Leeds News Live: Bomb scare at Otley Bus Station | Government will not postpone GCSE results over exam chaos | Pub closes due to staff coronavirus cases as customers told to await contact from track and trace |

All the latest from Monday, August 17.

By Daniel Sheridan
Monday, 17th August 2020, 3:07 pm
A bomb scare has been reported
A bomb scare has been reported

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Leeds News Live: Bomb scare at Otley Bus Station | Death of couple at Leeds house ‘unexplained’ | Government will not postpone GCSE results over exam chaos

Last updated: Monday, 17 August, 2020, 20:43

  • A Levels  U-turn by government
  • Pub closes due to staff coronavirus cases as customers told to await contact from track and trace
  • Four staff members sacked at Leeds care home and one prosecuted after whistle-blower reported 'systematic stealing'
  • Two bodies found in search for missing Dewsbury brothers
  • Death of couple at Halton house ‘unexplained’
  • Bomb scare at Otley Bus Station

No new coronavirus deaths recorded at Yorkshire hospitals

No new coronavirus deaths recorded at Yorkshire hospitals

There have been zero recorded coronavirus deaths in Yorkshire hospitals, according to the latest daily figures.

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Government will not postpone GCSE results over exam chaos

The Government has ruled out postponing GCSE results day despite calls to delay amid exam chaos.

Thousands of students in England, Wales and Northern Ireland are expected to receive their GCSE results on Thursday after this summer's exams were cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Ministers have been told to delay publishing the results after Ofqual's grading algorithm led to nearly two in five of teachers' estimates for A-level pupils in England being adjusted down last week.

But Downing Street has insisted there would be no delay to the announcement of GCSE results despite the confusion over A-levels. A Number 10 spokesman said. "We will not be delaying GCSE results."

The Government has not ruled out the prospect of a Scottish-style U-turn - which would see grades based on teacher assessments rather than an algorithm.

It comes after Steve Chalke, founder of the Oasis Academy Trust, called for this week's GCSE results day to be postponed to ensure the Government and the exams regulator did not make the same mistakes as they did with A-levels.

Mr Chalke told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "The pastoral disaster for young people, that is the biggest thing. So now is the time to stop, to pause, to reflect."

"I think there should be an apology for the A-levels, a humble apology, and I think that there should be a delay around the GCSEs because it is better to reflect on what has happened."

PUB FORCED TO CLOSE DUE TO STAFF CORONAVIRUS CASES

A West Yorkshire pub has been forced to close after two members of staff tested positive for coronavirus.

The Ponty Tavern, in Pontefract, informed customers on Sunday that they would be closing until further notice following the positive cases.

A statement on the pub’s Facebook page on Sunday said: "We have now had a second member of staff test positve.

"We will be closed until further notice we are awaiting advice from public health England as to what procedures we need to follow before it’s safe for us to re-open you’re all aware we have the correct track and trace in place.

“If anybody was in the establishment this Friday between the hours of 8pm and 2am await contact from track and trace with regards to the matter or book a test if you’re displaying symptoms and if you were in the premises between these hours as that is the only shift this member of staff worked.”

Another member of staff from the pub went into isolation on Wednesday after testing positive for coronavirus, according to an earlier post.

The post said: "As some of you may have heard The Ponty Tavern had a member of staff test positive for covid. 

"The staff member gained symptoms Wednesday night and immediately went into isolation, they were tested Thursday and received results early hours Saturday morning. 

"This was reported to environmental health and the environmental protection team. 

"The advice on the matter from them was "as he had not been into the venue for 48hr before his symptoms started we advise a deep clean of venue (clean conducted before opening Saturday) and notify staff to be cautious of symptoms" . 

“No other members of staff have any symptoms.”

The Ponty Tavern has been contacted for comment.

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