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Welcome to the Yorkshire Evening Post's live blog on Monday, May 24.

Monday, 24th May 2021, 6:37 am
Updated Monday, 24th May 2021, 6:42 am

New pilot schemes are being launched across England in a bid to encourage people to get tested for Covid-19 and follow self-isolation rules.

The pilots will involve increased social care support for vulnerable adults, “buddying” services for people needing mental health support and translation assistance for non-English speakers.

Yorkshire and the Humber is included in the pilot areas.

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A person is tested for coronavirus (photo: PA Wire)

The Government announced on Sunday that 60.6 million first and second vaccine doses had been administered since December 8.

The number of second doses administered in the UK hit a daily record on Saturday, with 556,951.

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‘DO NOT travel’ warns LNER as major delays hit Leeds to London line

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'DO NOT travel' warns LNER as major delays hit Leeds to London Kings Cross line

There are major delays on LNER services from Leeds to London Kings Cross as passengers are advised not to travel.

Evening headlines

Here are some of the stories leading our website this evening:

Leeds 999 caller said she wanted to 'slice someone's throat, drink their blood and fry their bodies'

A Leeds woman dialled 999 and was laughing hysterically when she  told the call handler she wanted to 'slice someone's throat, drink their blood and fry their bodies,' a court heard.

Cancer-stricken granddad left waiting three hours in the rain for ambulance after collapsing

These shocking pictures show a cancer-stricken pensioner who was left to lie in the rain for three hours waiting for an ambulance after he collapsed and snapped his leg.

'I'm a first class Parliamentary orator', but George Galloway would only serve until 2024 if he won in Batley and Spen

Former MP George Galloway has revealed he would only serve for three years at most if he won the upcoming Batley and Spen by-election as he was described as an "absentee MP" over his past voting record.

Fancy working at Elland Road? Leeds United is recruiting staff for matchdays

Leeds United fans will tell you there's nothing quite like the buzz of being at Elland Road on a match day - and now the club is offering the chance to be part of the team that helps to make it all happen.

Things to do, where to go and what's on this May Bank Holiday weekend in Leeds

Bottomless brunches, new menus, £1.99 cocktails and markets... Leeds really is the place to be this Bank Holiday weekend.

Drivers warned over ‘sudden surge’ in traffic this bank holiday weekend

Drivers are being warned of a “sudden surge” in traffic on the roads over the bank holiday weekend as temperatures hot up.

Some 10.8 million leisure car journeys are expected to take place over the long weekend, according to research from the RAC, which could clog up major routes.

Traffic is expected to peak on Saturday and Monday, but the weather could play a part in just how busy the roads get.

Forecasters are predicting temperatures of 20C (68F) across parts of the UK on Saturday, while by Monday the mercury could hit 25C (77F) in west London, 21C (70F) in Leeds and 22C (72F) in Newcastle.

Ben Aldous, from the RAC, said: “Our research points to Saturday and Monday being the busiest days, but in reality there’s a good chance the weather will have the final say as to how busy the roads get.

“A return to more typical late May temperatures and an end to the recent wind and rain could spark a sudden surge in journeys and mean some routes – especially those to the coasts and hills – start to clog up.”

Data from a survey of 1,100 UK drivers’ travel plans, conducted by the RAC between May 17 and 24, suggests there are approximately 7.2 million firm trips planned for over the bank holiday, and an additional 3.6 million due to be taken depending on the weather forecast.

Police release image as investigation continues into incident on train to Leeds

Police are investigating after a man touched himself inappropriately while staring at a woman on a train in Leeds.

It happened on a service from London King’s Cross station to Leeds on the evening of Friday, May 7.

This is the man that British Transport Police say they now want to identify.

Woman taken to hospital after incident in Richmond Hill

A woman has been taken to hospital after an incident in the Richmond Hill area of Leeds.

Police were called to Upper Accommodation Road at about 10.03am on Friday, May 28.

Officers attended and a woman was taken to hospital with minor injuries.

Enquiries are ongoing to establish the circumstances of the incident.

Police issue appeals amid concerns in two missing persons investigations

West Yorkshire Police have issued appeals in relation to two separate missing persons investigations.

They say the disappearance Zhai Ming Zhang is out of character. The 47-year-old was last seen leaving his home address yesterday evening between 7pm and 8pm in the Armley area of Leeds.

Here’s the image released that was released as part of their appeal for information.

And officers are also searching for a 15-year-old boy last seen on Elland Road at around 4.30pm yesterday.

Here’s the image released of Kaiden Hinds, who is believed to be wearing a grey Nike hoodie, black Berghaus coat, dark baseball cap, black Puma tracksuit bottoms and black Nike trainers.

A man has died after a collision in Beckett Street, near St James’ Hospital, overnight

Lib Dems select Batley and Spen candiate

Liberal Democrats to stand Jo Conchie, community campaigner and TV producer, in Batley and Spen by-election

A television producer and director standing for the Liberal Democrats in the Batley and Spen by-election says her priority would be to ensure the area's "small towns and villages are no longer neglected".

George Galloway to stand in Batley and Spen by-election

Former MP and veteran campaigner George Galloway has announced he is running in the forthcoming Batley and Spen by-election with the explicit aim of ousting Sir Keir Starmer as leader of the Labour Party.

Mr Galloway, who was expelled from Labour in 2003, said he is standing as a candidate for his Workers Party of Britain in the poll on July 1.

In a video posted on his social media feeds, filmed at Batley bus station, he said: “I’m standing against Keir Starmer.

“If Keir Starmer loses this by-election, it’s curtains for Keir Starmer.”

Closure ‘may cause disruption patients’

A photo from the scene overnight

photo credit: Danny Stotty

It is thought by people nearby that the cordon is in place after someone was ‘knocked down’.

This has not been confirmed by West Yorkshire Police and we are awaiting information about the incident from the force.

Awaiting police information

The YEP has asked West Yorkshire Police for more information.

The scene right now

photo credit: John Tillotson

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