lewis Kirkbride recreated the 20-day march which King Harold and his troops made in 1066.

King Harold had to first defeat a Viking army at Stamford Bridge before hurrying south to face the Norman invaders in Hastings.

Lewis says he's suffered from his own mental health problems and wanted to do something to help others in a similar situation.

He hoped to raise £10,660 through his armoured endeavour, but has so far raised more than £21,000.

He's been telling BBC Radio York's Georgey Spanswick more about his epic hike and you can listen to the interview here.

Harry Gration to leave BBC Yorkshire after 42 years

Broadcaster Harry Gration, the well-known presenter of the BBC Yorkshire news programme Look North, is to leave the corporation after 42 years.

Harry Gration

Mr Gration, who joined the BBC in 1978 and Look North in 1982, will present his last show on 21 October, the day before his 70th birthday.

Following his decision to leave, his co-presenter, Amy Garcia, will continue as lead presenter.

He said: "It's been a privilege to meet the people of the county I love."

Mr Gration began filing match reports for the BBC while working as a history teacher in the mid 1970s.

He has covered nine Olympic Games for the BBC and won two Royal Television Society awards for sports documentaries in 1992 and 1997.

He won the prestigious RTS Best Presenter award twice.

He recently became a father for the sixth time, as he and his wife Helen welcomed baby Hamilton to the world.

Harry said: "I've worked with the best of the best and leave Look North in the good hands of Amy and the team, although I don't know how Paul Hudson is going to cope without me checking his forecasts! Seriously though, I'll miss my good old mate.

"I'm looking forward to some new broadcasting adventures and some special time with my family and a certain one year old!"

Yorkshire gets ready for new coronavirus 'tier' system

On Wednesday, every area of Yorkshire will officially be classified as being on medium or high alert for coronavirus - otherwise known as Tier 1 or Tier 2.

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For some areas, this will mean people being placed under extra restrictions for the first time.

Following yesterday's announcement by Boris Johnson, North and East Yorkshire are designated Tier 1, which is the lowest tier and is classed as "medium" alert.

However, all of West Yorkshire - Leeds, Bradford, Kirklees, Calderdale and Wakefield - is now classed as Tier 2 under the new system.

Meanwhile, in South Yorkshire, Barnsley, Rotherham, Doncaster and Sheffield are also Tier 2.

Tier 2 means the "rule of six applies" to everyone living in those areas, even outside. It also means people can't meet another household indoors.

However, under Tier 2, organised outdoor sport can continue, with pubs and restaurants also remaining open.

A graphic showing the restrictions

Nowhere in Yorkshire currently is placed in Tier 3 - the highest level.

A full list of what people can and can't do is available on the government's website.

The new system will be voted on by MPs later today and each area's classification will be reviewed every 14 days, the government says.

Memorial to Hull's trawlermen vandalised

A memorial in Hull dedicated to more than 6,000 trawlermen who lost their lives at sea has been vandalised.


The glass protecting the stone memorial on the banks of the Humber Estuary at Saint Andrew's Quay is thought to have been damaged some time on Friday.

Tommy Rhodes, who helps maintain it, said it was "very upsetting", adding: "This is the only place relatives can come to pay their respects."

Work to restore the glass is to begin after a BBC Radio Humberside appeal.

It is estimated more than 6,000 trawlermen from the city perished between 1835 and 1980.

Flowers are regularly left at the memorial site and an annual remembrance service in January normally attracts hundreds of people.

Coronavirus alert levels confirmed for Yorkshire

The government has confirmed which areas of Yorkshire are being placed in which "tier" as part of its new coronavirus alert system.

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In West Yorkshire, Leeds, Bradford, Kirklees, Calderdale and Wakefield are classed as Tier 2.

In South Yorkshire, Barnsley, Rotherham, Doncaster and Sheffield are also Tier 2.

Tier 2 means the "rule of six applies" to everyone living in those areas, even outside.

People can also not meet another household indoors.

However, organised outdoor sport can continue, with pubs and restaurants also remaining open.

This will be reviewed every 14 days, the government added.

All other areas in Yorkshire are classed as being in Tier 1, which is the medium alert level.

Tier 3, which is the highest tier in England and classed as "Very High", is currently only in place in the Liverpool City Region.

New measures will be under 'constant review' - government

New coronavirus measures designed to slow the spread of the virus are to be kept under "constant review", the government has said.

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson laid out a new three-tier alert level system earlier to "simplify" rules for people living across the country.

It means places that are categorised as being in Tier 1 have fewer than 100 cases per 100,000 people. These areas get the minimum restrictions applied to them.

Tier 2 is triggered when a rise in transmission cannot be contained through local responses with Covid-19 cases being above 100 per 100,000 people.

In Tier 3, it means there has been a "significant" rise in transmission of the virus.

Mr Johnson said: "Regulations for all three Covid local alert levels are being laid today. They will be debated and voted on tomorrow, before coming into force on Wednesday.

"We will also keep these measures under constant review."

Engagement with Yorkshire council leaders 'continuing' - PM

Conversations about coronavirus restrictions between the government and council leaders across Yorkshire and the Humber region are "continuing", the Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said.

2m sign
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Mr Johnson's comment came as he announced the government's new coronavirus tier alert system to MPs in the Commons.

People living in most parts of Yorkshire are now waiting to hear how the government will officially categorise their areas.

Downing Street said each local authority area will be placed in a local Covid alert level by the end of Monday, with a postcode checker also being launched on the government's website.

Sheffield City Region Mayor Dan Jarvis said earlier that South Yorkshire was to be placed in Tier 2.

Tier 2 - which is a "high" alert level - is triggered when a rise in transmission cannot be contained through local responses.